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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.



1 to 28 June 2019: 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

Last entry at 3.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

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.


Car park on site Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free.


Kappa’s cars 01653 699999


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Guided tours only, no need to pre-book unless over 15 people.

Adult: £10.50
Concession: £10
Under 16s: £5
Garden only: £5
Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children): £27

  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome.

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

Things to See

Fun Facts
  • Oliver Cromwell was an ancestor of the Worsley family and there is a portrait and a bust of Cromwell in the house.
  • The cricket ground in front of the house is reputed to be the oldest continuously played on private cricket ground in England. 


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

The elegant 18th-century house with it’s magnificent reception rooms provides a special setting for entertaining.

Whilst it is a family home it does open its doors to a limited number of events each year.

We can cater for everything from an intimate dinner for 14 to a banquet for 220 people. We can also boast receptions for varying numbers.

Concerts are a regular feature and music is a tradition of the house. The cricket ground and parkland surrounding the house and the estate woodlands make an ideal venue for outdoor events.


  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments