The North York Moors is an area distinguished by its architectural heritage. Castles, fine houses and atmospheric abbey ruins punctuate the landscape.
Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the third Earl of Carlisle, Castle Howard is actually not a castle but one of the finest houses in Britain. Home to the Howards for over three hundred years, it was the setting for both the acclaimed television adaptation and the later film of Evelyn Waugh’s ‘Brideshead Revisited’. Visitors love its 1000 acres of idyllic gardens that include a lake, woodlands, statues and fountains.
Fire your imagination with a visit to medieval Helmsley Castle exploring the towering ruined keep and impressive earthworks. Castle enthusiasts also shouldn’t miss the fascinating remains of an original motte and bailey castle at Sheriff Hutton.
Discover some of the early work of one of Britain’s finest church architects on the Temple Moore Trail. From his first commissioned church at Carlton, Temple Moore’s connection with the North York Moors continued for fifty years during which he designed or modified more than twenty churches in the area earning him the reputation as one of the masters of the Gothic Revival.