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Ryedale North Yorkshire Attractions - Things to Do

Ryedale North Yorkshire Attractions

Family Days Out.
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Ryedale has some of the best North Yorkshire attractions. At every rise and fall of the landscape you'll find signs of the times past from the ruins of Abbeys and Castles and the splendour of its stately homes and country houses such as Castle Howard, Duncombe Park and Scampston Hall.

You could easily spend a day exploring the magnificent Castle Howard, familiar to many as the location for Brideshead Revisited.  Within the house you'll find changing exhibitions and world famous collections of paintings, furniture and bronzes while its extensive parkland is home to formal gardens and a children's play area.

NYMRIn contrast, Ryedale’s past and a more humble way of life can be discovered in the area’s five museums or a ride on a steam train at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, England’s longest steam railway provides another taste of days gone by.  The North Yorkshire Moors Railway connects the historic towns of Pickering and Whitby and is the most popular heritage railway in Britain. Steam locomotives take visitors through 18 miles of stunning countryside stopping at picturesque stations along the way. Special events and dining services take place throughout the year.

For a quirky slice of rural life visit Ryedale Folk Museum with its collection of intriguing historical buildings which include a witches hovel and an Elizabethan manor house.

Ryedale is rich in history and none more so than at the area's six English Heritage properties, Byland Abbey, Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Kirkham Priory and the deserted medieval village at Wharram Percy.  Many of these properties regularly stage events so there is always something to keep the family entertained. Visit the remains of towering castles or rich medieval monasteries, the old industrial sites where alum or ironstone were mined, or the stunning private mansions, a tribute to the historic local families that once governed this land. From prehistoric times to World War II, there is so much to do.

Located in a peaceful wooded valley, Rievaulx Abbey is one of the most complete and atmospheric of England's abbey ruins and before it dissolution, was one of the country's wealthiest monasteries.  Interactive exhibitions chart its long history and influence on the surrounding area.

Helmsley Castle - Ryedale AttractionRyedale is the ultimate adventure playground for great family days out.  From a great choice of visitor attractions and an unbeatable range of activities on land and water to an activity packed programme of fun events, there is something to keep all ages entertained. Many of Ryedale’s attractions provide childrens’ information packs, adventure playgrounds and, of course, wide open spaces for using that abundance of energy.  Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo Resort at Kirby Misperton is one of the country's most popular day's out for the family, one day just may not be enough!

On the edge of Malton is Eden Camp, a unique museum of social life in the Second World War, which occupies an original prisoner of war camp.  Here, aspects of life on the home front are brought to life in reconstructions which include rationing, evacuees, the blitz and a war time music hall. The museum transports the visitor back to wartime Britain, where the civilian way of life during World War II can be relived.

Ryedale is also home to the National Centre for Birds of Prey, the largest collection of these amazing birds in the north of England.  Located on the Duncombe Park estate in Helmsley, a team of trained birds are flown every single day. 

If you are looking for a more active holiday or adventure day out, Ryedale’s Forest Parks such as Dalby Forest are a superb recreational area for walking, cycling and horse riding. Here, you will also find easy access trails and many attractions are accessible to the disabled and cater for the visually impaired.

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  1. Gillies Jones Glass

    The Old Forge, Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8SA
    Arts, Crafts & Galleries
    Find a unique contemporary glass studio in the beautiful village of Rosedale Abbey. View a changing exhibition of internationally acclaimed blown art glass and exclusive studio production. ...
    Gillies Jones Glass
  2. Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

    Junction of A169, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
    Museum - Military
    Award-winning museum housed within an orginal Prisoner of War Camp containing extensive exhibitions and displays that tell the story of World War 2. ...
    Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum
  3. Dutch House

    Mill Green Farm, Crayke, North Yorkshire, YO61 4TT
    Art Gallery
    Dutch house offers you the unique opportunity to enjoy nature, art, wildlife, organic produce and delicious food in a stunning rural setting, just 15 miles north of York. Set in a ...
    Dutch House
  4. Peagreen Pottery

