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Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

A diverse range of holiday experiences await in North Yorkshire, home to the region’s ancient city of York, the beautiful North York Moors, popular James Herriot Country around market town Thirsk and the northern Swaledale, Garsdale and Wensleydale areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Discover the finest of Yorkshire local produce, ruined castles and abbeys, and stately home estates in North Yorkshire. Popular market towns brimming with traditional inns and specialist shopping from the mighty Norman stronghold of Richmond to gateway to the Moors, Helmsley make the perfect holiday bases.

Family activities and attractions are rich across North Yorkshire’s Ryedale area from scenic steam railway rides to mountain biking in Dalby and Danby Forests. Visit spectacular North Yorkshire estates like the great Baroque mansion Castle Howard designed by John Vanbrugh or take a tour of the World of James Herriot Attraction in Thirsk housed in the legendary vet’s former surgery.

Acclaimed arts centres feature in the region including Malton’s The Shed with year round quirky events. Soak up world class galleries, museums and ancient sights in York, a great waterfront city base for exploring North Yorkshire and a popular choice with families for its choice of attractions including Dungeons, the award-winning Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum.

From classic spa towns and seaside resorts like Scarborough and Harrogate to enchanting cathedral cities like Ripon, quaint fishing villages like Staithes and market town jewels Leyburn and Northallerton, North Yorkshire holidays cater for all tastes. Famous explorer Captain James Cook heralds from the North Yorkshire area.

The Captain Cook Trail takes in North Yorkshire towns including Great Ayton, Whitby and Staithes all with links to the intrepid explorer. Holiday in North Yorkshire and experience heritage, two magnificent National Parks, fine food & drink and a host of family fun farm parks and outdoor activities. Book accommodation with Iknow now!

Accommodation in North Yorkshire

  • York & North Yorkshire
    Sleeps 6
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    Beautifully converted 19th century Wesleyan chapel with plenty of original features. Orangery, open fire, enclosed grounds, two bath/ shower rooms & parking. Dog friendly.
  • Hovingham
    Sleeps 6
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    Character period stone cottage in Hovingham, on the edge of the Howardian Hills near York & Malton. Garden, WiFi, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Family friendly. Cosy open fire.
  • Slingsby
    Sleeps 4
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    Beautiful 19th century detached cottage in Slingsby Heights village, a short walk from a pub and shop with an enclosed garden and BBQ, fully fitted kitchen and log burner.