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Gardens
VistEngland VAQAS

33 The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF, Tel: 01759 307125

These magnificent and beautifully laid out gardens incorporate two lakes which contain. A National Collection of water lilies. The Hall is also home to Victorian and Secret Gardens and a Primrose Wood.

 
 
JORVIK Viking Centre
VistEngland VAQASWhite Rose Award FinalistYork Tourism Awards FinalistYork PassHudsons Heritage Explorer PassSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT, Tel: 01904 615505, Email

Travel back 1000 years on board your time machine through the backyards and houses to the bustling streets of Jorvik.

 
 
York Maze
White Rose Award WinnerYork Tourism Awards FinalistYork Tourism Awards Highly CommendedYork Pass

Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT, Tel: 01904 607341, Email

Visit the world's largest maze! Meet the farm animals, play a round of crazy mazy golf, fun for all the family. Maze open from mid July until mid September and runs Halloween and Guy Fawkes events

 
 
Clifford's Tower
VistEngland VAQASYork PassEnglish Heritage

Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA, Tel: 01904 646940, Email

Once the central stronghold of York Castle, the tower is all that remains, the views from the top show clearly why it was of such strategic importance.

 
 
Harewood House
VistEngland VAQASHistoric Houses Association MemberHudsons Heritage Explorer PassThe Treasure Houses of England

Harewood House, Harewood, LS17 9LG, Tel: 0113 2181010, Email

Harewood House, Bird Garden, Grounds and Adventure Playground - The Ideal day out for all the family.

 
 
The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY, Tel: 01653 648598

A glorious, 120 acre garden of trees in a stunning and serene landscape of parkland, lakes & ponds. We welcome visitors of all ages to enjoy woodland walks, tours, family activities, a café & gift shop.

 
 
Regimental Museum
York Pass

3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB, Tel: 01904 461010

The Museum explores the history of two of Yorkshire's famous regiments; the Royal Dragoon Guards, and the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire. With over 80 showcases housing military artefacts collected over the last 300 years.

 
 

St Saviourgate, YO1 8NQ, Tel: 01904 550099

 
 
Sutton Bank National Park Centre
White Rose Award FinalistSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Sutton Bank, Nr Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH, Tel: 01845 597426, Email

For a great day out head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30mls north of York. Soak up England’s finest view on easy walking trails or head out on two wheels along the new spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge family cycle route.

 
 
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby
VistEngland VAQASVisitEngland Award For Excellence GoldWhite Rose Award WinnerWhite Rose Award FinalistSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA, Tel: 01947 601900, Email

One of Britain's Best!. Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards for Excellence. Twice winners in Yorkshire's White Rose Awards, 2005 and 2012 - celebrating the life of Captain Cook.

 
 
Helmsley Castle
English Heritage

Castlegate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5AB, Tel: 01439 770442

Explore the castle's changing fortunes. From formidable fortress to battle-scarred ruins. With other additions including a mansion house.

 
 
Newburgh Priory Estate

Estate Office, Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, YO61 4AS, Tel: 01347 868372

A beautiful Grade-1 listed mansion set in 40 acres of grounds. Newburgh Priory is open to the public and also available to hire exclusively for weddings, conferences, outdoor events and other functions.

 
 
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