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Five great places to visit within 20 miles of the Escrick Park Estate

By Helen Pentith  //  Wed 6th August 2014
Eye of York

Escrick Park Estate offers affordable, tranquil, award-winning holiday lodges in a beautiful and unique setting. The Hollicarrs are the perfect getaway all year round, but you might also like to visit the surrounding area during your stay. Yorkshire has a great deal to offer – here are our five favourite places to visit within just 20 miles of the Estate.

York city centre

The city of York has a wealth of tourist attractions quite unlike any other city in the country – you will need at least a day to fully explore and do this incredible place justice. Amongst the most obvious attractions that should not be missed are York’s many ancient buildings and sites of historic architecture, such as the minster, Clifford’s tower, the city walls and the Shambles. While both the minster and Clifford’s tower have an entry fee, they are well worth the money. Both will astound you with their history, scale and architecture, albeit in different ways. If you visit the minster then don’t forget to climb the central tower – the highest point in York offers stunning views over the city and the Yorkshire countryside. The city walls and the Shambles – the oldest street in York – are both free of charge for visitors. Take a walk around and imagine what York might have looked like when these incredible sites were first built. If you are a member then you might like to visit one of the two National Trust properties in the city. Directly next to the minster, The Treasurer’s House boasts a 2,000-year history and should not be missed. Slightly out of the city centre can be found Goddards, the beautiful family home of the founder of York-based chocolate company Terry’s. Don’t forget to visit one of York’s many fantastic restaurants in the evening – the city has been voted as one of the best places to eat out in all of Europe.

Lower Derwent Valley Nature Reserve

As nature enthusiasts, we simply had to include the natural haven of the Lower Derwent Valley Nature Reserve (LDVNR). Within walking distance of the Estate, the LDVNR has been designated a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site on account of its rich biodiversity and nationally important overwintering bird populations. The LDVNR is primarily grassland and marshland, which support rare plant species such as marsh pea, green-winged orchid and tubular water-dropwort.

York railway museum

You could include the National Railway Museum in your day trip to York while also visiting other tourist attractions, but since it is very easy to spend an entire day in the museum we recommend that you set aside a whole day to explore this excellent resource. It’s jam-packed with fun and interesting exhibits for all the family – and better yet – is completely free.

Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum

This fantastic attraction is situated in the picturesque town of Pocklington. Heralded as ‘a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown,’ we recommend that you visit the hall during the summer months when the gardens look particularly spectacular. They are the brainchild of the world touring Major Percy Marlborough Stewart, who brought back many exotic species from his travels. The museum is dedicated to his remarkable life.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Another National Trust property, the Edwardian Beningborough Hall will require a short drive from Escrick – but don’t let that put you off. The extensive hall is full of sculptures and portraits that befit the impressive and flamboyant interior design. Outside there can be found colourful borders, working Victorian walled gardens and trails appropriate for family walks.

Wherever you visit during your time in Yorkshire make sure that you start your journey from the Hollicarrs holiday lodges – a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of the Escrick Park Estate.
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