Yorkshire's Great Houses

Yorkshire boasts the highest concentration of stately homes, castles and gardens in England and this breadth of offer ensures that there are a whole host of ideas for great days out with something to suit everyone. Taking you back to a glorious era of hospitality, culture and learning, our great houses are a treat to savour and enjoy.

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  • Barley Hall, York

    Barley Hall, York

    Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern façade of a derelict office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history revealed.

    The building has now been restored to its original splendour, with stunning high ceilings, exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. It has been decorated to replicate the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home, sit on the chairs, handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in medieval England.

    Contact - Tel: 01904 610275

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  • Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Brodsworth, nr Doncaster

    Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Brodsworth, nr Doncaster

    Inside this beautiful Victorian country house time really does stand still. Almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home.

    Brodsworth’s Gardens are a plant-lover’s paradise. Whatever time of year you visit, there will always be something to catch your eye. Wonderfully restored to their original horticultural splendour explore the magnificent fern dell, stunning displays of roses and immaculate lawns.

    Visitors can share lazy summer Sunday afternoons by enjoying the sounds of local brass bands, while children can let off steam in the adventure playground. Let them embark on a world of imagination aboard the Thellusson Explorer, before climbing the play frame and having fun on the mini rockers and swings.

    Contact - Tel: 01302 722598

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  • Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens, Burton Agnes, Driffield

    Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens, Burton Agnes, Driffield

    Simon Jenkins, author of ‘England’s Thousand Best Houses’, described Burton Agnes Hall as ‘the perfect English house’ and one of England’s twenty finest houses. To the Cunliffe-Lister family the Hall is home, which is filled with treasures collected by the family over the centuries and they delight in sharing it with their visitors.

    Outside, the gardens offer a feast for the senses. There is a classical pond, Woodland Walk and through the seasons, the Elizabethan walled garden contains a magnificent floral display with several thousand plant varieties.

    Many treats await visitors in the courtyard. Unique, handcrafted gifts and souvenirs can be found in our ‘Home and Garden’ Shop and Gift Shop and the café offers home-made meals using the garden’s fruit and vegetables and local ingredients.

    Contact - Tel: 01262 490324

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  • Burton Constable Hall, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh

    Burton Constable Hall, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh

    Burton Constable is one of the best places to visit in East Yorkshire with lots to see and do for the whole family. This truly hidden gem set in 300 acres of natural parkland offers unrivalled access to more than 30 rooms and its interiors of faded grandeur are filled with collections of exquisite furniture, paintings and sculpture, a library of 5,000 books and a remarkable 18th century ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

    What’s new – Following restoration of the stable block and courtyards the Stable Master’s Sitting Room, Tack Rooms, Clock Room and Stable Lad’s Bedchamber will be open to the public for the first time.

    Delicious homemade cakes are available in our Stables Tea and our small gift shop has lots of unique gifts and souvenirs.

    Contact - Tel: 01964 562400

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  • Castle Howard, York

    Castle Howard, York

    Maginificent 18th century house built by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle. Today Castle Howard remains home to the Howard family; it’s dramatic interiors filled with world-renowned collections, including furniture, porcelain, sculpture and paintings, gathered by succeeding generations. Discover the house, as guides share stories of the house and family and explore the monumental parkland, dotted with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Attractions include a walled garden, self-guided woodland trails, a free illustrated trail booklet for children, land-train rides, summer boat trips and adventure playground as well as a choice of cafés and shops, including garden centre, farm shop and gift shops. There is also a changing programme of exhibitions and family events throughout the year.

    Contact - Tel: 01653 648333

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  • Fairfax House, Castlegate, York

    Fairfax House, Castlegate, York

    Fairfax House is one of the finest eighteenth century townhouses in England. With magnificent stucco ceilings, grand staircase and Venetian window this is a classical architectural masterpiece of its age. Originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax and his daughter, the richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished architect, John Carr. Today it is home to the superb Noel Terry collection of Georgian furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie’s as one of the best collections formed in the 20th century. The collection perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling. Let Fairfax House transport you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society.

    Contact - Tel: 01904 655543

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  • Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds

    Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds

    Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape.

    One of the treasure houses of England, Harewood was built in the mid-18th century and has magnificent interiors by Robert Adam, furniture by Thomas Chippendale and paintings by JMW Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco, among others.

    An Italianate Terrace, designed by Charles Barry, provides stunning views of ‘Capability’ Brown's landscape and lake.

    Harewood is just as much about today as it is about history, there are exhibitions of contemporary art, stunning gardens including the Himalayan and Walled Gardens, an Adventure Playground and an exotic collection of endangered bird species.

    For details of Harewood’s events and exhibitions for 2014, visit our website below.

