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Touring Yorkshire

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Yorkshire has much to offer in the way of attractions. It includes two national parks, Yorkshire Dales. But there is much more than countryside to attract visitors to the county.

Harrogate, a former spa town, has green open spaces, gardens and many floral displays. The Turkish Baths, established in the 19th century are famous for their Moorish design. The Harrogate museum is in the former Royal Pump room. Antique shops are a lure. The large city of Leeds has many historic buildings in its core. There are lots of museums to visit and historical trails to follow.

Haworth home of the Brontes by Barbara Ballard Yorkshire is a mecca for historic home lovers. Haworth is famous for its connection with the Bronte family. In the town is the Haworth Parsonage, now a museum, where the family lived when their father was the parson at Haworth church. The Bronte sisters rambled around the surrounding countryside making it the settings for many of their novels.

Allerton Park is considered one of the most important Gothic revival homes in England while Markenfield Hall is a medieval moated house with a great hall. At Selby is an abbey with the stars and stripes in one of the stained glass windows. It’s related to the family that was the forerunners of George Washington. Part of the abbey was burned down and later restored.

Harewood House and garden by Barbara Ballard Close to Leeds is Harewood House. This is the former home of Princess Mary, daughter of George V, and Queen for 35 years. The grounds contain beautiful terraced gardens, roses, walled gardens and a view over the lake. Only the ground floor rooms of the house are open, but there are many to see. Magnificent plaster ceilings, portraits and photos of the family are on display.

In the centre of Ilkley is an Elizabethan manor house sitting on Roman foundations. Roman artifacts are on display. East Riddlesden Hall (National Trust) at Keighley is a 17th century manor house with plasterwork, panelling and one of the best tithe barns in England on the grounds.

Nostell Priory by Barbara Ballard Nostell Priory, owned by the National Trust, is on the A638. It has much Chippendale and Jacobean/Elizabethan furniture. The plaster ceilings are exquisite. Ripley Castle, in the town of Ripley, has been home to the same family for 6½ centuries. There’s a teeny priest’s hole—the family were Catholic. In the house is a collection of medieval armor.

Brodsworth Hall by Barbara Ballard Brodsworth Hall, under the umbrella of English Heritage, is a home of another kind. Neglected for more than 100 years since its Victorian construction, it has been left in the condition in which it was received in 1990. Look for the crystal chandeliers with their many reflections in the drawing room mirrors.

Burton constable long gallery by Barbara Ballard Burton Constable Hall, northeast of Hull, offers a guided tour of 20 rooms. On show are a cantilevered staircase, great hall, drawing room, dining room, and a long gallery with original carved oak chairs covered with gilding. Temple Newsam, in a suburban area of Leeds, was the birthplace of Lord Darnley. The Jacobean house, little altered, has, among its attractions, a great hall, painting and plasterwork.

Burton Agnes old manor house undercroft by Barbara Ballard Near the coast in east Yorkshire is Burton Agnes Hall, a Tudor/Jacobean house, little altered since it was built. In the great hall are a long refectory table, original panelling, plasterwork and 17th century furniture. On the grounds is an old manor house (English Heritage) with just the undercroft on view, a maze, small gardens and a village church.

Lotherton Hall near Aberford is an Edwardian house turned into a museum. Paintings, ceramics, furniture and a costume gallery make up the contents. The gardens of Sewerby Hall near Bridlington contain much of botanical interest and include an old English walled garden.

Beningbrough Hall by Barbara Ballard Beningbrough Hall (National Trust) is a 1716 building with a walled garden. The house does not have its original furniture or paintings as they were sold to pay death duties. Look for the finely done woodcarvings around the doors, ceilings, staircase and other locations.

Kirkham priory by Barbara Ballard Don’t miss isolated Kirkham Priory (English Heritage), a dramatic and extensive ruin in a spectacular setting in the hills by a river. Conisbrough castle (English Heritage) southwest of Doncaster is a 12th century keep and a fine medieval building. An av presentation, visitor centre and exhibition add to the attraction.

Castle Howard fountain by Barbara Ballard Castle Howard, a British Treasure House, depicts life in the grand style. It’s where ‘Brideshead Revisited’ was filmed. In addition to touring the home, there are large grounds to explore that include lakes, statues, waterfalls and the temple of the four winds, an elaborate stone garden folly.

17th century Nunnington Hall (National Trust), a Tudor/Jacobean manor house offers a great staircase, panelled hall, old panelled rooms and beams, attics, and a collection of doll house rooms. A ghostly legend clings to the place.

York Minster courtesy Lakelandcam York Treasurers House by Barbara Ballard The cathedral city of York is a must on any Yorkshire itinerary. The Treasurer’s House (National Trust), National Railway Museum, Castle museum, Fairfax house, Yorkshire museum and York Minster are a few of the many attractions. Don’t miss the Foundations/Treasury exhibit in the cathedral basement. Allow at least two hours for the Railway museum. There’s lots to see including royal coaches, train engines and videos.

Inside the Yorkshire Museum are Roman and medieval finds from around York and detailed information on the history of Roman, medieval and abbey life. The medieval diamond-shaped gold piece with an amethyst on it and detailed carving of Christian scenes on both sides is an outstanding find.

York the Shambles courtesy North York Moorscam Walk the walls of York, then visit the Castle museum. It’s worth a half day with its Victorian and Edwardian streets with storefronts; lots of old fireplaces, appliances, old shop paraphernalia; old rooms set up—dining room, parlor, and much much more. Nearby Fairfax House, a Georgian house, is complete with furniture, a beautiful staircase, window and plaster decoration, a dining room, hall, drawing room and bedrooms.

