The North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard

See the highlights of the North York Moors National Park and visit the historic house of Castle Howard, and its extensive grounds, entry included in your tour ticket.

The tour includes a long stop at Castle Howard, one of the finest stately homes in Britain, where you will be able to explore the house and estate grounds as part of your visit. 
  • Castle Howard
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  • Goathland
  • Great Hall Dome
  • Rosedale Abbey
  • The Atlas Fountain
  • The Great Hall Balcony
  • Whitby
    • Times: Every Tuesday from 25th March 2017 until 29th October 2017

      Departs Meet your guide and group by York Minister in central York for a 9am departure. The tour will approximately finish back at York Minister at 17.30.

      How To Book: You can instantly book by selecting your preferred date on this page.

      Included Extras Driver/Guide for the day and entrance into Castle Howard

      Whats Not Included Food and drink

      Please Note: A minimum of 1 passenger is required for this tour to operate.

      We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.

      For more information please browse the Full Itinerary, Additional Information and the Route Map. If you would like a Daily Tour brochure or further information regarding our The North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard Tour please contact us.

    • Meet your guide and group by York Minster in central York at 9am, settle into your seat aboard your comfortable mini-coach, and relax as you head out to North York Moors National Park, one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.

      Your first stop, around half an hour from York, is majestic Castle Howard, where you'll have time to explore the house and gardens either independently or with your guide. The magnificent 18th-century residence, the setting for Brideshead Revisited, rests within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape amid the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.

      From here, it's another half hour or so to the ancient market town of Pickering, where you'll have time at leisure. Perhaps pop into one of the local tea rooms or country pubs for lunch (own expense), or visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station, where you may see a steam train coming through.

      Entering the national park, your first stop is Goathland, 20 minutes or so from Pickering, which was once the setting of the English TV drama, Heartbeat. You'll likely recognize the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station here from its role as Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (released in the UK as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

      Traveling deeper into the heart of the park, you'll pass charming villages such as Egton before stopping at Beggar’s Bridge, around 20 minutes from Goathland. Spend a few moments snapping photos of the ancient stone arch as you hear the romantic story of a forbidden love that dates back to the time of the Spanish Armada.

      Hop back aboard the mini-coach for an especially scenic half-hour drive through beautiful heather moorlands: watch out for grouse and other native wildlife. You'll stop at the old railway furnaces in Rosedale Abbey for panoramic views of the valley below.

      From here it's just a 10-minute drive to the postcard-perfect village of Hutton-le-Hole, where sheep graze freely. You'll have time to capture pictures here before the 15-minute drive to your last stop of the day, Helmsley.

      Enjoy free time to explore the bustling market square or wander the dramatic castle ruins (own expense), then return to the mini-coach. It's a little under an hour's drive back to York, and you'll return to York Minster around 5:30pm.
    • Tour Type
      This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.  
       
      Clothing & Footwear
      We suggest you wear comfortable and sensible footwear, we also recommend bringing a light raincoat.  
       
      Assistance Dogs
      We are happy to accept assistance dogs only on this tour. Please contact us to advise us in advance. 

      Please Note: We regret our tours are unsuitable for under 5's.
      For full terms and conditions please see here.

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    Tour Highlights

    The Castle Howard and North York Moors Tour Highlights include:

    We take you to the best scenery in the North York Moors, seeing the Moors, scenery and views.

    Castle Howard - explore the 18th century residence. Entrance is included in the tour price. Guests have two hours to enjoy the castle and the grounds.
    Pickering - Home of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
    The Moors - Travel off the beaten track with views for miles, throughout one of the largest expanses of moorland in Britain.
    Helmsley - enjoy time to explore this traditional Yorkshire market town.