Discover a rich tapestry of entertainment in York and beyond. York has an incredible wealth of things to see and do, with the ancient walled centre offering more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK. As one of Europe's largest pedestrian zones, you’re never more than a short walk from one of York's awe inspiring sights or attractions. York city walls , built by the Romans and used to quarantine the city against the Black Death in the middle-ages, have been defending York for two thousand years. Visitors can walk around the walls hopping on and off to see York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, The Shambles previously a street of butchers shops and many more historic buildings and streets including Clifford`s Tower built in 1068 by William the Conqueror - a motte-and-bailey castle on the present site of Clifford’s Tower in York, to strengthen his military presence in the north. The tower is now the most prominant remaining part of the castle, which was rebuilt in stone in the 13th century. Today, views from the Tower over York show why it played such a key role in the control of northern England..
Famous for its fictitious setting as Aidensfield in the ITV series ‘Heartbeat’ Goathland is situated between Pickering and Whitby and is on the North York Moors Railway. At one end you will find the trains and 'Heartbeat' memorabilia and the other end the mallyan spout waterfall with a country house hotel of the same name where you can find well recommended refreshments. There is a walk between Goathland and Grosmont on the old railway track which if timed right you can catch a train back. Grosmont hosts the engine sheds for the NYMR and there is always a mighty steam engine to be seen being overhauled.
The NRM in York displays an enormous collection of trains rolling stock including Stephenson’s Rocket, Mallard and The Flying Scotsman . It is the largest museum of its type in Britain. It is a great free family day out with activities and adventures for all.
Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is a quintessentially English garden, managed to be as wildlife friendly as possible. It is our family garden, lovingly planted-up over 40 years and now comprises a series of small gardens surrounding our family home, opening out into an avenue that leads to a wild flower meadow. The planting emphasises a cottage garden style and every part is maintained organically. We purposefully leave seed heads as food for birds and limit cutting back to provide habitat for insects. For visitors who prefer more formal gardens we have incorporated an elegant rill garden with minimalistic planting. The perennial wild flower meadow is a haven for native plants and wildlife and we encourage visitors to sit and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere around the naturally planted pond. In keeping with our ethos of sustainability, we now have an organic vegetable plot, which is very much our kitchen garden. Together with the orchard and our rare breeds of poultry the garden provides us with food throughout the year.
Our huge range of exhibits and collections span the entire history of flight, from the early pioneers of aviation, through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. Today we have over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles and, as time passes, we acquire newer exhibits to commemorate later conflicts or achievements, with our Post World War Two collection being one of the most comprehensive in the UK. From the 1853 Cayley Governable Parachute through to the current GR4 Panavia Tornado, the Museum represents the history of aviation in Britain.
One of the largest airfield venues out there in use, Elvington Airfield benefits from having plenty of run off area, perfect for novices. Elvington Race Track has range of Supercars available to drive is 2nd to none. If you are coming to one of these days then we are only a 20 minute drive through the countryside to Elvington
You can reach the east coast within an hour. Whitby is famous for its Abbey and captain cook and a little way south along the coast you will find Robin Hoods Bay where the steep road is pedestrianised through the sleepy former fishing village famous for its smuggling. The quaint houses nestled in the cliff are a sight to see and the walk up and down is well worth it. There are plenty of pubs and cafes along the route and it is on the Cleveland way if you wish to walk a few miles. Finally Scarborough with its majestic hotels and castle offer fish and chips and a walk along the beach or further south you can visit Filey or for the twitchers amongst you a visit to see the puffins at Bempton Cliffs and the kittiwakes at Flamborough Head.
Although building work began in 1699, the construction of Castle Howard took over 100 years to complete, spanning the lifetimes of three Earls. This magnificent house and gardens is a steeped in history and is famous for its film Brideshead Revisited With 1,000 acres to explore outside the house, Castle Howard is a haven of peace and tranquility with extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains. The monumental landscape offers breathtaking views at every turn, taking in the countryside of the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Castle Howard also boasts a farm shop from where we source our meat and a garden centre.