    3 Market Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LY
    Arts, Crafts & Galleries
    Select... and pay for an item of pottery from our range of blank pieces including plates, mugs, bowls, small animals, piggy banks etc. There's something for everyone and new pieces will be added throughout the year. Prices start at £5. ...
    Peagreen Pottery
  5. St Gregory's Minster

    Kirkby Mills, Kirkbymoorside, York, YO62 6NN
    Church
    Rebuilt between 1055 and 1065 by Orm son of Gamal St Gregory's Minster is noted for its rare Anglo-Saxon sundial which is set into the outer wall of the nave above the south door. The inscription on the sundial tells how Orm bought St Gre ...
    St Gregory's Minster
  6. The Milton Rooms

    4 Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7LX
    Arts Centre
    The Milton Rooms offers a wide-ranging pro ...
    Milton Rooms
  7. Ampleforth Abbey Church

    Ampleforth, York, YO62 4EN
    Church
    Set in acres of beautiful scenery Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community of monks in the UK. We extend a warm welcome to guests; please visit our Tea Room, Sports Centre, Bookshop, Golf Course and stunning grounds. ...
    Ampleforth Abbey Church
  8. Cedar Barn Miniature Railway

    Cedarbarn, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JX
    Miniature Railway
    Take a ride on the New Flying Yorkshireman Loco, departing from the replica Victorian station, through Redgate Tunnel and around the 600 metre track. ...
    Cedarbarn Miniature Railway
  9. Jonathan Pomroy - Wildlife & Landscape Artist

    Ampleforth , , Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 4DE
    Art Gallery
    Jonathan Pomroy is an artist living and working on the edge of the North York Moors National Park at Ampleforth ...
    Artist Jonathan Pomroy
  10. Helmsley Castle

    Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB
    Castle
    Explore the castle's changing fortunes. From formidable fortress to battle-scarred ruins. With other additions including a mansion house. ...
    Helmsley Castle
  11. Scampston Walled Garden

    Scampston, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    An exciting 4 acre contemporary garden created by Piet Oudolf with striking perennial meadow planting as well as traditional spring/autumn borders. Scampston Hall also opens to visitors for a shorter season in the summer ...
    Scampston Walled Garden
  12. Malton Museum

    The Subscription Rooms, 36 Yorkersgate, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7AB
    Museums
    Malton Museum holds a nationally important collection of artefacts, which are rotated regularly in the museum’s two exhibition rooms. ...
    Malton Museum
  13. Ampleforth Abbey

    Ampleforth Abbey & College, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4EN
    Abbey
    Set in acres of beautiful scenery Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community of monks in the UK. We extend a warm welcome to guests; please visit our Tea Room, Sports Centre, Bookshop, Golf Course and stunning grounds. ...
    Ampleforth Abbey
  14. Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

    Bridge Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU
    Museums
    Bygones of Victorian age with something of interest to all ages many rooms including a grocer's shop children's room printer's workshop costume room kitchen. ...
    Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life
  15. Sledmere House

    Sledmere, East Yorkshire, YO25 3XG
    Arts Heritage
    One of Yorkshire's most beautiful houses with some of England's finest plasterwork. Award-winning garden. Military Museum children's quiz picnic and play area terrace cafe and gift shop. ...
    Sledmere Hall
  16. Ampleforth Abbey Visitor Centre

    Ampleforth Abbey & College, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4EN
    Information Centre
    Set in acres of beautiful scenery Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community of monks in the UK. We extend a warm welcome to guests; please visit our Tea Room, Sports Centre, Bookshop, Golf Course and stunning grounds. ...
    Visitor Centre 3
  17. Kunsthuis

    Mill Green Farm, Crayke, North Yorkshire, YO61 4TT
    Art Gallery
    "Kunsthuis" is the name of our Art Gallery which opened in May 2014. What does this Dutch word mean? Kunst = Art and huis = house. So freely translated it means "Art house"   ...
    Dutch House
  18. Helmsley Arts Centre

