North Yorkshire Historic Houses

Just east of A1, at junction with the A59 York - Knaresborough road A vast Victorian Gothic house. Built 1843, used by the Canadian Royal Air Force during World War II. Rescued by Dr Gerald Rolph, an American businessman, who renovated it to the highest standards. The interior of is on a vast scale, with late-Gothic decoration. Great Hall, Drawing Room, Ballroom, Library and Dining Room, all worth seeing. Collection of luxury veteran and vintage cars. more information
Beningbrough Hall8 miles north-west of York, off A19 The massive red-brick facades of Beningbrough Hall are set above the River Ouse, built in 1716, supervised by William Thornton, a local carpenter architect. Baroque features decorate the exterior, inside features include a two-storey hall and great staircase. Set in 375 acres of wooded park. 375 acres of wooded park. Walled garden. more information
Castle Howard5.5 miles south-west of Malton, off A64 Magnificent, not to be missed, mansion set between two lakes and surrounded by gardens. Built for Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle and still occupied by his descendants. Features a central dome, and a Great Hall stretching 66 feet up into the dome. Displays of antiquities, family portraits, including works by Van Dyck and Lely. Throughout the house the breathtaking rooms contain furniture, porcelain, sculpture and works of art. 1,000 acres of grounds with temple and a Mausoleum designed by Hawksmoor. Walled garden, lakes. more information
Duncombe ParkOff Helmsley Market Square, 14 miles east of Thirsk. In 1695 the estate and castle was purchased by Sir Charles Duncomb. His co-heir, Thomas Dunscombe, built a new house away from the castle. The terrace is one of the finest in English 18th century landscaping. In 1879 there was a fire, and, abandoned by the family it became a girls school. In the 1900's the 6th Lord Feversham restored the house Features include the Hall, two storeys high, the Dining Room, Withdrawing Room with family portraits, Library, Italian Bedroom, and 19th century servants' quarters. 35 acres of landscaped gardens, 400 acres of parkland with a nature reserve. more information
Fairfax HouseCastlegate, York, between the Castle Museum and the Jorvik Centre One the finest townhouses in England and an architectural masterpiece. Built in 1755 by Viscount Fairfax for his daughter, designed by John Carr of York. In the 20th century the Georgian townhouse suffered abuse and misuse and later was used as a cinema and dancehall. Saved by the York Civic Trust, today visitors can see the richly decorated interior with its plasterwork, wood and wrought-iron. Well-furnished principal rooms and fascinating domestic quarters. Holds the Noel Terry Collection. Temporary exhibitions. more information
Markenfield Hall3 miles south of Ripon An example of a medieval country gentleman's house.Begun by Sir John Markenfield in 1310,in 1569 the family estates were confiscated and the hall was acquired by Fletcher Norton, a lawyer and politician and today it is still in the hands of his descendants. The main rooms of the house are on the upper floor with the Hall housing the library and archive. more information
Merchant Adventurer's HallFossgate, York The finest medieval guildhall in Europe, erected in 1357 - 62 for the Guild of Merchant Adventurers and is virtually unaltered. The first floor is used to transact business, the ground floor housed their hospice and chapel. Now a museum with a collection of furniture, portraits, silver and objects used by the Merchants. more information
Mount Grace PriorySaddle Bridge, 12 miles north of Thirsk, 7 miles north-east of Northallerton, on A19 Founded in 1398, the best preserved Carthusian monastery in England. Each monk lived as a hermit in a two-storey cell, one has been restored. Remnants of the Priory's cloister, church and outer court still exist. Reached through a manor house rebuilt using the techniques of the Arts and Crafts movement. National Trust & English Heritage. more information
7 miles south-east of Thirsk, 3 miles east of A19 Thirsk - Easingwold road Imposing house, on the site of an Augustinian priory, founded in 1145. Converted into a Tudor mansion, since the 1800's it has remained in the Wombwell family. The rooms contain 18th century furniture and porcelain, and painting. Newburgh Priory faces a pastoral landscape, with a lake and distant hills. The grounds have a water garden. more information
