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Holiday Kirkham Priory

Kirham Priory within short walking distance

There are many reasons why Castle Howard Station's location is so appealing for a holiday break. Some you'll enjoy in the local vicinity within walking distance plus many other visitor attractions that are just a short drive away.

The station is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a precious landscape of such distinctive character and beauty that it's protected by the nation to survive unspoilt for future generations. If your pleasures includes relaxing walks and getting close to nature you'll adore the surrounding countryside right on your doorstep.

The Centenary path passes alongside the station, which if you follow in a southwesterly direction will take you through local woods and open fields toward Kirkham. The thirty minute walk that follows the railway and River Derwent through stunning valley scenery is a true joy in it's own right but the prize that awaits you at Kirkham is a delight to behold. With the exception of any passing car you could stand and imagine being in any past time. The traditional old Kirkham signal box and crossing gates are one of only a small handful still working in the country. As you cross the pretty stone bridge over the river you leave the old North Riding and enter the East Riding of Yorkshire. The real gem in this scene is the riverside ruin of Kirkham Priory, an Augustinian priory founded in the twelfth century.

Temple of the Four Winds

Temple of the Four Winds on the Castle Howard Estate

Although Castle Howard is only ten minutes drive away the opportunity to walk across the extreme limits of the estate rewards you with sights many visitors to the grand house will sadly miss. Follow the road from the Station up the gentle incline for the first quarter of a mile towards the village of Welburn. This is the same route that Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria and Price Albert took by carriage in 1850 when they stayed at Castle Howard as guests of the Earl of Carlisle. In the charming village of Welburn you'll find a traditional pub and tearoom where you can take refreshment depending on your taste. From the village there are footpaths that cross the estate farmland that give you the chance to see numerous follies, temples and the impressive Mausoleum all at closer quarters than would be otherwise possible.

Historic City of York

The historic City of York

Whilst discovering the local countryside on foot is very alluring you will probably wish to see some of the many great attractions that North Yorkshire has to offer. Certainly one of England's most popular tourist destinations outside of London is the historic City of York. From your rural retreat at Castle Howard Station, York is within half an hour drive and by using the City's Park & Ride you can soon be wandering ancient city with very little bother. Home of Europe's largest gothic cathedral, the Minster is just one of many reasons why people visit York. Add to this the quaint street scenes, the city wall and fascinating attractions that includes the National Railway Museum, the largest of it's kind in the World.

A visit to North Yorkshire isn't complete without seeing and experiencing the raw beauty of the North York Moors. The road across the moors is considered to be one of Britain's best drives but there is an alternative method of travel. Departing from nearby Pickering the North York Moors Railway offers you the chance to see the significance of this National Park with a nostalgic journey by steam hauled train.

Whitby Abbey Sunset

Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast

Beyond the Moors the draw of the North Yorkshire coast offers great variety in seaside attraction. From the endearing Robin Hoods Bay, the haunting yet very agreeable town of Whitby and the more self-assured resort of Scarborough. These coastal destinations are enjoying a new renaissance as domestic (and overseas visitors) are rediscoving the pleasures of the British seaside.

Castles, abbeys, grand houses, chocolate box villages, thriving market towns ­ the list of things to see and enjoy during your stay in North Yorkshire is endless.

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