Carlton Towers - stately house at the heart of Yorkshire
Reenactor firing a musket

Your Home's History

The Heart of Yorkshire, which encompasses the bustling market towns of Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, is one of Yorkshire's hidden gems. It is rich in history, overflowing with heritage and brimming with stories that bring the region, and our home, to life. Head off the beaten track, explore the area's breath-taking heritage, medieval history, and beautiful countryside - and discover how it all began.

Hear stories about the founding of Selby Abbey, while enjoying one of their guided tours, stroll around the ornate gardens at Monk Fryston Hall during your stay, or after enjoying a bite to eat.

Engage with stories of village life, discover the legless knight in Escrick and marvel at Cawood Castle, believed to be the source of the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme.

Our churches and battlefields have so many fascinating stories to tell. Visit Towton Battlefield Society’s Visitor Information Centre in the grounds of the Crooked Billet in Saxton to learn about the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Head to Stillingfleet and see one of the oldest and most important doors in the country, on display inside St Helen’s Church, or complete the Round Riccall Walk and see where the Vikings landed in 1066 on their way to do battle at Fulford and Stamford Bridge.

There is so much to discover, the difficult decision will be where to begin!

Image: Living History Day at Selby Abbey