    Contact - Tel: 0113 2181010

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  • Kiplin Hall & Gardens, nr Scorton, Richmond

    Kiplin Hall & Gardens, nr Scorton, Richmond

    Award winning attraction - Jacobean country seat of founder of Maryland, George Calvert. ‘Gothic’ wing added in the 1820s and redesigned in 1887 by W.E. Nesfield. This intriguing house is now furnished as a comfortable, late Victorian home with 16 rooms open to the public. The Hall is crowded with an eclectic mix of previous owners’ furniture, paintings, portraits and personalia. Among numerous original paintings from the 16th – 19th centuries are works by Beuckelaer, Carlevarijs, Kauffman and Watts. Commemorative Exhibition – Kiplin Hall in Times of War. Ornamental gardens, productive Walled Garden, Woodland, Lakeside Walks, Exciting Children’s Play Ship. Varied programme of events including outdoor theatre, plant and book fair, torchlight ghost tours and children’s activity days. Plants and garden produce for sale. Tempting Tea Room.

    Contact - Tel: 01748 818178

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  • Lotherton Hall, Towton Road, nr Aberford, Leeds

    Lotherton Hall, Towton Road, nr Aberford, Leeds

    Enjoy a fantastic day out at Lotherton Hall, a charming Edwardian house and country estate once the home to the Gascoigne family. A single entrance price allows access to the house and extensive estate grounds, with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy; from the Bird Garden, wildlife walks and formal gardens, to the historic stables & carriage houses. There is also a deer park, Stables Café, playgrounds and of course, the gift shop. New for 2014: A new interactive area in the house exploring the Gascoignes Abroad, six fascinating stories telling the overseas adventures of the family. Racing zip wires in the park, deer hide and display exploring the secret lives of the deer and wildlife of the park. Please see the website for details of the exciting events programme.

    Contact - Tel: 0113 281 3259

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  • Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire

    Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam houses; an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. The superb contents of the house include a rare set of Gobelins Tapestries, a renowned gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale’s finest furniture. The 25 acres of award-winning gardens are full of rare and beautiful plants. Newby’s famous double herbaceous border forms the main axis; off this central walk are formal compartmented gardens such as Sylvia’s Garden, a specialist Rose Garden, Water Garden and Autumn Garden. The National Collection of CORNUS (dogwoods) is also held at Newby. Other attractions include the miniature railway, children’s adventure garden, contemporary sculpture exhibition, shop and plant centre, licensed restaurant and picnic area. Special events throughout the season – see website below.

    Contact - Tel: 0845 4504068

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  • Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe

    Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe

    Normanby Hall Country Park is a beautiful 300-acre estate set in the heart of North Lincolnshire. Open to the public every day of the year, the park offers the perfect backdrop to your day out. The Hall and the Farming Museum are only open throughout the summer months, but with award winning gardens, exceptional wildlife, exciting events, or just a relaxing environment to enjoy a day out, there is plenty to keep you entertained all year round. New for 2014 is a permanent exhibition that tells the story of how the Hall was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers during WW1. The costume gallery this year will house an exhibit entitled ‘Keep Calm and Look Fabulous’ which will showcase war time fashions.

    Contact - Tel: 01724 720588

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  • Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington

    Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington

    Situated in a unique cliff top position with views over Bridlington Bay, Sewerby Hall and Gardens sits in 50 acres of stunning, award-winning, early 19th Century parkland. Attractions include a zoo, pitch and put golf course, FootGolf and a children’s adventure playground together with The Stables; a café, shop and food to go unit selling locally-produced ice cream, hot and cold beverages and Sewerby memorabilia.

    Events include historical re-enactments, car rallies, magic days and the ever-popular Orangery concerts.

    Sewerby Hall also hosts weddings, civil ceremonies and other special occasions and offers room hire and corporate hospitality.

    You can also book one of the luxury holiday cottages via www.cottages4you.co.uk.
    As part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Phase Two project, the hall is now closed until July 2014.

    Contact - Tel: 01262 673769

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  • Sledmere House & Gardens, Sledmere, Driffield

    Sledmere House & Gardens, Sledmere, Driffield

    Amongst Country Houses, Sledmere House ranks highly in the list of visitors’ most favourite places. Here is a House of unique character and charm designed and now maintained as a family home. Not just an institutional show piece but a Country House performing its original purpose as the magnificent jewel at the centre of a thriving rural estate. Gardeners, antique lovers, military enthusiasts, artists and music buffs all seem instantly at home. A great place for a real country house cream tea, a game of hide and seek, a little indulgent shopping, a brisk walk in the deer park. Children’s play area. Varied programme of events including Nostalgia Weekend, Art Fair, Christmas Fair, Open Farm Sunday, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Stately Home Car Boot Sale, Gardeners’ Weekend and Dog Fun Day.

    Contact - Tel: 01377 236637

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  • Sutton Park, Sutton on the Forest, York

    Sutton Park, Sutton on the Forest, York

    Sutton Park, the Yorkshire home of Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield, is a charming lived in house, built in 1730 by Thomas Atkinson. The House contains beautiful eighteenth century furniture, paintings mostly from Buckingham House, created by Sir John Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham and now Buckingham Palace. Also an important collection of porcelain and magnificent plaster-work by Cortese.

    The gardens attract visitors from home and abroad and have been featured in many prestigious publications. Herbaceous and rose borders are full of rare and interesting plants, laid out with great care over the past forty years. In the grounds, Edwardian Fernery, Georgian Icehouse, Children’s Adventure Playground and Woodland Walk.

