The location of our luxury lodges nestled in the heart of the dramatic landscape of the North York Moors provides an excellent base to explore many of Yorkshire’s most special places.

Here are a few of the best Yorkshire landmarks to visit in 2018 that are not too far away from our tranquil surroundings just outside Thirsk.


Helmsley Castle

The wonderful setting of this medieval castle situated in the picturesque market town of Helmsley is a sight to behold. Visitors can discover how the castle evolved over the centuries from a medieval fortress, to a Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a Victorian ruin. Helmsley Castle and the impressive remains of the Keep are well worth a visit and the town itself is a lovely place to explore.


Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey

Close by, Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey are a perfect spot to soak up the spectacular landscape of the North York Moors National Park. The history of Rievaulx, the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England founded in 1132, makes for a fascinating visit. The nearby Byland Abbey is another must-see for anyone visiting this beautiful area; exploring the dramatic ruins is a real treat.


Sutton Bank and The White Horse of Kilburn

Breath-taking doesn’t do justice when it comes to describing the view from Sutton Bank. It also marks the start of the walk to the famous landmark known as the Kilburn White Horse, the creation of Victorian Schoolmaster Thomas Taylor who marked out the figure with his pupils’ help in 1857. It’s the largest white horse in the country and can be seen from miles around.


Castle Howard

One of Britain’s finest country homes, Castle Howard has appeared in many famous films and TV series including Brideshead Revisited and Death Comes to Pemberley. The 18th century residence designed by Vanbrugh and Hawksmoor enjoys the most beautiful of settings. The grounds make for a wonderful family day out and a full programme of events is planned throughout the year.


Whitby Abbey

It’s easy to see why the atmospheric Whitby Abbey perched high on the cliff overlooking the fishing harbour remain ever popular with visitors. The setting is famous for being the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Exploring the ruins, taking in the panoramic views and discovering the history of this site founded in AD657 is fascinating.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Looking for something a bit different? Then why not explore the open-air gallery of Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, including works by international artists such as Henry Moore. The park is set in the grounds of Bretton Hall, an 18th century estate, and there are always around 80 sculptures and installations on display to see in the open air.


Fountains Abbey

The largest monastic ruins in the country, Fountains Abbey is a true gem when it comes to top landmarks and offers a very special day out for all the family. Visitors can explore the rich history of the abbey and the Benedictine monks who lived there, or simply enjoy the spectacular grounds and the Studley Royal water-garden. It is the perfect place for a summer picnic in the most picturesque of settings, surrounded by the North Yorkshire countryside. There are a wide range of activities, trails and events throughout the year making Fountains a popular destination whatever the season.


We are fortunate to have so many iconic landmarks and rich heritage sites in Yorkshire all set against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep. And after a busy day out exploring, our holiday lodges are an ideal spot to unwind, relax and find a little piece of tranquility.

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