If you’re planning a getaway from it all break in one of our North Yorkshire cottages available, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. Enjoy the numerous outdoor activities in North Yorkshire such as walking, cycling, trekking, hiking and rock climbing, but fit in some time for a little more sedate activity.
North Yorkshire is home to a number of the most attractive private and public gardens you’ll find anywhere in England. If you’re looking for things to do in North Yorkshire while staying in one of the available cottages in Whitby, or one of the cottages in North York Moors, some of the county’s most beautiful gardens are just a short drive away.
Scampston Walled Garden, Malton
Malton is just a 45 minute drive through the moors from Whitby. Set in the grounds of the impressive Scampston Hall, Scampston Walled Garden has something for everyone with a love of gardening. The Park was designed by Capability Brown. With four acres of gardens, 80 acres of park and woodland, plant sales shop, garden restaurant and gift shop, you’re sure to come away tired but satisfied.
Castle Howard Gardens, York
York is the second most visited city in the UK after London. While there, including a visit to Castle Howard Gardens. Castle Howard and its grounds were used extensively as the backdrop for the TV and film versions of Brideshead Revisited. The gardens include 1000 acres of woodland and park. In the Boar Garden alone, 2.5 tonnes of daffodils and 10,000 spring bulbs are planted every year, to provide an early spring blaze of colour.
Burton Agnes Hall Gardens Driffield
Just over an hour’s drive from Whitby will see you in the quant market town of Driffield. Following the A614, will get you to the beautiful Elizabethan Hall of Burton Agnes and its gardens. Its 10 acres of parkland and seven acres of gardens include a large classical pond, fountains and waterfalls. With over 3000 different plants, herbs and vegetables, a maze and jungle garden, there is something for every type of gardener.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Beckwithshaw
The picturesque village of Beckwithshaw lays a couple of miles outside of Harrogate, and around a 90-minute drive from the Whitby area. Owned and operated by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Harlow Carr has an impressive 58 acres of all types of gardens, with 15 acres of park and woodland. From heather gardens to kitchen gardens, lectures, workshops, guided walks, quiz trails, retail plant sales, and free demonstrations, you will think you’re in gardener’s heaven.
Dale Head Farm Tea Garden
Okay, maybe not a full-on garden open to the public, but if you’re staying in a cottage on the North York Moors, a visit is an absolute must. Nestling away in Rosedale East, near Pickering, a visit to Dale Head Farm Tea Garden will provide the most stunning views over the Rosedale Valley. With cream teas to die for, all enjoyed in their cottage garden, and their acceptance of well behaved dogs, what more could you want, to round off your North Yorkshire cottage holiday.