Inspiration

Yorkshire boasts the highest concentration of stately homes, castles and gardens in England, ensuring a whole host of ideas for great days out across the county.

Home of Mr and Mrs Richard Compton, Newby Hall is one of England’s finest houses and an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Enjoy 25 acres of award winning gardens full of rare and beautiful plants, a wonderful children’s adventure garden with a moated fort and water play features; a miniature railway to ride and you have a perfect day out for all ages.

Discover the awe-inspiring architecture, interiors and world renowned collections at Castle Howard, just outside York in the Howardian Hills. Explore 1000 acres of parkland and a mixture of sweeping vistas, lakeside terraces, woodlands, temples, statues and formal gardens.

One of the Treasure Houses of England, the historic Georgian property of Harewood House sits within a “Capability” Brown designed landscape, with remarkable views from the award winning Terraces. With bags of space to run around, a massive adventure playground, penguins, flamingos and parrots, there’s no shortage of adventure for kids of all ages - even the grown up ones!

Built in the 1860’s, Brodsworth Hall is one of England’s most unaltered Victorian country houses. Enjoy stunning garden vistas and discover enchanting features such as the pleasure grounds and their fountain centrepiece. A big conservation project launching in June, will give visitors a chance to go behind the scenes and discover how you care for a Victorian mansion and its contents.

Set in the Vale of York, the grand rooms at Beningbrough Hall are a perfect backdrop for the rich collection of portraits featuring people who have made, and are making, British history and culture. Outdoors, see what’s in season in the working Victorian walled garden and stroll among luxurious Edwardian borders. The parkland is perfect for longer walks, with plenty of space and a play area for children to let off steam.

Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens in East Yorkshire is a great day out for all the family. Whether you’re interested in the hall, with its magnificent architecture and impressive collection of art, the beautiful award winning gardens, or the woodland sculpture walk and giant games, you’ll find something for everyone.

Explore the fine Edwardian country home and extensive grounds of Lotherton Hall, home to a deer park, bird garden and nature trails. Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens and keep the kids entertained with a choice of two play areas.

One of East Yorkshire’s best kept secrets, Burton Constable Hall near Hull is a hidden gem nestled in over 300 acres of Historic Grade II listed parkland. Step inside the house and explore more than 30 rooms of faded splendour, then explore the historic grounds designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with woodland and parkland walks in a glorious setting.

Marvel at the dramatic ruins of Gisborough Priory, located on the top most edge of the North York Moors. Dominated by the dramatic skeleton of the 14th century church’s east end, it’s an outstanding example of early Gothic architecture.

This feature was part of our 2016 Summer Guide.