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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 Gardens and Grounds Entry Ticket

2. York: Castle Howard Gardens and Grounds Entry Ticket

Explore Castle Howard's 18th-century gardens and discover the backdrop to many iconic films and TV shows, such as Bridgerton and The Great. Look out for wildlife on scenic trails and swing from the trees at the award-winning adventure playground, Skelf Island. After presenting your voucher, explore Castle Howard's 18th-century gardens with around 9,000 acres of the beautiful Howardian Hills. As you wander around the historic parkland, look out for the monuments, pyramids, obelisks, and statues that surround the estate. Get to know the location where many films and television shows were filmed, including Brideshead Revisited, Victoria, The Great, and Bridgerton. Admire familiar sights that have become known across the world as the backdrop to some of the most iconic on-screen moments. Enjoy over 1000 acres of gardens and woodland with picturesque trails and wildlife to look out for, including birds of prey and wild otters. Feel free to take a break in one of the cafes, where you can order food and drinks. Make your way to Skelf Island and mess around in the award-winning adventure playground. Spark your adrenaline as you swing through the trees and make memories with your friends and family.

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What people are saying about Castle Howard

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 78 reviews

My kids (8, 11) and I saw so much during this tour! It was perfect in order to visit the Moors and Whitby, and to get a feel for what those areas have to offer. Our guide Mark from BOBH was very knowledgeable, providing historical facts and making the day interesting and fun.

Great trip very informative mark made the day very interesting and enjoyable many thanks kay and Ron vanes

Great tour! Mark was an excellent guide. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend!

Mark is an excellent guide and polite - and very knowledgeable on all aspects of this tour

Loved it all and the steam train ride was a bonus that put it over the top