Out and About
To help you get the most out of your stay we have prepared some tourist information. This list is by no means exhaustive but will give you a flavour of what this part of the world has to offer visitors. For more information contact the local Tourist Information Office.
We have included some useful telephone numbers and web addresses below to help you plan your days out. We recommend that you check opening times and book tickets for the more popular attractions.
Additional Tourist Information leaflets are available on site in the garden room.
Helmsley is on the road from Thirsk to Scarborough and offers a welcome stop for refreshments and a well-earned rest.
In the centre of the town square is a statue of Lord Feversham, not the current lord, but one of his ancestors. It stands in one of the most attractive villages in the country. It has a stream around the back of the square and pubs, restaurants and shops of the highest quality. The magnificent Black Swan Hotel in the centre of the village is said to have played host to none other than William Wordsworth who was visiting his future wife.
Helmsley Castle is well worth a visit and can be found just outside the square. Built around 1200 and was once known as Furstan Castle. Sir Charles Duncombe bought the castle after it was rendered useless by Oliver Cromwell. The current Earls of Feversham are descended from Sir Charles. The Fevershams live in the Vanbrugh built mansion, Duncombe Park, just on the edge of the village. There is a very fine Church just off the square which houses a letter written by David Livingston when he was in Africa.
Helmsley Walled Garden
Visit the five acre Helmsley Walled Garden, set against the backdrop of Helmsley Castle and Duncombe Park, which has undergone extensive restoration as a fully working kitchen garden. The garden, originally built in 1756, incorporates glass houses designed in 1850 as a vine house. There is a continuing programme of restoring the garden, using appropriate plants where possible. Come and watch this garden come back to life!
The Hemsley Arts Centre
The Helmsley Arts Centre offers a broad range of theatre, music, cinema, comedy, poetry, talks, exhibitions and workshop activities. For further information visit www.helmsleyarts.co.uk or telephone 01439 771700.
Four and a half miles south east of Helmsley. The hall is one of the best maintained manor houses in the country. Dating from the 17th century, the house is situated in a lovely walled garden with peacocks strutting round the grounds. The house has a fine collection of miniature rooms, one eighth scale, each with its own furniture. Please phone 01439 748283 or visit the National Trust website for opening times.
Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Situated on the escarpment above the Abbey, the terrace is a long grass walk with temples at each end. The views are tremendous and like the Abbey this is a good place to picnic. Tel: 01439 798340. Website: Rivaulx Terrace.
Helmsley Castle has looked down on the market town for more than a thousand years. Originally a Norman Castle, a Tudor mansion was added in the 16th century, before Cromwell’s men sliced the great keep in half in the 17th century.
Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB.
Delightful home of Lord and Lady Feversham. Unoccupied for more than 60 years. Now fully restored as a family home. Containing many original C18th family portraits and Lord Feversham’s fine collection of period furniture. The grounds are open to the public.
Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB. Website: www.duncombepark.com.
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This wonderful garden is a must see. Telephone for opening 01439 770012.
Wolds Way Lavender
One of the best fun and leisure parks in the country. Kirby Misperton, Malton, YO17 6UX. Tel: 0871 911 8000.
A wonderful private stately home near Rillington, YO17 8NG. It contains many fine works of art, furniture and porcelain, with a beautiful walled garden.
Tel: 01944 759111. Website: www.scampston.co.uk.
Award winning military museum housed within the grounds of an original World War 2 prisoner of war camp.
Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 0SD.
An archaeological museum in the Market Place, which holds an important collection of Roman artefacts. Tel: 01653 691262.
The Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life
A magic look back into the past in Pickering. This provides the perfect day out, with an outdoor farm courtyard, riverside picnic area, and 27 themed rooms along with demonstrations and talks throughout the year. Tel: 01751 473653. Website: www.beckislemuseum.org.uk
Ryedale Folk Museum
An award winning museum to be found in Hutton-le-Hole (YO62 6UA). A great day out for all the family, offering atmospheric buildings and collections, spread over six acres telling the story of the rural way of life from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Tel: 01751 417367. Website: www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk.
A lovely ruin in Coxwold between Thirsk and Helmsley. This beautiful ruin, set in the shadow of the Hambledon Hills was once one of the great northern monasteries, second only to Rievaulx and Fountains. A truly outstanding example of early gothic architecture.Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD Tel: 0370 333 1181. Website: Byland Abbey.