Newby Hall4 miles south-east of Ripon, off A1 The present house dates from the 17th century, built in the style of Sir Christopher Wren. Contains large collection of works of art including a set of Gobelin tapestries and classical statuary. Features a domed Sculpture Gallery and Tapestry Room, and Regency additions of a Dining Room and Billiard Room. The house also has a fine collection of Chippendale furniture. 25 acres of gardens down to the River Ure, with several formal gardens with fountains, tropical garden, water garden and a walk. more information
Norton Conyers4 miles north-west of Ripon, 3.5 miles from the A1 A mid 14th century house with Stuart and Georgian additions. Home of the Graham family, except for 20 years in the late 19th century, from 1624 till today. Features paintings, especially family portraits, furniture and ceramics. One bedroom, known as King James's Room, still keeps its 17th century appearance. The mid 18th century walled garden stands near the house. It has an orangery and herbaceous borders, and a small sales area specialises in old-fashioned and unusual hardy plants. more information
Nunnington HallIn Ryedale, 4.5 miles south-east of Helmsley, 1.5 miles north of B1257 Nunnington Hall has a long architectural history, most of the house dates from the 17th century but a house existed before. Damaged in the Civil War, the house was restored by Richard Graham, 1st Viscount Preston, who inherited the estate in 1685. The South Front is Nunnington's finest feature and inside the elegant rooms are decorated in 17th century style with moulded panelling. Most of the furniture, porcelain and paintings were collected by the late Mrs Ronald Fife who left Nunnington Hall to the National Trust in 1952. more information
Ripley CastleRipley, 3.5 miles north of Harrogate, A61 Harrogate - Ripon road Set on the River Nidd and surrounded by gardens, it has been home of the Ingilby family for 700 years. Sir John Ingilby, constructed the oldest surviving part of the building, a gatehouse to the west of the market place. The present house dates from 1548 and 1783 and has a castellated appearance which blends with the 16th century tower. Inside rooms are decorated in neo-classical style with portraits, paintings, furnishings and chandeliers. In the tower are Civil War armour, books, family portraits and mementos,and a priest's hiding place. Walled gardens, a Regency conservatory and 'Capability' Brown landscape. more information
Stockeld Park2 miles north-west of Wetherby, off A661 Wetherby-Harrogate road Impressive Palladian villa, built for William Middleton by James Paine, one of the leading country house designers of the 18th century. Stockeld Park is still a family home but the main rooms are used for receptions and conferences. Collection of 18th and 19th century furniture and paintings introduced by the Foster family.Stockeld Park is set in gardens with lawn fringed by woodland and 100 acres of parkland. more information
Sutton ParkSutton-on-the-Forest, 8 miles north of York, B1363 York - Helmsley road Georgian house set in gardens and parkland on the edge of the village of Sutton. The house remained relatively unaltered until the 20th century. In 1963 Sutton Park was purchased by the Sheffields and members of the family live here today.They introduced furniture, chimneypieces and paintings from Normanby Park in Humberside, the family's old country seat. Designed in the style of a villa, the exterior of the house is plain, but the interior is decorated in a rich style with 18th century furniture, paintings, porcelain, and beadwork as well as family portraits. Terraced gardens overlook the parkland. more information
Treasurer's HouseMinster Yard, York Once attached to one of the wealthiest benefices in England, successive Treasurer's of York Minster lived there from 1100 until the office was abolished under Henry VIII. Over the years the building has been considerably altered. Most of the interior dates from the 17th and early 18th centuries.Rescued by Yorkshire industrialist Frank Green who carried out extensive restoration work. Collections of pottery, china and glass and English and Flemish portraits. Walled garden. National Trust. more information
Whitby AbbeyCliff top at end of Whitby town centre Set high on the cliffs above the harbour of this picturesque fishing village. The first religious community was founded at Whitby by Abbess Hilda in 657. Ruined, Bram Stoker used this site for a scene in his novel Dracula. English Heritage. more information