Houses & Gardens
Discover the magnificent houses and gardens in and around York.
Visit Fairfax House, one of the finest Georgian town houses in England, and discover the splendour of city-living in Georgian York. With an exciting programme of special events and changing exhibitions, there is always a reason to visit this beautiful house.
Explore Goddards, the home of Noel Terry of the famous Terry's of York chocolate firm. Learn more about the life of the Terry family and what it was like to run a chocolate factory. The house is complemented by beautiful gardens.
Step through the door of Mansion House - York's great historic treasures and one of its best kept secrets and enter the Stateroom, seek the hidden drawers and discover the chamber pot!
Treasurer's House, named after the Treasurer of York Minster, offers a wide range of activities for your group. Take a guided tour through the cellar, where the Lost Roman Legion was seen or go to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics. The house is a home to an exetnsive collection of antiques and is surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Newby Hall & Gardens
Enjoy a trip to Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Crompton and one of England's finest houses. Built in 1690s and further enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam and decorated with collections by Weddell, the Hall is an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration.
Discover the splendour of Castle Howard, set in the Howardian Hills in one thousand acres of breathtaking parkland, adorned with rose gardens, lakes and fountains. Castle Howard is home to the Howard family and has been richly furnished throughout. Filming here has included the well-known TV series "Antiques Roadshow", and more recently the new "Brideshead Revisited" film.
Take a stroll around Yorkshire Lavender at nearby Terrington, visit the Sensory and Themed Gardens, Lavender Maze, Deer Park and Highland Cattle. Sample lunch at the EJs tearoom and restaurant whilst enjoying spectacular panoramic views over the Vale of York.
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
Visit the National Trust property of Beningbrough Hall and enjoy the hall, the herbaceous borders, the walled garden, parkland and the Victorian Laundry. With a wilderness play area, shop and restaurant there is something for every member of the group!
Burnby Hall Gardens
Relax in the peaceful atmosphere of Burnby Hall Gardens near Pocklington to the East of York. Home to the National Collection of Waterlillies with over 80 varieties to be spotted in the 2 lakes. The gardens themselves are maintained to a high standard with fine features such as a walled garden, Victorian bedding area, rock gardens and heather beds.
Travel over to Harewood House for a turn around the gardens and a tour of the house. Awaiting is a unique mixture of Adam interiors, Chippendale furniture as well as magnificent bird gardens and even a chance to row on the lake!
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
Admire the wonderful rill garden and modern peaceful water garden at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. Don't miss the opportunity to try out some homemade cake in the new rustic barn refreshment area. Some fantastic courses are offered year round to make the most out of your group visit.
Every year, the visitors to York Maze are baffled by its new design. Come and see if you can find your way out of York's maze maze, thought to be the largest maze in the world, and enjoy a variety of fun and games for all ages!
Scampston Walled Garden and Hall
Visit the award-winning Scampston Walled Garden, an easily accessible 18th century kitchen garden. The garden is divided into nine separate and contrasting areas ready for you to explore.
Scampston Hall itself, home to the Legard family since 1600s, has now been restored to its former glory and contains many fine paintings as well as collections of books, furniture and porcelain.