Yorkshire's Great Houses Castles and Gardens

Discover Herriot Country’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens

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Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens is a collection of fabulous attractions that sits perfectly within Herriot Country and the wider Yorkshire countryside.

All of them provide an unrivalled collection of attractions for days out with historic and legendary stories to tell and many glorious gardens that will inspire and delight.

Families are especially welcome and there are many activities including bird of prey centres, zoo, miniature railway, playgrounds, and lots of events throughout the year which are great fun for all the family. With almost unlimited space and freedom, energetic young explorers can get stuck into some of the best activity playgrounds whilst Grandparents will enjoy taking in the sights knowing their youngsters are learning and enjoying everything in safety.

Make a date to meet with family and friends in the fabulous tea rooms where you’ll enjoy good local produce from Herriot Country’s many artisan food and drink makers, with Yorkshire specialities that Alf Wight (James Herriot) would approve and probably experienced with his own family over many years.

For history ‘buffs’, all the Great Houses, Castles and Gardens are steeped in history and there are some of the finest stately homes and historic castles and abbeys in Herriot Country, even boasting one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in the region. The best of the past can be found right here in the present.  

Don’t miss the award-winning gardens too, as you find your way around the stunning properties and where you can enjoy a wonderful of modern and historic contemporary and traditional gardens and landscapes. You can also select from the many plant sales, obtain gardening advice and, enjoy visiting the wonderful changing vistas.

Look out for some of Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens on the All Creatures Great and Small TV Series.

Wonderful Houses and Gardens

History and Heritage? Gardens and Landscapes? You’ll find them all in Herriot Country.

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