Hovingham Hall

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

York, North Yorkshire, YO62 4LU

Hovingham Hall in North Yorkshire
Not free for members
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
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This attractive family home, with its stunning architecture, was designed and built by Thomas Worsley between 1750 and 1770.

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.

The house 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 and the principal rooms have different architectural styles and are gracefully decorated and furnished.

The house has an important collection of pictures and furniture.

Cricket has been played in front of the house since the 1830’s and the ground has been played on by many of the Yorkshire greats. Music festivals have taken place since 1887.

Opening Times

Currently open for group tours by appointment only.


We are currently unable to accept Historic Houses visitors for free as we are only doing group tours by appointment only.

Group bookings of 15 people or more by appointment only. £20 per person, minimum £300.

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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.

  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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