What To See & Do

The Village of Slingsby

Slingsby Village nestles on the northern edge of the Howardian Hills, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and lies between the lovely market towns of Helmsley and Malton - the food capital of Yorkshire.

The village has many facilities including a fantastic (dog-friendly) pub, The Grapes Inn, serving excellent food and beer, an active village hall and a farm shop which provides for most everyday requirements. There is also All Saints Church (directly opposite the cottage), a Methodist Chapel, a village green with Maypole (used on May Day each year) and playing fields, with a recently re-surfaced tennis court for anyone to use freely, along with a small playground area for small children. Slingsby also has its very own Castle ruins which can be seen through the side windows of Holly Cottage! Much more information about the village and its amenities can be found by visiting the Slingsby Village website.

There are many excellent walking and cycling routes right on the doorstep, through a network of bridleways, footpaths and the old railway line, where you can take in the wonderful views of the undulating countryside. You will find details of recommended walks listed on the village website and more can be found on the Howardian Hills' website along with lots of other information about the general area.


Here is just a small selection of the many great places you may wish to visit during your stay at Holly Cottage:


The pretty village of Hovingham is home to Hovingham Hall, a superb grade I listed Palladian-style mansion and is located within a couple of miles of Slingsby on the Malton to Helmsley road. It is very well served by a well-stocked shop, Hovingham Stores, the highly regarded Worsley Arms Hotel, a great dog-friendly pub, The Malt Shovel and The Hovingham Bakery & Rolling Pin  Café which is set in a lovely position next to a babbling brook. There is also a monthly market, with over 50 stalls, which is held on the first Saturday of each month, except January, and is well worth a visit.  

Castle Howard

A visit to the magnificent Castle Howard, one of Britain's finest country houses, is an absolute must, especially as it's only 3 miles away. Also to be found here is a superb café and take-away, a food shop selling the very best quality local produce and an excellent gift shop, all of which are accessible without having to buy an entrance ticket......and parking is free too.

Nunnington Hall

This is a splendid Yorkshire manor house, famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall is some 3.6 miles north of Slingsby and is well worth a visit.

Scampston Hall

Lying about 6 miles to the east of Malton, just off the A64, Scampston Hall is one of the finest regency country houses in North Yorkshire. It has a most beautiful award-winning contemporary walled garden and also includes a delightful café and gift shop.

Eden Camp

This award winning visitor attraction is a modern history themed museum and is located just off the A64 to the north east of Malton. Eden Camp is one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.

Flamingo Land

Located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo boasts "wild animals and wilder rides" and offers a great day out for children and adults alike and is located around 9 miles from Slingsby in the village of Kirby Misperton, which is off the A169 Malton to Pickering Road.

North York Moors Railway

Take a trip back in time on one of the World's greatest railway experiences. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway runs between Pickering and Whitby and is just the most fantastic way to enjoy the amazing scenery of the enchanting North York Moors National Park. A popular stopping off point en-route is the lovely moorland village of Goathland, which became the fictional village of 'Aidensfield' where the popular television series "Heartbeat" was filmed. Also, the railway station in Goathland may be familiar to some as 'Hogsmeade' station from the early Harry Potter films.

Yorkshire Lavender

This is Yorkshire's original family-run lavender farm with award winning lavender gardens and a specialist plant nursery, set in a spectacular hillside farm of nearly 60 acres. Yorkshire Lavender is located in the village of Terrington and is just 5 miles from Slingsby.  The panoramic view over the Vale of York is said to be one of the best in Yorkshire and is worth the visit for this alone!

The City of York

The historic city of York has got to be high on anyone's list of places to visit, with its splendid Minster, city walls and numerous visitor attractions and is easily accessible, being only some 18 miles from Slingsby.

The Yorkshire coastline

A trip to the seaside is always a special treat and it is certainly within easy reach of Slingsby. The nearest main coastal towns are Scarborough (29 miles), Filey (29 miles) and Whitby (33 miles). Also, Runswick Bay (35 miles) is a hidden gem, with a wonderful dog-friendly beach!