With good access to both the North and South, Halnaby Hall Stables is an excellent base to explore North Yorkshire and the North East, here are just a few suggestions.
Harrogate (40 miles) – handsome historic buildings, verdant gardens, antique emporiums and café culture make this spa town one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations. Nearby attractions include Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral and Newby Hall.
York (50 miles) – York just oozes history and character and is a mecca for tourists from all over the world. It’s many attractions include the renowned Minster, the Jorvik Centre and the National Railway Museum plusgreat shopping amongst its old cobbled streets there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Nearby attractions include Castle Howard (featured in “Brideshead Revisited”).
The Northumberland Coast – another option for a day trip would be to take in the stunning Northumberland Coast. Attractions include Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island.
Durham (30 miles) – Durham Cathedral is undoubtedly the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe, and together with Durham Castle it has been inscribed as one of Britain’s first World Heritage Sites. Away from the castle and cathedral, why not hire a rowing boat to take in Durham’s beautiful river or simply lose yourself among its cobbled streets. Durham is simply a magical place – no wonder then that much of the Harry Potter movies were filmed here! Nearby attractions include Beamish (a fascinating open air museum which tells the story of life in the North East during Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times).
Newcastle (45 miles) – a shopaholic’s paradise with a vibrant, revitalized quayside, the impressive Tyne Bridge and cultural attractions such as the Baltic Centre. Nearby attractions include The Angel of the North and Hadrian’s Wall.
The North Yorkshire Moors and Coast – take a route over the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors to the North Yorkshire Coast. Visit the beautiful fishing village of Staithes and take in the gothic charm of Whitby (which inspired Bram Stoker to write his novel, Dracula). From there head in-land to “Heartbeat Country”. Visit the 1952 style North Yorkshire Moors Railway station at Grosmont before heading to Goathland (better known as Heartbeat’s Aidensfield!). Visit the famous White Horse at Kilburn before heading back via the charming towns of Helmsley and Thirsk, with its links to James Herriot.