North Yorkshire Moors Railway is now open

We are fortunate to have Pickering Station – the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – within walking distance of our doorstep.

Pre-book your journey well in advance on their website as popular dates and school holidays fill up fast.  Choose from “Seaside Explorer” – a daily return service…

Beck Isle Museum – now open!

Beck Isle Museum has opened it’s doors again and Hungate guests who stay with us a week or more receive 2 free adult entry passes or 1 family entry pass per cottage between now and 30 September 2022.

This fabulous museum is walking distance from Hungate and provides a fascinating…

Ryedale Folk Museum now open for 2022!

Ryedale Folk Museum is now open every day except Friday from 10am to 4pm.

This fabulous open air museum is a great day out for all the family in the picturesque village of Hutton le Hole on the edge of the North York Moors.  Wander in and out of historic…


North Yorkshire Moors Railway – reopening April 4th

Less than one month to go before the North Yorkshire Moors Railway re-opens for 2022.  See their website for schedules or to book tickets. From April 4th, daily ‘Seaside Special’ services will run between Pickering and Whitby. Or hop-on/hop-off the ‘Moors Explorer’ between Pickering and Grosmont.  Pre-booking is highly recommended…

Mother’s Day 2022

Sunday March 27th is Mother’s Day.  Fabulous local business The Florist North Yorkshire has a beautiful selection of bouquets made to order which can be delivered directly to Hungate Cottages.

See Beth’s website to see a selection of what she has to offer or to place an order.


Farndale is getting some love

Farndale has a brand new engineered wooden floor which extends from the sitting room through to the kitchen.  The master bedroom has a new Neptune bed and the double bedroom has been creatively altered into a flexible space which will easily convert between a king sized bed or 2 small…

A new coffee shop in Pickering Market Place!

The old Natwest Bank has been transformed into new coffee shop Klarneins, serving delicious coffees, hot and cold drinks, hot breakfasts, and a selection of salads and sandwiches for lunch.

We highly recommend Klarneins for the most delicious coffee.  And dog friendly too!

November 27th, Closures due to Extreme Weather

Both Dalby Forest and Castle Howard will be closed today – Saturday November 27th – due to the forecast of high winds for the remainder of the day.

Pickering Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday November 27th

From 3.00pm until close at 6.00pm

Stalls, Food, Games and FREE fairground rides

Half Term at Hungate


Here you will find Hungate’s Top Picks for Half Term ideas to keep the young (and young at heart) entertained next week.


NYMR Light Spectacular Express – 23- 31 October, 2021 Still some spaces available to book on the    The reviews have been excellent this…

Halloween at Castle Howard

Half Term fun for the kids at Castle Howard from Sat 23rd – Sun 31st October.  Skelf Adventures begin at Skelf Island – aimed at children up to 11 years – join an interactive trail through Ray Woods in search of troublesome magical beasts.  Included in Entrance Fee to Gardens.

New in Pickering

Klarneins Cafe – occupying the building which used to house Nat West Bank – has recently opened on Pickering Marketplace.  A city style cafe serving hot drinks, pastries, delicious cheese scones with butter and chilli jam, and also a small selection of breakfast dishes until 11am on weekdays and Saturdays,…

Free Public Wifi

Free public Wifi is now available in Pickering town centre.  Visitors can connect to WiFi4EU using a smartphone.

Trackrod Rally Yorkshire at Dalby Forest

The Trackrod Rally Yorkshire will take place in Dalby Forest this week on Friday evening 24th and Saturday 25th September.  For spectator info or to purchase tickets follow the link:

Parts of Dalby Forest will be closed while the race is taking place but Go Ape, the Visitor…

Malton Food Lovers Festival

For 3 days over the Bank Holiday weekend from 28th to 30th August, Malton will host the annual Food Lovers Festival.

This family friendly festival is free to enter and features a producer’s market with street food, talks from celebrity chefs, tastings and demonstrations, and live music.

Malton a short…

NYMR Light Spectacular Express – October Half Term

The North Yorkshire Moors is now booking a “Light Spectacular” from October 23-31, 2021.

Services depart from Pickering Station at 6pm and 754pm. £25 per adult for 1 hour long journey between Pickering and Levisham Stations, with Interactive Flashing LED wristbands, DJ and a narrated  VoiceOver – “A party the…

NYMR now booking to September 5th

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is now booking summer services through to September 5th 2021.  See their website for schedules and to reserve your tickets in advance.

Choose to travel the full length of the 24 mile heritage line from Pickering to Whitby, or hop off at any station…

Dog Friendly Hungate

We have updated our website to include a Dog Friendly Hungate page which includes ideas for:

Dog Friendly Days Out

Beaches where your dog is welcome year round

Pubs and Restaurants where your dog can tag along

Walks both from our doorstep and further afield

We always love to…

Autumn at Hungate

We may be fully booked now for the rest of the summer, but we do still have some autumn dates available. See our availability page for October and November dates.

We have a 7 night minimum stay in October, but from early November we accept short breaks (minimum 3 nights)…

Hungate Recommends – Restaurants Opening from next week!

