English Heritage in Yorkshire

Inspiration & exploration

In Yorkshire, there's always something to see or do with English Heritage. With 18 different historic properties in some of the most stunning locations for you to enjoy including coastal castles, moorland abbeys and grand countryside estates, each uniquely different.
Here are some suggestions for days out that are sure to go down in history.


Head for the coast to the iconic ruins of Whitby Abbey and see why generations have been drawn to this dramatic headline with its fabulous views. Discover the Abbey's fascinating history in our visitor centre and audio guide. Alternatively, why build sandcastles on the beach when you can climb the battlements of a real one at Scarborough Castle.


Explore Rievaulx Abbey, one of the most tranquil sites in Yorkshire, and discover why it was described as ‘everywhere peace, everywhere serenity'. From Rievaulx follow in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims along the Cleveland Way Trail to Helmsley Castle (3 miles) and discover how castle life evolved with our audio guide.


Enjoy some of the best views of York combined with almost 950 years of history with a visit to Clifford's Tower. Situated in the historical Eye of York, no trip to the City would be complete without a visit.


Brodsworth Hall & gardens are unique. No glossily restored showpiece the house is ‘conserved as found'. In contrast the gardens are beautifully restored - a "collection of grand gardens in miniature", complete with children's play area.

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