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Brief description of site

Rudding Park is an early-19th-century landscaped park of 107 hectares, forming the setting for a country house. There are also mid-20th-century gardens by James Russell.

Brief history of site

Rudding Park was originally part of the forest of Knaresborough and some of the ancient oaks were retained within the parkland. Humphry Repton drew up a Red Book in 1790, but the exact extent of his contributions to the development of the site is unknown. The old house was demolished after 1805 and a new mansion was built on a different site. Sir Everard Radcliffe redeveloped the garden in the 1950s with the help of James Russell, building a terrace and garden room.

Location information:

Address: Follifoot, HG3 1JH

Locality: Harrogate

Local Authorities:

North Yorkshire; Harrogate; Follifoot

Historical County: Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 104 Grid Ref: SE337533
Latitude: 53.9747 Longitude: -1.4877


The site is just south of Harrogate, off the A658. Please see:

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is now in use as a hotel, restaurant, golf club, wedding and conference facility. There is also a campsite.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Recreational/sport

Context or principal building: hotel

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 107

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