Yorkshire is the biggest county in the United Kingdom and was a thriving industrial community back in the 19th century, and as such it offers some of the most beautiful stately homes in the country. A lot of these homes still have the same families living in them and have done for hundreds of years, passing them down to each new generation. These homes are filled with beautiful classical antiques and fine collections of art and interior decor that anyone, whether interested in art history or not, can all appreciate. Many of these homes also boast spectacular garden areas as well, and for many these are part of the allure.
There are a wide range of different stately homes in Yorkshire and they are in a lot of different styles ranging from Jacobean and Elizabethan to the late Regency period. Many of them even have a lovely cafe or restaurant somewhere onsite for you to relax in after you’ve toured the home, and offer a play area for the children.
Leeds has two lovely stately homes, Temple Newsam and Harewood House which have extensive grounds and beautiful furniture and interior decoration- Temple Newsam is even the site for the popular Party in the Park family festival every year. Castle Howard in York is one of the stately homes in which the Howard family still lives, and the family who live there can trace their lineage back to Henry VIII’s 5th wife Catherine Howard and beyond- and they have a fantastic portrait gallery of all their ancestors. Newby Hall in Ripon is famous for its beautiful gardens and river, whilst the house itself is a stunning collection of artwork and amazing ceiling art. Every year the touring Royal Shakespeare Company do an outdoor performance there and it’s certainly not one to be missed. These are by no means all of the stately homes in Yorkshire and there are others such as Ripley Castle, Sewerby Hall and many more – and by researching the area fully you’re sure to find a great place to visit nearby.
Scarborough is the original seaside town in Yorkshire, and every year it draws flocks of happy visitors, as does its neighbouring town Whitby, which is famous as the setting for the Bram Stoker novel “Dracula” and its beautiful Abbey. When you stay in Scarborough there are lots of places for you to stay. The Grand Hotel and the Royal Hotel over look the pier at Scarborough and give you amazing views from all of the rooms there, whilst if you venture up into the winding little backstreets there are literally hundreds of small three or four room guest houses – but book early as Scarborough is popular all year round, and booking in advance for your Scarborough hotel is a definite must. The Sands Seafront apartments are perfect for those who want to self cater during their holiday and for those who want different kinds of Scarborough accommodation might choose some camping or caravanning the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park and the Arosa caravan and camping park are very popular with visitors.