Yorkshire Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

Yorkshire has a wonderfully rich, historic heritage which you will find in the castles, gardens and stately homes scattered around the diverse regions of England’s largest county. Visit Skipton’s medieval castle, Wensleydale’s Bolton Castle, the magnificent 18th century Castle Howard and many more ancient castle sites. Explore Leed’s Harewood House and Gardens, Ripon’s Newby Hall and Gardens, York’s Beningbrough Hall stately home and gardens. Experienced gardeners and novices alike will relax and be inspired in the county’s magnificent gardens from Harrogate’s RHS Harlow Carr to Ripon’s Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park and much more.

    Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

  • Beningbrough Hall

    Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens make a great day out near York. Bring the family and enjoy the wilderness play area and interactive gallery with superb collection of 18th century portraits. The eight acres of formal gardens include over 50 varieties of apples and pears.

    Beningbrough Hall Website Map Where to Stay
  • Bolton Abbey

    Bolton Abbey is on the banks of the River Wharfe in acres of beautiful countryside. Explore the ruins of the Priory, wander along the woodland nature trails, stroll beside the river, visit the tea rooms and cafes, look around the village shops, or just relax in this romantic location.

    Bolton Abbey Website Map Where to Stay
  • Bolton Castle

    Bolton Castle is a spectacular medieval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of Wensleydale, inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is a 14th Century castle and is a Grade I listed building. Visit our medieval Mary Garden (Catholic Garden), herb garden, vineyard & maze, rose gardens & bowling green. They do weddings and private events.

    Bolton Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • Burton Agnes Hall

    This is an Elizabethan Manor House built by Sir Henry Griffith in 1601-10 in the village of Burton Agnes. It has a notable art collection, a walled garden, a courtyard cafe and craft shops. They invite you to become a member of Burton Agnes Hall, to join us in enjoying & supporting their fabulous home and gardens.

    Burton Agnes Hall Website Map Where to Stay
  • Burton Constable

    Burton Constable makes a brilliant family day out in East Yorkshire with lots to see and do. As well as acres of parkland to explore, this country-house museum is filled with fine furniture, paintings, sculpture, fossils, natural history specimens and an important collection of scientific instruments.

    Burton Constable Website Map Where to Stay
  • Castle Howard

    Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape. The Grade I listed building, stately home is 15 miles north of York. The grounds are open 10am - 4pm, the House opens at the end of March for the season. Parking is free.

    Castle Howard Website Map Where to Stay
  • Conisbrough Castle

    This partially restored, medieval fortification was built in the 11th Century by William de Warenne, The Earl of Surrey. The Conisbrough castle is found in Doncaster, South Yorkshire and part of English Heritage. Delve into the medieval world of Lord and Lady de Warenne. They are open weekends until the 1st April when they are open everyday 10am - 6pm

    Conisbrough Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall

    Take a picturesque walk through a woodland tea garden, set in the grounds of Midge Hall, a tiny cottage at the top of 30 foot Falling Foss Waterfall in Whitby, North York Moors. Open from the Easter holidays to the end of September. Perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy light refreshment.

    Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall   Website Map Where to Stay
  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

    This spectacular 12th Century remains of the most complete Cistercian abbey in Britain is part of the National Trust. An elegant Elizabethan mansion; extensive ornamental water garden, granted World Heritage Status in 1986 and exquisitely decorative Victorian Church in the heart of the medieval deer park. There is always plenty going on there.

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Website Map Where to Stay
  • Goddards House and Gardens

    Built in 1927 for Noel and Kathleen Terry, known for Terry's chocolate making business, Goddard's House is open for the public from Wednesday to Sunday between 10.30pm & 17.00pm. It has just re-opened with new displays about the Terry's family life.

    Goddards House and Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Goldsborough Hall

    This Jacobean stately home, near Knaresborough, is a Grade II listed building, where you can visit, dine or enjoy a 5 star stay. It is an excellent wedding venue, with 12 luxurious rooms for guests. 13th Century St Mary's Church stands adjacent to the Hall's grounds, perfect for combining a church wedding and reception at Goldsborough.

    Goldsborough Hall Website Map Where to Stay
  • Harewood House and Gardens

    Harewood House and gardens are just outside Leeds. The Grade 1 listed house is one of the foremost historic homes in England with large art collection and Nickelin-starred dining. Visit Harewood Bird Garden and more than 100 acres of garden with adventure playground.