The ruins of this Augustinian priory include a magnificent carved gatehouse, declaring to the world the Priory’s association with the rich and powerful. In its heyday the Presbytery would have rivalled Rievaulx and been one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the North of England.
Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7JS. Just off the A64 near Whitwell on the Hill. Tel: 0370 333 1181. Website: Kirkham Priory.
Situated at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, this splendid 12th century castle was built by William the Conqueror to supress the rebellious northerners and is an excellent example of a motte-and-bailey castle.
Don’t miss this magnificent castle on the northern edge of Pickering, YO18 7AX.
North Yorks Moors Railway
Take a trip to Adensfield (Goathland) from the hit television series ‘Heartbeat’, or travel on to Whitby. The North Yorks Moors Railway, carrying upwards of 200,000 passengers a year, is one of the most scenic and well-travelled steam lines of its type. Linking Grosmont and Pickering, it follows the route of the 19th century line that gave Whitby reliable access to the outside world for the first time.
The most popular half of the line, sitting 500 feet above sea level, is understandably Goathland, thanks to its ‘Heartbeat’ associations. All the signs, lamps and features are original, except for the footbridge, which was installed in more recent years. Goathland has its own signal box and is one of the few stations on this line with two tracks. This provision allows trains coming in either direction to pass each other.
Dalby Forest is located on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park, and features a range of trails suited to all abilities and ages. Venture out into the wild from Low Dalby near Pickering YO18 7LT.
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45 miles of glorious coastline set against the backdrop of the North York Moors National Park provides the setting for what’s on offer in this beautiful part of Britain. Nestling along the Yorkshire coastline are three fabulous resorts, each offering something different and new to discover.
Scarborough was Britain’s first seaside resort. Today, it is a delightful, bustling seaside town, catering for the whole family.
The safe, sandy North Bay beach and the glorious stretch of the South Bay beach is broken only by a rocky headland on which stands an imposing reminder of the past-Scarborough’s medieval castle. At its foot lies the harbour where the boats still land their catch.
To the north of Scarborough lies Whitby, steeped in historic charm, with its narrow, cobbled streets and picturesque pantiled houses standing on the steep slopes of the River Esk and dominated by the ruins of the cliff-top abbey. 199 steps lead up to the Church of St Mary’s whose churchyard was the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
To the south of Scarborough lies the traditional Edwardian seaside resort of Filey – an elegant English seaside town with a magnificent 5 mile stretch of golden sand.
Geologists, botanists or just lovers of natural beauty visit Filey every year to see what delights are on offer on the rocky grandeur of Filey Brigg.
All along the coast you will find quaint, sleepy fishing villages, each of which has a tale to tell. Robin Hoods Bay, once known for smuggling, is one of the most picturesque seaside villages in the country. The beautiful bay with its maze of cobbled slopes, steep steps and narrow alleyways weaving between the compact rows of red-roofed stone cottages and cosy mariners’ inns is now popular for bathing and boating.
Further north is Staithes, a quiet little fishing village which played an important part in the coastal shipment of iron ore.
Many Jurassic fossil remains can be found in the cliffs, such as fossilised tree remains known as ‘jet’. When mined, jet is made into beautiful black jewellery. Visit the Victorian Jet Works in Whitby and watch the exciting transformation.
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Britain’s first holiday resort and setting for the 1998 film ‘Little Voice’, starring Michael Caine and Jane Horrocks, Scarborough has been welcoming visitors for over 360 years.
Today it is a delightful, bustling seaside town, catering for the whole family. The safe, sandy beaches of the North and South Bays are broken by a rocky headland on which stands a reminder of the past – Scarborough’s medieval castle.
At its foot is the harbour where the boats still land their catch and a harbour side tourist information centre.
Beaches, cliff tops and a busy shopping centre stand only yards apart and are all reached by the famous Victorian cliff lifts. In fact, those same Victorians left a town of immense style with some of the finest parks and gardens in Britain, the elegant Esplanade and the magnificent Scarborough Spa complex.
When it comes to entertainment, there’s something for everyone, be it daytime attractions such as donkey rides and seafront amusements, or night time spectaculars in the resorts indoor or outdoor theatres. Indeed, by day or by night, you will never be at a loss for lots of things to see and do.
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With its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque houses standing on the steep slopes of the River Esk, Whitby is dominated by its cliff-top Abbey. Situated along one of Britain’s finest stretches of coastline, with cliffs, fine bays and safe, sandy beaches and attractive villages, Whitby has been a port for more than 1000 years and is still a seafarer’s town today.
