Bout time you put your feet up, glass of champers in hand and really let your hair down for a change? Luckily for us Yorkshire folk, there’s plenty of places to just that in our region. Transformed into luxury hotels that resemble the grandeur of their time, a handful of Yorkshire castles are available for overnight stays – and they’re fit for a King or Queen still to this day. Check out our guide to castle hotels in Yorkshire for inspo.
Swinton Park, Ripon
An incredibly photogenic castle dating back to the 17th century, Swinton Castle sits on 200 acres of parkland, with towers typical of a children’s fairytale and red ivy covering its exterior. It’s grand in every sense, with regal-looking rooms and free-standing bathtubs, an on-site luxury spa, and an AA Rosette restaurant. What more could you ask for? Kick back in your very own suite and take in the impeccable decor, or take a cooking class in the Estate’s Georgian stable. Find out more or book your stay here.
Bang in the middle of both Leeds and York, Hazlewood Castle is dripping with history, being mentioned in the Domesday Book as far back as 1086. There’s a number of rooms available for the perfect couples night away, all providing luxury with comfort in an incredibly historic landscape. The castle overlooks seventy-seven acres of beautiful parkland and hosts afternoon tea and luxury woodland glamping. Not only that, but it’s also home to a beautiful restaurant serving up Sunday lunch and a seasonal menu, which is perfectly curated for date night. Book here.
Nestled in South Cave, near both Beverley and Hull, Cave Castle provides a beautiful backdrop to a relaxing weekend away. The Victorian Manor House is home to its very own lake and spa (we know, fancy!), and is set in the perfect location for exploring East and North Yorkshire. Explore the truly beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, or take in the castle’s original features – which ooze historic charm. The interesting venue has a ton of history to be discovered, including hidden tunnels which lead to the nearby church. Rooms have been decorated with a modern touch for a comfortable stay, and there’s a lovely restaurant on-site to try, too. Find out more and book here.
Placed in a brilliant spot for checking out York for the weekend, Cawood Castle, near Selby, dates all the way back to the 1300s and still retains some of its fifteenth-century structures today. The palace was once home to the Archbishop of York and has boasted royal guests, and now, regular people like us can stay for the night and pretend we’re not common folk. The medieval rooms make for quite an alternative stay for couples, with gorgeous arched windows that light floods into providing a rather regal atmosphere. Interestingly, the venue opts to avoid adding technology in rooms, meaning you can truly wind down without the distraction of television during your stay. Book your stay here.