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From York: Moors, Whitby, and the Yorkshire Steam Railway

1. From York: Moors, Whitby, and the Yorkshire Steam Railway

Leave the city and travel through the Vale of York, learning about life in Yorkshire as you head for the first stop in the traditional National Park village of Hutton-le-Hole. Pass the 16th-century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge at the highest point of the moors. See some of the pretty villages on the way to Whitby and hear stories from the seaside town’s history. Choose how you want to spend your two and a half hours in Whitby. See the Abbey, visit the Captain Cook attractions, shop for gothic fashion or enjoy a fish and chips lunch, the choice is yours. Opt to spend less time in Whitby and climb aboard a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at a special discounted rate, paid locally on the day. See Hogsmeade Station from the Harry Potter movies and more. Alternatively, journey to Goathland by minibus in time see the other passengers arrive by steam train. Explore the fictional village of Aidensfield from the TV show, Heartbeat. Learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill and see the Hole of Horcum before heading back towards York through the Howardian Hills with panoramic views of Castle Howard.

York: Castle Howard House and Gardens Self-Guided Ticket

2. York: Castle Howard House and Gardens Self-Guided Ticket

Enjoy a stroll along grass terraces and lakeside paths with a trip to Castle Howard. Tour the castle either with a guide or with an audioguide at your own pace. Finish your journey at one of the many cafes or restaurants. First, discover seasonal colors in the woodland garden. Marvel at stunning displays including daffodils, rhododendrons, and roses. Then, Explore the 18th-century walled garden before entering the house for a tour at your own pace. Then, learn about a world-renowned collection of objects and artworks. Discover famous filming locations, including those from the Netflix smash hit Bridgerton, The Great, and Victoria. Finally, visit the Stable Courtyard and Garden Centre to enjoy relaxed shopping and eating in beautiful surroundings. Savor a traditional cream tea, sample the great collection of homemade cakes, or a lunch made from some of Yorkshire's finest produce.

York & North Yorkshire Moors (Interactive Guidebook)

3. York & North Yorkshire Moors (Interactive Guidebook)

-This online travel guidebook helps you create a bespoke road trip to help with planning your break before you travel as well as when you are on your break, with 12 months of access. -Therefore, we suggest you don’t wait until your travel date, purchase the guidebook in advance to help you with your planning. Choose an early date and get planning straight away! • Delve into York's ancient streets and remarkable architecture, where history whispers through iconic sites like York Minster. • Journey through the untamed North York Moors, a canvas of heather-clad hills that captivated artists. • Uncover secrets in abbeys and grand estates, tales of opulence and spirituality. • Experience the coastal vistas that fuelled artists' imagination and explore a realm where myths intertwine with the landscape's mystique. York & North York Moors: • The online guidebook's suggested mapped route is fully flexible, helping you plan your trip with places to go and things to see and do, whether for 3 to 14 days. •The suggested mapped route is a fully flexible almost circular 4/5 day driving route, is around 181 miles (294km) with a drive time of around 7 hours. • Visit York: Explore historical sites like York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre, and the National Railway Museum. Walk the well-preserved 13th-century city walls and stroll through the medieval street, the Shambles. • North Yorkshire Moors Exploration: Experience nature's rugged beauty that inspired authors like Emily Brontë. • Driving: Scenic roads offer immersive experiences through rolling hills, villages, and historic sites. Experience two of the Top 10 Road Trips along the North Yorkshire Moors driving route. Traverse heather-clad moorlands, picturesque villages, and ancient woodlands for a scenic journey through this captivating English region. • Village Visits: Explore charming villages like Helmsley, Pickering, and Whitby. • Castles and Architecture: Discover iconic structures like Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey. • Steam Train Journey: Take a nostalgic trip through the picturesque North York Moors National Park. • Iconic Views: Visit the picturesque Ribblehead Viaduct for stunning views and photo opportunities. • Local Cuisine: Relish the region's finest food and drinks, from fresh produce to locally-produced gin. • Hiking: Trails for all levels of hikers. • Cycling: Scenic routes for cycling enthusiasts. Online & Interactive Destinations Guidebook: • Save hours using our inspiration and signposting to plan your perfect York and North Yorkshire Moors driving route. • The destination guides cover 15 destinations including the coast, North Yorkshire National Park. • The destination guide includes over 50 attractions, experiences and activities to uncover your own England.



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What people are saying about Castle Howard

I still had to queue for this ticket - there was no line for precooked tickets. The estate is massive! Around the grounds and the house there are easy to digest information boards. The room about the fire was particularly interesting.

Amazing historical , we visited from York the bus service was just £2 each way to Castle Howard. Everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable. The house and grounds are breathtaking.

Audio guide is narrated by castle owner. There are no live tours. Stationary volunteers are available in some of the rooms to explain and for questions.

A very good attraction. Everything is clearly laid out and accessible, the staff are all extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.

I found the guides most helpful which made my visit more enjoyable