Grand Country Houses, Castles and Abbeys

Yorkshire has such a variety of breathtaking places to visit.  Some are owned by the National Trust, others by English Heritage and some are still the estates of families that have lived here for generations.

A day exploring these glorious treasures:

We can pick you up from your hotel and spend the day exploring these treasures.  An example might well be to spend the morning at Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsey before going on to have lunch and the afternoon at Castle Howard.

Rievaulx Abbey

This  was the great Cistercian Abbey in the North of England, founded in 1132 and ruined by Henry VIII in 1538.  It is brethtaking in its setting and in the beauty of its ruins.  There are so many stories here and wonderful quiet corners to contemplate them in.

Castle Howard

This is the story of Dukes and Earls, of the Howard family’s rise to power and the vision of the 3rd Earl which is given form by John Vanbrugh and Nicolas Hawksmoor.  It is started in 1699 in the English Baroque style and by the 1730’s it has changed to the English Palladian and finished a hundred years later when the house and the landscape come together in a near perfect harmony of 18th century audacity.

There are so many castles, house and abbeys to choose from.  Don’t worry, we will help you find the perfect day.