Attractions to explore nearby The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England with ornate interiors, landscaped gardens and adventure playground and so more to enjoy. The house is familiar to television and film audiences as the fictional "Brideshead", both in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and in a two-hour 2008 adaptation for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England group of heritage houses.
Yorkshire Lavender is a lavender farm with a garden and a nursery, situated in the Howardian Hills. There is a Mediterranean Dry Garden, Sensory Garden and Lavender Maze. This award-winning Lavender Farm and Gardens is set in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They propagate and sell a huge range of unusual perennials, biennials, annuals, grasses, alpines and wildflowers together with a large selection of lavender and herb plants in our Specialist Plant Nursery.
The majestic riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent valley on the edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Kirkham Priory was founded as an Augustinian monastic house around 1120 by Walter Espec, Lord of Helmsley. The area was later used to test the D-Day landing vehicles and was visited by Winston Churchill. The ruins are now Grade I listed and in the care of English Heritage.
The Howardian Hills stretch from Helmsley and Coxwold, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, down to Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent. It form 79 square miles of well-wooded undulating countryside between the flat agricultural Vales of Pickering and York. It has habitats including lowland broadleaved woodland, wood pasture, veteran trees, limestone and neutral grasslands and fen meadows.