Fabulous holidays in North Yorkshire

Castle Howard

Address: Castle Howard Estate, Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Telephone: 01653 648444

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest historic houses, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 300 year old historic house and garden near York, is open to the public all year round, as well as the shop, gift shop, garden centre, cafes and adventure playground.

Rievaulx Abbey

Address: Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, York YO62 5LB

Telephone: 01439 798228

Rievaulx Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux in 1132 and became one of England’s wealthiest monasteries before its dissolution by King Henry VIII in 1538.

Helmsley Castle / Walled Garden

Address: Castlegate, Helmsley, York YO62 5AB

Telephone: 01439 770442

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history. Helmsley’s walled garden is a five acre garden sitting beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle. It provided vegetables, fruit and flowers for the table at Duncombe Park until just after World War I when it was leased as market garden.


Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is a country house situated in North Yorkshire. The River Rye runs past the house, flowing away from the village of Nunnington. The sheltered walled garden, with spring-flowering organic meadow, orchards and flamboyant peacocks, complements this beautiful Yorkshire house. Nunnnington Hall has a licensed tea-room with waitress service, serving local and seasonal produce. You can also visit the gift shop. There are events that run throughout the year, including art/photography exhibitions, family activities, food events, concerts and much more.

Duncombe Park

Address: Estate Office, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire YO62 5EB

Telephone: 01439 770213

Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates and home to Duncombe family. Located in Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, the estate boasts over 450 acres of spectacular gardens, parklands and nature reserve.


National Centre for Birds of Prey

Address: Duncombe Park, Helmsley YO62 5EB

Telephone: 01439 772080

The National Centre of Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park is the largest collection of these amazing birds in the North of England. You will find over 100 owls, eagles, vultures, falcons, hawks, kites and more in the spacious 10-acre setting.


York is a place of extraordinary culture and historical wealth – it’s like stepping back into the middle ages; the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shop fronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic and famous streets. York Minister is a must-visit, it is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and also one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in the world. York was once capital of a Viking territory; you can head back in time to learn more about this at Jorvik Viking Centre.

York is just a 45-minute drive from Helmsley.

York Races

Address: York Racecourse, Knavesmire Road, York YO23 1EX

Telephone: 01904620911

York Racecourse is one of the finest racecourses in the country and holds 17 race days from May-October, offering a world-class horse racing experience for visitors of all ages. The world’s best racehorses can be seen whilst enjoying locally sourced food. Additional entertainment such as headline music concerts, family events and fashion at the races are a feature of race days throughout the season.


Whitby is famous for so many things, it’s a traditional seaside resort with Blue Flag beaches and has some of the best fish and chips around. Some of its attractions are the world-famous steam train, North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It also has a lot of history, including fishing, Whitby Jet industry, and Captain Cook was born nearby, whose famous ship, the Endeavour, was Whitby-built. It also has its literary connections – Bram Stokers famous Dracula story features the town, with the vampire first coming ashore here from Transylvania in the guise of a black dog. This has inspired the well-established Whitby Goth Festival, which now takes place twice a year in the spring and around Halloween.