What’s on in and around Birdsall
Birdsall is in an area of outstanding natural beauty in North Yorkshire. We are 40 minutes East of York and only an hour from Leeds by train (to Malton) so it is very accessible for the day or longer. We are on the Wolds Centenary Way for walkers and we are a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts with some challenging topography. Here is a guide to local places to eat, stay and enjoy.
Things to do:
This imposing church stands on top of a sharp rise to the north of Birdsall House. It was built in 1824, with the chancel a later addition by Hodgson Fowler, and is rich in impressive detail. The highlight is the interior, where the transformation of the church from a Georgian preaching room to a splendid estate church for High Anglican ritual is clear.
Inside, particularly impressive are the altar front, the painted reredos behind the altar and the superb painted ceiling. There is high quality work throughout the chancel area, and some interesting stained glass, with three windows by Kempe, and two superb examples by Nicholson. The monuments, too, are high quality, including a 1729 memorial sculpted by Michael Rysbrack.
Birdsall Church has fantastic acoustics and has been used as a very successful Concert Venue, seating up to 250 people. Art Exhibitions and Flower festival are also held here.
Vicar: The Rev Jenny Hill
Churchwardens: The Hon James Willoughby and Mrs Linda Illingworth
Visiting the church: St Mary’s is open only by special arrangement. For enquires please contact Jo Rivett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wharram Percy deserted Medieval Village
The most famous and intensively studied of Britain’s 3000 or so deserted medieval villages situated on the Birdsall Estate.
Our local market town and Yorkshire’s food capital. Charming little shops, a history of Charles Dickens, a monthly food market, an annual food festival, a James Martin Restaurant and a Cookery School all contribute to Malton’s thriving hustle and bustle.
Walks and Bridleways around Birdsall
The Wolds Way and the Centenary Way both run through the Birdsall Estate with stunning Views and pubs along the route for a pit stop.
Nearby Historic Houses and local tourist attractions;
Welcome to Yorkshire
A list of all the major attractions, events and exhibitions running throughout Yorkshire.
Castle Howard – (11 miles)
Yorkshire most impressive Stately Home, open to the public with beautiful gardens, an adventure play park and 3 cafes.
Scampston Walled Garden – (9 miles)
Grade II* listed country house with a park designed by Capability Brown and a Walled Garden designed by Piet Oudolf and a stunning restaurant.
Sledmere House – (10 miles)
A Grade I listed Georgian country house containing beautiful paintings and furniture surrounded by beautiful Parkland.
Burton Agnes – (25 miles)
Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan manor house with a fascinating family history and a beautiful collection of art.
Helmsley and Helmsley Castle – (22 miles)
A beautiful Market town in Ryedale on the edge of The North York Moors. A fantastic Walled Garden with very good restaurant.
Flamingoland – (9.5 miles)
A theme park with wild rides and a zoo with wide range of animals.
Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington – (18 miles)
Home of the Allied Air Forces Memorial this is an immaculately restored WWII airfield complete with planes and a mass of information. Great for all ages.
York City, including York Minster – (18 miles)
The largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.
York Racecourse – (23 miles)
Third biggest horse racing venue in Britain.
National Railway Museum, York – (18 miles)
The largest and best railway museum in the country telling the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society.
Wold Top Brewery – (23 miles)
Award winning micro brewery based where the Yorkshire Wolds meet the East Coast.
Scarborough – (27 miles)
One of Yorkshire’s most famous and traditional Seaside town with its heyday in the Victorian era. Donkeys on the beach and amusement arcades.