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).
Here are just some of our favourite places to visit during your stay.
The Yorkshire Chauffeur Company offer bespoke guided tours of Yorkshire with a fleet of modern Range Rovers.
The elevated position of these luxury vehicles gives an unrivaled experience when touring the winding narrow roads of this beautiful part of the country. Our driver guides have lived and worked in Yorkshire all their lives and have extensive knowledge of the area, its history and attractions - an unforgettable day out.
The arboretum at Thorp Perrow is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 85 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 – 1977). There is also a Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre.
Fountains Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage site which recognises it as “a masterpiece of human creative genius” and “an outstanding example of a type of building or architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates significant stages in human history”. It dates from 1132, and during the following 400 years various additions and alterations were carried out to the site; by the time of the Dissolution it was the richest Cistercian abbey in the country. Whilst a ruin, the scale of the building is still very impressive. As well as the abbey, The National Trust also own Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Park, which form part of the same site.
Middleham Castle dates from 1170 and boasts one of the largest keeps in England with twelve foot thick walls and three floors. It was home to Richard III, and many years later passed into the Cunliffe-Lister family in 1889. It is now owned by English Heritage, who run events there during the summer months. Although a castle is now a ruin, is still a spectacular site to visit.
Ripley Castle has been lived in by the Ingilby family for over 700 years and there is a rich history of intrigue that can be traced back over the centuries. The castle and gardens are open to the public throughout the year.
Nidderdale Museum is situated in the dales town of Pateley Bridge (a lovely drive from the hotel over the moors) and shows how ordinary people lived and worked in the Yorkshire Dales. The majority of the items on display have come from the homes of local people over the years. Highlights of the museum are the village store, the Victorian Parlour and the cobbler’s workshop.
The World of James Herriot pays a unique tribute to the life and times of the author Alf Wight, otherwise known as the world renowned vet James Herriot. The original veterinary surgery and home has been restored to the 1940’s, with original props from the BBC series “All Creatures Great and Small”.
Kiplin Hall was built in the early 1620s as a Hunting Lodge for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I, later 1st Lord Baltimore and founder of Maryland, USA. Its design was unique in Jacobean architecture, with central domed towers on each side of a tall symmetrical pavilion in mellow red brick. Following a period of decline, the gardens and grounds are now undergoing major restoration, bringing new interpretations based on the framework of the designs of the last 400 years.
Bolton Castle is one of the best preserved mediaeval castles in the UK and enjoys a fabulous setting, in the heart of Wensleydale. Dating from 1399 by Richard le Scrope (Chancellor of England to Richard II), the castle is still in the ownership of his direct descendants. Mary Queen of Scots was also imprisoned here, and there are many features still intact.
The National Railway Museum displays a collection of over 100 locomotives and nearly 200 other items of rolling stock, virtually all of which either ran on the railways of Great Britain or were built here. The permanent display includes the Royal Train saloons and The Flying Scotsman. It is the largest museum of its type in Britain and has more visitors than any other British museum outside London
Known to most as the backdrop to Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard is one of England’s finest historic houses. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, its creation spanned the lifetime of three Earls and numerous craftsmen. There are also extensive gardens, boating on the lake, a farm shop and adventure playground.
Following the Government announcement on the 4th of January 2021 we will be closing our doors across the Estate: Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Country Club & Spa, Swinton Bivouac, Swinton Cookery School, and The Terrace Restaurant & Bar will be closed until further notice and pending the next Covid review.
We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all our guests and members who have supported us during these difficult times and look forward to seeing you again so very soon!
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