Private North York Moors & Castle Howard

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Explore the famous area of the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye. The moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling It has more ancient scheduled monuments than anywhere in the country including, standing stones, Stone crosses and burial mounds.

Explore historic towns, quaint villages and historic sites. Enjoy unrivalled views across the Yorkshire coast and for miles across the Yorkshire. On a clear day views can exceed 50 miles.

Enjoy access to one of England’s finest stately homes and gardens. Famed for being the location for Brideshead Revisited and ITV’s Victoria. 

Tour Itinerary




Full day 09:00 - 17:30

Activity Level

This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.



Group Size

16 passengers maximum


  • Exclusive Use of our vehicle;
  • Driver/Guide for the day;
  • On-board commentary in English
  • Entry to Castle Howard 

Pickup Service

Private Tours can pick up from a variety of locations. 

Please select an option within these areas when booking online. If you wish to request a specific location please contact us directly via phone or email to enquire. 

Some locations may not be possible for this tour or may require an additional charge. 

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage and there is a small boot for extra luggage. 


Lunch is not included, however there will be a lunch stop.

Cancellation Policy

To confirm a booking we require the full amount at time of booking. You may cancel 72 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 72 hours no refund will be issued.


Your Private Hire will start from your requested pick up location, you will then settle into your seat and relax as you head out to North York Moors National Park, one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.

Your first stop, around half an hour from York, is majestic Castle Howard, where you'll have time to explore the house and gardens either independently or with the knowledgeable Castle Howard guides. The magnificent 18th-century residence, the setting for Brideshead Revisited, rests within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape amid the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.

From here, it's another half hour or so to the ancient market town of Pickering, where you'll have time at leisure. Perhaps pop into one of the local tea rooms or country pubs for lunch (own expense), or visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station, where you may see a steam train coming through.

Entering the national park, your first stop is Goathland, 20 minutes or so from Pickering, which was once the setting of the English TV drama, Heartbeat. You'll likely recognize the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station here from its role as Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (released in the UK as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

Traveling deeper into the heart of the park, you'll pass charming villages such as Egton before stopping at Beggar’s Bridge, around 20 minutes from Goathland. Spend a few moments snapping photos of the ancient stone arch as you hear the romantic story of a forbidden love that dates back to the time of the Spanish Armada.

Hop back aboard the mini-coach for an especially scenic half-hour drive through beautiful heather moorlands: watch out for grouse and other native wildlife. You will stop along the route to enjoy the fresh moorland air and to capture the panoramic views of the the iconic Landscape.

From here it's just a 10-minute drive to the postcard-perfect village of Hutton-le-Hole, where sheep graze freely. You'll have time to capture pictures here before the 15-minute drive to your last stop of the day, Helmsley.

Enjoy free time to explore the bustling market square or wander the dramatic castle ruins, then return to the mini-coach. It's a little under an hour's drive back to York, and you'll return back to where you started.

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