The narrow streets and alleys climbing down to the quayside still bustle as they have done for centuries, and, as folklore and tradition are very much part of the Whitby scene, visitors soon find themselves involved. From these centuries-old streets, 199 steps lead up to the parish Church of St Mary, whose churchyard inspired Bram Stoker to write his world famous novel ‘Dracula’.
As well as attracting many famous visitors, Whitby has produced its own famous sons, not least Captain James Cook, and also the outstanding father and son whaling masters of the Scoresby family.
Performing arts, dance, music and carnivals are just a sample of what’s in store at the Whitby folk festival and Regatta which are held in August.
Whitby Museum in Pannett Park exhibits treasures from the town’s past, including a display of Whitby jet and an exhibition dedicated to one of history’s most famous voyagers, James Cook.
Visit Cook’s home, now the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby’s old fishing quarter and trace the explorer’s life on the Captain Cook Country Tour.
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Legend has it that the great man Robin Hood himself kept boats here in case he should ever need to flee England. Robin Hoods Bay is first mentioned in 1538 as a “fisher townlet of twenty boats” and fishing remained the main livelihood of the bay up until the end of the 19th century.
In the 1820s, more than 130 fishermen worked from here on sailing cobbles and the larger herring boats. The whole family was involved in the industry, with the wives salting fish and baiting lines, and young lads fixing the nets. Today, although not as large a fleet as yesteryear, boats still put out to sea.
One of the most famous and picturesque villages along the coast, Robin Hoods Bay is a network of steps and narrow alleyways amidst tightly packed red-roofed cottages, all huddled around a slipway at the foot of a steep ravine. It is easy to imagine the days of smugglers slipping their contraband up the hill under the cover of darkness.
At low tide the ‘scars’ (exposed rock) become visible. These Jurassic period rocks are good fossil-hunting grounds and the pools left by the tide contain a myriad of marine life.
The old coastguard station has recently been transformed into a visitors centre, and a locally sponsored museum shows a variety of fossils found in the area. Nestled amongst the guest houses are a selection of shops and eating establishments.
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Staithes derives its name from the word staithe, the literal interpretation of which is “landing place”. In conversation locals refer to the village as “Steers” so beware if asking for directions.
With a view of the harbour forming a backdrop, cast your eyes over the splendid site you behold. Perched on the northerly headland of Cowbar Nab like precarious birds nests high on the cliffs is a small collection of cottages forming the hamlet of Cowbar, clinging to the southerly headland of Penny Nab as if for dear life, is the main village of Staithes.
Staithes has all the charm of a place lost in time, this small North Yorkshire fishing village gives the appearance of having grown out of the cliffs, the villages of Staithes and Cowbar are divided in two by Staithes Beck, a small river that has carved a route from the moors to the sea.
Having left your car in the public car park at the top of the cliff a walk down a steep bank takes you through cobbled streets to the harbour at the bottom. Now a peaceful village this was once a bustling community of some 1000 inhabitants who earned their living from the sea. Amenities available provide the basics for visitors and tourists alike.
Remember to take your camera, as every turn of the road seems to warrant a click of the shutter. Even when the weather has taken a turn for the worst, the sight of the sea crashing over the outer harbour wall makes the walk worthwhile.
Moored in the safety of the harbour you will normally find a small fleet of brightly painted Whitby Cobles, the traditional fishing vessel of this coast, used by local fishermen to catch Whitby cod, lobsters and crabs. The area is renowned for the culinary delight of a fresh crab sandwich.
The sandy beach and rock pools of the foreshore make this a wonderful place for children and adults to explore, many fossils have been found in the area including those of fossil marine reptiles so keep your eyes open. As always beware of the danger of being caught by the tides and cliff erosion while you make your visit one to remember.
During the late 19th century the railway came to Staithes and with it came the first wave of visitors. Because of its natural beauty and spectacular scenery it soon became a popular haunt of artists, with a resident community establishing themselves in the village. They became known as the “Staithes Group”. Although the community of artists has long since disbanded, Staithes is still as popular and as you explore the area you may often find an artist at work.
Heroes of the sea
The year was 1745 when at the age of 16 James Cook came to live in Staithes to work for a local merchant William Sanderson, it was during this time that he must have acquired his love of the sea and desire to sail for distant horizons. Captain James Cook as he was later to be known made many voyages of discovery in his ship the Endeavour.
