Churches & Castles

NameLocationType Of EstablishmentDescription
Rievaulx AbbeyRievaulx 14 milesAbbey & TerracesOne of the most impressive and well preserved abbeys we have ever seen. Wish we could say we have seen the inside but friends and colleagues tell us it is magnificent. It is open between March & September. See www.castlesandgardens.uk for further information.
Duncombe ParkHelmsley 14 milesHouse, Temple & Woodland ParkLord & Lady Feversham’s ancestral home dates from 1713 and is surrounded by 35 acres of 18th century woodland with way marked trails and orienteering. Open May to October. For more information see www.duncombepark.com 
York Minster & Walled CityYork 19 milesMinster & Battlement wallsIn the heart of York city this one of the finest places of worship in England today. The masonry around all elevations is outstanding and inside is just as awe inspiring. Walking round the famous city walls provides an excellent insight into all that York has to offer. Then when you have seen all, there is always the shopping, a show or a meal to round off the day.
Whitby CastleWhitby 34 milesCastle & AbbeyWhitby Castle is fascinating. On arrival you hire a hand set that guides you through the castle grounds and abbey, providing interesting and humorous facts along the way – even the younger generation enjoy the commentary.  There is a gift shop on site but we would have preferred a mid-point refreshment, especially if it is a very warm day – take a bottle.
Helmsley CastleHelmsley 14 milesCastleWe found this to be a very different but also interesting type of castle. It is more like a large house or monastery in style.  It is not inhabited but is well maintained, even to the leaded light windows.  Helmsley is a quaint little town with some exceptional shops, so once you have seen the castle the town is well worth a visit. If you stay into the evening, try Gepetos (see Food 4 Thought) if you can get in at short notice.
St Mary’s Parish ChurchScarborough 19 milesChurchScarborough’s most ancient church, full of history & beauty.  Often ravaged by war this church is as old as the castle but in much better condition.  The church also houses Anne Bronte’s grave and some Civil War ruins. There are also some superb views over the bay.