Places to visit

Beautiful gardens, parkland walks and an intriguing house to explore. Beningbrough Hall is a great place to relax and be inspired all year round. Enjoy colourful Edwardian borders, a working Victorian walled garden, a labyrinth and family trails.

Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England's finest houses, an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. The superb contents of the house, collected by Weddell, ancestor of the Compton family, on the Grand Tour include a rare set of Gobelin Tapestries, a gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale's finest furniture.

Ripley Castle - 700 year old castle steeped in history with magnificent grounds, lakes, Deer Park, Walled Gardens, Hothouses and Kitchen Garden.

Harewood House sits at the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the treasure houses of England, the house was built in the 18th century. Below Stairs was where the service staff lived and worked - their aim to ensure that everything that happened upstairs happened effortlessly, elegantly, grandly, almost as if by magic. Discover how the great team of staff, from the scullery maids to the stewards and butlers worked.

When Bettys Tearooms opened its doors for the first time in 1919 it was just as their founder, Frederick Belmont, had visualised - customers were greeted by a tempting array of delicious Yorkshire and Continental confections in the shop, and an elegant Café Tea Room served teas and meals in the traditional English style. It was an immediate success.

Yorkshire is home to a diverse range of historic market towns, with the earliest of market charters being granted in the 12th Century. Make sure to visit on a market day and sample some local delicacies.