Yorkshire Dales 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 Yorkshire Dales 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.


Beningbrough Hall and Gardens - National Trust - house, gardens, parkland walks, Edwardian borders, working Victorian walled garden, labyrinth and family trails - York - adapted toilets, lift access to all floors, wheelchairs for hire, largely accessible grounds -


Bolton Abbey Estate - Priory church and ruins, 30,000 acre estate of ancient moorland, woodland, riverside footpaths -  Skipton - Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available from the Village or Cavendish Shops between April and October, Print out a map showing routes accessible for wheelchairs


Bolton Castle - medieval castle c1399, where Mary Queen of Scots spent part of her imprisonment, falconry, archery, wild boar park, medieval nursery, calligraphy, childrens' costumes, activities, gardens, maze, views over Wensleydale - nr Leyburn - restricted accessibility with spiral stairs and uneven surfaces. Please see the website for a full access statement.


Easby Abbey - English Heritage - remains of a 12thC medieval abbey by the River Swale, (can be reached via a walk from Richmond Castle) - Richmond - we have no disabled access info for this site


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden - National Trust - A World Heritage Site, set in 820 acres, over 10 historic buildings, 12th-century abbey ruins and the only surviving Cistercian corn mill. Georgian water garden of Studley Royal,  with Neo-classical statues, follies, Victorian St Mary's Church Elizabethan Fountains Hall  - Ripon - Disabled facilities at visitor centre, wheelchair hire, but restricted wheelchair access please see website


Harlow Carr - RHS - herbaceous borders, kitchen garden, alpines, woodland walks - Harrogate - Six manual wheelchairs and five mobility vehicles are available at the garden entrance for ‘on the day use’. Advanced booking is recommended on 01423 724681


Jervaulx Abbey - privately owned Cistercian Abbey, 126 acres of parkland, tea room - disabled access, some restrictions


Kiplin Hall - Jacobean country seat of the founder of Maryland, George Calvert, furnished as a comfortable Victorian home with 17 rooms open to the public, furniture, paintings, portraits, ornamental gardens, a productive walled garden, woodland and lakeside walks, tea room - Near Scorton, Richmond - Wheelchair access to ground floor rooms and gardens, accessible toilets, assistance dogs welcome


Knaresborough Castle and Couthouse Museum - Duchy of Lancaster - Tudor courtroom, King's tower, dungeon, tunnel, Courthouse Museum, Putting or Bowls available in the grounds - Ripon - restricted accessibility, audio tour available please see the website 


Markenfield Hall - One of Yorkshire hidden gems, Tudor Gatehouse, Mediaeval Courtyard - Ripon - (32 days of opening pr year) very restricted disabled access 


Mercer Art Gallery - 19th century spa building, art gallery, exhibitions -  disabled access and facilities please see the website -


Middleham Castle - English Heritage - 12th century castle, childhood home of Richard II, extensive remains of the fortified palace - restricted disabled access (Level access, including ground floor keep)  -

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