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Historic Yorkshire

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is perfectly located to explore the many historical houses, castles and abbeys in North Yorkshire. Ox Pasture Hall is a grade 2 listed country house hotel, located in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and just a short drive from Helmsley. The hotels close proximity to Helmsley, makes it the perfect hotel choice if you are looking for a luxury country house hotel break in the Helmsley area.
 
The following is a list historical properties, you may consider, when visiting Yorkshire.
       
Helmsley
Helmsley has a wealth of history to visit, which includes Helmsley Castle, Duncombe Park, Helmley Walled Garden and Rievaulx Abbey. As well as the dramatic castle ruins there is a bustling market square in Helmsley, charming tea rooms, all surrounded by miles of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. Helmsley is on the road from Thirsk to Scarborough and offers a welcome stop for refreshments and a well-earned rest, when travelling to Scarborough.
          
Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire Coast
Set on a headland high over the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip in Yorkshire. It's easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspired by its gothic splendour when writing Dracula. This is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast.   
               
Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire
Orginally built in 1173, Burton Agnes Hall has been extended and developed ever since, to the Hall as it is today. Showing architecture and decoration from regency, georgian and many more periods of history, Burton Agnes is truly a walk through time. Visiting Burton Agnes Hall is an opportunity to see some of the most fabulous and unusual interior features and keep your eye's open for the ghost of Katherine (Anne) Griffith, who is said to walk the corridors and watch over her beautiful home! Burton Agnes Hall is situated in beautiful formal gardens which are also open to the public (located in between Malton and Bridlington)

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
Orginally built in 1132 by 12 monks from Clairvaux Abbey, to form a colonisation centre for the North of England and Scotland.The Abbey went on to be one of the largest and most influencial in the country, home to over 140 monks and many more lay brothers. Today the ruins nestle in a sheltered valley along side the River Rye.

Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
The dramatic Abbey ruins are the largest Monastic ruins in the country. Nestled in the valley of the River Skell, flanked by two large expanses of lawned area with and awe inspiring cliff faces either side, makes for a breath taking site. Explore the remains of the Abbey, the winding passages, staircases and towers and the incredible vaulted ceiling of the Cellarium that has survived. The Abbey remains are along side the Studley Royal Water Gardens, both of which are surrounded by the parklands of the Studley Royal estate (Fountains Abbey is located near the historical town of Ripon, North Yorkshire).

York Minster, Yorkshire
York Minster is one of the world's greatest and most famous Catherdrals, the way it dominates the York skyline is simply breathtaking! Started in 1220 and completed in 1470's York minster is an artistic and architectural masterpiece. It is a must see attraction for any visitor to York! There are many different aspects of the Minster to investigate including the The Undercroft, The Tower and the Chapter House.

Helmsley Castle
Orginally started in 1120 as a fortess, Helmsley Castle has ungone many changes including being remodelled into a luxury mansion by the Manners family in the Elizebethian period, fortified into a military strong hold throughout the civil war and downsized into a family home, minus the defences, for the parliamentarian Thomas Fairfax's daughter in 1644. As the owners moved to the baroque mansion at Duncombe Park, Helmsley Castle was left to the elements but has now been taken over by English Heritage (Located along side the market town of Helmsley).

Pickering Castle, North Yorkshire
Built on the commands of William the Conqueror to control the surrounding areas, Pickering Castle is a great example of a classic early Norman castle with  wonderfully preserved earthworks. Through the years Pickering Castle has been adapted, mainly refortified during the 13th and 14th centuries and the original timber frame being replaced with stone, this evolution is noticable as you wander around these scenic remains. By the 17th century Pickering Castle had served it's useful life and was left to the elements. What still remains today gives a fabulous impression of how imposing this building has once been (Pickering Castle is just off the town centre of Pickering, North Yorkshire).

Scarborough Castle, North YorkshireThe ancient and stupendous castle, once the glory, and still the ornament of Scarborough, was built in the reign of King Stephen, by William le Gros; Earl of Albemarle and Holderness. During the civil wars, in the calamitous reign of Charles I. this castle was twice besieged, and taken by the parliamentary army.

Castle Howard, Yorkshire
Magnificent, not to be missed, mansion set between two lakes and surrounded by gardens. Built for Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle and still occupied by his descendants. Features a central dome, and a Great Hall stretching 66 feet up into the dome. Displays of antiquities, family portraits, including works by Van Dyck and Lely. Throughout the house the breathtaking rooms contain furniture, porcelain, sculpture and works of art. 1,000 acres of grounds with temple and a Mausoleum designed by Hawksmoor. Walled garden, lakes (5.5 miles south-west of Malton, North Yorkshire, off A64).

Duncombe Park, North Yorkshire
In 1695 the estate and castle was purchased by Sir Charles Duncomb. His co-heir, Thomas Dunscombe, built a new house away from the castle. The terrace is one of the finest in English 18th century landscaping. In 1879 there was a fire, and, abandoned by the family it became a girls school. In the 1900's the 6th Lord Feversham restored the house Features include the Hall, two storeys high, the Dining Room, Withdrawing Room with family portraits, Library, Italian Bedroom, and 19th century servants' quarters. 35 acres of landscaped gardens, 400 acres of parkland with a nature reserve. more information (Off Helmsley Market Square, 14 miles east of Thirsk, North Yorkshire)

Fairfax House, York, North Yorkshire
One the finest townhouses in England and an architectural masterpiece. Built in 1755 by Viscount Fairfax for his daughter, designed by John Carr of York. In the 20th century the Georgian townhouse suffered abuse and misuse and later was used as a cinema and dancehall. Saved by the York Civic Trust, today visitors can see the richly decorated interior with its plasterwork, wood and wrought-iron. Well-furnished principal rooms and fascinating domestic quarters. Holds the Noel Terry Collection. Temporary exhibitions (Castlegate, York, between the Castle Museum and the Jorvik Centre)

Merchant Adventurer's Hall, York, North Yorkshire
The finest medieval guildhall in Europe, erected in 1357 - 62 for the Guild of Merchant Adventurers and is virtually unaltered. The first floor is used to transact business, the ground floor housed their hospice and chapel. Now a museum with a collection of furniture, portraits, silver and objects used by the Merchants (Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire)