Mark Haddon, author of the literary phenomenon “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, has now written a macabre tale inspired by the York Cold War Bunker. Mark’s post-apocalyptic story is part of a new collection of fiction set at our properties –“Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories”. Meet […]
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Its spectacular rose window was the inspiration for York Minster, but a restoration effort 90 years ago threatened to do almost as much damage as Henry VIII…. Byland Abbey, on the southern fringe of the North York Moors National Park, one of the most spectacular yet possibly least known of Yorkshire’s ruined medieval monasteries, was […]
From English Heritage: Cast light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. This year we’ll be lighting the abbey every evening for a whole week – it’s going to be ‘spooktacular’! Have your camera at the ready as […]
It’s 1644 and Helmsley Castle is under siege! Experience all the action from Helmsley Castle’s first and last military engagement. Watch the drama unfold as Sir Thomas Fairfax and the forces of Parliament attempt to wrest control of Helmsley Castle from the determined Royalist Garrison. Visit the encampments on both sides to find out what […]
English Heritage has been advertising widely an event at Rievaulx Abbey called Brocken Spectre – an Evening of Light and Sound. As well as advertisements in the press, there was a leaflet drop today in Kirkbymoorside, so I think most people likely to be interested will already know about this event. But nowhere does the […]
In its recent members’ newsletter, English Heritage has posted a lovely short video showing the splendours of Whitby Abbey. Member or not, you can view it here:
Some of the finest abbey ruins in the country are only a few miles away. From October 22 to 30, English Heritage is offering a week of events celebrating these magnificent buildings. Most are free, but normal admission charges to the site apply for non-members (members admitted free). To find out more, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/events, telephone […]
Here’s a very unusual workshop, one that we’ve not seen advertised before: join historical tiler Karen Slade and try your hand at making your own collection of medieval tiles. Taking inspiration from the medieval tiles at Byland Abbey, you will draft you own pattern for your collection of four tiles and then work in clay […]
Another Halloween treat: the ruins of Whitby Abbey will be spookily illuminated nightly from Wednesday October 29 to Saturday November 1, from 6.00 to 8.30 pm. Cast light on a dark history. See Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula in a new light as Whitby Abbey is illuminated with dramatic coloured floodlighting. As you explore its […]
From the University of York: If an aesthetically appealing evening out in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside over the bank holiday weekend might appeal, please see details below of a University of York event (mounted in partnership with English Heritage and York Theatre Royal) taking place on 23/24 Aug in Middleham Castle in lovely scenery […]
English Heritage have just published a guide to the walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey (both EH properties) in the form of a podcast that is available to download free, here. In this podcast, you can hear historian Julian Humphrys, Development Officer for the Battlefield Trust, as he follows this route, pointing out some […]
Don’t miss a chance to see Whitby Abbey aglow with coloured floodlights highlighting the magnificent ruin that inspired Bram Stoker, author of ‘Dracula’. Coinciding with the Whitby Goth weekend, visitors are invited to walk within and around the ruins after dark and sample the atmosphere. At various times throughout each evening, there will also be […]
Continuing our occasional series of less well known things to do and see: contributions welcome. Mount Grace Priory is a monastic ruin often overlooked for a day out because at first sight it doesn’t compare with the grandeur of Fountains or Rievaulx. It’s worth a closer look. The first pleasure of Mount Grace is getting […]
Two special tours are on offer at Helmsley Castle over the summer. On Tuesdays: discover the royal connections of the castle’s owners and their influence on major events in history. Which king once owned the Castle? On Fridays: hear about the siege of 1644 and tales of murder, treachery and scandal in the 17th century. […]
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