Newburgh Priory west wing by Barbara Ballard Along the southern edge of the moors at the delightful village of Coxwold is Newburgh Priory, the burial place of Oliver Cromwell. A tour fills you in on the family and the portraits. The house contains Elizabethan, Venetian and french furniture. Part of the house has a curse on it. The village church is worth a visit.

At the village of Kilburn is the church where Robert Thompson executed his original carvings of mice as integral parts of church pews and pulpits. Go on a treasure hunt and see how many you can find.

Byland Abbey by Barbara Ballard At Wass right beside a minor road is a must-see Yorkshire site, Byland Abbey (English Heritage). The ruins are massive. The length of the nave is most impressive; it’s the longest one in England. Although the west front, like the rest, is in ruins, its sheer height dominates the landscape. Original tiles are in place on the ground.

Helmsley courtesy Lakelandcam Helmsley is an attractive village with warm tan coloured stone buildings. The stores are interesting; the setting is scenic with a river running through the town. There are medieval wall paintings in the church.

Helmsley castle ditch by Barbara Ballard Helmsley Castle (English Heritage) sits by the village on a steep hill with a surrounding moat. Panoramic views of the rolling green hills are on offer in all directions. Inside the grounds of the castle is a medieval hall complete with its roof, walls and fireplace.

Duncombe park by Barbara Ballard Just outside the village is Duncombe Park. A conducted tour of the house takes in the entry hall, the long ballroom, a yellow, silk-walled drawing room, a library, two sitting rooms, bedrooms, and a dining room. There’s much parkland and some of the largest deciduous trees in England.

Rievaulx abbey by Barbara Ballard Rievaulx Abbey, the extensive ruins of a Cistercian Abbey set in a wooded valley off the B1257 road, is a short distance north-west of Helmsley.

Rievaulx abbey from the terrace by Barbara Ballard Rievaulx Terrace is on a different road on a high hill overlooking the Abbey. At one time there was a mansion here, and a half-mile long terrace walk two hundred feet wide was created to view the abbey ruins. At one end is an Ionic “folly” temple and, at the other, a similar building, both of which had fireplaces and painted ceilings for dining and enjoying the views of the abbey and hills.

Hutton le Hole is a hilltop moor village, all of which is a common, with sheep wandering on the road, around the houses, on the green and everywhere else. The Ryedale Folk Museum is a collection of buildings—a cruck cottage, peasant cottage, farmer’s house and barn—and an exhibition on ways people made a living in Ryedale in the past.

Lastingham St Marys Church by Barbara Ballard Near Hutton le Hole is Lastingham with its houses of warm yellow stone set in a depression by a river. Lastingham’s stone church has a set of stairs leading down to an old crypt.

Off the A170 in Kirkdale is St Gregory’s Minster, a small Saxon church with a historic sundial. In the dale is an underground river.

Esk River near Glaisdale courtesy North York Moorscam Rosedale Abbey is a pretty little stone village, while the roller coaster road toward Egton is a typical bleak moorland scene with sheep and browned heather. The road from Egton to Glaisdale runs beside a river and is heavily treed.

The A169 road toward Pickering and then Cropton is a scenic road with vistas in all directions of bleak moors, green hills and sheep. Pickering is a very busy market town with shopping necessities. Pickering Castle (English Heritage), sitting high on a hilltop right in the town, is mostly a ruin.

Goathland as Aidensfield courtesy Lakelandcam From Pickering a train heads up to Goathland, made famous by the tv series, ‘Heartbeat.’ Here is the small Heartbeat museum with exhibits from the series. Visitors can wander around the village and spot the film locations.

A river runs through Thornton-le-Dale village but so does a major highway, cutting it in half. On one side is an attractive row of cottages by the green and the river. On the other side are shops, a car park and more houses.

Dalby forest walk courtesy North York MoorsCam The Low Dalby Forest Drive is nine miles long and goes through broadleaf and coniferous forest; there are a number of picnic spots. At the end of the drive and beyond are the best scenic spots.

Drive to Snainton where, just past a bend, the road becomes steep, hilly, and curvy, offering views over the isolated landscape of hills and trees. The road widens again past Silpho after a couple of hairpin turns and reaches the A171 to to Robin Hood's Bay.
Robin Hoods Bay distant view courtesy North York Moorscam Along the coast on the edge of a hilltop overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay is a huge old Victorian Hotel; you must park your car there and walk down the steep cliff to the town, built from the bottom up with the houses literally hanging from the cliff.

Whitby Abbey by Barbara Ballard Whitby is a large and busy coastal town. The ruins of Whitby Abbey (English Heritage) are perched on a cliff high above the town. After viewing the abbey, head down the 199 steps to the old port section of the town. Scarborough is home to the castle of the same name. There are views over the water from the castle.

Eskdale offers walks, waterfalls, dramatic scenery, stone villages, and a railway line for those who do not want to drive the steep, twisting, narrow road.

North York Moors centre Danby courtesy North York Moorscam The drive from Glaisdale to Leaholm provides green and pleasant views of trees and hillside farms. Drive up the A171 from Castleton for vistas in all directions. At the Danby Forest Centre are videos on the North York Moors National Park, displays, and exhibitions on the moors.

Head into the Hambleton Hills toward Hawnby. The road twists and turns with views across the countryside, then heads over commons moorland, drops into forests, and goes up a moor, owned by the National Trust. Osmotherley’s attractive cottages are complemented by a church with a 15th century tower, medieval walls, cobbled alleyways and a market cross.

