from York, also taking in Rievaulx Abbey and Ripon
a full day " mix and match" tour from York taking in Castle Howard, Fountains Abbey and other sites en route. The drive is around 2 1/2 hours leaving time for 1-2 hours at each location visited.
Depart York to castle Howard (opening time is 10am, so if you are going in, earliest time to leave York will be 9. 20)
optional visit to gardens, house or both.
Drive on to Pickering, optional visits to castle, church (with wall paintings) and or steam railway, then to Lastingham and Hutton-le-Hole via some pretty moorside villages. Next to Rievaulx Abbey(and optionally, terrace).
Helmsley castle, then to Fountains Abbey and return, optionally via Ripon. Please note If ALL options are taken this would be a very long day tour, however excluding fountains or not entering castle howard makes it a comfortable but full day. It IS possible to do both of the major sites and Rievalux but without the other small attractions
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pickup York
End location: end York
Duration: 9 hours 30 min.
Transport in my Renault Grand scenic room for 4 passangers (and 2 small ones in addition, if neccesary). Comfortable and air conditioned
Transport and guidance throughout the day in my Renault Grand scenic.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 £ - Entrance fees to Castles and Abbeys (these can be reduced with National trust/English heritage membership)
Entrance fees for Castle Howard, Fountains Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. Meals.
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Keith allowed us to customize our trip, and supplied excellent advice as to where to stop and what to add to our trip. We never would have discovered Knaresborough Castle or Brimham Rocks without him. He explained so much history and insight. He is an excellent tour guide, and could not recommend him more! Take his advise, you won't be disappointed. He was also a trooper, our weather was poor, but made the most of a English Winter day.