    Minister Falconry now open in Walled Garden. Separate charges apply. Please ring for details 01347 811042.

    Contact - Tel: 01347 810249

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  • Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds

    Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds

    A splendid Tudor Jacobean mansion, renowned as being the birthplace of Henry Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots’ infamous husband. The House itself has over forty beautifully restored rooms and outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, along with a changing exhibition programme; highlights for 2014 see two high profile exhibitions, Rembrandt and later in the year Grayson Perry. Set within an Estate of 1500 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, Temple Newsam boasts trails for cycling, walking and riding, an 18th century Walled Garden and national plant collections. Home Farm holds a variety of rare breed animals, there is also a Tea Room serving locally sourced food, a large gift shop and Mrs Pawson’s local produce shop. Lastly, opening this spring will be a new toddler’s playground at Home Farm.

    Contact - Tel: 0113 336 7560

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  • The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham

    The first sight of The Bowes Museum, a French style château in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, never fails to astonish.

    Purpose built in the 19th Century by businessman John Bowes and his French wife Joséphine, it’s one of the most important museums outside London.

    This recently transformed treasure house boasts some of the best examples of European fine and decorative arts in the UK, including paintings by Canaletto, Goya, Van Dyck and El Greco. Stunning galleries are dedicated to Fashion & Textiles, Silver & Metals and British Decorative Arts.

    An acclaimed exhibition programme, Guided Tours and Gallery Talks by specialist curators add to the experience. There is first class dining in Café Bowes, plus a quality shop with a wide range of superb gifts.

    Contact - Tel: 01833 690606

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National Trust - Make the most of your time in Yorkshire

  • Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, nr. York - National Trust

    Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, nr. York

    Experience Georgian life within the grand house and gardens, and discover the faces of the 18th century portraits displayed through our partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. Explore acres of beautiful gardens on a guided walk, or bring the family and go wild in the wilderness play area. Taste fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden as we serve up the day's harvest in the Walled Garden Restaurant. Look out for family events and activities all year including Artrageous! workshops.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01904 472027

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  • East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley - National Trust

    East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley, West Yorkshire

    This 17th century merchant's home boasts an excellent story of survival. For generations, the estate was a hive of farming activity. Today, visitors can explore the house, relax and unwind in the gardens or enjoy a stroll on the riverside walk. Families can find fun on a garden trail or let off steam in the natural play areas.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01535 607075

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  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, nr. Ripon - National Trust

    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, nr. Ripon

    Travel through nine centuries of history and discover the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins, once one of the wealthiest abbeys in Europe. Wander through the Georgian water garden of Studley Royal and find statues, surprise views, hidden temples and a deer park home to over 500 wild deer. The children's play area and school holiday trails make a great family day out. Enjoy events and activities year-round, from open-air theatre to medieval re-enactments. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01765 608888

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  • Goddards, York - National Trust

    Goddards Garden, York

    Visit the former gardens of Noel Goddard Terry, of the famous York chocolate-making firm. Stroll through the formal terraces and wilderness gardens, past herbaceous borders and along winding pathways to the ponds and restored greenhouse. The National Trust is delighted to have opened the house at Goddards to the public for the first time. For the latest news, opening times and admission please check the website.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01904 702021

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  • Nostell Priory & Parkland, Wakefield - National Trust

    Nostell Priory & Parkland, Wakefield

    Nostell is an 18th century house on a grand scale. Built on the site of a medieval priory, it was the home of the Winn family for over 300 years. Inside the house you'll discover fine collections, including Chippendale furniture unique to Nostell and paintings by Brueghel, Hogarth and Kauffmann. Explore 300 acres of parkland with tranquil lakeside walks, garden trails, an orchard and rose garden. The adventure playground and summer Boredom Busting activities make for a great family day out.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01924 863892

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  • Nunnington Hall, nr. York - National Trust

    Nunnington Hall, nr. York

    A family home with a magical atmosphere, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye. Explore period rooms, see our latest art exhibition and discover one of the world's finest collections of miniature rooms. Enjoy a picnic in the sheltered walled garden amongst springflowering meadows, orchards and resident peacocks.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01439 748283

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  • Rievaulx Terrace, nr. Helmsley - National Trust

    Rievaulx Terrace, nr. Helmsley

    Discover one of Ryedale’s true hidden gems. This 18th century landscape offers one of Yorkshire’s most spectacular views over Rievaulx Abbey. Stroll through the woodland to the beautiful unspoilt terrace – a mere half mile – with its unique views and temples at either end. In spring, a blanket of snowdrops covers the woodland floor, while in summer the terrace is the perfect place for a picnic.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01439 748283

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  • Treasurer's House, York - National Trust

    Treasurer's House, York

    Step inside this elegant town house with a Roman road in the cellar, Edwardian servants' quarters in the attic and the story of Frank Green who created thirteen remarkable rooms in between. See Frank's collection of antique furniture, ceramics and paintings from a 300-year period, or visit the cellar to hear one of the city's most infamous ghost sightings.

    When to visit: Please check website or call for opening information as days and times may vary.

    Contact - Tel: 01904 624247

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