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Discover the best National Trust properties in Yorkshire holiday cottages

Discover the best National Trust properties in Yorkshire

Kate W 27 March 2023

This county is known for its enchanting heritage, awe-inspiring national parks, and a dramatic coastline bursting with beauty spots, so it may come as no surprise that there’s myriad National Trust places to visit in Yorkshire.

From ancient geological sights that haven’t changed since before the time of the dinosaurs, to manors and mansions filled to the brim with elegant architecture, you’re sure to be amazed and make wonderful memories on National Trust days out and about.

Plan your holiday with our handy guide to the best National Trust places to visit in Yorkshire, or click the button below to start browsing our cottage collection.


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National Trust sites in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park must be the most famous landscape in Yorkshire, a varied terrain made up of challenging hills, sweeping valleys and vibrant moorland. There are some fantastic National Trust places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales, with country houses and ancient natural sites scattered across this remarkable landscape.


Brimham Rocks

A lady looking out from Brimham Rocks and some tired dogs resting on the rocks

Brimham Rocks has to be one of the very best places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales and is truly iconic. Visit these immense millstone rock formations that rise out of the earth and were created by a huge river course that shaped this site over 100 million years before the dinosaurs arrived. It’s surrounded by ancient heather moorland and is a dedicated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Need to know

  • Address: Brimham Moor Road, Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW
  • Opening times: From dawn till dusk every day, the facilities close at 3pm
  • Cost: Free but the car park is pay and display
  • Facilities: Kiosk, visitor centre, WCs and second-hand bookshop
  • Where to stay nearby: Carr Well Barn, Harrogate | sleeps 6 + 1 dog 

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the remarkable Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden are something very special. Fountains Abbey is one of the best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in the UK, while the surrounding water gardens are gilded with ornamental lakes, canals, temples and magical cascades. The extensive parkland surrounding the site is home to over 300 red, sika and fallow deer too.

Need to know

  • Address: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
  • Opening times: 10pm to 4pm
  • Cost: Adult £18, child £9
  • Facilities: Restaurant, kiosk, gift shop/plant shop, WCs, and an audio guide
  • Where to stay nearby: Brown Hare Cottage, Ripon | sleeps 2 + 1 dog 

Braithwaite Hall

A view of the countryside on a clear day near Braithwaite Hall

Step inside this enchanting 17th-century farmhouse in the Coverdale Valley to see beautiful antiques and elegant décor that’s been cared for and retained by the National Trust. On your visit to Braithwaite Hall, you’ll see the splendid oak panelling, a large open fireplace, and a tasteful, carved staircase.

Need to know

  • Address: East Witton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4SY
  • Opening times: Arrange a visit by contacting the tenant – how to arrange a visit.
  • Cost: Enquire to find out
  • Facilities: No facilities
  • Where to stay nearby: Boutique 39, East Witton | sleeps 4 + 1 dogs 

National Trust sites in the North York Moors

Yorkshire’s lesser-known national park, the North York Moors offers even more hills and high places with views for miles across heather-clad moors, with enchanting National Trust places to discover. Pull on your walking boots to climb the famed Roseberry Topping or plan a stroll amongst the elegant gardens of Nunnington Hall.


Mount Grace Priory

A montage of images at Mount Grace Priory

Escape to this beautifully preserved Carthusian priory and uncover the story behind the reconstructed monk's cell. The outdoor space of Mount Grace Priory boasts the serene Arts and Crafts gardens that were recently renovated by Chris Beardshaw and are made up of room-like sections with terraces, a dell garden, and varieties of traditional Yorkshire apple trees.

Need to know

  • Address: Staddlebridge House, Mount Bank, Northallerton DL6 3JG
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm; Monday and Tuesday closed
  • Cost: Adult £10, child £6
  • Facilities: Café, shop and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Vane House Cottage, Osmotherley | sleeps 2 + 1 dog 

Roseberry Topping

Roseberry Topping with violet flowers in the foreground and a near-sunset sky in the background

If you love getting outside and stretching your legs, Roseberry Topping is a fell just north of the North York Moors which offers far-reaching views on the trail up and at its summit. Woodland, grassland, heather moorland and a historic quarry can all be found around the base of this hill. Its distinctive half-cone shape is what makes it stand out as a unique place to visit during your Yorkshire holiday.

Need to know

  • Address: Guisborough, Newton under Roseberry, Middlesbrough TS9 6QR
  • Opening times: Always open to the public but we’d recommend climbing it during the day unless you are an experienced hiker with relevant equipment
  • Cost: Free
  • Facilities: WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: The Scandinavian Lodge, Great Ayton | sleeps 8 + 2 dogs 

Nunnington Hall 

A peacock and some flowers at Nunnington Hall

Enjoy a trip to this fascinating Yorkshire manor house to wander the grounds, see the organic vegetable garden and colourful peacocks, and stroll by the River Rye that runs alongside. A charming stone bridge connects Nunnington Hall to the village of Nunnington. Inside, an oak-panelled hall, the Carlisle collection of miniatures and a couple of haunted rooms make this a special place for a visit. 

