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Feature: Ryedale & Howardian Hills

Perfectly placed close to the historic city of York, Ryedale enjoys some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in England. The Howardian Hills landscape is a special and unique area, formally designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: a landscape of intrigue and surprise, where opportunities abound to explore, enjoy and discover.

The warmth of Yorkshire hospitality can be sampled in Ryedale’s charming villages and historic market towns, which provide the visitor with high quality accommodation, places to eat, great boutique and traditional / locally produced shopping, and all with a great Yorkshire welcome.

Ryedale is home to spectacular Castles and Abbeys, English Heritage sites, museums, beautiful gardens and the outstanding North York Moors National Park.

Ryedale Museums

Ryedale MuseumsDiscover the Ryedale Museums taking you on a journey back through time to uncover the fascinating past of this picturesque corner of Yorkshire.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor ActivitiesEnjoy the thrill of Go Ape's Tree Top Adventure in Dalby Forest and see the largest collection of Birds of Prey in the north of England.


Gardens in RyedaleVisit beautiful gardens, peaceful parkland walks and lavender farms and gardens set within areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Historic Houses

Historic Houses in RyedaleRyedale offers spectacular heritage sites and gardens in stunning landscapes. You will never be stuck for ideas for a family day out.

Industrial Heritage

Industrial Heritage  in RyedaleRyedale has a wealth of different attractions. Climb aboard a steam train and ride like Harry Potter or transport yourself back to wartime Britain. 

Abbeys and Castles

Abbeys and Castles in RyedaleDuring the 12th century many of Ryedale’s abbeys and priories were built. Admire amazing gothic temples and the formidable castle ruins .
Howardian Hills
Claxton Hall Cottage Guest House

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £85 prpnb, York, 01904 468697

In 1 acre gardens overlooking open countryside, we are just 10 minutes by car from York. Home baked cake and tea is served on arrival.

Lime Kiln House

VisitEngland 5 Star Bed & BreakfastBed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £82-£100 prpnb, Malton, 01653 648213

A short stroll from Castle Howard, in the Howardian Hills, officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This luxury 5 Star guest house is the ideal base for a tranquil break, close to both the Moors and York.

How to get to Ryedale

How to get to Ryedale

Ryedale is so close to York and in a perfect position to take advantage of the whole county's offerings. Check out the main information points in the region. See more>

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Sat 25 Mar - Sun 2 Apr 2017

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Wartime

Fri 13 - Sun 15 Oct 2017

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Visit York and beyond

Make York your touring base ... 

...for an unforgettable trip through Yorkshire. Discover the land of wild moors, picturesque seaside resorts and world-class heritage sites.

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