    The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5DW
    Art Gallery
    Helmsley Arts Centre is a thriving venue for live theatre, music, dance, cinema, literature, exhibitions, classes, workshops and conferences. ...
    Helmsley Arts Centre
  19. Castle Howard Grounds

    Castle Howard, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    1,000 acres of rolling parkland dotted with lakes, temples and statues, formal gardens and woodland. Seasonal highlights include daffodils, rhododendrons, roses and an ornamental potager. ...
    View across the South Lake
  20. Kirkham Priory

    Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7JS
    Historic Houses & Sites
    The ruins of this Augustinian priory include a magnificent carved gatehouse declaring to the world the priory's association with the rich & powerful. ...
    Kirkham Priory
  21. Robert Fuller Gallery

    Fotherdale Farm, Thixendale, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9LS
    Art Gallery
    A fine art gallery dedicated exclusively to the work of one of the country's foremost wildlife and nature artists. Robert Fuller's life-like sculptures and paintings are favoured at home by the RSPB and the National Trust. ...
    Kingfisher, by Robert E Fuller
  22. Nunnington Hall

    Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, Helmsley, York, YO62 5UY
    Historic Houses & Sites
    Picturesque 17th century house with organically managed walled garden famous for its miniature rooms collection and changing programme of high profile art and photography exhibitions and an innovative events programme. ...
    Nunnington Hall
  23. Rievaulx Terrace & Temples

    Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    An 18th century grass-covered terrace landscaped from wooded hillside with views of Rievaulx Abbey, 2 classical temples, 1 furnished and decorated as a dining-room. ...
    Rievaulx Terrace & Temples (NT)
  24. Wolds Way Lavender

    Sandy Lane, Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8HW
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    Yorkshire's largest Lavender & Herb Farm set on the Northern Edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Lavender fields raised lavender & herb beds, Lavender Fields, Nature Walk, Maze, Steam fired Distillery, unique products made on site. Tearoom Shop. ...
    Wolds Way Lavender
  25. Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo

    Kirby Misperton Road, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
    Theme Parks & Activity Centres
    Whilst the theme park area is closed until 1st April 2017, our amazing animal collection with keeper talks is open DAILY – for £7pp on weekdays. ...
    Flamingo Land
  26. Yorkshire Lavender

    Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 6PB
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    The North of England's triple award-winning visitor attraction Lavender Farm and Gardens. Specialist Plant Nursery, Gift Shop, EJ's licensed Tea Room/Restaurant, Lavender Maze Sculpture and Deer Park all set within the Howardian Hills. ...
    Yorkshire Lavender
  27. Castle Howard

    Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA
    Historic Houses & Sites
    Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest historic houses with awe-inspiring architecture, grand interiors and rolling parkland and gardens. With gift shops, garden centre, farm shop, cafes and adventure playground. ...
    Castle Howard
  28. Scampston Hall

    Scampston, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG
    Historic Houses & Sites
    An exciting 4 acre contemporary garden created by Piet Oudolf with striking perennial meadow planting as well as traditional spring/autumn borders. Scampston Hall also opens to visitors for a shorter season in the summer . ...
    Scampston Hall
  29. Cawthorne Roman Camp

    Cawthorne Roman Camp, Pickering, YO18 8DY
    Architectural Interest
    ...
    Cawthorn Roman Camp
  30. Duncombe Park

    Duncombe Park Estate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB
    Historic Houses & Sites
    An 18thC mansion recently restored. Family home of the Lord and Lady Feversham. Unique 18thC landscaped garden with terraces temples fine views and walks 400-acre parkland. ...
    Duncombe Park
  31. The Yorkshire Arboretum

    The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, Malton, York, YO60 7BY
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    A glorious 120 acre garden of trees in a stunning and serene landscape of parkland lakes & ponds. We welcome visitors of all ages to enjoy woodland walks tours family activities a cafe & gift shop. ...
    Yorkshire Arboretum Silver Vista
  32. North Yorkshire Moors Railway

    Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ
    Steam Railway
    Enjoy fun days out for all the family aboard the world's most popular heritage steam railway. ...
    North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  33. Pickering Castle