Worthy of a visit and reached by crossing a foot bridge, the Staithes lifeboat station on the north side of the river is open to the public and has details of the heroic actions of the local crew.
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Now is the time to rediscover Ripon. Founded over 1300 years ago, Ripon offers so much antiquity to explore and so much new to visit. There is the magnificent Cathedral, the restored Thorpe Prebend House, displaying ‘Ripon in Wonderland’ and the canal basin. From the vibrant market place, with its fine Georgian buildings and imposing 300 year-old obelisk, radiate quaint medieval streets filled with fascinating shops, tea rooms and, alongside, a floral shopping arcade. Throughout the year the market square is alive with entertainments, colour and culture.
You can tour historic houses or take a thrilling rollercoaster ride at Lightwater Valley. With its World Heritage site at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, award winning Spa Gardens, wildlife walks and marina, Ripon captures your heart and imagination.
Ripon’s Tourist Information Centre can be found at: Old Market Place, Ripon, HG4 1BP. Tel: 01765 604625.
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Harrogate is a sophisticated town of great character, known as ‘England’s Floral Town’ due to the profusion of beautiful parks and gardens with colourful well-tended displays. This, combined with the broad tree-lined streets and sweeping 200 acres of luxuriant lawns known as the Stray, which virtually encircle the town centre imparts a spacious feeling to the town.
Its development as a spa town began in 1571 when Tewit Well High Harrogate was found to have medicinal properties. Many more springs were discovered over time, and the increasing numbers of visitors led to the construction of a covered well head in 1803 and a Pump Room in 1842. After this the town grew rapidly (aided by the arrival of the railway in 1848) and the greater part of the town centre dates from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods, its heyday as a spa coming in the years before 1914, when European royalty were frequent visitors to the town.
The heritage has been preserved and extended, with elegant architecture, a cosmopolitan range of high quality shopping, an array of music, theatre and art, a host of first class hotels and a wonderful selection of tempting tea rooms including the world renowned “Betty’s” and restaurants catering for all tastes. The superb original Turkish Baths are an experience not to be missed – open to the public seven days a week, they are to be found in the imposing Royal Baths Assembly Rooms. A short stroll away is the 150 year old Royal Pump Room Museum that contains the original sulphur well whose spa water is still available for sampling, and the famous Valley Gardens, with an international reputation for their formal and informal acres of displays and attractions.
Harrogate boasts an excellent selection of places to eat and drink.
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Knaresborough occupies a spectacular position overlooking the River Nidd and possesses a long and interesting history. Mentioned in the Domesday book, the town grew around its castle, originally built in Norman times to guard against Viking raiders approaching from the river (the ruins date from the early 14th century rebuilding of the castle), and the market place where a market has been held on a Wednesday since at least 1310.
The town remains an attractive destination for visitors, boasting the ancient castle ruins on a rocky outcrop 120ft above the river, the market and the oldest chemist shop in England. It has historic streets, many delightful buildings (including St. Robert’s chapel carved into a rock face in 1408 that commemorates a hermit with a gift for healing who lived in a cave here), riverside walks, the curious Petrifying Well and famous legend of England’s most famous prophetess Mother Shipton.
Born in a cave beside the river in 1488 during a violent thunderstorm it is said that Mother Shipton foretold the defeat of the Armada, the Civil War, the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London, and her prophecies are still proving uncannily accurate today, many having been fulfilled. Thousands of visitors every year flock to Knaresborough to see Mother Shipton’s cave and the petrifying well nearby, a unique geological phenomenon in which waters from the well gradually turn everyday objects hung up inside the cave to stone with their limestone sediment.
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The historic city of York is only 20 minutes away by car, and has a wide variety of attractions.
Step back in time to the Wars of the Roses at Barley Hall, a superb recreation of a late medieval townhouse. Explore the home of William Snawsell, Lord Mayor and goldsmith of the city of York under the royal Houses of Lancaster.
2 Coffee Yard, York, YO1 8AR. Tel: 01904 615505. Website: barleyhall.co.uk.
Riverside arthouse cinema with café/ bar and tapas restaurant, live music and comedy in the basement. 13-17 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL. Tel: 0871 902 5726. Website: City Screen.
Visit this proud symbol of the might of our medieval kings – originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious north, it was rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. Fantastic panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside from the top of the tower show why it played such a key role in the control of northern England.
Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA. Tel: 01904 646940. Website: Clifford's Tower at English Heritage
Eboracum Legion Bathhouse
An excellent location to enjoy good food, ale and live music, plus a Roman Bathhouse in the basement! One of the City’s oldest attractions, step underground to see the remains of Roman York or Eboracum as it was then known.
Hundreds of years after Romans and Vikings, but still two hundred years before our time, this fine 18th century town house saw Regency gentry come and go. See all their furnishings and fittings and marvel at the preparations that went into their splendid banquets.
Fulford Golf Club
History, tradition and a warm welcome await every visitor. Follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest names in golf, Langer, Ballesteros, Faldo, Woosnam and Norman, as you play York’s premier course. Heslington Lane, York, YO10 5DY.
Tel: 01904 413579. Website: www.fulfordgolfclub.co.uk.
Grand Opera House York
Welcome to another incredible season at the Grand Opera House York, the country’s biggest fully operational theatre and the home of live entertainment in the region. Part of Ambassador Theatre Group. Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW.
Tel: 0844 871 3024.
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity hides in a small, secluded, leafy churchyard, with the Minster towering behind. It is York’s hidden gem – a tranquil haven among the bust city streets. With 12th century foundations, but with architecture dating mostly from the 15th century.
Goodramgate, York, YO1 2LF. Tel: 01904 613451
Jorvik Viking Centre
Explore York’s Viking history on the very site where archaeologists unearthed the remains of the Viking-Age city of ‘Jorvik’. Discover what life was like here over 1000 years ago, get face-to-face with our resident Vikings. There can be large queues so advanced booking will avoid the wait.
Merchant Adventurers' Hall
The hall was built between 1357-1361 and is of major international importance. It is Europe’s finest medieval Guildhall and is scheduled as an ancient monument. Probably nowhere else in the world can be seen in one building the three rooms serving the three functions of a medieval guild.
Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD Tel: 01904 654818. Website: www.theyorkcompany.co.uk.
Micklegate Bar Museum
Every visiting monarch and head of state has passed through this gateway, which has stood sentinel over the city for 800 years. Open February to October from 9am-5pm. November – January weekends only from 9am to dusk.
In the centre of York there’s a hidden gem, a building rich in the city’s history and just waiting to be discovered. Behind its imposing façade, through the blue door is a remarkable story of the Lord Mayors of York and their entertainment for the good of the city! Check for opening times.
St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 9QL. Tel: 01904 552036. Website: www.mansionhouseyork.com.
National Railway Museum
National Centre for Early Music
Home of Britain’s acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the centre offers a year round programme of activities. Includes the annual York Early Music festival in July and the York Early Music Christmas Festival in December.
St. Margaret’s Church, off Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL. Tel: 01904 632220. Website: www.ncem.co.uk
This little haven on the Shambles offers the visitor the chance to dress in costumes from all eras of York’s history such as Viking, Victorian or Medieval and have a photograph taken. A great idea for the family album.
10 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ. Tel: 0871 266 36761. Website: www.past-images.co.uk.
Regiment of Yorkshire Museum
The Museum explores the history of two of Yorkshire’s famous regiments: the Royal Dragoon Guards, and the Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire. With over 80 showcases housing military artefacts collected over the last 300 years.
3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB. Tel: 01904 731532. Website: www.yorkarmymuseum.co.uk.
Richard III Museum
Housed in Monk Bar, the tallest and most impressive of the Medieval Gatehouses which boasts a rare example of a working portcullis. The exhibition tells the story of Richard III.
Monk Bar, York, YO1 7LQ Tel: 01904 615505. Website: www.richardiiiexperience.com.
The Ghost Hunt of York
7.30pm from the Shambles every night. At the strike of half past seven the Victorian Guide in his frock coat, cape and top hat manifests at the bottom of the Shambles. Ringing his death bell he gathers the waiting hunters. No need to book.
The Ghost Trail of York
7.30pm from the West Doors of the Minster. Every night – whatever the weather. Dare you travel back in time, cross the centuries and experience the stories that make up the hidden and blood chilling history of York’s ghostly tradition? Traditional tales. No need to book.
York Minster West doors, High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH. Tel: 01904 633276. Website: www.ghosttrail.co.uk.
