North Yorkshire, England Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Castle HowardCastle Howard
Henderskelfe, England, UK
1700-59

Castle Howard is a Baroque country house with extensive landscaped gardens, designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor for the Earl of Carlisle. It is still occupied by the owners but is open to the public.

Selby AbbeySelby Abbey
Selby, England, UK

According to tradition, Selby Abbey was founded in 1069 and was the earliest Benedictine monastery in the north of England. Now a parish church, the building features a Norman nave, a Gothic chancel, a 14th-century Jesse Window, another window with ties to George Washington, and a variety of other interesting details.

Newby HallNewby Hall
Newby with Mulwith, England, UK

Country house. c1695-1705 for Sir Edward Blackett, possibly to designs by Sir Christopher Wren; north and south wings added on east side c1775.

Byland AbbeyByland Abbey
Byland with Wass, England, UK

Byland Abbey is one of the three great Cistercian monasteries of North Yorkshire, with Fountains and Rievaulx. Although the community had a rocky start, its abbey church was once the largest in England.

Lendal TowerLendal Tower
York, England, UK

Overlooking the River Ouse at the north end of Lendal Bridge, Lendal Tower was built around 1300 as part of York's fortifications.

Clifford's TowerClifford's Tower

A 13th-century fortification built by King Henry III on the site of an earlier wooden keep built by William the Conqueror.

Parish Church of St MaryParish Church of St Mary
Whitby, England, UK

The fortress-like exterior of St Mary's Church shelters a charming hodge-podge of box pews, galleries and nautical woodwork from the North Sea weather. And it was featured in *Dracula*.

Whitby AbbeyWhitby Abbey
Whitby, England, UK

Founded by a Saxon princess, this abbey hosted an important church council and was powerful throughout the Middle Ages. Today, it is an evocative ruin on a windswept cliff overlooking the North Sea.

York MinsterYork Minster
York, England, UK

The largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, York Minster has breathtaking proportions - its largest stained glass window is the size of a tennis court.

Fountains AbbeyFountains Abbey
Lindrick with Studley Royal and Fountains, England, UK

Founded by Cistercian monks in 1132, this is the largest monastic ruin in Britain and part of a World Heritage Site. It has many interesting things to see in a beautiful natural setting.

Rievaulx AbbeyRievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx, England, UK

Founded by St. Bernard of Clairvaux in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey now lies in picturesque ruins in a North Yorkshire valley.