History Highlights & Hidden Gems

History Highlights

Yorkshire is a county steeped in fascinating history and heritage you’re guaranteed to find lots to see and do!

York is one of the most interesting and important historic cities in the world. Wander through quaint cobbled streets and discover the ancient history of this romantic city. Visit The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall and stroll around the beautiful gardens before discovering the rich history of this hall through its remarkable collections of silver, furniture and paintings.

From the world’s greatest treasures to the smallest curiosities, York Minster is one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history. Explore a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, its vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music. Or explore the quiet corners revealing unexpected stories and human inspiration, what will you discover?

Yorkshire has been the setting of many royal battles and this turbulent history can be seen in the iconic ruins set atop rugged headlands. Head on a tailor-made tour to explore a wide range of periods from the medieval era through to the industrial archaeology with Roundhouse History Tours.

Our ancient coastlines hold a dazzling array of dinosaur fossils and our small fishing towns and villages boast a long standing maritime tradition.

Head inland to Rievaulx Abbey located in the North York Moors National Park and visit the brand new museum for 2016. Here you can see previously unseen artefacts from the abbey including elaborate medieval stone carvings, chess pieces and gold coins which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.

Explore the calming surrounds of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden - just one of Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the other being Saltaire in Bradford). Amid the beauty and tranquillity of this magnificent abbey there’s also lots for families to do including den building, pond dipping, deer watching, bike riding and wildlife walks.

Hidden Gems

Hidden gems await your arrival as the last remains of the summer sun wash over the landscape, painting wonderful gardens ruby and gold.

York Gate Garden was created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century (now owned and managed by Perennial). It is a garden of immense style and craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period.

From walled gardens to small gardens in stately and sedate settings, before the first frost arrives there is still time to visit over 35 of the finest gardens across our county. Discover ‘Capability’ Brown landscapes such as Burton Constable Hall and Gardens, East Yorkshire’s best kept secret. Meander through the historic grounds or uncover the 18th century ‘Cabinet of Curiosities within the grand rooms of this impressive hall.

You will fall in love with Brodsworth Hall and Gardens and the ever changing fortunes of the people that lived and worked here. Located just to the north of Doncaster, wander around this gently and beautifully preserved Victorian country house, before taking a turn around the pleasure gardens, spectacularly restored to their full splendour.

Enjoy the ever changing palette of colour in the beautiful gardens that surround East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley. Relax in any one of the sheltered spaces and enjoy the tranquillity of the Wild Garden, the scented Herb Border or the Formal Garden.

This article was taken from our Autumn 2016 Guide.