Need to know

  • Address: Nunnington, near York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 5pm; Monday closed 
  • Cost: Adults £10, child £5 
  • Facilities: Tearoom and WCs 
  • Where to stay nearby: Bowforth Barn, Helmsley | sleeps 6 

National Trust sites near the Yorkshire coast

Nothing beats a holiday by the sea and during your getaway, you may as well take in some of the fantastic National Trust places that are set along the Yorkshire coast. Visit an 18th-century mansion, discover Jurassic-era sandstone outcrops or visit wildlife-rich beaches on your next Yorkshire getaway.


Saltburn to Filey

A view of the Yorkshire coast over some colourful moorland

The National Trust cares for the stretch of coast between Saltburn and Filey and if you decide this is the place to visit, you’ll encounter sandy bays, fairy-tale woodland, and dramatic cliffs as you explore. The Old Coastguard Station in Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar Visitor Centre are two top National Trust places to visit to begin your walking excursion along the coastline, and it’s a great route as Saltburn and Filey are connected by the Cleveland Way National Trail.

Need to know

  • Address: N/A
  • Opening times: Plenty of beauty spots along this section of coast are always open 
  • Cost: Free
  • Facilities: Check the specific area you are visiting - there are plenty of shops and places to eat in Saltburn, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Filey  
  • Where to stay nearby: Starfish, Scarborough | sleeps 4 + 1 dog 

Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping

A montage of images at Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping

These majestic hard sandstone outcrops are the remains of Jurassic-era sedimentary rock and are an incredible sight to see. The reserve and woodland that surrounds these stones has been named a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). With a mix of heather, rough pasture and grassy dales, Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping offer habitats for a variety of local wildlife.

Need to know

  • Address: Staindale, Dalby, Pickering YO18 7LR
  • Opening times: Always open to the public but we’d recommend climbing it during the day unless you are an experienced hiker with relevant equipment
  • Cost: Free
  • Facilities: WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Owl At Mels Cottages, Pickering | sleeps 5 + 1 dog

Ormesby Hall

White and purple spherical flowers at Ormesby Hall

Ormsby Hall is a magnificent 18th-century mansion built in the Palladian style that was home to the Pennyman family for many years and sits on the outskirts of bustling Middlesborough. You can admire the excellent paintings and antique furniture, or walk the 240 acres of parkland and farmland.

Need to know

  • Address: Church Ln, Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS3 0SR
  • Opening times: Thursday to Monday 10.30am to 4pm, Tuesday/Wednesday closed
  • Cost: Adult £6, child £3
  • Facilities: Café and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Dalton Cottage, Croston | sleeps 6 

National Trust sites in and around York

The ancient city of York hides some remarkable historical sites for you to uncover as you wander your way through its intricate web of cobbled streets to take in the shops and independent boutiques. There are some glorious National Trust places in York, whether you're looking for a green space to explore or an elegant mansion to stop by, you can look forward to wonderful days out.


Goddards

A picture of daffodils and a picture of a garden room at Goddards

For all you keen gardeners and lovers of the outdoors, Goddards is a 5-acre site that is a hidden gem on the edge of York with a variety of garden rooms. You’ll come across a formal lawn and pond, a wildlife pond, a herbaceous border, a small orchard, a kitchen garden area and a glass house.

Need to know

  • Address: 27 Tadcaster Rd, Dringhouses, York YO24 1GG
  • Opening times: Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday closed
  • Cost: Adult £6.50, child £3.25
  • Facilities: Kiosk, second-hand bookshop, and WC
  • Where to stay nearby: The Mustard Pot, York | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs 

Treasurer’s House

Two images of the exterior of Treasurer’s House

A perfect place to unwind in the heart of York, Treasurer’s House offers grand, historic rooms to walk through and an award-winning garden where you can sit for a while. This townhouse was a project by Frank Green who combined three properties to create Treasurer’s House, and it’s filled with a mix of architectural styles. In the garden, formal lawns, statues and delightful planting create a sense of calm and intrigue.

Need to know

  • Address: Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL
  • Opening times: Saturday to Wednesday (11am to 4pm) from April to October, closed November to March
  • Cost: Adult £9.50, child £4.75
  • Facilities: Gift shop, café and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Green Cottage, York | sleep 4 + 2 dogs 

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Daffodils growing by a tree at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

A simply stunning residence with gardens undergoing a renaissance by award-winning landscape designer, Andy Sturgeon, Beningbrough Hall is an unmissable historic home to visit if you enjoy soaking in beautiful National Trust places. See the magnificent hall and art gallery with changing exhibitions throughout the year, before enjoying a bite to eat in the café.

