Castles of Yorkshire - York (Clifford's Tower)

The massive county of Yorkshire is traditionally split into three parts - the Ridings, and so we are also following the same method of breaking this massive county into manageable chunks.

The East Riding and York - The North Riding - The West Riding

Castles of the East Riding and York - Wressle Castle

Click on the Castle name below (or the links below the map) to see a picture and some text about the Castle.

East Riding Image Map

Skipsea Castle
Withernsea Castle

Wressle Castle
York Castles

The East Riding is mostly flat land, partly reclaimed from the sea and bounded in the south by the massive Humber River.  For many years it languished under the unpleasant name of Humberside (along with part of northern Lincolnshire) but it has now been restored to its rightful name.

Andrew and Roy on the Humber Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire in 1990

The East Riding is particularly poor Castle-hunting territory, particularly for Northern England.

The City of York has always been a separate entity from the Ridings, but for ease it has been placed with the East Riding here.

Castles of the North Riding - Richmond Castle

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North Riding Image Map

Bowes Castle
Castle Bolton
Castle Howard
Cowton Castle
Danby Castle
Gilling Castle
Helmsley Castle
Kilton Castle
Maiden Castle

Marmion Tower
Middleham Castles
Mulgrave Castle
Richmond Castle
Pickering Castles

Scarborough Castle
Sheriff Hutton Castles
Slingsby Castle
Snape Castle
Whorlton Castle
Wilton Castle

The North Riding contains some of Yorkshire's most beautiful countryside - the North York Moors, part of the Yorkshire Dales and the Vale of York, plus the wonderful coastline from Flamborough Head to Whitby.

Roy on Scarborough Beach, North Riding of Yorkshire in 1990

It is also blessed with the best of Yorkshire's Castles from Castle Bolton in the west, through Richmond, Middleham, Pickering and Helmsley to Scarborough on the coast.

Castles of the West Riding - Skipton Castle

Click on the Castle name below (or the link below the map) to see a picture and some text about the Castle.

West Riding Image Map

Almondbury Castle
Burton-in-Lonsdale Castle
Cawood Castle
Cliffe Castle
Conisbrough Castle
Harewood Castle
Hazelwood Castle
Knaresborough Castle
Ripley Castle
Pontefract Castle

Sandal Castle
Sheffield Castle
Skipton Castle
Spofforth Castle
Stainborough Castle

The third of the Ridings of Yorkshire makes up the south and west of the county.  The south of Yorkshire from the mighty steel city of Sheffield to Leeds and Huddersfield is one of England's industrial heartlands - and the survival of such Castles as Conisbrough, Pontefract and Sandal is nothing short of remarkable.

Andrew and Kelsey Hand in Hebden Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire - 2001

In the north and west of the county the land rises to the Pennines and the south of the Yorkshire Dales national park.  Here are some more of the great Castles of the North - Ripley, Knaresborough and Skipton.

All in all Yorkshire is the most amazing of all England's counties.  Everything is here, from industrial sprawl to uninhabited wilderness.

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