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History, Houses and Gardens

Sledmere House

Sledmere House
The recent opening of the stables where the Sykes family bred some of the World's most famous racehorses has added to the attractions of this gorgeous Grade 1 listed Georgian house, set within parkland designed by Capability Brown.

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Hall
An Elizabethan gem set within 300 acres of natural parkland, Burton Constable Hall has an extensive collection of fine furniture and art. A skeleton of a 58-foot long sperm whale stranded on the coast nearby and therefore the property of the estate, is believed to have been the inspiration for Herman Merville's Moby Dick.

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall
Described as one of the 20 best English houses, alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House, Burton Agnes Hall has been home to the same family for 15 generations, and has its own ghost, that of Anne Griffith, whose skull is built into one of the interior walls.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Early Georgian and Grade 1 liste, Sewerby Hall, with its stunning cliff-top location, was recently refurbished to allow visitors to see it as it would have looked in the Edwardian era. Home to an important collection of memorabilia about Hull aviatrix Amy Johnson, the busy house also hosts regular tempoary exhibitions, concerts and other events.

Open sesame!

Wolds Garden
Many of the area's private gardens take part in the National Gardens Scheme, which sees usually unseen gardens open to raise funds for nursing and caring charities.

Stewart's Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum

Burnby Hall
Home to the glorious national water lily collection, the award winning gardens at Burnby Hall also includes a rockery, stumpery, a Victorian garden and a secret garden. The stewart Museum is dedicated to the extraordinary life and collections of 20th century man of action Major Percy Malborough Stewart. 

Wassand Hall

Wassand Hall
A fine Regency House with beautiful recently retored walled gardens and woodland walks, Wassand Hall has stunning views of Hornsea Mere, which is part of the estate.

Jackson's Wold Garden

Jackson's Wold Garden
A real hidden gem, Jackson's Wold Garden is a delightful three-acre garden on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, including a walled garden, kitchen garden with Elizabethan style knot garden, courtyard, windflower meadow and woodland walk.

Wharram Percy

Wharram Percy
The most famous of Britain's deserted medieval villages, Wharram Perct still features a ruined church, recreated fishpond, and the ghostly outlines of many lost houses from the 12th and 14th centuries, before its final abandonment in about 1500.

The Scampston Estate

Scampston Hall
One of the finest Regency stately homes in the area, Scampston Hall boasts a stunning contemporary garden widely regarded as one of the countrys' finest, designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf.

Scrayingham Churchyard

Scrayingham Churchyard
George Hudson is buried in the graveyard at Scrayingham Church. The transport pioneer known as the 'Railway King' was born in nearby Howsham. He famously persuaded George Stephenson to construct a railyway route through York, resulting in it becoming a major centre of the industry.