Visiting York From The Old Post Office

Many of our guests visit us to experience the peace and beauty of the North York Moors National Park. Our location in the centre of Rosedale Abbey is a great platform for exploring the area, plus our ability to sleep up to nine people makes The Old Post Office a perfect hub for family reunions and large family holidays.

For those who also wish to see some large attractions and go shopping in a city, you won’t need to drive very far to find what you’re looking for. Less than a one hour drive in any direction for Rosedale Abbey are great things to do. We’ll start off by looking south, to the ancient City of York.

Visiting The City of York.

We could write for hours on all of the things to do in the City of York. It’s rich history through the ages, from Viking occupation, through medieval Kings all the way to Victorian engineering is all there for you to explore. One day probably worn’t be enough.

Like many very old cities, York has traffic issues. The best way to visit is to use the excellent York park and ride facility that offers efficient car parking and transport hubs into the city centre. You won’t need your car to explore York, but a good pair of comfortable shoes is a good idea!

We reccommend using the park and ride facility at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. This is easy to find from our location, simply by following the A64 until you see the signs. The benefit is that the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet is a great shopping location in itself. If you wish to explore York without carrying heavy shopping with you, why not spend your shopping time there, then take the public transport into the city?

Once inside of the city, our must see things include the obvious icons such as the majestic York Minster. As we write this, the York Minster is fresh from a long period of maintenance work, meaning that the beautiful exterior is free from scaffolding for the first time in a while. The Shambles close by is a great location to see original, ancient York buildings, with bustling gift shops and chances to but things that you simply won’t find online and in high street stores.

Inside York Minster is truly majestic
Inside York Minster is truly majestic

For experience of early history of York, the Yorvik exhibition tells you all about our Viking ancestors, while the spooky York Dungeon will take you back to a time when we weren’t quite so easy on prisoners…

Places to eat in York are abundant, so please don’t go with the easy option of the nearest McDonalds! There are excellent fish and chips, bistros, gastro pubs and cosy cafes too numerous to mention. We make no recommendations here, everyone has their own favourite!

For children (of quite literally all ages) the National Railway Museum is an absolute must. Free of charge to enter, you can spend hours investigating the history of British railways and rail technology across the world. You will see everything from Stephenson’s Rocket, to the beautiful record breaking Mallard, all the way to a genuine Japanese Bullet Train. Many of the exhibits are still in working order and it’s not unusual to see an old steam engine being brought to life outside.

For lovers of all things engineering, there are two more attractions we recommend. A short drive by car from your park and ride location, Yorkshire Air Museum on the edge of York is a self funded aviation museum with more than 45 aircraft exhibits. With the entire history of aviation covered, from early biplanes right through to recently retired military jets, plus lots of fascinating information dedicated to the memory of the many French airmen that served in Yorkshire during World War Two, the museum has been regularly voted one of Yorkshire’s top visitor attractions.

Some of the Cold War era jets are still in running order and their Thunder Days are always a very popular event, with the chance to see military jets undertaking a ‘fast taxi’ down the adjoining Elvington runway.

Many Yorkshire Air Museum exhibits still work!
Many Yorkshire Air Museum exhibits still work!

Immediately adjacent to the Air Museum is the ever popular York Maze. There are several family attractions like this in the York area, but York Maze is the largest natural maze in the UK and probably the best. Each year, the owners create a maze from the natural crop of over one million maize plants with a theme. In 2015, the theme was Thunderbirds, with lots of activities related to the genre. The Maze operates from spring time until mid October, when the crop is harvested and the cycle starts all over again.

York Maze has a theme each year. In 2014 it was Yorkshire legends
York Maze has a theme each year. In 2014 it was Yorkshire legends

Finally for now, if you’d like to see York Maze, or even the rest of York, from the air, Hields Aviation operate helicopter pleasure flights from Sherburn airfield. It’s a short distance by helicopter to the Maze and you’ll see from the air the current year’s theme. Extend your flight and you could actually fly right over Rosedale Abbey!

By now, you’ve probably realised that while we may be in a peaceful and picturesque village in the North York Moors National Park, in less than sixty minutes you can be strolling around of of the top visitor destinations in the UK. You’ll need to make an early start to see all of York in one day, but we recommend you pace yourself. Mix in a couple of days in York with the odd rest day here in Rosedale Abbey. There are plenty of places to relax right here on our doorstep and after all, you’re supposed to be on holiday.

Our Four Favourite Things to do in Rosedale Abbey, Right on our Doorstep.