Bilsdale road B1257 by Barbara Ballard. Drive to Faceby and then on to Carlton and climb up to Chop Gate. Head south on the B1257 through Bilsdale, a wide road with rolling cultivated land of dairy farms, sheep grazing, hedgerows and a few trees.

Mt Grace priory by Barbara Ballard Stop at Mt. Grace Priory ruins, a Carthusian monastery originally built in the 15th century, unroofed and partially dismantled in 1539. It was rebuilt in 1900-1905 to show a cell that depicts how each monk lived apart from the others. The priory is a typical medieval charterhouse plan based on two enclosures: a cloister and an inner court. It’s one of the most complete Carthusian priories remaining in England.

James Herriot devotees will want to visit the market town of Thirsk and the World of James Herriot. His former home and surgery are now a museum. Sion Hill at Kirby Wiske, norh-west of Thirsk, is an Edwardian mansion containing an antique collection in its 20 rooms. A bird of prey centre is on the grounds.

Head into the dales area of Yorkshire to Masham, home of the Black Sheep brewery. They offer tours and a video on brewing beer. Try their restaurant.

The town of Ripon has a cathedral of golden stone; inside are carvings and painted ceilings. Under the cathedral is an old, tiny crypt of rough stone used by pilgrims in ancient times; two very long narrow corridors lead to it. It is the oldest complete crypt in England, built around 672 AD. The Police and Prison Museum is housed in the old jail and has historical information and artifacts. The Workhouse is a group of original buildings where the poor were housed and worked for their room and board in the 1850s to 1920s.

North of Ripon is Norton Conyers, a small historic manor house used as a model for the writing of Jane Eyre. A few miles from here is Newby Hall. The expansive grounds, 28 acres of gardens, and house offer much in the way of attractions. Beautiful plaster ceilings and moldings grace the rooms along with Chippendale furniture.

Fountains Abbey by Barbara Ballard Fountains Abbey (National Trust) is a world heritage site. Stop first at the information centre to view the video, then walk across the fields to the green wooded valley by a river to view the most complete Cistercian ruin in the world. The 300-foot long completely intact undercroft with its vaulted ceiling is superlative.

Studley Royal water gardens by Barbara Ballard Two miles away is Studley Royal Water Gardens, a series of lakes, ponds and water cascades. In the grounds overlooking the water are four architectural buildings that include a banqueting room for picnics and a temple dedicated to the goddess Diana. On a high path above the water is a stunning view of Fountains Abbey.

Brimham rocks by Barbara Ballard For the unusual and somewhat bizarre visit Brimham Rocks, owned by National Trust. On this exposed and windswept hilltop the ice age and time have eroded gritstone (sandstone and pebble held together by natural cement) and limestone into hundreds of boulders of varying shapes and sizes which makes for an interesting hour’s walk. Lots of trees grow amongst the boulders.

The road to Pateley Bridge starts out straight and wide open with low farmed hills; eventually it becomes steeper and more scenic and heads down a steep hill into the village, then crawls up a hillside. The hill’s name is Greenhow, and it has severe gradients and bends for two miles.

Linton church by Barbara Ballard Grassington is on a low hill with a small cobbled center and ancient stone buildings in the center. The attractive village offers places to stay, to eat and to shop. Nearby, Linton, a tiny village along a river, has a small 12th century church.

Bolton Abbey estate by Barbara Ballard The road from here, with more cows than sheep, goes to Burnsall, a large village set on a river with a stone bridge and an old church. Continuing south on the B6160 leads to Bolton Abbey estates. The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire own this area of thousands of acres.

Bolton abbey exterior details by Barbara Ballard First stop off the road is Barden Tower, the four walls of a ruined medieval tower to view only from a number of feet away as it’s unsafe. Leaving here, head on to Bolton Abbey’s Strid. This is a heritage preserved area of ancient trees with walks and paths. A bit further down the road are the ruins of Bolton Abbey by the river. The large church is intact and still in use. Inside are wall paintings.

In the town of Skipton is Skipton castle with four round towers connected round a center courtyard. It withstood a three-year siege in the civil war and was the only castle left in the north in Royalist hands.

Aysgarth falls by Barbara Ballard Wharfedale offers a scenic drive. Near Kilnsley high limestone cliffs hover over the road for a short distance. At Aysgarth are three waterfalls. Although not high, the falls are on a wide river and extremely powerful. The water is brown from peat and rushes down with a thundering force.

Hubberholme pub by Barbara Ballard At Hubberholme is an ancient, tiny church with a rare wooden rood screen. Here is a pub with a candle always lit on the bar for more than a hundred years.

Hawes market courtesy Hawes, at the head of Wensleydale, is a busy market town with high fells to both the north and south. The fascinating, homespun Upper Dales Folk Museum displays the history of the Dales and the traditional countryside way of life. Hawes is home to the Wensleydale cheese factory and its excellent restaurant.

Askrigg road by Barbara Ballard Head down to Askrigg, a road over the moors with deep ravines on one side and ridges of limestone cliffs; the view extends for miles in both directions. Come down into the village through a widespread, gently sloping green valley with swelling hills dotted with farms. Askrigg is where the pub and house in the ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ tv show are located. The church was used in the wedding scene of James and Helen.

Take the road to Malham Cove. A national park centre fills in the details on this spectacular limestone country with its cliffs and packhorse and clapper bridges.

