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.

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York, North Yorkshire

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
Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire

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
Leyburn, North Yorkshire

Bolton Castle is a spectacular mediaeval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of Wensleydale, inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Bolton Castle
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

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.

Burton Agnes Hall
Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

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
Malton, North Yorkshire

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.

Castle Howard
Conisbrough, South Yorkshire

This partially restored, medieval fortification was built in the 11th Century by William de Warenne, The Earl of Surrey.

Conisbrough Castle
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Take a picturesque walk through a woodland tea garden and see a 30foot Falling Foss Waterfall in Whitby, North York Moors.

Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall
Ripon, North Yorkshire

A National Trust property, Fountains Abbey is the most complete Cistercian abbey in Britain. Studley Royal offers an ornamental water garden and decorative Victorian Church in the heart of a medieval deer park.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Leeds, West Yorkshire

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
Middleham, North Yorkshire

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
Ripon, North Yorkshire

Visit Newby Hall and Gardens in Ripon, North Yorkshire setting for Jane Austen's Mansfield Park and enjoy a superb day out for all the family.

Newby Hall and Gardens
Nunnington, North Yorkshire

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
Whitby, East Yorkshire

This beautiful public gardens with a local history museum and elegant sunken pool and themed gardens.

Pannett Park
Skipton, North Yorkshire

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
Near Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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
Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Rievaulx Terrace, Ryedale's 18th Century landscape, looking down at stunning views looking down onto the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey located in the North York Moors National Park.

Rievaulx Terrace
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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
Malton, North Yorkshire

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
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Sewerby Hall is a country house set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 2 miles from the seaside town of Bridlington.

Sewerby Hall & Gardens
Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Sheffield Botanical Gardens were designed by Robert Marnock in 1836, full of 5000 species of plants in 19 acres of land.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Skipton, North Yorkshire

900 year old Skipton Castle is one of the best-preserved and most complete medieval castles in England, despite enduring a three-year siege in the Civil War.

Skipton Castle
Driffield, East Yorkshire

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
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Beautiful gardens, with a pond and statues with stunning vies of South Bay and the old town of Scarborough.

South Cliff Italian Gardens
Leeds, West Yorkshire

Leeds, Collections at Temple Newsam are designated as being of national significance, presented in authentically restored interiors.

Temple Newsam House
York, North Yorkshire

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
Whitby, North Yorkshire

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.

Whitby Abbey

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.

York Gate Garden, nr Leeds

Castle Walks in Yorkshire - Peter Williamson Castle Walks in Yorkshire provides hours of enjoyable walks through the rich historical heritage of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Castles - Maurice Turner Yorkshire Castles. Explore historic Yorkshire with this comprehensive guide, including a list of around 100 sites.

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