Rosedale Abbey nestles in deep in a valley of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Some of our guests think that this means that you will need to drive everywhere by car to visit any attraction. In fact, there are plenty of things to do within Rosedale Abbey village iteslf, so if you’ve travelled some distance to be with us and wish to take a day or two away from driving on your break, here are four great ideas that you won’t need any transportation other than footwear to enjoy.

Gillies Jones Blown Glass Studio

Owned and run by the partnership of Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones, the two have been creating beautiful blown glass for more than twenty years from their glass workshop and studio in Rosedale Abbey. Using traditional glass blowing methods, they create some stunning pieces of glass work that have received worldwide recognition with some on display at museums and art galleries including the UK, USA and Switzerland.

The beautiful glassware of Gillies Jones
The beautiful glassware of Gillies Jones

They are open from March until December, then other times by appointment where you can see traditional glass making techniques in action and get first hand experience of techniques dating back many centuries.

Their workshops are just a few hundred metres from The Old Post Office and we recommend you take a walk along there.

Rosedale Abbey Golf Course

For such a small village, it’s quite remarkable that we actually have our own golf course! The nine hole golf course in Rosedale Abbey needs no membership fees and has a simple Pay and Play philosophy. In general, no booking is required and if you’ve left your clubs behind, the course offers club and buggy hire too. With distances from 70 yards to 120 yards there’s something for everyone. Non golfers are welcome to walk along or simply relax with a cold drink by the clubhouse.

Take a Walk

One of the great things about being situated in the shelter of a valley in North Yorkshire is that there are plenty of places to take in a walk. You could simply stroll around the village, after all there are several great pubs to sample.

For those wishing to work up more of an appetite, there are several well known walks of an easy nature that most people can undertake. One of the most popular is from Rosedale Abbey to Northdale Rigg, offering some simple gradients and also some spectacular views across the valley. A complete guide to the walk can be found at this excellent resource.

A shorter walk that gives a great introduction to the views across the Moors and back to Rosedale is the Mineral Railway walk.

This starts from Chimney Bank and is mostly hard compacted surface. The route follows the path of the old ironworks railway and is an easy climb, before returning back to the village.

The North Yorkshire Moors website has some great links to other walks around Rosedale. But the best thing about being in the heart of a valley is that you know that whatever walk you choose, the last part will always be downhill!

Eat Cake….

When in doubt, eat cake. It’s a motto that serves us well and with two tea shops in the village, you won’t go too far wrong by following it.

Just a few steps from our doorway is the Abbey Tea Room, which also doubles as the village store. If you’re stuck for supplies, it’s very close by. The store is open every day except Wednesday, while the tea room is a little more seasonal.

Just across the green is Graze on The Green, the Rosedale coffee shop. Both tea rooms offer a variety of menus, with everything from traditional tea, fresh ground coffee, cakes (of course), all the way to full meals including a traditional Full English Breakfast.

Rosedale offers a good selection of pubs too and aftwr all, you’re here to relax, so you might like to read about the pubs in Rosedale in our guide here.

Places to Eat In Rosedale Abbey

The Old Post Office sit at the heart of the village of Rosedale Abbey, in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. This means that you will never be short of places to eat, either within the village itself, or further afield across North Yorkshire. This page covers just some of the Rosedale Abbey pubs and places to visit, dine and relax in Rosedale and the local area.

Within the Village

Simply stepping outside of the front door puts you in the centre of Rosedale Abbey. For such a small village, Rosedale has a remarkable choice of pubs and places to eat and drink, with no less than three pubs and two tea rooms to choose from. As you’d expect, it the best British tradition, they all have classical English country pub names too!

The White Horse is situated at the edge of the village, slightly elevated and gives lovely views out over the village and surrounding countryside. It’s origin dates back to the 16th century and has that must-have feature of all the best pubs – a roaring log fire. An extensive menu created from locally sourced ingredients also offers several good quality vegetarian options. You can choose to dine in the restaurant and enjoy views over the countryside, oe enjoy a bar meal beside the fire.

The Blacksmiths Country Inn is a 2.3 mile walk from Rosedale Abbey to the neighbouring village of Hartoft. Right at the edge of Cropton Forest, it offers a good selection of beers and food. If you’re looking for a typical English countryside pub, then this is a good one to visit.

The Coach House Inn is just over half a mile outside of Rosedale Abbey and features more good quality beers and food, with a very good children menu and a beer garden to the front of the pub, which is great for relaxing over the summer months.

