Touring from York

Touring from York

Touring from York

Touring from York

Scarborough (see separate entry), is an easy destination for an afternoon or an evening trip by fast train and epitomises the English seaside with a Victorian flavour. On certain days in summer it is possible to make the trip on a steam train. Harrogate, also served by frequent trains, is a charming spa town, now a conference centre. Sample the waters at the Royal Pump Room. There is also a good train service to Leeds and Hull, but you will need a car to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside and its great architectural heritage. Ripon has its own cathedral, well worth seeing, and is a picturesque old world town. Thirsk, a charming little town with cobbled market square and some interesting old buildings.

Yorkshire has many stately homes, Castle Howard the grandest of all. Beningbrough Hall, 8 miles from York, a Georgian house with a superb collection of portraits, and Harewood House has a superb Great Gallery designed by Adam. Outside York: Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, open March to October, has sheepdog trials, and a marvellous collection of farming bygones, and the Museum of Army Transport, Flemingate, Beverley Open All Year. Two abbeys worth a visit are Fountains Abbey, the most extensive Cistercian ruins in England and Rievaulx Abbey.