Rich in wildlife
The North York Moors National Park, north east of York, covers 1432 sq km of North Yorkshire scenery, including 42 km of coastline and 1609 km of footpaths and bridleways. Farmed dales dissect England’s largest expanse of continuous heather moorland, rich in wildlife.
To the west of York, the Yorkshire Dales National Park covers 1769 sq km, and is the finest area of upland limestone country in Britain, with pastoral valleys, limestone cliffs, gorges and flower-rich hay meadows.
Along Yorkshire’s coastline, every cliff face, cave, cove and village harbours stories and secrets – of smugglers, the great explorer Captain Cook, even of Count Dracula. Whitby is steeped in historic charm, its narrow, cobbled streets and picturesque, pantiled houses stand on the steep slopes of the River Esk, dominated by the ruins of the cliff-top abbey, said to have been the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The broad twin bays and mighty headland of Scarborough, dominated by the gaunt remains of Scarborough Castle, make an impressive, panoramic setting for North Yorkshire’s largest seaside resort and historic spa town. Herriot & Heartbeat Travel north from York into James Herriot Country and discover the 1950s home of this famous vet at the World of James Herriot in Thirsk. Climb Sutton Bank to reach Duncombe Park and the lovely market town of Helmsley. Head into the North Yorkshire Moors towards Pickering. Take a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – moving into Heartbeat Country.
Enjoy 18 miles of stunning scenery in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, stopping at picturesque stations such as Goathland and Grosmont en-route. Return to York via Eden Camp, the renowned WW2 prisoner of war camp at Malton. Historic houses Yorkshire boasts a fantastic range of heritage properties.
Along Yorkshire’s coastline, every cliff face, cave, cove and village harbours stories and secrets – of smugglers, the great explorer Captain Cook, even of Count Dracula
England’s finest houses
Enjoy Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Ripon. Take a well-earned lunch break and brewery tour at Masham, courtesy of the Black Sheep Brewery, before continuing on with a visit to Newby Hall and Gardens. This is one of England’s finest houses with award-winning gardens. It hosts various events throughout the year with childrens adventure garden, woodland, discovery walk and miniature railway.
The family home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton, as featured in BBC television’s “Heirs and Graces”, this is one of England’s renowned Adam houses, an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration, recently restored to its original beauty. A collection of classical statuary, one of the most important private collections in Britain. Newby Hall’s contents also include the Gobelins Tapestry Room and an excellent Chippendale furniture collection.
Discover the splendour of Castle Howard, set in the Howardian Hills. It is a magnificent 18th-century house set in 1,000 acres of breathtaking parkland, adorned with rose gardens, lakes and fountains. Castle Howard is home to the Howard family and has been richly furnished throughout. Filming here has included the well-known TV series “Brideshead Revisited” and more recently the film.
Don’t miss Kew whilst at Castle Howard, the nearby Aboretum and make sure you stop at Yorkshire Lavender for some lovely aromatic walks and a great afternoon tea complete with lavender scones! Drive across country to visit the National Trust property of Beningbrough Hall, enjoy the Hall, herbaceous borders, walled garden, parkland and Victorian Laundry. Or enjoy a taste of the Yorkshire Dales with a trip over to Harewood House, home to the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood.
The family home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton, as featured in BBC television’s “Heirs and Graces”, this is one of England’s renowned Adam houses, an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decoration
Outstanding art collections
The House, with its outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating ‘Below Stairs’ exhibition, is set in spectacular landscaped grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks, a Bhutanese Stupa, waterfall and Himalayan Garden.
On a visit to Harewood you can also marvel at the Adam ceilings, Chippendale furniture and Old Master paintings in the House. And don’t forget to explore the Gardens and Bird Garden while youngsters can enjoy the challenge and excitement of the Adventure Playground.
You can stop off in Knaresborough or Harrogate for the afternoon and a spot of retail therapy, or follow the trail of destruction left by WW2 with a visit to the award-winning Eden Camp at Malton. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life during wartime Britain. You will be transported back in time to a series of original huts from a Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. The huts detail all aspects of the war from the rise of Hitler to women at war, the Blitz and a replica MKIX spitfire.
The House is set in spectacular landscaped grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks, a Bhutanese Stupa, waterfall and Himalayan Garden
Move on to the Yorkshire Air Museum at former RAF Elvington. This is one of the largest WW2 Bomber Command Stations open to the public. British, French and Canadian aircrews flew to missions on the continent from here. You can visit the control tower and sit in a cockpit of a Jet Provost or Canberra.
Don’t forget the impressive Barnes Wallis collection of the ‘Dam Busters’ fame. Lunch can also be taken in the NAAFI self service restaurant. To continue in the military theme a stop at the Regimental Museum is a must. Weapons, medals and uniforms trace the history of the Royal Dragoon Guards and the Prince of Wales’s own Regiment. Why not take a take a visit to the tranquil Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington to the east of York? Home to the National Collection of Waterlilies. There are over 80 varieties to be spotted in the two lakes.
The Gardens themselves are maintained to a high standard with fine features such as a walled garden, Victorian bedding area, rock gardens and heather beds. The Stewart Collection within the Gardens is a unique display of sporting trophies and memorabilia collected by the late Major Stewart.
Or try one of Yorkshire’s most relaxing, yet inspiring locations – RHS Garden Harlow Carr. The 58-acre garden includes streamside garden, vegetables, scented herb and foliage gardens, woodland and wildflower meadow. The gardens also host some spectacular family events and festivals all year round along with extensive Plant Centre, Gift Shop and new Bettys Tea rooms.