Places to Explore when Staying in Helperby & Brafferton
Our countryside location is perfectly nestled to explore much of this beautiful county. Serene country, charming towns and a historic city makes for an unforgettable North Yorkshire getaway. Our warm Yorkshire hospitality, comfortable rooms, and mouthwatering food, ensures the ultimate relaxing stay.
Start your adventure with a visit to the captivating Beningbrough Hall. Combining natural beauty and history, explore over eight acres of breathtaking landscapes, including a stunning walled garden, expansive parkland and the tranquil river Ouse nearby. Maintained by the National Trust, the garden boasts year-round blooms enchanting garden enthusiasts. If you’re a fan of countryside strolls and picturesque vistas, you’ll be delighted to know that the gardens are surrounded by a sprawling 370 acres of land. Keep an eye out for the rare and declining Tansy Beetle, as the riverbanks along the river Ouse host the largest population of these jewel-toned insects. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a kingfisher gracefully darting along the river.
The Historic City of York
A cultural gem brimming with fascinating tales and rich heritage. Enclosed within its ancient City Walls, York offers an abundance museums, theatres, galleries, iconic historic buildings, and award-winning attractions. In fact, it holds the crown for having the highest number of attractions per square mile compared to any other city in the UK. Marvel at the majestic York Minster, a breathtaking architectural masterpiece that is just as stunning inside as it is on the the outside. Take a leisurely stroll down the Shambles, a remarkably preserved medieval shopping street that was once home to butchers and now houses a variety of charming independent shops. Don’t miss the viral sensation, the York Ghost Merchants, where you can bring home a ghost of your own. For panoramic views and a sense of history, embark on a leisurely walk along the two-mile-long city walls. York can be reached within a convenient 30-minute car ride or hop on a train from Thirsk for a scenic journey.
Speaking of Thirsk, this vibrant market town has recently been recognised as one of the best places to live in the North. Bursting with life and a strong sense of community, Thirsk is famously known as Herriot town, as it was the home of renowned vet and creator of, All Creatures Great and Small. Immerse yourself in his world by visiting the captivating World of James Herriot Museum. If you’re visiting between April and September, you’re in for a treat with 16 flat races hosted annually at the nearby Thirsk Racecourse. alternatively, venture to the Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, where you can witness awe-inspiring flying demonstrations featuring some of the 50 species of birds against the backdrop of the picturesque Yorkshire countryside.
White Horse of Kilburn
North Yorkshire’s grandeur continues with the majestic White Horse of Kilburn. It proudly stands on the edge of Roulston Scar, offering a spectacular sight that can be admired for miles around. Measuring an impressive 314 feet in length and 228 feet in height, the White Horse is a true marvel. Enjoy a scenic drive or a leisurely walk of approximately 1.5 miles from Sutton Bank National Park to reach this incredible landmark.
Just a short 12.5-mile drive away lies the enchanting market town of Knaresborough, a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Nestled alongside a picturesque river and adorned with a Victorian railway viaduct crossing the River Nidd, Knaresborough is a postcard-perfect destination.