Fourteen hidden stately homes in Yorkshire you might not know you can visit

For every Castle Howard and Harewood House, Yorkshire has several smaller, but equally fascinating, stately homes.


Here are 14 historic houses that are open to the public - some on a limited basis - that are worth a visit.

Another National Trust property, the 17th-century hall was the seat of the Graham family, Viscounts Preston, and later passed to the Rutsons. Visitors can tour the house, walled gardens and orchards.

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This 1920s Arts & Crafts mansion was the home of the Terry's chocolate manufacturing family. Now owned by the National Trust, there's a museum, croquet lawn, grass tennis court and stunning gardens.
A Jacobean mansion that has been home to several families over the centuries. Now open as a museum and owned by a charitable trust. There's a walled kitchen garden and lake, as well as a tearoom and play area.
Although the mansion is owned by a charity and not open to the public, the gardens, which include a Victorian conservatory and a ruined castle folly, have just re-opened after a two-year restoration by the National Trust
18th-century Palladian mansion still home to the Worsley family, who open it to the public for a few weeks every June. Home to a Tuscan temple and the oldest private cricket pitch in England.
Privately owned by the Oglesby family, Goldsborough was once part of the Harewood estate, and was Princess Mary's first home after her marriage to the sixth earl. The gardens are open to the public on certain days of the year.
Georgian country house that was once the seat of the Battie-Wrightson family, who sold it to Doncaster Council in the 1950s. Now a museum. Has an elevated position offering stunning views of the town.
This moated medieval manor house has been in the same family since 1310, and has a fascinating history. It's got a Tudor gatehouse and a stunning Great Hall and chapel. Open to the public in May and June.
Built in 1802, the house is now home to the Marquess of Downshire and occupies a stunning position beside the River Ure. The house and gardens are open to the public by private arrangement.
The house, formerly the home of the Milner family, is run by a charitable trust as a retreat, but the 24 acres of beautiful terraced gardens are open to the public all summer.
This country house is owned by the Aykroyd baronets, and the current incumbents, Sir James and his wife, open the four acres of formal gardens to the public on a specific day every summer.
Open to the public during the summer, this Georgian house is still the home of the Sykes family. The Long Library is one of the most beautiful rooms in England and there's a knot garden and deer house in the grounds.
Owned by the National Trust, this house was built in the 1600s by a Halifax cloth baron. It still has priest holes used to hide persecuted Catholics. Used as a filming location for BBC drama Gunpowder.
Its grounds host Leeds Festival every year, and although the 18th-century house is home to the Lane-Fox family, you can tour it, as well as the gardens, by prior arrangement.