Aberford Travel Guide

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Aberford Things to Do

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    Aberford House, Aberford 4 more images

    by spidermiss Updated May 24, 2012

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    As much as the village is mainly residential but there are some interesting buildings:

    The Swan Hotel - A former staging post for the Great North Road travellers
    The Arabian Horse Inn - an uncommon name for a public house
    Aberford House (where there are buried remains of a Roman fort beneath the house)

    Cock Beck (a small river) runs through the village and associated with Battle of Towton.

    Nearby is Hazlewood Castle and Lotherton Hall where there are connections with the Gascoignes, an important family in the area during the 19th Century.

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    • Archeology
    • Architecture

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    by spidermiss Updated May 24, 2012

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    Until 1968 this was the home to the Gascoigne family who were local land and mine owners. The Edwardian Hall was originally a villa built in the early 19th Century but was then extended during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the room contains unique treasures including its fine furniture and paintings (Look out for the Irish House of Commons painting by Francis Wheatley and also Colonel Gascoigne's Shank Independent Patent Spray Bath (c. 1900) in his bathroom).

    It is worth wandering around the gardens and grounds created by Gwendolen Gascoigne with each garden representing its unique character. It's worth noting the Lotherton Hall's 13th Century Chapel near the Hall's entrance.

    It's worth visiting the Stable Courtyard for coffee and cake in the cafe.

    For the children, there is the playground and the Bird Garden housing over 200 speices of rare birds, one of the most famous collection in that country. The pink flamingos and the exotic coloured birds are worth the visit!

    Please note there is entry admittance fee 5.00 gbp (May 2012) for the Estate including the house and bird gardens.

    It is worth spending a day or an afternoon exploring Lotherton Hall.

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    • Museum Visits

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    by alyf1961 Written Jun 28, 2009

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    Lotherton bird garden has something for everybody. Colourful birds like the white cheeked Turaco and many colourful parrots mingle amongst flamingos and condors. My favourite was the marabou stork, a very ugly bird that has prehistoric features.

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Aberford Transportation

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    by spidermiss Updated May 24, 2012

    There are regular bus services from Leeds to Aberford via Cross Gates. The bus nos. 64 and 64A run every half an hour during the day weekdays and Saturdays. Please check out the First Bus and Metro websites.

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