York, North Yorkshire Moors and Coast - Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens

Castles, Abbeys, Churches, Houses, Estates and Gardens, Industrial Heritage attractions and museums (English Heritage / National Trust / others)

Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the York, Moors and Coast Attractions and Nature pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Ampleforth Abbey, Grounds & Tea Room - tour of the Abbey, walks, Tea Room, Visitor Centre - Ampleforth - Disabled access and facilities, some restrictions, please see the website (link to access statement)


Barley Hall -  medieval townhouse decorated to replicate the Snawsell home around 1483 sit on the chairs, handle the objects - York - very restricted disabled access please see the website


Beck Isle Museum - Pickering - 27 rooms of local, social & family history, re-created period shops, events, crafts, print room, blacksmiths, hands on exhibits with object handling,  - Pickering - Disabled & Pushchair friendly / baby changing see website


Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - National Trust - Georgian house and gardens, 18th century portraits, gardens guided walk, wilderness play area, family events and activities - York - Disabled friendly / baby changing see website


Breezy Knees Gardens - extensive herbaceous borders, rock garden, fountains, a shrub garden, pond, a conifer & grass garden, annual meadow, rose garden - Warthill, York - we have no disabled access info for this site


Castle Howard - York - 18th century house built by Sir John Vanbrugh, set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape, home to the Howard family for over 300 years, walled garden, woodland walks, adventure playground, events, exhibitions - Disabled access and facilities please see website


Clifford's Tower - English Heritage - (ruin) It’s the stunning view you get of the historic city of York that makes Clifford’s Tower one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire - York - not wheelchair accessible (55 steps)


Fairfax House - York - 18th century, an architectural masterpiece of its age,  Noel Terry collection of Georgian furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts - disabled access is limited and only possible with assistance at a ground floor level


Goddards Garden - Dringhouses, York - National Trust - formal terraces, wilderness gardens, herbaceous borders, ponds and greenhouse - Grounds partly accessible, steep slopes, some cobbles and uneven paths, Accessible route available


Helmsley Castle - English Heritage - 900 years of history, from a mighty medieval fortress to a Tudor mansion, a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin, fun hands-on exhibition in the mansion house - disabled access and facilities, virtual tour of less accessible areas - please see the website


Helmsley Walled Garden - An historic garden, displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, Clematis garden, Vinehouse Café, Garden Shop and Plant Centre - dogs are welcome on leads - Full disabled access




Kirkham Priory - English Heritage - the riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent valley, Gatehouse, bedecked with the heraldry of the De Roos family,  - disabled access / facilities, manual wheelchair users may wish to bring an assistant


Newby Hall and Gardens - Ripon - 18th century Adam house designed by Sir Christopher Wren, rare tapestries, Chippendale furniture, 25 acres of gardens, Rose Garden, Water Garden, Autumn Garden, Tropical Garden, miniature railway, children’s adventure garden, contemporary sculpture exhibition - All the ground floor is accessible by wheelchair and this includes the most important rooms in the house wheelchair map


Nunnington Hall - National Trust - period rooms, art exhibition, one of the world's finest collections of miniature rooms, walled garden, meadows, orchards and peacocks, contemporary art and photography exhibitions - Nunnington, nr York -


Pickering Castle - English Heritage - 13th century castle, exhibition in the chapel, events - we have no disabled access info for this site


Scampston Walled Garden - Enjoy the contemporary design and striking modern planting of this stunning Piet Oudolf garden, set within magnifi cent ‘Capability Brown’ parkland, plant sales area, children’s play area (Scampston Hall with its spendid regency interior opens for guided tours during the early summer) - Scampston Hall, Malton - "The Walled Garden is flat with good access for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. We regret that only the ground floor of the house is accessible for manual wheelchairs"


Sutton Park - home of Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield, built in 1730 furniture, paintings, porcelain and magnificent plaster-work by Cortese, gardens, Edwardian Fernery, Georgian Icehouse, Children’s Adventure Playground and Woodland Walk - Sutton on the Forest, York - disabled access and facilities please see the website


Whitby Abbey - historic ruined Abbey, views of Whitby, cliff top walks, inspired Bram Stoker when writing Dracula, interactive visitor centre with its dramatic digital reconstructions - disabled access and facilities, some restrictions, wheelchair route


York Minster - the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and housing some of the world's greatest treasures. Take a 2000 year journey through interactive chambers - disabled access, some restrictions please see the website


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