Ingleton near Kirkby Lonsdale by Barbara Ballard Ingleton, in the south-west dales area, is a lovely stone village perched partly on a hillside with the lower village down by the river. Here there is a four-mile walk along the river to the falls. Bluebells, wild broom and rhododendrons bloom everywhere. The church has one of the finest Norman fonts in Yorkshire.

On the road near Ingelton is a farm produce and cafe shop with an excellent selection of cheese—120 varieties. To the southwest Ribblesdale looks like the dales you expect—green rolling hills, farms, sheep and a river. Settle is a small town that serves as a shopping stop for this area of the dales.

Bolton castle by Barbara Ballard Bolton castle is a massive ruin (some is roofed and restored) built around a courtyard. It is one of the places Mary, Queen Scots, was kept prisoner.

In the beautiful little stone village of Middleham are the imposing ruins of Middleham Castle (English Heritage) and its great 12th century rectangular keep, the largest in England. This was Richard III’s major home where he grew up and spent most of his life.

Middleham village from the castle by Barbara Ballard From Middleham a minor road traverses Coverdale. Carlton is a lovely flowered-planted village. Down the road are other tiny villages, high rising hills with the view open to the valley below, and the moors.

The road climbs to the village of Kettlewell; turn right onto the B6160 and look back for an unparalleled view. On the A6108 past Leyburn is Jervaulx Abbey; these “romantic” ruins are covered with vegetation and have a neglected look.

Richmond castle keep by Barbara Ballard Richmond, an historic market town on a high hill, has a large cobbled market place, off which is Richmond Castle (English Heritage). Built for defensive purposes, it never saw any action. Climb to the top of the intact great tower for a view over the town and countryside.

Richmond Square courtesy Hampshirecam Visit the small Richmondshire museum—the main attraction here is the original surgery set from All Creatures Great and Small. Near the market square the Georgian Theatre is a fascinating building mostly original. Guided tours give the details.

Gunnerside by Barbara Ballard Swaledale’s countryside views are of sheep on hillsides. Reeth, on a moor top, has a large green flanked by a cobbled street. Here is the Swaledale Museum. The tiny attractive village of Healaugh offers flowers along the roadside and well-kept stone houses. Gunnerside is set in a hillside with panoramic views. A river runs alongside the village.

Yorkshire Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Abbey House Museum
Abbey Walk, Leeds, 3 miles from city centre on A65 road to Kirkstall
Tel. 0 113 230 5492

Aldborough Roman Town
High St, Boroughbridge
Tel. 0 1423 322 768

Askham Bog Nature Reserve
Two miles south-west of York city centre
From eastbound A64, take A1036, follow the road to traffic lights; turn left into the car park just before the next set of lights
Tel. NA

Barden Tower
On Bolton Abbey Estate, ff A59 between Skipton and Harrogate, Wharfedale
Tel. 0 1756 718 009 (Bolton Abbey estate office—Mon-Fri)
Web: Bolton Abbey Estate

Bedale Museum
Bedale Hall, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1AA
Tel. 0 1677 423 797

Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve
Near Bridlington on Yorkshire’s east coast
On cliff road from Bempton (B1229); in the village turn north at White Horse pub for one mile (brown tourist signs)
Tel. 0 1262 851 179

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
Beningbrough, York, 3 miles west of Shipton
Tel. 0 1904 472 027

Beverley Minster
Minster Yard North
Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1482 868 540
Web: Beverley Minster

Bishops House
Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield
Tel. 0 114 278 2600

Black Sheep Brewery
Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon
Tel. 0 1765 680 100 (visitor centre and tours)
Web: Black Sheep Brewery

Blacktoft Sands Sands RSPB Reserve
Located around the Humber Estuary
Off minor road through Reedness, Whitgift and Ousefleet towards Adlingfleet; marked with brown tourist signs
Tel. 0 1484 861 148

Bolton Abbey Estate
Off A59 between Skipton and Harrogate, Wharfedale, Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1756 718 009 (estate office—Mon-Fri)
Web: Bolton Abbey Estate

Bolton Castle
Bolton, six miles west of Leyburn, Wensleydale
Tel. 0 1969 623 981

Bolton Abbey Church
Off A59 between Skipton and Harrogate, Wharfedale
Tel. 0 1756 718 009 (estate office—Mon-Fri)
Web: Bolton Abbey

Bridlington Royal Hall and Spa Theatre
South Marine Dr, Bridlington
Tel. 0 1262 678 255 (office) or 0 1262 678 258 (box office)
Web: Bridlington Royal Hall and Spa Theatre

Brimham Rocks
Off B6265 near Summerbridge
Tel. 0 1423 780688

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Brodsworth,5 miles north-west of Doncaster
Tel. info line 0 1302 724 969; office 0 1302 722 598

Bronte Parsonage Museum
Church St, Haworth
Tel. 0 1535 642 323
For photos and more information see our article Bronte Parsonage Museum
Web: Bronte Parsonage Museum

Burnby Hall Gardens
Pocklington, B1246/1247 in E Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1759 307 125
Web: Burnby Hall Gardens

Burton Agnes Hall and Manor House
Driffield, off the A614 near Bridlington
Tel. 0 1262 490 324
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire

Burton Constable Hall
Near Sproatley off B1238
Tel. 0 1964 562 400
Web: Burton Constable Hall

Byland Abbey
Wass, 2 miles south of the A170
Between Thirsk and Helmsley

Canon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens
Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, north-west of Barnsley
Tel. 0 1226 790 270

Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Grape Lane, Whitby
Tel. 0 1947 601 900
Web: Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Castle Howard
Castle Howard estate, near Coneysthorpe village, or signposted off the A64
Tel. 0 1653 648 333
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire
Web: Castle Howard

Clarke Hall
Aberford Rd, Wakefield
Tel. 0 1924 302 700

Clifford's Tower
Tower Street, York
Tel. 0 1904 646 940

Conisbrough Castle
Castle Hill, Doncaster, north-east of Conisbrough
Tel. 0 1709 863 329
Conisbrough Castle

Constable Burton Gardens
Three miles east of Leyburn
Tel. 0 1677 450 428
Web: Constable Burton Hall Gardens

Cruckley Animal Farm
Foston-on-the-Wolds, E. Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1262 488 337

Cusworth Hall, Museum, and Park
Cusworth Lane, Cusworth near Doncaster
Tel. 0 1302 782 342

Dalby Forest Centre
Low Dalby village, near Thornton-le-Dale at
Tel. 0 1751 472 771

Dales Countryside Museum
Tel. 0 1969 667 450

Deep Aquarium, The
Tower St, Hull
Tel. 0 1482 381 000
Web: The Deep

Duncombe Park
Helmsley, by the Market Square
Tel. 0 1439 770 213
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire
Web: Duncombe Park

Easby Abbey
One mile south-east of Richmond
(can be reached by walking from Richmond castle or by car)
Tel. 0 1904 601 901

East Riddlesden Hall
Bradford Rd, one mile north-east of Keighley, W Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1535 607 075

Eden Camp
Malton, North Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1653 697 777
Web: Eden Camp

Discovery Rd, Halifax
Tel. 0 1422 330 069
Web: Eureka!

Fairburn Ings
Fairburn village (A1246); turn right at Wagon and Horses pub; at T-junction turn right; reserve is 1.5 miles on the left.
Tel. 0 1977 628 191

Fairfax House
Tel. 0 1904 655 543
For more information see our article Historic Homes of South and West Yorkshire
Web: Fairfax House

Falconry Centre UK
In grounds of Sion Hill Hall
Kirby Wiske, near Thirsk
Web: Falconry Centre UK

Fountains Abbey
Four miles west of Ripon, off the B6265
Tel. 0 1765 608 888
Web: National Trust

Georgian Theatre Royal and Theatre Museum
Victoria Rd, Richmond (near the market place)
Tel. 0 1748 823 710; box office 0 1748 825 252
Web: Georgian Theatre Royal

Go Ape Forest Adventure
Dalby Forest and 15 other locations in the UK
Tel. 0 845 643 1726
Web: Go Ape

Goddards Garden
27 Tadcaster Rd, York (A1036 signed to York racecourse, right after St Edward’s church)
Tel. 0 1904 702 021

Goole Museum
Carlisle St, Goole, East Yorkshire
Above town library

Graves Art Gallery
Surrey St, Sheffield
In town centre above central library, 10 min walk from train station
Tel. 0 114 278 2600

Green Howards Museum
Richmond, in the square
Tel. 0 1748 822 133
Web: Green Howards Museum

Guisborough Priory
Guisborough, eight miles south-east of Middlesbrough
Tel. NA

Harewood House and Garden
Wetherby, on A61 near Harrogate
Tel. 0 1132 181 010
For more information see our article Historic Homes of South and West Yorkshire

Harlow Carr RHS Garden
Crag Lane, Harrogate
Tel. 0 1423 565 418
Website: Royal Horticultural Society

Helmsley Castle
Tel. 0 1439 770 442

Hepworth Gallery
Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 5AW
Tel. 0 1924 247 360
Web: Hepworth Gallery

Hesketh Farm Park
On Bolton Abbey Estate, off A59 between Skipton and Harrogate
Tel. 0 1756 710 444
Web: Hesketh Farm Park

Honeysuckle Farm
Bewholme Lane (off the B1244)
Hornsea, E Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1964 533 873
Web: Honeysuckle Farm

Hornsea Museum
11 Newbegin, Hornsea, East Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1966 533 443
Web: Hornsea Museum

How Stean Gorge
Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, N Yorkshire, HG3 5SF
Tel: 0 1423 755 666

Jervaulx Abbey
Five miles north-west of Masham, off the A6108
Tel. 0 1677 460 226

Kiplin Hall
Off the B6271 between Scorton and North Allerton, N Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1748 818 178
Web: Kiplin Hall

Kirkham Priory
Off A64 five miles south-west of Malton
Tel. 0 1653 618 768

Kirkstall Abbey
Abbey Rd, Leeds, 3.5 miles from city centre on A65
Tel. 0 113 2305 492

Knaresborough Castle and Museum
Castle Yard, Knaresborough
Tel. 0 1423 556 188

Leeds Art Gallery
The Headrow, Leeds city centre, by library
Tel. 0 1132 478 256

Leeds Grand Theatre and The Howard Assembly Room
46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ
Tel: 0 844 848 2706 (box office) or book online or in person
Web: Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Industrial Museum
Armley Mills, Canal Rd, 2 miles from Leeds city centre, off the A65 Leeds-Kirkstall road
Tel. 0 113 263 7861

Lotherton Hall, Museum and Gardens
Lotherton Lane, Aberford, on the B1217
Tel. 0 113 281 3259

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Sheffield Rd, Templeborough, Rotherham
Tel. 0 1709 720 002

Malham Estate and National Nature Reserve
From Malham village 19 miles north-west of Skipton, north past Malham Tarn
Tel. 0 1729 830 416

