Yorkshire’s Romantic Gardens & Castle Howard

Yorkshire’s varied landscape is dotted with magnificent castles, stately homes and gardens which tell the vivid history of this region. On our new tour we visit three of the area’s finest country houses: Newby Hall & Gardens, Scampston Hall & Gardens and Castle Howard. We draw inspiration from the vibrant Helmsley Walled Gardens and RHS Garden Harlow Carr, plus get a taste of what life was like on the North York Moors at the Ryedale Folk Museum.
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Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Ryedale Folk Museum, Helmsley Walled Garden & Thirsk James Herriot World
This morning we visit Ryedale Folk Museum for a unique snapshot of life on the North Yorkshire Moors. The museum brings over 4000 years of history to life through buildings and collections, including an Iron Age roundhouse, a Victorian cottage and a 1950s shop. We begin the afternoon with a guided tour of Helmsley Walled Garden with its themed garden rooms ablaze with colour and a haven for bees, butterflies and lovers of tranquillity. We then spend time at leisure enjoying a nostalgic look around Thirsk World of James Herriot, home of the famous vet and where he worked and wrote his series of books.

Day 3 Newby Hall & Gardens & RHS Garden Harlow Carr
We spend this morning at Newby Hall, a beautiful Georgian country house set amidst spectacular gardens. A tour of the house reveals its splendid interiors which includes some of Chippendale’s finest furniture and a rare set of Gobeline Tapestries. The award-winning gardens are a feast for the eyes with smaller gardens branching off from the famous double herbaceous borders leading down to the river. In the afternoon we enjoy a visit to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, where we can stroll along the lush streamside walk, admire the lavish herbaceous borders and relax in the sweet scented garden.

Day 4 Scampston Hall & Gardens & Castle Howard
This morning we enjoy a tour of Scampston Hall, a fine Regency country house which retains the atmosphere of a much loved family home. The Hall’s extensive grounds are captivating; with lakes, a Palladian bridge and the contemporary walled garden, designed by renowned Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf. Please note, the Hall is open May-early Oct, Garden open Apr-Oct. In the afternoon we visit Castle Howard, one of England’s finest historic houses and the setting for the TV production of Brideshead Revisited. More like a palace, this opulent country house is situated within idyllic sweeping parkland dotted with statues, temples, lakes and formal gardens.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
AAA+ New to Albatross
This hotel is situated in a beautiful setting, in a quiet area of town, approx 15 minutes walk from the centre. The Cedar Court Hotel dates back to 1671 and was Harrogate’s first hotel. All 100 bedrooms are traditionally furnished and feature TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Public areas are open plan with a traditional style bar. Groups dine in a room with feature walls and ceilings, full of character. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Crowne Plaza Harrogate

Harrogate
AAAA Central Location Great Views
Situated only a short walk from Harrogate town centre, the 4 star Crowne Plaza Harrogate was completely refurbished in 2017 and offers high levels of service and comfort, which you would expect from such a well-regarded brand. All 214 bedrooms have comfortable beds with award winning “This Works” sleep kits and all rooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant offers tasty meals made from fresh ingredients and the bar offers pleasant areas in which to socialise or relax. Coach parking is off-site and is free of charge.

Doubletree by Hilton Harrogate The Majestic Hotel

Harrogate
AAAA Central Location Collection Hotel Luxurious Hotel No Single Supplement for Single Rooms
The Majestic Hotel has recently undergone a 15 million refurbishment transforming the property to its former glory. Located in central Harrogate. All 184 bedrooms are to a high standard. Meals are served in the stunning Carters Champagne Bar & Grill. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £254pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £80
Based on Monday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner

Crowne Plaza Harrogate

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £269pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (max 4 incl driver)
Based on Monday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner

Doubletree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic

Harrogate, North Yorkshire
4 Nights Half Board

Twin from £274pp
No Double for Sole Use Supplement (max 4 incl driver)
Based on Monday arrivals

Inclusions
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
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