Minsters & Castles

History and grandeur in North Yorkshire

 

Nothing better captures the history of Yorkshire than the gorgeous castles and churches built here. Whether in ruins or still standing proud, the minsters, abbeys, and castles of Yorkshire are renowned for their architecture, their stories, and their visitor experiences.

 

York Minster

 

The most famous landmark in York, York Minster is an architectural wonder and a piece of history right in the middle of a vibrant, modern city.

Photo courtesy of Girlguiding North East England

Rievaulx Abbey

 

If peace and tranquillity is what you seek from a family day out in Yorkshire, then Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North.

Photo courtesy of English Heritage

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Castle Howard

 

Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Scarborough Castle

 

Scarborough Castle is a massive tower built by King Henry II. The ruins include a 13th century royal residence, a Roman signal station, and a medieval chapel.

Photo courtesy of English Heritage

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