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Four things you absolutely must do while in York

By Helen Pentith  //  Wed 4th December 2013
Castle Howard

When you work or holiday away from home, in the countryside for example, you are opening yourself up to a whole host of new and exciting things to see, do and try! At Escrick Park, those who work in one of our commercial lets enjoy the feeling of being on holiday the moment they step outside of their rural office and are greeted by riveting, wild countryside, rich history and things to see and do in whichever direction they head. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by a number of famous attractions and wonderful sites to see. Whilst our holiday lodges and commercial offices to let are positioned conveniently close to Leeds, many are pleased to find just how close they are to the bustling town of York too. Here are some of our favourite things to do in the area.


Explore Castle Howard

A fine historic house and estate owned by the Howard family for over 300 years, this 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of magnificent landscape in the Howardian Hills and has won awards for its outstanding natural beauty. You can enjoy lakeside walks, idyllic gardens, be inspired by family stories and wowed by world-renowned collections and stunning architecture. The estate includes nearly 200 listed buildings and monuments that are all worth seeing and there are always exhibitions taking place and a variety of child-friendly activities to take part in. It’s like a town in itself, and with cafes, restaurants and shops to explore, you’ll want to revisit Castle Howard time and again. To get there, you’ll need to head north along the outskirts of York itself.


Walk the wall

The city of York is filled to the brim with countless boutique tearooms, shops and restaurants all beautifully decorated and unique in their own way. You could spend hours wandering in and out of various buildings and places of interest, walking the cobbled streets and whiling the afternoon away over tea and cakes, or you could wonder the perimeter of York’s ancient defences. Still largely intact, the wall forms a rough square of almost two miles and provides a fantastic view of the entire city. The Minister dominates the landscape and will undoubtedly encourage you to head there next. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even cycle along the solar route from Escrick Park and first climb onto the walls at Fishergate.


Discover Skipwith Common

Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve is one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England. It is home to a variety of plants and animals that depend completely on the common for their survival. The 270 hectares of open heath, ponds, woodland and more are a wonderfully ancient landscape and a special area of conservation. Archaeological features such as Bronze Age burial mounds thought to be that of Viking Warriors tell us that the land has been used by humans for thousands of years, which means there is a lot to see! There are a range of pre-planned routes for you to choose from, depending on what you would like to see and how far you are prepared to walk, so whether you bring the kids, dogs or grandparents, there will be a walk for you to enjoy and a whole lot for you to see! If you’d like to make your way there on foot, it should take you around an hour from our Hollicarrs holiday lodges.


Visit Yorkshire Air Museum

The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is the location of the Allied Air Forces Memorial. Situated in a 20-acre parkland site on the former WWII RAF bomber command station at Elvington, just a 20 minute drive from Escrick Park, the museum includes award-winning gardens, a large NAADI style restaurant and shop, and is host to 15 exhibitions and over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles. You could spend the day soaking up the history, learning about the various vehicles and marvelling the impressive collection. The range of exhibits and collections spans the entire history of flight, from the early pioneers of aviation, through both world wars and on through the Cold War era. New exhibits are always being introduced, so there’s almost always something new to see and learn about. Admission fees are extremely affordable and children under five can visit free.


There really is an enormous amount to see and do in Yorkshire and we’ve only named four of the many main attractions that surround Escrick Park. With Escrick as your base, you can enjoy exploring York for years to come, turning it into your second (more exciting) home! For further information on our commercial lets or Hollicarrs holiday homes, please contact one of the team today.


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