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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York

  • Admire the countryside and city of Ripon as you travel around Yorkshire
  • Hear the stories behind Fountains Abbey, a large Cistercian monastery
  • Discover the Kilburn White Horse walk and soak up the Yorkshire views
Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York
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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York
USD 56.17
Go beyond the city to discover more of Yorkshire, and see for yourself why locals call it “God’s own county.” With transport and a guide included, this small-group day trip offers a convenient way to see some of Yorkshire’s highlights and UNESCO-listed landmarks including the Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal Park, and the Castle Howard Estate — the stately home that doubled as a filming location for Brideshead Revisited.
What to Expect
On this small-group 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 with an experienced guide, exploring the countryside of North Yorkshire on the way to Fountains Abbey and Castle Howard.

The day begins with a journey past the city of Ripon to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park. The 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, the tour continues from Fountains Abbey through the medieval deer park, home to three breeds of deer and beautiful views down to Ripon Cathedral in the centre of Ripon.

The next stop is the rural village of Kilburn, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch, enjoy a tour of the Robert Thompson Mouseman Visitor Centre – or take an exhilarating walk around Yorkshire's famous White Horse, a fantastic route which (on a clear day) offers breathtaking views across the Yorkshire countryside.

In the afternoon the tour continues with a drive through the countryside to the world-famous Castle Howard Estate. 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, you’ll return to York to conclude the tour.
Reviews (12)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderfully relaxed day out

We're not people that usually do organised tours but as this one appeared to be transport only, and then you were free to explore by yourself, it seemed ideal. Our tour guide Peter had excellent local knowledge and pointed out lots of interesting things while...More

Thank Harnty H
Reviewed 31 August 2018
Lovely day out from York

After seeing Fountains Abbey on "Escape to the Country", I was very keen to visit. I was not disappointed. Picked up promptly by our guide Peter, we were lucky enough to have only 3 in our group and we were able to leave early. Because...More

Thank jennylh2017
Reviewed 21 August 2018
Interesting, entertaining, memorable day trip led by an excellent guide.

The minibus was new so very comfortable, and driven perfectly by Peter our eloquent, friendly, entertaining and highly knowledgeable guide. In between visits to the much acclaimed Fountains Abbey/ Studley Water Gardens and Castle Howard, Peter took us as far as possible away from main...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 16 July 2018
Wonderful vignette of Yorkshire history

An excellent excursion, made by our excellent, knowledgeable and entertaining guide, Peter. For us Fountains Abbey confirmed it's Unesco Heritage designation. We found Castle Howard to be dark and dirty and did not match a comparable National Trust property.

Thank raulyruth2016
Reviewed 1 July 2018
Amazing day out with a great guide and lovely fellow travellers

We (myself and my parents) booked a tour combining a visit to Fountains Abbey and the water gardens and Castle Howard. In between we were given the chance to hike around the Kilburn White Horse (which I did), or to have a lunch break (my...More

Thank Matthias W
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We paid around £32 for the two of us as we are Senior citizens.
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