Markenfield Hall
Ripon, N. Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1765 692 303
Web: Markenfield Hall

Mercer Art Gallery
Swan Rd, Harrogate
Tel. 0 1423 556 130

Middleham Castle
Tel. 0 1969 623 899

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Centre Square, Middlesbrough
Tel. 0 1642 726 720

Millennium Galleries
Arundel Gate, Sheffield
Tel: 0 114 278 2600

Moors National Park Centre
¾ of a mile outside Danby in the Esk Valley
Tel. 0 1439 772 737
For photos and more information on the park see our article North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Mother Shipton’s Cave
Knaresborough, on A59
Tel. 0 1423 864 600
Web: Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mouseman Visitor Centre
Kilburn, Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1347 869 102
Web: Mouseman Visitor Centre

Mt Grace Priory
On the A19, seven miles north-east of Northallerton
Tel. 0 1609 883 494

National Coal Mining Museum
Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, on A642
Tel. 0 1924 848 806
Web: National Coal Mining Museum

National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television
Tel. 0 8707 010 200

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York
Tel. 0 1904 621 261
For more information see our article National Railway Museum
Web: National Railway Museum

Newburgh Priory
Coxwold, between Thirsk and York
Tel. 0 1347 868 435
Web: Newburgh Priory

Newby Hall and Gardens
Four miles south-east of Ripon
Tel. 0 1423 322 583; 0845 450 4068 (estate office)
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire
Web: Newby Hall

Normanby Hall Country Park
Normanby Hall Country Park, four miles from Scunthorpe
Tel. 0 1724 720 588

North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve
Near village of North Cave
Tel. NA

North Yorkshire Moors National Park
See our article North Yorkshire Moors National Park

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
12 Park St, Pickering
Tel. 0 1751 472 508
Web: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Norton Conyers
Four miles north of Ripon
Tel. 0 1765 640 333

Nostell Priory
Doncaster Rd, Nostell, off the A638, south-east of Wakefield
Tel. 01924 863 892
For more information see our article Historic Homes of South and West Yorkshire

Nunnington Hall
Ryedale, south-east of Helmsley
Tel. 0 1439 748 283

Old Moor RSPB Reserve
From A635 towards Barnsley follow the brown RSPB Old Moor signs
Tel. 0 1226 751 593

Ormesby Hall
Three miles south-east of Middlesbrough
Tel. 0 1642 324 188

Parcevall Hall Gardens
Skyreholme near Appletreewick, N Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1756 720 311
Web: Parcevall Hall Gardens

Pickering Castle
Pickering, high on a hilltop
Tel. 0 1751 474 989

Plumpton Rocks
midway between Harrogate and Wetherby, on the A661
Tel. 0 1423 863 950

Pontefract Castle
Castle Chain, Pontefract, Wakelfield
Tel. 0 1977 723 440

Pontefract Museum
Salter Row, Pontefract
Tel. 0 1977 722 740

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
Two miles south-east of Doncaster, close to Junction 3 of the M18
Tel. NA

Richmond Castle
Tel. 0 1748 822 493

Richmondshire Museum
Tel. 0 1748 825 611

Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx, off the B1257, north of Helmsley
Tel. 0 1439 798 228

Rievaulx Terrace and Temples
Off the B1257 north-west of Helmsley
Tel. 0 1439 748 283 (winter); 01439 798 340 (summer)

Ripley Castle
Tel. 0 1423 770 152
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire
Web: Ripley Castle

Ripon Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid
Minster Rd, Ripon
Tel. 0 1765 604 108
Web: Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Police and Prison Museum
St Marygate, Ripon
Tel: 0 1765 690 799

Ripon Workhouse Museum of Poor Law
Allhallowgate, Ripon
Tel. 0 1765 690 799

Roche Abbey
1.5 miles south of Maltby, off the A634
Tel. 0 1709 812 739

Royal Pump Room Museum
Off Crescent Rd, Harrogate
Tel. 0 1423 556 188

Ryedale Folk Museum
Tel. 0 1751 417 367
Web: Ryedale Fok Museum

Salthome Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park
On A178, nearest town is Milddlesbrough
Tel. 0 1642 546 625

Sandal Castle
Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield
Tel. 0 1924 249 779

Scampston Hall and Garden
Scampston near Malton
Tel. 0 1944 758 224
Web: Scampston Hall

Scarborough Castle
Castle Road, Scarborough, east of town centre
Tel. 0 1723 371 451

Selby Abbey
The Crescent, Selby
Tel. 0 1757 703 123
Web: Selby Abbey

Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Church Lane, Sewerby, near Bridlington
Tel. 0 1262 673 769

Shandy Hall
Coxwold village
Tel. 0 1347 868 465

Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield
Tel. 0 114 268 6001
Web: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Galleries
Arundel Gate; Weston Park: Western Bank; Graves Gallery: Surrey St; Bishop's House: Norton Lees Lane
Tel: 0 114 278 2600

Sheffield Winter Garden and Peace Gardens
Surrey St, city centre, Sheffield
Tel. 0 114 273 6895

Shibden Hall and Park
Lister’s Rd, Shibden Park, Halifax
Tel. 0 1422 352 246 / 321 455

Shire Horse Centre
Staitondale, off A171 Whitby to Scarborough road, on a farm
Tel. 0 1723 870 458

Sion Hill Hall
Kirby Wiske, near Thirsk
Tel. 0 1845 587 206
For more information see our article Historic Homes of North Yorkshire
Web: Sion Hill Hall

Skipton Castle
Skipton, at top of main street
Tel. 0 1756 792 442
Web: Skipton Castle

