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10 historic houses to visit in Yorkshire

Where better way to delve into the past than with a look round one of Yorkshire’s grand historic houses. Many come with beautiful grounds and gardens. Perfect for enjoying a picnic before taking a tour of the grand stately home.

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Here are 10 historic houses to visit in Yorkshire:

#01 Castle Howard

Castle Howard is arguably one of the most recognised stately homes in Yorkshire and has been featured in several versions of Brideshead Revisited. Built during the 1700s it contains both Baroque and Palladium architecture and the beautiful rooms include the Grand Hall with painted domed ceiling.

The beautiful grounds and gardens at Castle Howard near York

The house is set in magnificent grounds in the Howardian Hills and many of the restored rooms are open to the public and are styled to look as they would have done in Castle Howard’s heyday.

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Atlas Fountain at Castle Howard

There is lots to explore outside too including walled gardens, fountains, statues, a boating lake and Ray Woods. It’s a lovely day out for the whole family and there is a great farm shop on-site too.

#02 Harewood House

Harewood House is a magnificent stately home between Harrogate and Leeds. Built in the 18th century by Edwin Lascelle, Harewood House is known as one of England’s Treasure Houses.

Historic Yorkshire Stately Home

No expense was spared on it’s creation and you’ll find family portraits by Gainsborough, furniture by Thomas Chippendale and gardens designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Some of the impressive artwork at Harewood House - a stately home in Yorkshire.

There’s lots to do in the grounds of Harewood House too with boat trips, giant games in the walled garden, an open-air cinema and even Penguin Feeding.

Harewwod House is a stately home near Leeds and Harrogate

The impressive Yorkshire stately home was also featured extensively in ITV’s Victoria.

#03 Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is a Yorkshire Manor House that’s located on the banks of a peaceful river near York. Explore beautifully restored period rooms within this National Trust property. There is also a walled garden, peacocks and flowering meadows to enjoy outside.

Nunnington Hall

We recommend taking a look at the Carlisle Collection of 16 miniature rooms which contain items such as musical instruments and the entire works of Shakespeare – all in miniature!

#04 Newby Hall and Gardens

Newby Hall and Gardens near Ripon is a great family-friendly day out in Yorkshire. Children will absolutely love The Miniature Railway, Dollshouse Exhibition and Adventure Playground within the grounds of Newby Hall.

10 historic houses to visit in Yorkshire

Inside Newby Hall, rooms include The Tapestry Room, The Statue Gallery and The Billiards Room.

#05 Duncombe Park

Located on the edge of Helmsley in the North York Moors, Duncombe Park is a historic house that’s set in 450 acres.

Historic House and Estate in the North York Moors

The land comprises gardens, parkland and a nature reserve so there’s plenty to see and do on a visit. Events throughout the year include Steam, Country and Antique Fairs and the International Centre for Birds of Prey is based on the grounds too.

#06 Scampston Hall

The 17th century Scampston Hall is a wonderful example of a regency country house. It’s first and foremost a family home although you can arrange a tour with Sir Charles Legard and a team of friendly guides.

Scampston Hall in North Yorkshire

The Scampston Walled Garden is set within the walls of Scampston Hall’s original kitchen garden and was designed by renowned Dutch gardener, Piet Oudolf in 1999.

Yorkshire Stately Homes and Gardens

It’s a fabulous space to explore and was created to complement the adjacent 18th century Capability Brown designed parkland.

#07 Burton Agnes Hall

The Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall has been described as ‘the perfect English country house’ and has a beautiful setting in the Yorkshire Wolds. It’s filled with treasured art and furniture and was originally designed by Robert Smithson – Master Mason to Queen Elizabeth I.

Burton Agnes Hall is a family-friendly attraction in the Yorkshire Wolds

Burton Agnes hosts a renowned Jazz Festival on its grounds each year. The grounds are home to gorgeous gardens, a woodland walk and giant games to keep younger visitor’s happy.

#08 Burton Constable Hall

Another Elizabethan stately home in the Yorkshire Wolds is the magnificent Burton Constable Hall & Grounds.

Burton Constable is a stateley home in the Yorkshire Wolds

There are grand rooms filled with art and architecture, a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and a restored stable block with exhibitions telling the history of the stables through the years.

Stately home in Yorkshire

Behind the scenes tours lets you delve into the nooks and crannies of Burton Constable and there is lots of historic parkland to discover which was designed by Capability Brown.

#09 Hovingham Hall

The Palladian style Hovingham Hall is located in the Howardian Hills (an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and lies between Helmsley and Malton.

Stately home in the Howardian Hills

The house includes a beautiful domed ceiling, lots of architectural features and an array of artwork and furniture. Cricket is regularly played on a ground at the front of the house so you may well catch a game on a visit to Hovingham Hall!

#10 Fairfax House

Fairfax House is located in the centre of York and is the finest example of a Georgian townhouse in England. The house has regular events and exhibitions throughout the year and contains an impressive collection of furniture, clocks and paintings.

Georgian townhouse in York

Children will love meeting Gregory – the Townhouse Mouse who along with his friends has left a family-friendly trail to follow through Fairfax House.

Fairfax House in York

It’s centrally located in York so a visit to Fairfax House can be easily combined with a visit to other York attraction.

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