Join the UK’s leading historian on a tour of some of the county’s magnificent properties including Sutton Park and Newby Hall

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Yorkshire's grand stately homes boast Capability Brown landscapes, Vanbrugh masterpieces and Adam interiors. Graced with great works of art and priceless antiques, they reveal the region's vivid history. Who better to help bring them to life than the TV presenter and celebrated historian David Starkey?

On this new four-day tour, David will join you for dinner and a talk at Newby Hall - built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren - and a guided visit to the 18th-century Harewood House. You'll also enjoy an expert tour of Temple Newsam, on the outskirts of Leeds, Treasurer's House behind York Minster and Sutton Park, home of Samantha Cameron's father Sir Reginald Sheffield.

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"Yorkshire's grandest and most beautiful country houses symbolise the values of an elite and I'll be asking you to re-enter the minds, the habits, the tastes, of the people who built them. This will be a fun and challenging few days, so you're guaranteed to learn with a smile on your face."

- David Starkey

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David Starkey
Historian

One of the leading historians of his generation, David Starkey is a respected author and broadcaster. He specialised in Tudor history at Cambridge and lectured for 25 years at the London School of Economics. He has written numerous works on British history, covering periods from the Magna Carta to the present day. His landmark television series include Elizabeth (2000), Monarchy (2004-7), The Churchills (2012) and Reformation: Europe's Holy War (2017). Often outspoken and unafraid to voice his opinions, David is also an accomplished public speaker.

Price includes

  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with David Starkey
  • Three nights' accommodation at The Ripon Spa Hotel
  • All visits and tours as detailed
  • Breakfast every day
  • Meals as detailed, including two dinners at the hotel and one private dinner in the Orangery of Newby Hall
  • Dedicated Travel Editions tour manager
  • Free signed David Starkey book (one per booking)**

  • £100 per couple* discount for Telegraph subscribers**

** Telegraph subscribers only

Prices from:

Telegraph subscribers: £985*pp

Non-Telegraph subscribers: £1,035*pp

Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jun 19, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 22, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£985*
* PRICE IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. One copy of book per booking. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/ privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Jun 19, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 22, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£1,035*
* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Jul 24, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jul 27, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£1,035*
* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Jul 24, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jul 27, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£985*
* PRICE IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. One copy of book per booking. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£985*
* PRICE IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. One copy of book per booking. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/ privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£1,035*
* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Yorkshire
    Ripon, United Kingdom

    Arrive and check in to the Ripon Spa Hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Sutton Park
    Sutton-on-the-Forest, United Kingdom

    Visit Sutton-on-the-Forest, a village mentioned in the Domesday Book which has been in the possession of either the Crown or the nobility for most of the past thousand years. It's also famous for being where Laurence Sterne, the Anglican Vicar of All Hallows Church wrote the first two volumes of Tristram Shandy. You'll also enjoy a guided tour of Sutton Park, purchased in 1963 by Sir Reginald Sheffield, the father of Samantha Cameron. Sir Reginald is a direct descendant of John Sheffield, the 1st Duke of Buckingham and the man responsible for building Buckingham House, better known as Buckingham Palace. After lunch (not included) you'll take a tour of Treasurer's House. Nestled behind York Minster, this is the first house to be donated to the National Trust complete with its contents.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Temple Newsam and Newby Hall
    Leeds, United Kingdom

    Today you'll visit Temple Newsam, a fine Tudor-Jacobean mansion on the outskirts of Leeds with 1,500 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. Named after the Knights Templar - who once owned the lands - this is the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. In an interview for Radio 4's Front Row, ex-Culture Minister Mark Fisher placed Temple Newsam House in the top three non-national museums in the country. You'll explore Ripon this afternoon before your evening visit to Newby Hall. David Starkey will join you for dinner and give a lively - and no doubt provocative - talk about the historical significance of the house you're visiting.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Harewood House
    Harewood, United Kingdom
    Credit: Visit England and Thomas Heaton

    Today you will again be joined by David Starkey for a visit to Harewood House, built in the 18th century and now home to an exceptional art collection, renowned bird garden and farm experience. After lunch (not included) you'll explore Fountains Abbey and William Burges Church. Veiled in a secluded valley, this National Trust property promises to captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, medieval deer park, Elizabethan hall and Gothic church. In Porter's Lodge uncover the story of the devout monks who founded the abbey in search of a simpler life and see the mill created by these skillful masters of machinery. Studley Royal Water Garden is an outstanding example of the 'English' garden style that swept across Europe during the 18th century, and is what makes this magnificent estate a World Heritage Site. Created by father and son John and William Aislabie, the design of this garden is a pre-cursor to the style that later became synonymous with Capability Brown, in which elegant ponds and cascades entwine with rustic bridges, classical temples and statues.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

Ripon Spa Hotel

3
Ripon, United Kingdom

Elegant family-owned hotel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales

This charming four-star hotel is set in eight acres of landscaped grounds within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Privately owned by the same family for a century, the property is just minutes from Fountains Abbey and a short walk from Ripon's ancient market square. You'll be based here for three nights and enjoy breakfast and dinner. Each room has a coffee and tea-maker, flat-screen TV, free toiletries and complimentary wireless internet access.

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Availability

From
Fri, Fri, Jun 19, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 22, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£985*
* PRICE IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. One copy of book per booking. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/ privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Jun 19, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jun 22, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£1,035*
* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Jul 24, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jul 27, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£1,035*
* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Jul 24, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Jul 27, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£985*
* PRICE IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. One copy of book per booking. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£985*
* PRICE IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. One copy of book per booking. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/ privacypolicy.
From
Fri, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
To
Mon, Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Duration
4 days
Price per person
£1,035*
* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS. Transport to the hotel is not included. From price is based on a double room. Single supplement available on request. All discounts are based on two sharing and are subject to availability, see website for details. Calls charged at local rates. Tour operated by Travel Editions, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.
Call now to book 02081317707
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