    Harewood House and Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

    This stunning garden and park hosts more than 70 striking contemporary sculptures in a beautiful, peaceful setting. It covers 45 acres of woodland, garden, an arboretum, 3 lakes and a number of features including a Himalayan Shelter, Pagoda, summerhouse, decorative bridges and a Contemplation Circle. Open spring 16th April - 14th July and autumn 5th October - 3rd November. Tuesday - Sunday (and Bank Holidays)

    Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Howden Minster

    Howden Mister is a large Grade I listed Church of England church in the Diocese of York, part of English Heritage. It is the 14th century elaborately decorated ruins of the chancel and chapter house. It is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. Open everyday except 24-26th Dec & 31st Dec - 1st Jan.

    Howden Minster Website Map Where to Stay
  • Jervaulx Abbey

    This is a 16th century abbey in Ripon, North Yorkshire is open all year round. Their popular tearooms provides locally sourced, homemade refreshments. They can host weddings and other events, in atmospheric ruins of the abbey. They also have a 2.5 acre camping & caravan site very near Jervaulx Abbey.

    Jervaulx Abbey Website Map Where to Stay
  • Middleham Castle

    Middleham Castle was once the childhood home of Richard III and is a fascinating castle to explore with exhibition highlighting the castle's notable personalities and fantastic views of Wensledayle from the view platform.

    Middleham Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • Mount Grace Priory

    This is best preserved and most accessible of the nine medieval, 14th Century, Carsuthian houses in England, in the parish of East Harsley, North Yorkshire. Mount Grace Priory is a National Trust visitor attraction, admission free to members (except on event days).

    Mount Grace Priory Website Map Where to Stay
  • Newby Hall and Gardens

    Newby Hall and Gardens, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon, is the setting for Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. It is the family home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton and is one of England's finest houses. Open from the end of March to the end of September.

    Newby Hall and Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Nunnington Hall near York

    Nunnington House is a picturesque National Trust Yorkshire Manor House famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions.

    Nunnington Hall near York Website Map Where to Stay
  • Pannett Park

    This beautiful public gardens with a local history museum and elegant sunken pool and themed gardens. Situated very near the centre of Whitby, the park offers a haven of peace and quiet. The Heritage Lottery Fund & Big Lottery Fund Park for People Programme have regenerated Pannett Park.Open all year round, no entry fee.

    Pannett Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Parcevall Hall Gardens

    Parcevall Hall Gardens are the only large gardens open to the public in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There is year round interest not only for the plantsman, but also for anyone who enjoys peace and tranquility in this natural setting.

    Parcevall Hall Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Plumpton Rocks Landscape Garden

    Plumpton Rocks Historic Landscape Garden was described by Queen Mary as 'Heaven on Earth'. It is 30 acres of parkland between Harrogate and Wetherby with tranquil lakeside walks, dramatic millstone grit rock formations and woodland trails through bluebells and rhododendrons.

    Plumpton Rocks Landscape Garden Website Map Where to Stay
  • RHS Harlow Carr

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr makes a wonderful day out at any time of the year. Covering 68 acres, it has a wide variety of landscapes from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows. Betty's teashop and restaurant are on site with delicious afternoon tea and meals to complete your day.

    RHS Harlow Carr Website Map Where to Stay
  • Rievaulx Terrace

    The National Trust owns this abbey ruin, located in the North York Moors National Park, in the market town of Helmsley. At either end of the terrace stand two mid 18th century small Palladian temples, the Tuscan Temple and the Ionic Temple. The temples are open 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week until the 4th November.

    Rievaulx Terrace Website Map Where to Stay
  • Ripley Castle

    Ripley Castle and Gardens, situated 3 miles from Harrogate in North Yorkshire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is an historic attraction open to the public all year round and makes for a fascinating and entertaining day out, in a beautiful location, with memorable surroundings.

    Ripley Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • Scampston Hall and Walled Garden

    To be found in peaceful North Yorkshire, the Walled Garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Open to the public for the first time in 2004, people visit from all over the world and it has been received with great acclaim.

    Scampston Hall and Walled Garden Website Map Where to Stay
  • Scarborough Castle

    Scarborough has a 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline. This royal stronghold has seen more than its fair share of conflict and sieges. Find out more of its fascinating history plus tea in the Master Gunner's House for a great family day out.

