On 24th September 2008, the directors of Historic House Hotels gave the company and all its interests in its three hotels to the National Trust. One of the properties is right here in York; Middlethorpe Hall. To this day it’s the largest gift the National Trust has ever received.
Middlethorpe Hall is the only country house hotel in the City of York and it is the perfect base to combine both a country and city experience with York's historic heart close by. For those with a passion for art, this compact city has a vast selection of galleries. Visit York suggest several making York the must-see destination for autumn including:
York Art Gallery
Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery, which has reopened after an £8 million transformation.
Located just yards from York Minster, in the city's historic Minster Quarter, visit the Braithwaite Gallery for original paintings, limited editions and fine art prints from international and local artists.
The Coppergate Gallery houses a wide range of traditional, classical and contemporary art. Thus featuring original oils, watercolours and fine art Giclée prints by leading artists.
Independent, Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery specialising in Jewellery, Ceramics, Glass and Original prints with exhibitions of art, sculpture, craft and studio glass.
Above: Portrait of Lady Wortley Montagu
Visit York state: "Whether you love the Old Masters or contemporary sculpture is more your thing, York has a gallery to suit you. York Art Gallery sits in the centre of the city and includes the Centre of Ceramic Art, home to the largest ceramic collection in the UK. The city’s smaller and more intimate galleries are sure to surprise you. For contemporary art visit According to McGee, Chris Ceaser Photography and the Blossom Street Gallery. Don’t miss the York Open Studios in April each year as the city’s artists open their doors and the public are given the opportunity to visit their studios."
Standing in 20 acres of its own award-winning gardens, Middlethorpe Hall was formally the home of the famous 18th century diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This one of the first pieces of art that greets guests by the grand staircase.
There are 29 bedrooms at Middlethorpe Hall, an award-winning restaurant and boutique spa. Each of the bedrooms at the hotel is individually designed and has its own distinct story. It is the central block of Middlethorpe Hall where guests find several rooms that are truly inspiring throughout the day. Here guests encounter a breathtaking collection of antiques and art. These areas include the Entrance Hall, The Parlour, The Oak Dining Room, The Ante-Room, The Ballroom and The Staircase Hall. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks or just relax and read in these areas.
Discover all sorts of art in York with a stay at historic Middlethorpe Hall.
www.middlethorpe.com Middlethorpe Hall, York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB, Tel: +44 (1904) 641241
B&B priced from £219.00 per night based on two sharing