GREAT HOUSES AND GARDENS OF YORKSHIRE & THE LAKE DISTRICT
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District - recently awarded prestigious World Heritage Site status - and the unique allure of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, with its rolling green valleys criss-crossed by ancient, dry-stone walls.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District and the unique allure of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
FAMOUS WORKS OF LITERATURE and art that owe their existence to inspiration found in the north of England give you a sense of the natural beauty on show. Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome found their creative voices amid the stunning Lakeland scenery, whilst the Bronte Sisters and James Herriot discovered theirs in Yorkshire. Artists such as JMW Turner, David Hockney, Henry Moore and John Ruskin favoured the north and captured the charms of the landscape in their works. Numerous stately homes and gardens add to the north’s rich heritage. As well as being of architectural importance, many of these treasure houses contain significant art collections and act as living museums offering an insight into the past. The gardens, too, reveal layers of history: from Levens Hall – England’s oldest garden, to the contemporary Scampston Walled Garden – a leader in the new perennial movement. The historic city of York will charm you with its winding medieval streets, awe-inspiring Gothic Cathedral and almost complete city walls, from which you can admire a city founded more than 2,000 years ago. From the Irish Sea in the west, to the North Sea in the east, traverse the full width of England, delve into its fascinating past, and refresh your spirits amid the beautiful gardens.