    Scarborough Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sewerby Hall & Gardens

    Sewerby Hall is a Grade 1 listed Georgian country house set in 50 acres of award-winning, beautiful landscaped gardens, two miles from the seaside town of Bridlington. There is also a zoo to visit domestic and wild animals from all over the world.

    Sewerby Hall & Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sheffield Botanical Gardens

    Situated off Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, these botanical gardens with 5000 species of plants in 19 acres of land. Go to https://www.sbg.org.uk/opening-times/ for when they are open. The gardens were first created in 1836, and have been an important stage for social and cultural occasions. It hosts art, music and theatre.

    Sheffield Botanical Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Skipton Castle

    Skipton Castle is over 900 years old and is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England, despite enduring a 3 year siege in the Civil War. It is open every day except 3 days over Christmas to the public and to school groups, they hold reconstructions, weddings and other events.

    Skipton Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sledmere House

    There is something about the charm of Sledmere which has captivated visitors for over 200 years.Carefully designed by Sir Christopher Sykes 2nd Baronet and nurtured by successive generations, this very special place brings new devotees every year.

    Sledmere House Website Map Where to Stay
  • South Cliff Italian Gardens

    Beautiful gardens, with a pond and statues with stunning views of South Bay and the old town of Scarborough. They gardens were laid out in the early 20th Century by Harry W. Smith. They are featured in the ITV drama series of The Royal, a spin off of Heartbeat.

    South Cliff Italian Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sutton Park

    Sutton Park is set in beautiful countryside just outside York and this fine estate is owned by the Sheffield family. They offer, private venue, wedding venue, outdoor event and film location hire. For admission prices and opening times go to http://www.sutton-park.co.uk/visit-sutton-park/

    Sutton Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Swinton Druid's Temple

    These stones at the Swinton Estate, look ancient but are really only 200 years old. They were erected by Thomas Danby, the owner of Swinton Estate, Ilton, 3 miles south west of Masham, at the top of the Nidderdale region. The Druid's Temple is found near Leighton Reservoir, surrounded by moorland and Yorkshire Dales Landscape.

    Swinton Druid's Temple Website Map Where to Stay
  • Temple Newsam House

    This Tudor Jacobean house has grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, Leeds. It is open Tuesday to Sunday https://bit.ly/2xLkdRZ for full visitor information. Open to the public and group visits. They offer venue hire, park and gardens, the House and a home farm.

    Temple Newsam House Website Map Where to Stay
  • Thorpe Perrow Arboretum

    Thorp Perrow covers 100 acres of beautiful woodland and they have a packed diary of events all throughout the year. There is an adventure play area, bird and mammal sanctuary and one of the largest collection of shrubs and trees in Northern England. They are open everyday 10am - 5pm.

    Thorpe Perrow Arboretum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Treasurers House

    This National Trust property is just a few metres from York Minster, It has a history spanning 2,000 years, from the Roman road in the cellar to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics, and thirteen period rooms in between. Children's trails, tours, tearoom and relaxing walled garden.

    Treasurers House Website Map Where to Stay
  • Whitby Abbey

    Whitby Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey which was previously a 7th Century Christian monastery. This English Heritage site hosts a Mansion Visitor Centre and holds various interesting events. They Abbey church overlooks the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby. Grounds and museum closed until April 2019 for improvements - then 10am - 6pm.

    Whitby Abbey Website Map Where to Stay
  • York Gate Garden, nr Leeds

    An intimate and charming garden inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, York Gate is one of the most innovative small gardens of the 20th century. It contains 14 distinct outdoor rooms, each with its own intricate design and character. Open between 1st April - 30th September Sunday - Thursdays 12.30pm -4.30pm (closed Fri and Sat) Their Tea Room provides lunches and afternoon teas and they have a plant nursery.

    York Gate Garden, nr Leeds Website Map Where to Stay
  • Yorkshire Lavender

    This is Yorkshire's original family run lavender farm and it promises a great day out. It is 3 miles west of Castle Howard and has award winning gardens, a specialised plant nursery, a tea room, sculpture park, lavender maze and play area. It is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, from the end of March to the end of September.

    Yorkshire Lavender Website Map Where to Stay