Pickering restaurants are preparing to open their doors to welcome diners from May 17th.  For those guests who wish to book a table in advance, you will find a selection of our favourites below – and an extended version on our Local Info page.  Have you tried a place…

Late Cottage Availability – May 2021

We have a few cottages remaining for the coming weeks.  Click on the cottage name below for more information about each cottage. You can easily book online or we can make the booking for you over the phone. Below are the start dates and prices for a 7 night stay.


NYMR – Opening May 15th!

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway will re-open from May 15th.

2 trains will run daily Pickering – Whitby as well as intermediate services between Pickering and Grosmont.  Available to book online from April 16th.  See their website for more information or to make a booking. (Note that services will…

Welcome back!

We are thrilled to be opening our doors and welcoming guests back to Hungate from today.

After weeks of interior decorating and sprucing up, this weekend we have been putting the finishing touches on the outside spaces – with new gravel being laid along the drive.

We are ready for…

We are ready for you! April 12th 2021

A year ago this week, we were finishing an interior photo shoot and preparing for a busy Spring welcoming guests from all corners of the UK and beyond.  Needless to say, none of us could have imagined how the rest of 2020 would unfold.

During the months that we have…

December 30, 2020 – Hungate

The most recent announcement that North Yorkshire will move into Tier 3 means that we will close our doors to guests from December 31, 2020.  We will closely follow the guidance in place and remain available by telephone or email for any queries you may have.  We look forward to…

North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Christmas

NYMR is planning a Re-Imagined Santa Special running from December 5th, –  24th, 2020.

Pre-book your own private compartment on a heritage steam train departing from Pickering Station.

A 60min round trip journey to Levisham Station.  Pre-booking essential – see their website for more details.




Christmas at Castle Howard

While unfortunately the Illuminated Christmas event at Castle Howard has been cancelled due to new Coronavirus restrictions, Castle Howard is still planning for Father Christmas visits both in the house and the courtyard grotto from December 4th, 2020.

The Gardens, Grounds and Adventure Playground will also remain open even throughout…

‘An Illuminated Christmas’ at Castle Howard

Tickets go on sale October 3rd for the new Christmas attraction this year at Castle Howard.

From Saturday November 28th – Thursday December 31st, 2020 the Walled Gardens will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland.  See Castle Howard website for more information and to book tickets.

The House will not…

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and Cafe now open

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and Cafe is now open with one way system and social distancing in place to allow for indoor seating at the cafe.  Don’t forget your face mask.  Pop inside for a warm drink to escape the wet weather!  Remember to take your Hungate Cottages Dalby Forest…

The Rail Trail Service on the NYMR

We love the North Yorkshire Moors “Rail Trail Service” which is currently booking to November 1st, 2020. A great way to combine so many of the activites we love – a ride on the steam train, a chance to explore the pretty moorland village of Goathland (with a stop for…

Castle Howard – Open Air Cinema

This week Castle Howard welcomes The Luna Cinema  – the UK’s leading open air cinema – for some outdoor screenings :

Friday September 4th – Rocket Man

Saturday September 5th – Grease

Sunday September 6th – Downton Abbey

Book your tickets on the Castle Howard website or the Luna Cinema…


NYMR extends “The Optimist” Service to end of September

The NYMR has extended “The Optimist” round trip service from Pickering to Whitby until Sunday September 27th.  Advance booking is essential.  See their website for more information.

Hop on board one of 2 daily return services departing from Pickering to explore the coastal town of Whitby.

Service 1: Departs Pickering…

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub – now open!

Dalby Forest Cycle Hub is now open for bicycle hire.  They are open from 9.30am-4pm Tuesday – Sunday and can be found in the Low Dalby Courtyard near the visitor centre car park.  Most cycle trails depart from here.    Call in advance to book on 01751 460585.

National Railway Museum in York – Opening August 4th

It’s wonderful to hear that the National Railway Museum in York is plannng to re-open gradually from August 4th, with reduced hours and some limited exhibits.  For more information or to pre-book your free admission ticket, go to their website.

Pre-bookable lunch bags from the Great Hall Cafe are also…

Yorkshire Air Museum is open daily

The largest independent air museum in the UK – the Yorkshire Air Museum – is open daily.  About 45 minutes drive from Hungate, on the outskirts of York and a great day out for the family.  Covid-Safe one way system and social distancing in place, a large outdoor area with…

Sea Life Scarborough is open!

Sea Life Scarborough is now open – with social distancing and extra safety measures in place.  Guests must pre-book their tickets online.   Guests with annual passes or promotional vouchers must also be sure to pre-book a timed entry.

A firm family favourite, visit Bay of Rays, Penguin Island or Otter…

Visit Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is open to visitors.  Book your timed tickets in advance on the English Heritage website.  English Heritage members do not need to pay, but will still need to book a timed entry. The abbey and grounds are open with a one way system in place.  The museum exhibition…

Nunnington Hall Walled Garden – Open from July 8th

Another lovely local attraction is opening from July 8th: Nunnington Hall Walled Garden. The grounds and walled garden are dog friendly.

Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am – 4pm Pre-booking online is essential.  National Trust members don’t need to pay, but still need to pre-book.  The House and Cafe remain closed for now.

Eden Camp Museum

Eden Camp – Opening from July 6th!

Eden Camp WWII themed history museum near Malton will be opening from July 6th.  Book your tickets in advance on their website. A one way system is in place around the museum, and the playground and gift shop are open with social distancing measures in place.  The cafe is open…

Scampston Walled Garden is now open

Scampston Walled Garden, Hall Gardens, Parkland & Plant Nursery near Malton (20 min drive from Hungate) is now open 4 days a week.  Thursdays-Sundays, 10am – 5pm.  There is no need to book advance tickets.  The Walled Garden Cafe and Conservatory remain closed for now.  Do see their website for…

Flamingo Land Theme Park plans to re-open!

More great news this week!  Following the successful trial opening of Flamingo Land Zoo, the Resort and Theme Park will reopen as of July 4th.  The zoo and theme park are an excellent family day out, only a short drive from Hungate.

Extra safety measures will be in place and…

York Minster re-opening to visitors

York Minster has announced that they will be opening their doors to visitors from Saturday July 11th.

General visiting hours will be from 11am-4pm Monday to Saturday, and 12.20pm to 2.30pm on Sunday.  Pre-book your timed arrival slot via


Ryedale Folk Museum opening soon!

More great news for Hungate guests: Ryedale Folk Museum will open again on July 4th. Our guests who are staying with us for a week or more receive free entry to this great open-air history museum in the pretty moorland town of Hutton-le-Hole.  It’s a dog friendly and family friendly…

Flamingo Land Zoo is open to visitors

Flamingo Land Zoo is now open!

Flamingo Land’s award winning zoo is now open to visitors. We love this zoo, only a short 5 minute drive from Hungate.  Spot the playful red pandas, the energetic Humboldt penguins, or if you’re lucky you might catch the Sumatran tigers being fed.  It…

Rosedale & Farndale

Fancy a break with the family but still want your own space? Why not book Rosedale and Farndale? With the inter-joining door you can spend time together as 1 large family but also have the luxury of your own kitchen, living room and bathrooms in each cottage.

Rosedale has a…

Helmsley Castle

Historic Castles

Did you know that Pickering had its very own castle? Pickering castle is situated just a 10 minute walk from Hungate Cottages. It is now own by English Heritage but is well worth a walk around.

We are also very lucky to have two other castles a short drive from…

One of our favourite daytrips – Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is open for an excellent day out, just a short drive from Hungate.  And as a guest of Hungate, you get free entry.

Rain or shine, it’s an easy, safe and entertaining day for the whole family.

13 Walking Trails – 6 Cycling Trails – 4 Running Trails

New Opening Info – Castle Howard

Great News!

Castle Howard is re-opening it’s Garden’s and Grounds to all visitors from June 8th.

Tickets for entry must be pre-booked online and safety measures are in place when you arrive.

For now the House, Adventure Playground, Cafe, Shop and Skelf Island will remain closed, but the Farm Shop…

The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard

Did you see us on the latest series of the Channel 5 programme The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard? We were proud to feature as the competition provider for the competiton – we look forward to welcoming the lucky winner sometime later this year!

2021 Bookings

Planning for 2021?

We have opened up our online bookings so you can now book your 2021 holiday with us at 2020 prices.

Looking for a short break in 2021? We take short breaks between the beginning of November and the end of March. Give us a ring or email…

Cropton Brewery

We recently visited The New Inn in Cropton and took a tour of The Great Yorkshire Brewery. We all thoroughly enjoyed both the tour and meal afterwards. You can take just the tour which start at 11am and 2pm or like we did The Brewery Tour Package which includes a…

Access for All

Planning a visit to North Yorkshire? Bringing friends and family? Why not book Hungate Garden Cottage?

Hungate Garden Cottage has 5 bedrooms and benefits from a large private garden to the front of the property and a private carpark for at least 5 cars to the rear.

HGC has a…

Walking days

Do you enjoy walking in beautiful surroundings? Visit to download routes around North Yorkshire. Need a printer? Just ask us when you arrive or during your stay and we will print the routes off for you.

Local Markets

Do you love to wander around picturesque villages and towns and sample what they have to offer? Then why not visit some of our local towns on Market day?

Helmsley – Friday

Kirkbymoorside – Wednesday

Malton – Saturday

Pickering – Monday

Thirsk – Monday and Saturday

Farmers’ Markets

Helmsley –…

Ryedale Folk Museum

Did you know that all our guests receive FREE entry to Ryedale folk museum?

Only a 15 minute drive away located in the beautiful village of Hutton-le-Hole.

Please visit their website to see the special activities they are running during the school holidays and for more information.

Dog Friendly Attractions

Taking your pet on holiday? Wondering which local attractions accept pets? Below is a list we have compliled of dog friendly attractions in North Yorkshire.

Ryedale Folk Museum

Eden Camp WWII Museum

Helmsley Castle

Whitby Abbey

Burton Agnes Hall

Rievaulx Abbey

Scarborough Castle

Kirkham Priory

Mother Shipton’s Cave

There are…