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A historic house near Malton was designed for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle in the 18th Century but now the home of the Howard family.
An extortionate entrance fee (12.50 GBP (April 2010) allows you to explore the house for its beautiful interior and learn more about the generations who've lived in the house. The recently restored High South gives you an opportunity to hear the 1940 fire that caused a lot of the fire damage to the house and a lot of intensive restoration work has been done since.
I felt for what we paid that we should have seen more rooms and left the house feeling disappointed. The grounds, however, are pleasant to wander round with its neoclassical statues, fountains and temples, lakes and 18th Century Walled Gardens. It's nice for hiking as there a number of pathways and woodlands available. Don't miss visiting the farm shop for its wide range of local produce and freshly made bread and cakes.
Updated Aug 24, 2010
Address: Visitor Services, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
Phone: 01653 648333
Originally built in 1942 as a P.O.W. camp to house Italian & German prisoners in WORLD WAR 2, and closed in 1948. Re-opened in 1986 by a local businessman, and has since become an award winning museum with a WW2 theme.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to get round to re-visiting the spot since the late 1980's on a Primary School trip...... but trust me, it's worth it.
Written Nov 30, 2008
Address: Eden Camp Museum, Malton, YO17 6RT
Phone: 01653 697777
Impressive castle from 1699 (designed by Vanbrugh) and still lived in by the Howard family. It is famous for being the location where the TV-series 'Brideshead Revisited' with Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons was filmed and has featured in other TV-series too. The house is huge and has its own chapel. Since big castles cost money, the Howards opened up their home to visitors many years ago and even if you don't get to see it all, you can see many of the fantastic rooms with a guide and also visit the grounds. Whatever you do, don't miss the astrology fountain! There is also a Costume Museum in the old stables, showing fashion throughout history.
Updated Sep 15, 2006
You have to excuse the lack of photos. I have only seen Kirkham from the train but that convinced me that I have to go back one day to see it properly! Founded some time around 1120 and today in ruins, Kirkham Priory has a wonderfully romantic setting in a forested gorge along the river Derwent in the Howardian Hills. It was founded by Walter l'Espec, Lord of Helmsley not that far away. Contrary to his Cistercian abbeys at for instance Riveaulx nearby, Kirkham was Augustinian. It is thought that it was founded as a memory of l'Espec's son who fell of his horse and died here.
Updated Sep 11, 2006
Address: Kirkham, Westow
Malton has a train station, located on Norton Road (YO17 9RD), just across from the Bus Station.
Service is provided by the Transpennine Express service from Scarborough to York, which then continues on to Leeds, Manchester & Liverpool.
Estimated journey times (according to the National Rail Enquiries journey planner):
Scarborough to Malton = 23minutes
Malton to Scarborough = 28minutes
York to Malton = 24minutes
Malton to York = 27minutes
Leeds to Malton = 50mins
Malton to Leeds = 54 - 57mins
Manchester Piccadilly to Malton = 1hr 50minutes
Malton to Manchester Piccadilly = 1hr 55minutes
Liverpool (Lime Street) to Malton = 2hrs 40mins
Malton to Liverpool (Lime Street) = 2hrs 47mins
Updated Nov 30, 2008
If just passing through, try to avoid the Traffic lights at the crossroads where "Old Malton Road" / "Castlegate" / "Yorkersgate" + "Wheelgate" meet up...... they take what feels like ages to change if they turn red on you..... usually the longest 1.5-2minutes of your life.
Written Mar 23, 2006