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 – Bespoke Tours
We recommend the Yorkshire Chauffeur Company for tours of the Yorkshire Dales, visits to local attractions or travel anywhere within the UK. 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. The guide price for full day tours of Yorkshire 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 York 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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Late spring is the most beautiful time of year at Swinton Park, with the rhododendrons and azaleas in glorious, full bloom in the parkland and the first young vegetables coming up in our Walled Garden. Enjoy these to full advantage at our Garden Lunches and Garden Design Days, or our Estate Produce Lunches – starting a Celebration of Asparagus from 13th May. Our Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners are also running throughout the summer, including a new Barbecue Cook & Lunch course to polish up your grilling skills.