Need to know

  • Address: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
  • Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm 
  • Cost: Adult £12, child £6
  • Facilities: Restaurant/cafe, gift shop/plant shop and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Model Farm Stable, York | sleeps 4 + 1 dog 

National Trust sites in and around Leeds

The city of Leeds is most famous for its popular university but the marvellous heritage and surrounding natural landscape all offer memorable National Trust days out. Head to Nostell for fun with the family or plan a dog-friendly walk across the serene and sensational landscape of Marsden Moor.


Nostell

A montage of images showing the house, lake and swans at Nostell

A peaceful spot on the edge of the quaint market town of Keighley, Nostell is an 18th-century property hiding a wealth of fantastic artefacts including a world-class Thomas Chippendale collection, an exquisite painting of Sir Thomas More, a longcase clock by the famous inventor, John Harrison, and a Hongs punch bowl. See exquisite interiors by Robert Adam, and explore the gardens complete with a woodland adventure play area with a zip-wire for kids.

Need to know

  • Address: Nostell Priory and Parkland, Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE
  • Opening times: 10am to 5pm all week (house closed Monday and Tuesday)
  • Cost: Adult £12, child £6
  • Facilities: Café/tearoom, plant shop/book shop, and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: The Barn Owl, Wintersett | sleeps 6 + 1 dog 

East Riddlesden Hall

Ducks in a pond at East Riddlesden Hall

Once a thriving farming estate, East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th-century house with homely features that tells the tale of the people who lived there, and their successes and failures over the years. This National Trust house in Yorkshire also offers lovely family-friendly attractions for little ones – make the most of The Discovery Garden, Trim Trail or the den-building area.

Need to know

  • Address: Bradford Rd, Riddlesden, Keighley BD20 5EL
  • Opening times: Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 4pm
  • Cost: Adult £5.50, child £2.75
  • Facilities: Tearoom, shop/plant shop, and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Hebble Row Cottage, Haworth | sleeps 2 + 1 dog 

Marsden Moor

Hikers on a moddy day at Marsden Moor. An image of a bridge over running water.

Head out and admire Yorkshire's fantastic landscape at Marsden Moor, a 5,000-acre area of moorland that’s been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. See the dramatic rock outcrops or look out for the wonderful bird species that make their home here like the twite, golden plover and merlin. Dogs are welcome to join you on a hike through this fantastic National Trust destination.

Need to know

  • Address: A640, Huddersfield HD3 3FT
  • Opening times: Always open but we recommend walking during the day – if you visit after dark please ensure you have the appropriate equipment
  • Cost: Free
  • Facilities: Car parks, and additional facilities 10 miles away in Huddersfield
  • Where to stay nearby: Deer Hill View, Holmfirth | sleeps 2 + 1 dog 

More Yorkshire National Trust sites

The National Trust have extraordinary sites all across Yorkshire, hidden in a variety of places, all waiting to be uncovered. In this section, we’ve rounded up the last couple of fantastic National Trust places in Yorkshire for you to visit during your holiday to this epic county.


Hardcastle Crags

A montage of images at Hardcastle Crags. A mill by some water, some steppingstones and some woodland

A breathtaking 400-acre wooded valley in the South Pennines with over 15 miles of footpath to follow, plan a visit to Hardcastle Crags to get lost in nature during your break. The 19th-century Gibson Mill sits in the centre of the valley and is home to a delightful café where you can grab a warming coffee during your Hardcastle Crags adventure.

Need to know

  • Address: Gibson Mill, Midgehole Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7AW
  • Opening times: Always open but we recommend walking during the day – if you visit after dark please ensure you have the appropriate equipment
  • Cost: Free to visit – pay and display car park costs £5
  • Facilities: Café, bookshop, and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Thornton Park Estate, Sowerby Bridge | sleeps 4 + 1 dog 

Wentworth Castle Gardens

A montage of images at Wentworth Castle Gardens. The exterior of the house and some woodland.

Wentworth offers truly spectacular gardens bursting with excellent features including a folly, historical monuments, a formal garden, and a fantastic Victorian conservatory that’s home to plants from all over the world. The parkland boasts a rotunda, Serpentine Bridge, and children’s play area, and it’s a great National Trust place to visit at any time of year.  

Need to know

  • Address: Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3EN
  • Opening times: 10am to 5pm every day
  • Cost: Adult £5, child £2.50
  • Facilities: Café, bookshop, and WCs
  • Where to stay nearby: Sir Richard's Cottage, Sheffield | sleeps 6 + 1 dog 

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