Discover the Yorkshire Wolds

valleyWhether you are seeking peace and tranquillity or an active break, our self-catering holiday cottages at Church Farm provide an ideal  base for exploring the Yorkshire Wolds and East Riding or simply relaxing. Our region is full of contrast, offering coast, countryside and culture to suit many interests.

The village of Garton on the Wolds is within easy travelling distance to a host of interesting places from stately homes and gardens, museums and galleries, to traditional market towns and historic cities, the rolling countryside of the Wolds and the glorious Yorkshire coast - many a short drive away and so much more within an hour's drive. We are also conveniently situated for visiting the many attractions of North Yorkshire, with the North York Moors less than an hours drive, giving you endless opportunities for your holiday.

 

Market Towns & Cities

Driffield

The traditional town of Driffield is just a three mile drive from Garton on the Wolds. Also known as the Capital of the Wolds, the town has many interesting individual shops well worth a browse. Driffield is famous for its annual agricultural show each July, the largest one day agricultural show in the country.

 
 

York

The historic city of York is just 25 miles from Garton on the Wolds and is certainly worth a day trip. The Castle Museum, the Jorvik Centre, quaint little streets around the Shambles and the magnificent York Minster are just a few places of interest in the city. Take a bus sightseeing tour of the city or a boat trip along the River Ouse. For train enthusiasts the National Rail Museum, home to the UK's national rail collection, offers free admission. A trip to York would not be complete without afternoon tea at the renowned Betty's Tea Rooms.

 

 
 

Beverley

The historic market town of Beverley is one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets, approximately 14 miles from Garton on the Wolds. The splendid 13th century Beverley Minster is worth a visit. Beverley Racecourse is on the unique Beverley Westwood for an enjoyable afternoon or evening at the races (around 19 meets between April and September). Beverley has a wealth of upmarket shops, a large outdoor market each Saturday and an excellent choice of pubs and restaurants. For music lovers, the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival is held each May, and a folk festival in June. An annual food festival is held each October in the market place.

 

UK City of Culture 2017

Hull is a vibrant maritime city with a rich and proud heritage and has been named UK City of Culture 2017. Approximately 25 miles from Garton on the Wolds. Hull has its own Museums Quarter in the heart of the old town, consisting of Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum, Streetlife and the Arctic Corsair trawler all with free admission. There is also the Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum in the city centre. The marina close to the city centre offers a pleasant stroll with several cafes and restaurants.
Hull is also home to The Deep, an award winning submarium, home to over 3500 fish including sharks and rays and hundreds of other exotic species. At The Deep you can take a walk through Europe's deepest viewing tunnel and a glass lift ride through a 10m tank. Or dine with the sharks at the Two Rivers Restaurant (open Friday and Saturday evenings).

There are good train links from Driffield to Hull with regular services running throughout the day. Journey time around 30 minutes, offering an excellent hassle free way to travel into the City.

Historic Houses

Sledmere House

Sledmere House in the unique estate village of Sledmere, just a few miles from Garton on the Wolds, is home to Sir Tatton Sykes 8th Baronet. The parkland surrounding the 18th century house was designed by Capability Brown. As well as a tour of the house, visitors can also enjoy a tour of the grounds and gardens, the stables and Wagoner's museum, a farm shop and teas/lunches at the Terrace Café.

 
 

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan house with lovely grounds and gardens. The house has many fine paintings, bronzes, porcelain and furniture. During the summer months, artists in residence exhibit their work and offer painting demonstrations. Annual events include a garden fair held in June and a weekend of jazz each July.

 
 

Burton Constable

Sir John Constable began building Burton Constable Hall in the mid-sixteenth century and it is still the home of the Constable family. Visitors have access to more than thirty rooms, containing historic collections of fine furniture, paintings and sculpture, sporting guns and a library of over 5000 books. Visitors can also enjoy parkland and woodland walks.

 
 

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century house with extensive collections and breath taking gardens set within a 10,000 acre rural estate. It has been home to the Howard family since the house was built. If time doesn't permit a full tour of the house and grounds, a farm shop, plant centre, the Courtyard Café, gift shop and glass blowing studio are all free to visit.