Suggested 6 Day Tour...
Use York as your group touring base and discover what there is to see and do beyond the walls.
See our suggested 6 day tour for your group below and if you like what you see try includin it in your plans.
Day One - Onto the North Yorkshire Moors
Discover the splendour of Castle Howard, set in the Howardian Hills. It is a magnificent 18th Century House set in one thousand acres of breathtaking parkland, adorned with rose gardens, lakes and fountains. Enjoy outdoor tours, costumed guides, exhibitions and events. (Allow half a day or full day for visit - 25 minutes’ drive from York).
Later, drive cross country to visit the National Trust property of Beningbrough Hall, enjoy the Hall, herbaceous borders, walled garden, parkland and Victorian Laundry. With a wilderness play area, plus shop and restaurant.
Alternatively, visit Scampston Walled Garden and Hall where Sir Charles Legard and his knowledgeable and entertaining guides will show you around the beautiful Hall. Explore the award-winning four-acre Walled Garden and enjoy some refreshments in the Garden Restaurant, which offers reserved seating for groups.
Day Two - A Day Back in Time...
Follow in the footsteps of the brave men and women who lived through the Second World War at the award-winning Eden Camp near Malton. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life during wartime Britain, you will be transported back in time to a series of original huts from a Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. (Allow half a day).
After, move on to the Yorkshire Air Museum at former RAF Elvington. This is one of the largest WWII Bomber Command Stations open to the public. British, French and Canadian aircrews flew to missions on the continent from here. (Allow half a day).
Day Three – Have a Blooming Wonderful Day
York and the surrounding area have some of the most beautiful countryside, parks and landscaped gardens in the UK.
The closest to home is the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens in the Centre of York, situated in 10 acres of beautiful botanical gardens. The Museum Gardens are also where the spectacular ruins of the 11th Century St. Mary's Abbey lie, which offer an oasis of serenity in the heart of York.
If you'd like to venture out of the city, you can visit one of Yorkshire's most relaxing yet inspiring locations - RHS Garden Harlow Carr. The 58 acre garden includes Streamside garden, vegetables, scented herb and foliage gardens, woodland and wildflower meadow.
Day Four - A Regal Day...
Enjoy a taste of the Yorkshire Dales with a trip over to Harewood House, home to the Queen's cousin, the Earl of Harewood. The House, with its outstanding art collections, splendid State Rooms and fascinating 'Below Stairs' exhibition, is set in spectacular landscaped grounds, which include formal gardens and gentle woodland walks, a Bhutanese Stupa, waterfall and Himalayan Garden.
Why not stop off in Knaresborough or Harrogate in the afternoon for a spot of retail therapy?
Day Five - Find Monet in East Yorkshire...
Today, take a visit to the tranquil Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington to the East of York, home to the National Collection of Waterlillies. There are 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.
Day Six - Venture South...
Take a trip to the South of the region and head out of the city on the A19. Don't miss a chance to stop at the York Designer Outlet for all the labels you love at prices reduced by up to 60%! Over 120 stores. Then head for the fabulous Selby Abbey, an iconic piece of architecture.
To round off the day, visit Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, listed in the top 10 cottage gardens in the UK. Sample some homemade tea and cakes at the revamped rustic cafe.