Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey Private Day Trip from York (13131P5)
United Kingdom, England-North, York
Discover two of Yorkshires finest attractions on this flexible private tour from York. Travel by spacious and comfortable luxury executive car, with pick up from your hotel in York, accompanied by an experienced local driver-guide. Youll spend an unforgettable day visiting the amazing Castle Howard estate (made famous as the location of Brideshead Revisited) before travelling across the rural Yorkshire countryside to Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cistercian Monastery and Georgian Water Gardens.
Enjoy the flexibility to set your own timings and to add stops along the way.
On this fully flexible private tour from York you will be taken to two of Yorkshires most celebrated destinations in the company of a knowledgeable local driver-guide. Youll travel from your hotel in York by executive car, exploring the countryside of North Yorkshire on the way to Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey. Please note: No entrance fees are included in the tour.
Youll pass through quaint villages and see the historic ruins of Sheriff Hutton Castle as you head into the Howardian Hills an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which surrounds the world-famous Castle Howard Estate. As you approach Castle Howard youll see some of its magnificent monuments, including the impressive Mausoleum, the imposing Gatehouse and the faux medieval walls.
During your visit to Castle Howard youll be able access the extensive estate, grounds and gardens. You can discover the magnificent Temple of the Four Winds Castle Howards summer house which enjoys a fantastic position at the corner of the estate and offers unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside. You will also be able to explore the amazing house itself. Castle Howard has been the home of the Howard family since it was first built in 1706; the castle has been one of Englands grandest and best-loved stately homes ever since, welcoming Royalty, dignitaries, heads of state, important politicians and celebrated special guests ever since. The filming of Brideshead Revisited both the TV adaptation and the Hollywood movie took place on the estate and in many rooms of the house. Your tour of the house will be enhanced by the guides stationed in almost every room of the house.
Leaving Castle Howard at your leisure, youll continue towards Fountains Abbey. You could choose to travel via Helmsley, a quaint market town which offers a wealth of lunch options and is a delightful place to explore.
As you approach Fountains Abbey youll travel through the small city of Ripon before approaching the expansive estate of Studley Royal Park. This incredible UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a breathtaking combination of attractions, including the amazingly well-preserved ruins of Fountains Abbey, one of the UKs largest Cistercian monasteries.
During your time at Fountains Abbey you can explore the monastery ruins, the world-renowned Georgian Water Gardens and the wonderful Studley Royal Estate. You can stroll along a riverside path, visit the watermill and enjoy a drink in the beautifully appointed Lakeside Café. Finally, you can arrange to leave Fountains Abbey through the medieval deer park, which is home to herds of deer from three species Roe, Red and Sika. The ancient deer park offers incredible views from St Marys Church on the estate, down to Ripon Cathedral in the centre of Ripon.
At the end of the day youll return to your hotel in York to conclude your private tour.