    Castlegate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AX
    Castle
    Built by William the Conqueror this Royal castle was used by a succession of Medieval Kings as a hunting lodge holiday home and stud farm. ...
    Pickering Castle
  34. Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

    Hallgarth, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AP
    Church
    St Peter and St Paul is the largest Church within the benefice, and serves the North Yorkshire mediaeval market town of Pickering: the building itself sits at the heart of the Parish, and its steeple has become iconic in the local area. Worship takes place daily in Pickering, with the Daily Offic ...
    Porch
  35. Ampleforth Abbey Orchard

    , Ampleforth, York, YO62 4EN
    Abbey
    Set in acres of beautiful scenery Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community of monks in the UK. We extend a warm welcome to guests; please visit our Tea Room Sports Centre Bookshop Golf Course and stunning grounds. ...
    Ampleforth Abbey Orchard
  36. Ryedale Folk Museum

    Hutton-le-Hole, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA
    Museum
    Finest open air museum in Yorkshire. An amazing collection of rescued and restored historic buildings. Everything from craft workshops and thatched cottages to shops flints and a fire engine. The cottage gardens are a real treat. ...
    Ryedale Folk Museum
  37. Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

    Low Dalby, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
    Information Centre
    A 9 mile scenic drive with car parks, BBQ & picnic areas, play areas, ability graded cycle trails, waymarked walks, orienteering course, bike hire, Go Ape, Dalby Activity Centre, Visitor centre with toilets, Forest Cafe and exhibition area. ...
    Dalby Forest Visitor Centre
  38. National Centre for Birds of Prey

    Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB
    Animal Sanctuary
    The National Centre for Birds of Prey houses the largest collection of raptors in the north of England. ...
    International Centre for Birds of Prey
  39. Byland Abbey

    Byland, Helmsley, York, YO61 4BD
    Abbey
    Once one of the great northern monasteries & an outstanding example of early gothic architecture. Second largest collection of floor tiles in Europe. ...
    Byland Abbey
  40. Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

    Wharram le Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9TW
    Archaeological Site
    Remains of an ancient village abandoned between the 11th and 18thC. ...
    Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village
  41. Sutton Bank National Park Centre

    Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH
    Information Centre
    For a great day out head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30mls north of York. Soak up England's finest view on easy walking trails or head out on two wheels along the spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge family cycle route. ...
    Sutton Bank National Park Centre 2
  42. Liquid Amber Art Gallery

    The Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG
    Art Gallery
    The Verbena Spa named as Tatler's 101 Spas of the World. Their luxury heat experience area outdoor hot-tub & heated pool 7 treatment rooms with large lounge area and a south facing terace for unwinding. ...
    Liquid Amber Art Gallery
  43. Rievaulx Abbey

    Rievaulx, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
    Abbey
    'Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.' These words written over eight centuries ago by the monastery's third abbot St Aelred could describe Rievaulx today. ...
    Rievaulx Abbey
  44. Ampleforth Abbey Grounds

    Ampleforth Abbey & College, Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 4EN
    Abbey
    Set in acres of beautiful scenery Ampleforth Abbey is home to the largest Benedictine community of monks in the UK. We extend a warm welcome to guests; please visit our Tea Room, Sports Centre, Bookshop, Golf Course and stunning grounds. ...
    Ampleforth Abbey Grounds
  45. Gallery Beyond

    The Barn, Church Street, Nunnington, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5US
    Art Gallery
    Gallery Beyond is set in Nunnington a delightful village in the Howardian Hills not far from the popular market town of Helmsley. ...
    Gallery Beyond Nunnington
  46. Beadlam Roman Villa

    Pockley Gates, York, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5HY
    Architectural Interest
    One of the most northerly Roman Villas in Britain. ...
    Beadlam Roman Villa
  47. Helmsley Walled Garden

    Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AH
    Nature, Parks & Gardens
    Five-acre walled garden with Victorian glasshouses, flowers, vegetables and specialist fruit collection. Plant Centre, shop and Cafe. ...
    Helmsley Walled Garden

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