Right in the centre of the village is Graze on the Green. As it’s name suggests, this coffee shop and tea room is right beside the village green. The menu offers a range of choices, from snacks and cakes right through to full meals accompanied by wines and spirits. They also offer a take away service, for those who really wish to avoid the kitchen on their stay with us!

For those who like to walk up an appetite, Dale Head Farm Tea Garden is a bracing walk to the edges of the village. Situated mid way along a really interesting walking route, Dale Head serves generous potions of cakes, as well as that all important Yorkshire Tea and Taylors Coffee. Dale Head was recently featured in Terry Wogan’s Tour of Britain and is certainly well worth the walk to visit.

All of these locations are situated either within the village itself, or within a reasonably short walk of The Old Post Office. No matter the time of year, you will find something very satisfying to eat or drink between these great places.

Three Great Stately Homes to Visit Near Rosedale

North Yorkshire is famous for it’s majestic natural landscapes. The moorlands change colour in a spectacular way as the seasons pass, while the forests of Dalby and Cropton attract walkers and mountain bikers from afar. Many our guests come to our holiday cottage in Rosedale Abbey to see some of the most timeless man made features of North Yorkshire – the magnificent architecture of Yorkshire’s stately homes. Many of these date back hundreds of years and have become famous worldwide on television dramas and feature film productions. Guests to North Yorkshire are amazed at the sheer scale of these estates, built at a time when wealth and affluence was on a different scale.

For a family day out, these Yorkshire stately home estates make a great place for all the family. While it may appear that they are more for an older generation, in fact the modern estate custodians are well aware of the need to appeal to the whole family and have created some great attractions to keep everyone entertained.

Here are three great stately homes to visit within a thirty minute drive of Rosedale Abbey.

Castle Howard

Without doubt, Castle Howard is the most famous stately home in North Yorkshire and one of the best known in TV and Film making. If you’re a fan of period drama, you’re certain to have seen Castle Howard on your screen at some point. Both versions of Brideshead Revisited were filmed here together with other productions as diverse as Death Comes to Pemberley and even Garfield, with Billy Connolly.

Castle Howard in summer. Image via Castle Howard
Castle Howard in summer. Image via Castle Howard

The estate is vast, at over 10,000 acres and incorporates the spectacular house, still lived in by the Howard family, plus the majestic grounds and spectacular water fountains.

The ornamental water features were created by the 3rd Earl in 1720, while subsequent custodians have added to the network with the huge Atlas fountain at the centre of the south garden being visible from most of the house. The remarkable thing about the fountain is that they are simply powered by water pressure and gravity from the nearby lake, with no artificial assistance to create the display.

The estate is a wonderful place to visit all year round, with staff constantly creating fresh events and ideas for visitors. The Castle Howard website is a great resource to plan your trip there.

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is a beautiful manor house now owned by the National Trust. It was built in the 16th Century and was a private residence for much of it’s life, before being inherited by Margaret Fife in 1920. She and her husband, Colonel Fife, embarked on a major renovation programme.

Nunnington Hall via National Trust
Nunnington Hall via National Trust

Today, it is preserved by The National trust in the style of her renovations. Like many very old buildings of it’s type, as architectural styles changed, the buildings altered by successive residents. Many old Yorkshire manor homes fell into disrepair, but this one was luckily preserved across the centuries.

While not on the scale of Castle Howard and perhaps with not quite as much for youngsters to do, the Hall is well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in the history of stately homes in Yorkshire. As ever, an excellent tea room is on hand!

Duncombe Park

Duncombe Park is another privately owned stately home. Situated just outside of the market town of Helmsley the Park is the home of the Duncombe family. As a working estate, the opening times of Duncombe Park are a little different to the other homes, so it easy to check the schedule on the website to be sure they are open.

The Park operates a series of events all year round, including a spectacular steam rally each summer, mountain bike trails and triathlons for the athletic amongst us, before finishing each year with a Christmas fair and the sale of Christmas Trees grown on the estate.

One of the most important attractions to Duncombe Park is the International Centre of Birds of Prey. Opened in 2013, the centre allows visitors to see the beautiful collection of birds flying free each day, all year round.

The centre’s expert guides give an informative commentary of the birds as they fly and hunt for food on a lure each day. The relationship between keepers and birds is quite exceptional, with the birds free to fly without tethers, the lure of a good food supply keeping them from departing. The centre is a superb park of the Park and well worth visiting to see the stunningly beautiful birds in action.

A great way to schedule a visit to Duncombe is to co-incide it with market day in Helmsley. The Park is just one mile from the town, so a combined visit to both places is a great way to enjoy North Yorkshire.