Castles & Abbeys

There are numerous historic Castles and Abbeys to visit in North Yorkshire some are world class heritage sites each providing links to how life was in days gone by whilst still contributing and providing employment, business opportunities and enjoyment for today. York Minster probably the most famous is definitely worth the visit. An excellent way to obtain some good views of York Minster and the city of York is to walk round the city walls. Sheriff Hutton Castle is close by. The castle is strongly associated with Richard III. It is suggested that his son was buried at the church. The other Castles and Abbeys also often provide a focal point for some very scenic walks. About an hour away are the scenic Yorkshire Dales and the towns of Harrogate and Ripon. Close to Ripon you will find the National Trust property, the historic Fountains Abbey; and in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe you will find Bolton Abbey. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to enjoy the fresh air, there is plenty to explore.

Below a list of links and contact details that give more info about the area and things to visit & see.

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Aldborough Roman Town Nr Boroughbridge 01423 322768
Bolton Abbey Estate Nr Skipton 01756 718009
Bolton Castle Nr. Leyburn 01969 623981
Bolton Priory
Byland Abbey Coxwold Nr Thirsk 01347 868614
Clifford's Tower York 01904 646940
Easby Abbey Richmond
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden Nr Ripon 01765 608888
Gisborough Priory Guisborough 01287 633801
Helmsley Castle Helmsley 01439 770442
Jervaulx Abbey Nr. Masham
Kirkham Priory Whitwell on the Hill. Nr Malton 01653 618768
Middleham Castle Middleham. Nr Leyburn 01969 623899
Mount Grace Priory Staddlebridge. Nr Northallerton 01609 883494
Newburgh Priory Coxwold. Nr Thirsk 01327 868435
Pickering Castle Pickering 01751 474989
Richmond Castle Richmond 01748 822493
Rievaulx Abbey Nr Helmsley 01439 798228
Rievaulx Terrace & Temples Nr. Helmsley 01439 748283
Ripley Castle and Gardens Ripley Nr Harrogate 01423 770152
Ripon Cathedral Ripon 01765 603462
Scarborough Castle Scarborough 01723 372451
Skipton Castle Skipton 01756 792442
Spofforth Castle Spofforth. Nr Harrogate
Whitby Abbey Whitby 01947 603568
York Minster York 01904 557216