Sledmere House
Driffield, East Yorkshire, off the A166, ½ hour drive from York
Tel. 0 1377 236 637
Web: Sledmere House

Southerscales National Nature Reserve
On north-west slopes of Ingleborough, and part of Ingleborough National Nature Reserve
Tel. NA

Spurn National Nature Reserve
Located east from Hull to Patrington, then take the B1445 to Kilnsea & Spurn
Tel. NA

St Mary’s Church
15 Molescroft Rd, Beverley
Tel. 0 1482 881 437

St Mary the Virgin Church
On hilltop by Whitby Abbey, Whitby
Tel. NA

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre
Waters Road, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6NQ
Tel. 0 1484 844 298 or 0 113 281 6860

Studley Royal Water Gardens
Next to Fountains Abbey, off B6265 four miles west of Ripon
Tel. 0 1765 608 888

Sutton Bank National Park Centre
At the top of Sutton Bank on the A170; 6 miles east of Thirsk; 7.5 miles west of Helmsley
Tel. 0 1845 597 426
For photos and more information on the park see our article North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Sutton Park
Sutton-on-the Forest, on the B1363
Tel. 0 1347 810 249

Swaledale Folk Museum
Tel. 0 1748 884 373

Temple Newsam House
Temple Newsam Road, off A63 Selby Rd, five miles from city centre of Leeds in suburban area
Tel. 0 113 264 7321

Thackray Museum of Modern Medicine
Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN
Next to St James Hospital, two miles north-east of city centre
Tel. 0 113 244 4343

Thirsk Museum
14-16 Kirkgate, Thirsk
Tel. 0 1845 527 707
Web: Thirsk Museum

Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Falcon Conservation Centre
Bedale, on A1, south of Leeming Bar
Tel. 0 1677 425 323
Web: Thorp Perrow

Treasurer’s House
Minster Yard, York
Tel. 0 1904 624 247

Turkish Baths
Parliament St, Harrogate
Tel. 0 1423 556 746 (advance booking required for use)
For photos and more information see our article Turkish Baths

Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum
Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds
Tel. 0 113 276 2887 (to book a tour)

Turton Tower
Chapeltown Road, Turton Nr Bolton Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1204 852 203

Valley Gardens
Between Cornwall Rd and Valley Drive, Harrogate
Tel. 0 1423 500 600

Wakefield Art Gallery
Wentworth Terrace, Wakefield
Tel. 0 1924 305 796

Wakefield Cathedral
Wakefield city centre
Tel. 0 1924 373 923
Web: Wakefield Cathedral

Wakefield Museum
Wood St, Wakefield
Tel. 0 1924 305 351

Wassand Hall
Seaton, Hull, E Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1964 533 334
Web: Wassand Hall

Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre
Tel. 0 1969 667 664
Web: Wensleydale Creamery

Wentworth Castle Gardens
Lowe Lane, Stainborough, west of Barnsley
Tel. 0 1226 731 269

Weston Park Museum
Weston Park, Western Bank, Sheffield
near the University
Tel. 0 114 278 2600

Whitby Abbey
Whitby, on high hill, east of the town
Road signposted before reaching the town
Can be reached from the town itself only by going up 99 outdoor stairs
Tel. 0 1947 603 568

Whitby Museum and Pannet Art Gallery
Pannett Park, Whitby
Tel. 0 1947 602 908

Wilberforce House Museum
Museums Quarter, High St, Hull
Tel. 0 1482 300 300

Withernsea Lighthouse Museum
Hull Rd, Withersea, E Yorkshire
Tel. 0 1964 614 834
Web: Withernsea Lighthouse Museum

World of James Herriot
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk
Tel. 01845 524 234
For photos and more information on James Herriot see our article James Herriot
Web: World of James Herriot

Wortley Hall Gardens
Wortley Hall, Wortley, 11 miles north-west of Sheffield
Tel. 0 114 288 2100

York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square, York
Tel. 0 1904 687 687 (York Museums Trust)
Web: York Art Gallery

York Castle Museum
Tel. 0 1904 687 687
For photos and more information see our article York Castle museum
Web: York Castle Museum

York City Walls
See our article York City Walls

York Minster
Tel. 0 1904 557 216
Web: York Minster

York St Mary’s
Castlegate, York, in former church
Tel. 01904 687 687 (York Museums Trust)
Web: York St Mary’s

York's Sweet Story
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
Tel. 0 845 498 9411
Web: York’s Sweet Story

Yorkshire Air Museum
Halifax Way, Elvington
Tel. 0 1904 608 595
Web: Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Dales Falconry and Wildlife Conservation Centre
Crows Nest Road (near Giggleswick on A65); near Settle
Tel. office: 0 1729 822 832; information line 0 1729 825 164

Yorkshire Dales National Park
See our article [iurl=]Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Lavender
Terrington, York
3 miles west of Castle Howard, 14 miles north-east of York and 8 miles west of Malton
Tel. 0 1653 648 008
Web: Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
York, next to Lendal Bridge, main river bridge between York Railway Station and York Minster
Tel. 0 1904 687 687
Web: Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton, Wakefield, less than 1 mile from M1 exit 38
Tel. 0 1924 832 631
Web: Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Waterways Museum
Dutch River Side, Goole, East Yorkshire
Tel: 0 1405 768 730
Web: Yorkshire Waterways Museum

Yorkshire Tourist Information Centres

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn
North Yorkshire, DL8 3TH
Tel. 0 1969 662 910

