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Things to do in the York area

The York Area

Here's our guide to Attractions and things to do in York's surrounding area... We realise that the York City Walls make us all feel protected and content with the city centre, but don't be scared of sampling the attractions and sights of our beautiful local Yorkshire area. York is luckily has a well connected major UK train station so the whole of United Kingdom is your oyster. This guide covers things to see and do in York's surrounding area, easily accessible by train, car, bus or coach journey.

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Yorkshire is certainly not without its beauty - the Yorkshire Dales are breathtaking in their spectacular drama and the architecture of York itself is impressive indeed. Yet the county is also exceptionally lucky to be home to a number of beautiful historic houses and gardens, all cared for in perpetuity by the National Trust..


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York makes an excellent jumping-off point for the marvellous countryside and unique attractions nearby.

There are literally dozens of stately homes and grand houses within striking distance of York, many of them open to the public. One of the most famous of these is Castle Howard, known to millions of television fans as the location for 'Brideshead Revisited'.

The scenic and welcoming North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Wolds and Yorkshire Coast are all just a short drive away.

Also never forget that North Yorkshire was recently voted the most beautiful county in England!

Castle Howard near York

The Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard 


Murton Park

Murton Lane, York, YO19 5UF
phone: 01904 489966    fax: 01904 489159

Four great family attractions in one. From the Four Seasons exhibition hall and Livestock buildings to fields and pens at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. Step back in time to Brigantium, the Roman Fort and Danelaw Dark Age Village - where you just might bump into a Roman, Viking or Saxon amongst the recreated buildings. The Derwent Valley Light Railway operates on Sundays.

Flamingo Land Zoo and Theme Park

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6PZ
phone: 01653 668 287

Flamingo Land incorporates Theme Park, Zoo and Holiday resort in one.


Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD
phone: 01904 470666    fax: 01904 470002

This wonderful Georgian house is filled with 18th century treasures including portraits loaned by the National Portrait Gallery. There are beautiful gardens and parkland. All this is complemented by a Victorian laundry, excellent facilities for children, shop and restaurant.

Castle Howard

York, YO60 7DA
phone: 01653 648444    fax: 01653 648501

Castle Howard, one of the most beautiful historic houses in England. With its antique collections, breathtaking grounds, fountains, lakes and spectacular gardens. It is a special day out for everyone.

Duncombe Park

Helmsley, York, YO62 5EB
phone: 01439 770213    fax: 01439 771114

Delightful home of Lord and Lady Feversham. Unoccupied for more than 60 years. Now fully restored as a family home. Containing many original C18th family portraits and Lord Feversham's fine collection of period furniture.

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington, York, YO62 5UY
phone: 01439 748283    fax: 01439 748284

The sheltered walled garden on the bank of the River Rye with its delightful mixed borders, orchards of traditional fruit varieties and spring-flowering meadows, complements this mellow 17th-century manor house. From the magnificent oak-panelled hall, follow three staircases to discover family rooms, the nursery, the haunted room and the attics, with their fascinating Carlisle collection of miniature rooms fully furnished to reflect different periods.

Rievaulx Terrace & Temples

Rievaulx, York, YO62 5LJ
phone: 01439 798340    fax: 01439 748284

A ½ml long grass terrace and adjoining woodland, with vistas over Rievaulx Abbey (English Heritage) to Ryedale and the Hambleton Hills. There is an abundance of spring flowers and two mid-18th-century temples. The Ionic Temple, intended as a banqueting house, has elaborate ceiling paintings and fine 18th-century furniture.

Kirkham Priory

Whitwell on the Hill, York, YO60 7JS
phone: 01653 618768

The ruins of this Augustinian priory, including a magnificent carved gatehouse, are set in a peaceful & secluded valley by the River Derwent.

Sutton Park Stately Home

Sutton on the Forest, York, YO61 1DP
phone: 01347 810249    fax: 01347 211251

Located in the village of Sutton on the Forest. Home to Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield, the house is early Georgian style and contains examples of exquisite hand-painted Chinese wallpaper and a wonderful collection of porcelain including Meissen and Sevres. Enjoy a stroll in the gardens which overlooks spacious parkland which is thought to have been designed by Meikle, a follower of Capability Brown.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
phone: 01904 489966
open: March - October, 10am-5pm. November - February, 10am-4pm

Murton Park covers 10 acres and includes: The Yorkshire Museum of Farming - farm tools and domestic equipment from Victorian to 1950/1960's. Brigantium Roman Fort, Danelaw Dark Age Village. Derwent Valley Light Valley Railway (Sunday and Bank Holiday only). Cafe and Gift Shop.

Yorkshire Air Museum

Halifax Way, Elvington, York
phone: 01904 608595       fax: 01904 608246

opening times: Summer, 10am - 5pm. Winter, 10am - 3.30pm.

Unique award winning museum based on authentic WWII Bomber Command Station. Tremendous atmosphere with fascinating exhibitions including restored Control Tower, Memorial Gardens and Rooms, Air Gunners' display, Airborne Forces Museum and much more.

The impressive collection of aircraft includes a restored WWII Halifax bomber. Modern jets including Harrier GR3 and Tornado GR4.

Eden Camp

Off A64 Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
phone: 01653 697777

A visit to Eden Camp will transport you back to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds and even smells of those dangerous years. This multi award-winning Museum is constructed in the huts of an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. Allow 4 hours plus for a visit.


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