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Hovingham Hall

Worsley family seat with possibly the oldest private cricket pitch in England.

York, North Yorkshire, YO62 4LU

Hovingham Hall in North Yorkshire

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This attractive family home, with its stunning architecture, was designed and built by Thomas Worsley between 1750 and 1770. Oliver Cromwell was an ancestor of the Worsley family and there is a portrait and a bust of Cromwell in the house.

The house was the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent, who was married here in 1961 with a reception attended by many of the crowned heads of Europe. It is unique in being entered through an enormous riding school which is approached through a large stone arch from the village street.

There are wonderful vaulted ceilings on the ground floor, while the principal rooms have different architectural styles and are gracefully decorated and furnished. The house has important collections of pictures and furniture.
To the north and west of the house lie the beautiful gardens with magnificent yew hedges, lawns and flower beds. A principal feature of the gardens is the seventeenth-century dovecote.

Cricket has been played in front of the house since the 1830s and the ground has been played on by many of the Yorkshire greats. It is reputed to be the oldest continuously played on private cricket ground in England. Music festivals have taken place since 1887.

Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.

Group Visits

Groups are welcome

If you are a party of 15 or more please contact the Estate Office on 01653 628771.

Group bookings of 15 people or more: £20 per person, minimum £300.

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Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire

Getting here

York, North Yorkshire, YO62 4LU

Hovingham is a scenic 17 mile drive north of York, 8 miles west of Malton and 8 miles south east of Helmsley.

The nearest train station is at Malton. There is a bus service from Malton to Hovingham.

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