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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey Private Day Trip from York

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    What to Expect
    On this fully flexible private tour from York you will be taken to two of Yorkshire’s most celebrated destinations in the company of a knowledgeable local driver-guide. You’ll 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.

    You’ll 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 you’ll see some of its magnificent monuments, including the impressive Mausoleum, the imposing Gatehouse and the faux medieval walls.

    During your visit to Castle Howard you’ll be able access the extensive estate, grounds and gardens. You can discover the magnificent Temple of the Four Winds – Castle Howard’s 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 England’s 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, you’ll 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 you’ll 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 UK’s 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 Mary’s Church on the estate, down to Ripon Cathedral in the centre of Ripon.

    At the end of the day you’ll return to your hotel in York to conclude your private tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pickup from your hotel/accommodation in the York area
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off in the York area
    • Private, local, experienced driver/guide
    • Transport by private air-conditioned executive vehicle
    • Unlimited photo stops at your discretion
    • Luggage space available
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated, providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them with boarding and disembarkation
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    • English
    Nice variety of experiences, friendly, helpful guide/driver. Would recommend . Enough time at each location.
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    About the operator

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    By: Grand Yorkshire
    447 reviews
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    M H
    Great Fun
    My 11 year old daughter and I loved this experience and had a fantastic day out. We travelled standard class
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    Stayed for 1 Night as a Birthday Treat . This is a Beautiful Hotel with excellent professional friendly, and
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    Bangor, Maine
    Fun Day!
    This was a great way to see parts of the area we would not have seen. Peter picked us up at our hotel, mapped out
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    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Fantastic chauffeured trip
    Fantastic day with our wonderful driver Peter. He was so informative, polite and friendly. Fantastic value would
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    Fountain Abbey & Yorkshire Dales - Fantastic!
    We had a great time with our friendly and knowledgeable guide Peter who led us on this tour. The van was just the
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    Anna W
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    An excellent day out with a friendly knowledgable guide. We would definitely recommend this tour. Good Value for
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    County Laois, Ireland
    Fabulous day out
    Fantastic day out in the Yorkshire Moors, Helmsley, Whitby and ‘Aidansfield’! An excellent day and a brilliant
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    Sajid B
    York and Yorkshire in a day
    The tour was excellent and well organised. Peter is a brilliant guide and went an extra mile to entertain
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    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Very relaxing and friendly
    The North Moor Tour was very relaxing and comfortable. Some beautiful scenic spots and traditional Yorkshire
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    Hamilton, Canada
    Grand Yorkshire tours
    Great tour company for sight-seeing outside of York. Guides are excellent and the stops are very interesting.
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    Melbourne, Australia
    A full day of sights and delights.
    Brilliant day on this North York Moors tour. First stop, the very cute village of Helmsley. Then on through the
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    Debra S
    Teddington, United Kingdom
    Grand Yorkshire
    A great tour, only six of us but it was all so friendly. Will definitely come back to York and GY. **
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    Hagley, United Kingdom
    Excellent, enjoyable, recommended
    Local lad Peter welcomed us to one of the firm's 8-seater comfortable buses conveniently outside York Minster and,
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    Leyland, United Kingdom
    North Yorkshire Moors Railway
    Our mixed Social Group of about 10 adults. Age range 55 to 75 years old, were on a Shearings 3 night 4 day weekend
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    London, United Kingdom
    A fantastic tour
    Went on the steam, Moors and Whitby tour which was brilliant. Our tour guide Chris was very engaging and
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