Barnsley TIC
Central Library, Shambles Street
Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2JF
Tel. 0 1226 206 757

Batley TIC
The Mill Discount Department Store
Bradford Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 5LZ
Tel. 0 1924 426 670

Beverley TIC
34 Butcher Row, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 0AB
Tel. 0 1482 867 430

Bradford TIC
City Hall, Centenary Square
Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1HY
Tel. 0 1274 433 678

Bridlington TIC
25 Prince Street, Bridlington
East Yorkshire, YO15 2NP
Tel 0 1262 673 474

Danby TIC
The Moors Centre, Danby Lodge
Lodge Lane, Danby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB
Tel. 0 1439 772 737

Doncaster TIC
38-40 High Street
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN1 1DE
Tel. 0 1302 734 309

Filey TIC
The Evron Centre, John Street, Filey
North Yorkshire, YO14 9DW
Tel. 0 1723 383 637

Grassington National Park Centre
Colvend, Hebden Road, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5LB
Tel. 0 1756 752 774

Halifax TIC
Piece Hall, Halifax
West Yorkshire, HX1 1RE
Tel. 0 1422 368 725

Harrogate TIC
Royal Baths, Crescent Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RR
Tel. 0 845 389 3223

Hawes TIC
Dales Countryside Museum
Station Yard, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NT
Tel. 0 1969 666 210

Haworth TIC
2/4 West Lane, Haworth, near Keighley
West Yorkshire, BD22 8EF
Tel. 0 1535 642 329

Hebden Bridge TIC
Visitor and Canal Centre, New Road, Hebden Bridge
West Yorkshire, HX7 8AF
Tel. 0 1422 843 831

The Visitor Centre, Helmsley Castle, Castlegate
North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB
Tel. 0 1439 770 173

Holmfirth TIC
49-51 Huddersfield Road
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 3JP
Tel. 0 1484 222 444

Hornsea TIC
120 Newbegin, Hornsea, East Yorkshire HU18 1PB
Tel. 0 1964 536 404

Horton-in-Ribblesdale TIC
Pen-y-ghent Café, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HE
Tel. 0 1729 860 333

Huddersfield TIC
3 Albion Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 2NW
Tel. 0 1484 223 200

Hull TIC
1 Paragon Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3NA
Tel. 0 1482 223 559

Humber Bridge TIC
North Bank Viewing Area, Ferriby Road, Hessle
East Yorkshire, HU13 OLN
Tel. 0 1482 640 852

Knaresborough TIC
9 Castle Courtyard, Market Place, Knaresborough
North Yorkshire, HG5 8AE
Tel. 0 845 389 0177

Ilkley TIC
Town Hall, Station Rd
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8HB
Tel. 0 1943 602 319

Ingleton TIC
The Community Centre Car Park
Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3HG
Tel. 0 1524 241 049

Leeds Gateway
PO Box 244, The Arcade, City Station
Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 1PL
Tel. 0 113 242 5242

Leeming Bar TIC
The Yorkshire Maid, The Great North Road
Leeming Bar, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1DT
Tel. 0 1677 424 262

Leyburn TIC
4 Central Chambers, Railway Street, Leyburn
North Yorkshire, DL8 5BB
Tel. 0 1969 623 069

Malham National Park Centre
Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DA
Tel. 0 1969 652 380

Malton TIC
58 Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LW
Tel. 0 1653 600 048

Otley TIC
Otley Library, Nelson St, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1EZ
Tel. 0 113 247 7707

Pateley Bridge TIC
18 High Street, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 5AW
Tel. 0 845 389 0179

Pickering TIC
Ropery House, The Ropery
Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DY
Tel. 0 1751 473 791

Redcar TIC
West Terrace, Esplanade
Redcar, Cleveland, Yorkshire, TS10 3AE
Tel. 0 1642 471 921

Reeth TIC
Hudson House, The Green Reeth
Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6TB
Tel. 0 1748 884 059

Richmond TIC
Friary Gardens, Victoria Rd
Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4AJ
Tel. 0 1748 850 252

Ripon TIC
Minster Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1QT
Tel. 0 845 389 0178

Rotherham TIC
40 Bridgegate, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1PQ
Tel. 0 1709 835 904

Scarborough TIC
Brunswick Shopping Centre, Westborough, Scarborough
North Yorkshire, YO11 1UE
Tel. 0 1723 383 636

Scarborough Harbourside TIC
Sandside, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1PP
Tel. 0 1723 383 636

Selby TIC
52 Micklegate, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 4EQ
Tel. 0 1757 212 181

Settle TIC
Town Hall, Cheapside, Settle
North Yorkshire, BD24 9EJ
Tel. 0 1729 825 192

Skipton TIC
35 Coach Street
Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1LQ
Tel. 0 1756 792 809

Sutton Bank TIC
Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH
Tel. 0 1845 597 426

Thirsk TIC
49 Market Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1HA
Tel. 0 1845 522 755

Todmorden TIC
15 Burnley Road, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 7BU
Tel. 0 1706 818 181

Wakefield TIC
9 The Bull Ring, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1HB
Tel. 0 845 601 8353

Wetherby TIC
Wetherby Library, 17 Westgate, Wetherby
West Yorkshire, LS22 6LL
Tel. 0 1937 582 151

Whitby TIC
Langborne Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN
Tel. 0 1723 383 637

York Visitor Information
The De Grey Rooms, Exhibition Square
York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HB
Tel. 0 1904 550 099

York TIC
Outer Concourse, Railway Station
Station Road, York, North Yorkshire, Y024 1AY
Tel. 0 1904 550 099

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