Tourism information for visitors to the Slingsby area
For PLACES TO STAY, see Accommodation
WALKS in the immediate area can be found here.
Thousands of people visit the Slingsby area each year, many of them returning time and again because Slingsby has so much to offer the holidaymaker. A wide range of tourist accommodation now provides the options of caravanning, camping, bed and breakfast or self-catering. As a Yorkshire country holiday destination, Slingsby is an attraction in its own right, with its stone buildings, castle ruins, village green and maypole, church and sports facilities.
Surrounding the village, there are fine expanses of peaceful farmland and woodland served by an intricate network of lanes, footpaths and bridleways, making it easy to quickly get away from traffic on foot or bicycle so that you can enjoy the tranquil rural beauty of the area. The Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which covers some 79 square miles adjoins the Slingsby parish boundary. Only 10 miles distant is the edge of the North York Moors National Park which provides the combination of breathtaking scenery and isolation.
Many come to visit the extraordinary historic buildings in the area. There are Abbey ruins at Rievaulx (12 miles) and Byland (11 miles), castles at Helmsley (10 miles), Pickering (15 miles) and privately-owned Sheriff Hutton (10 miles), and the grandeur of somewhat more modern properties like the stately homes of Nunnington Hall (5 miles) and Castle Howard (2 miles). The latter 2 locations have themed weekends throughout the year details of which can be obtained from their websites. Castle Howard also usually has at least two summer outdoor concerts in the natural amphitheatre between the Castle and the Lake.
Hovingham Hall (2 miles), the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent, is unusual in that it’s entered through a huge Riding School. Opening times are normally limited to June, but much can be seen from the outside.
Adjoining Castle Howard is the Arboretum, run by the Arboretum Trust – Kew at Castle Howard.
The historic city of York is just 18 miles away with its Minster, City Walls and many other well-known attractions. The city is easily reached by car (use Park and Ride) and by bus or train from Malton.
Three of the county and country’s best-known tourist attractions are within 15 miles of the village.
Flamingoland – Zoo and theme park – known for its wild animals and wilder rides.
Eden Camp – a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp near Malton.
North York Moors Railway – from Pickering you can take a trip to Whitby through spectacular countryside and forestry.
There are markets in nearby market towns within easy travelling distance:
- Monday – Pickering, Thirsk
- Wednesday – Kirkbymoorside
- Friday – Helmsley
- Saturday – Malton
The first Saturday of each month (except January) there is a country market in Hovingham (2 miles) .
The beautiful Yorkshire coast is pleasantly close, making day trips a pleasure as it is possible to reach your destination well before the crowds arrive. The nearest main coastal towns are Scarborough (29 miles), Filey (29), Whitby (33) and Bridlington (38).
Weather forecasts for Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington can be found HERE.
Bus and Train
Slingsby has a regular bus service that is detailed HERE. The local train station is located at Malton with an hourly service running east and west to York and Scarborough. For rail enquiries and to check times check out the National Rail Enquiries website