Hovingham Hall



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Hovingham, on the edge of the Howardian Hills, is a pretty village threaded by the stream of Hovingham Beck. The Worsley family have been here since the mid-16th century, and their Palladian mansion was constructed in the 18th century. Thomas Worsley, its builder, was a descendant of Oliver Cromwell and is reputed to have taught King George III to ride. He was a man whose passion was horses, and he designed it so that the stable block and indoor riding school faced onto the village green. You have to pass through it to reach the main entrance to the house. Hovingham Hall is still the home of the Worsleys, but with along with its gardens it’s open to the public in June for guided tours.

Hovingham Hall


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 1-28 Jun. Please contact for details

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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