Yorkshire is the largest county in England offering visitors three beautiful National Parks including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, a superb coastline and cultural cities such as York, Leeds and Bradford (UNESCO City of Film).
Yorkshire has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Fountains Abbey and Saltaire) and offers world class attractions including the National Media Museum, National Railway Museum and the Royal Armouries.
Yorkshire also has numerous magnificent stately homes and castles, as well as over 60 gardens open to visitors! These include Castle Howard, Burton Agnes, Harewood House and Ripley Castle.
The historic and fascinating city of York has over 30 attractions, from York Minster and the city walls to the National Railway Museum.
We have selected Yorkshire’s most popular attractions that are all in easy range of Swinton for a day visit (some of them only a few miles away), which include castles, abbeys, gardens, stately homes and those of particular appeal to families.
Please also bear in mind that there are also a number of events organised at Swinton Park during the year, and details about these can be found at our Events page.
Chauffeur-Driven Car Service
We recommend the Yorkshire Chauffeur Company for tours of the Yorkshire Dales and visits to local attractions. Howard Smelt-Webb or his colleague Darren Thompson operate two black Range Rovers, licenced and insured to carry up to four passengers in luxury and comfort.
Both Howard and Darren have lived and worked in Yorkshire all their lives and can provide recommendations for where to go and what to see, including places for lunch, afternoon tea and shopping. They can recommend a tour for you, or create a tour to your individual requirements. A full day tour is £200, with half day tours from £100-£150 depending on requirements. Please contact reception for further details.
Suggested full day tours are as follows:
A Taste of the Dales
Travel to Fountains Abbey, viewing the beautiful abbey, gardens and deer park, then head up to Wensleydale and the historic town of Middleham, where you may see racehorses on the gallops as well as Richard III’s castle. Drive on through Wensleydale, taking in the spectacular views before stopping in the market town of Leyburn for some shopping, with various lunch options in the area. After lunch, travel up the 2014 Tour de France route to Aysgarth Falls and Bolton Castle.
North Yorkshire Moors and Coast
Travel through picturesque villages, stopping for coffee at Beadlam Grange farm shop, situated on a working farm. On to the traditional market town of Helmsley for some shopping, then up to the Moors and the remote village of Goathland, where ‘Heartbeat’ was filmed before arriving at the seaside port of Whitby for some traditional fish’n'chips.
Taste of Yorkshire
This tour begins with a visit to the famous Mouseman furniture centre at Kilburn, then on to Helmsley for some shopping, taking in spectacular views of Yorkshire and the White Horse at Sutton Bank along the way. After lunch at a country pub or the award winning Star Inn at Harome, continue over the beautiful Howardian Hills to Castle Howard for afternoon tea and sightseeing.
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With lavish decorations, roaring log fires and excellent cuisine, few venues can match the elegant splendour and style of Swinton Park at Christmas. Come and celebrate the Festive season with one of our Festive Events.
We have Christmas Lunches in Samuel’s restaurant, Festive Afternoon Teas, Christmas Chef’s Tables for lunch as well as dinner and Christmas Pamper Afternoons in the Spa. We are also running Festive Cookery Courses, for those seeking some new inspiration for Christmas entertaining at home. Please click Festive Events for more details.
Please click here to see our 2013/4 Events and Activities Brochure which provides details about our forthcoming cookery courses and themed lunches and dinners. These include our inspirational Wine Appreciation Lunches preceded by an informal tastings with wine experts, Estate Produce Lunches featuring seasonal produce from the Swinton Estate and Chef’s Table demonstration dining experiences with Michelin-trained chef Stephen Bulmer.