The Original Ghost Walk of York
Believed to be the world’s first ghost walk. We offer a night of history and mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind. No need to book. 8pm every night from the Kings Arms Pub, Ouse Bridge. Tel: 01759 373090 or 01904 764222. Website: www.theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk.
The Original Viking Walk
In 866 AD a pagan army attacked the north of England. The city we know today as York fell victim to Ivar the Boneless and his Viking army. They came, they settled, they built – JORVIK. Who were the Vikings? Why did they come here? Where did they go? 07716141787. Please check the website for walk dates and times: originalvikingwalk.co.uk.
Only a few metres from York Minster. Treasurer's House has a history spanning 2000 years, from the Roman road in the cellar to the Edwardian servants’ quarters in the attics and thirteen period rooms in between. Explore the interior world of a very eccentric bachelor then dare to step inside the ghost cellar!
All the latest mainstream movies are shown at this chain cinema. Clifton Moor Centre, Stirling Road, York, YO30 4XY. 08712 240 240. Website: Vue Cinema York.
York Art Gallery
Experience the world through oil and canvas, watercolours and ceramics. Walk through galleries spanning 600 years from the time of the War of the Roses right up to the present day.
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW. Tel: 01904 687687. Website: www.yorkartgallery.org.uk.
Visit York’s friendly and independent Brewery where beer is brewed using traditional methods. Join one of the daily guided tours around the brewery for an informative and entertaining insight into the art of the master brewer.
York Castle Museum
Experience life as a Victorian. Walk down cobbled streets and peer through the windows of shops long gone. Take a journey through six hundred years of life in Britain, from parlours to prisons, marriages to the mill house.
Join the red city sightseeing bus for an entertaining and informative tour of York. Hop on and off at any of the 16 stops – your ticket is valid for 24 hours. Pay on the bus.
York Farmer's Market
A long established and leading farmer’s market in the North. All under cover and comprising between 30 and 60 stalls dependent on season. A fabulous range of fresh local produce offered directly to the consumer in a market full of atmosphere and promoting a dialogue and understanding between producer and consumer. Held on the third Saturday of each month 9am-12 noon.
York Auction Centre, Murton, York. Tel: 01904 489731. Website: .
York Gliding Centre
Where better to experience your first taste of gliding than the York gliding centre. In silent flight using only the powers of nature you can look down upon the magnificence of the city of York and look around at the beautiful Vale of York that surrounds it.
The Aerodrome, Rufforth, York, YO23 3NA. Tel: 01904 738694. Website: www.yorkglidingcentre.co.uk.
York Golf Range
York golf range is located just off the A64 complete with café and pro shop. 18 covered bays with the easytee automated teeing system, 6 heated bays, 8 outdoor bays. All weather putting course. Beginners welcome.
Greystones Farm, Towthorpe, York, YO32 9ST. Tel: 01904 499275. Website: www.yorkgolfrange.co.uk.
One of York’s most popular summer attractions will be open once again in July to baffle visitors with its’ new design. Carved out of an “amaizing” 1.5 million growing maize plants York maze is thought to be the largest maze in the world. There is also a fun house, kids adventure activities and pig racing.
York Motor Sports Village
A wide selection of racing packages to suit all ages. Children from 4 years old can find their ‘racing feet’ in the fun, safe and easy to drive electric F3 ‘junior’ karts. Older children from 8 years old can enjoy the F2 petrol karts and for adults and children over 13 years old the F1 ‘Pro’ fleet is available. Fully licenced coffee and wine bar. “As long-time members of the National Karting Association (NKA) so you can rest assured that the quality of our equipment and safety of our customers is paramount”.
York Theatre Royal
York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama for great value in the city for over 250 years.
St. Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD. Tel: 01904 623568. Website: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.
Make the most of your time in York and take to the river! Sit back and enjoy the sights of York City and country by day or by night whatever the weather. You can relax with a drink from the bar/ coffee shop and rest your feet in the comfort of the heated lounge or open sundecks and take in the ever-changing scenery.
Yorkshire Air Museum
Unique museum based on authentic WWII Bomber Commend Station. Tremendous atmosphere with fascinating exhibitions including restored control tower and, memorial gardens and rooms, air gunners’ display.
Halifax Way, Elvington, York, YO41 4AU. Tel: 01904 608595. Website: yorkshireairmuseum.org.
Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
Walk in the footsteps of Romans and discover a land pillaged by Vikings. See beasts turned to stone from a time when dinosaurs ruled the planet. Discover the jewels of Kings and the spoils of war.
Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR. . Website: www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk.
Reach the parts of York other visitors miss! Entertaining historical guided walks. See York is on one of these fascinating walks. There is no need to book, the walks start from Museum Gardens twice daily at 10.30am and 2.15pm from February-November.
Tel: 01904 622303. Website: www.yorkwalk.co.uk.
More places to visit back to top
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
Late Georgian family house (1804) by Peter Atkinson, assistant to Carr of York, for Benjamin Agar Esq. Its outstanding feature is a cantilevered stone staircase curving past a Venetian window. It is home to the largest private collection of paintings by Staithes Group Artists.
Warthill, York, YO19 5XJ. Tel: 01904 489298. Website: www.brockfieldhall.co.uk.
Burnby Hall Gardens
Burnby Hall Gardens is home to the National Collection of Waterlillies, 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.
33 The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QE
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby
An hour from York the 17th century house where James Cook lodged as apprentice seaman to Whitby shipmaster Captain John Walker. Rich collections of exhibits about Yorkshire’s most famous son. Includes period rooms in the meticulously restored house.
Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA. Tel: 01947 601900. Website: www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk
Castle Howard, one of the most beautiful historic houses in England. With its antique collections, breathtaking grounds, fountains, lakes and spectacular gardens. It is a special day out for everyone.
Excellent facilities complement Yorkshire’s finest Cistercian Abbey ruin, with over 10 historic buildings to explore set in stunning landscape. Including a Monastic water mill, an 18th century water garden and the sight of 500 wild deer. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.
Harewood House, home to the Queen’s cousin, the Earl of Harewood, provides a wonderful day out for all the family. The House, with its outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating ‘Below Stairs’ exhibition, is set in spectacular grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks.
A visit to Harewood offers the opportunity to marvel at the collections in the House, explore the gardens and bird garden, take a boat trip across the lake, while youngsters can enjoy the challenge and excitement of the Adventure Playground! With an extensive programme of events and exhibitions, Harewood offers something for all.
Fulfil the ambition of a lifetime and enjoy fantastic aerial views of York and surrounding countryside with one of the York aerial tours.
Sherburn Airfield, Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 6JE. Tel: 01977 680206. Website: hieldsaviation.co.uk.
Previously located in York, Impressions Gallery is an independent gallery for contemporary photography. They run a range of workshops and events.
Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD. Tel: 01274 737843 . Website: www.impressions-gallery.com.
Newby Hall and Gardens
Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britain’s finest Robert Adam interiors Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. The house is surrounded by stunning gardens with one of Europe’s longest double herbaceous borders. For sat nav use postcode HG4 5AJ. Website: www.newbyhall.com.
North of England Activity Centre
North of England Activity Centre is based at Rufforth near York. It offers clay pigeon shooting, quad bikes, archery, off road driving and much more. The site covers 34 acres and includes purpose built embankments.
Tinker Lane, Harewood Whin, Rufforth, York, YO23 3RR Tel: 01904 738120. Website: www.noeac.com.
North York Moors National Park
Come and visit the North York Moors National Park situated only 30 minutes drive from York. Wild heather moorland, miles of dramatic coastline, quaint villages and lively market towns make up this vibrant National Park.
Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH. Tel: 01845 597426. Website: www.northyorkmoors.org.uk.
Royal Armouries Museum
Experience spectacular live demonstrations, lavish re-enactments, films, unique handling collections, jousting tournaments and thousands of exhibits from a famous collection of arms and armour. The Royal Armouries Museum will fascinate visitors of all ages and interests whatever the weather.
Located in the village of Sutton on the Forest. Sutton Park is an 18th-century Georgian country house situated on the edge of the village of Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire. The house contains examples of exquisite hand-painted Chinese wallpaper and a wonderful collection of porcelain including Meissen and Sevres.
Sutton on the Forest, York, YO61 1DP. Tel: 01347 810249. Website: www.statelyhome.co.uk
Why not step back through the years with a Victorian style portrait, recreate past images from a time of elegance and charm. Nestled in the quaint old streets beneath the Abbey; this popular tourist attraction has enjoyed continued success throughout the years, with many families returning time after time. The Victorian Image Whitby is a family run business, established in 1980.
11 Sandgate, Whitby, YO22 4DB. Tel: 01947 600610. Website: www.thevictorianimage.co.uk