Kirsty Wardle

Profile updated 18/11/19

Regional Qualification(s):

Yorkshire

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07779 151034

Website:

http://

Contact guide

Introduction:

I offer a range of guided tours across the City of York and the beautiful Yorkshire region either walking or driving with a former Royal Protection chauffeur.

My area of expertise is Architectural History having worked in the Heritage sector for the past 25 years at the National Trust, English Heritage, York Minster and Castle Howard and exclusive tours of stately homes and country house estates are my speciality. I can share with you my little black book of contacts to find the places that other tourists dream of finding.

Downton Abbey has always been set in North Yorkshire although filmed elsewhere. The new Downton Abbey film features Yorkshire locations such as Harewood House, Wentworth Woodhouse and the North York Moors Railway at Pickering. Come with me to see these locations for yourself. We can also follow in the footsteps of the characters who regularly visit the beautiful places on our doorstep such as York, Ripon, Richmond, Thirsk and Malton. As an extra in the film I have an in-depth knowledge of the locations and scenes in the film that other guides cannot offer!

I would love to show you the other real Downton Abbeys of Yorkshire. Some are world-famous such as Castle Howard, famous for starring in “Brideshead Revisited” and others are in private family hands, unheard of outside Yorkshire and not open to the general public. Castle Howard is my particular favourite and a must see on any trip to Yorkshire. I am lucky enough to live in a cottage on the Estate so it's very much part of my everyday life.

An example real Downton Abbey itinerary would be exploring Harewood House in the morning, lunch and a private tour with a Lady in the best stately home in Yorkshire not open to the public followed by the afternoon visiting Castle Howard. Perhaps we could even pop into my house for a cup of tea afterwards! A second day could include Wentworth Woodhouse and Brodsworth Hall in South Yorkshire.

Let me share my expert knowledge of Yorkshire's stately homes and the Downton Abbey film to create the perfect tour for you.

Personal Interests:

Harewood House
Castle Howard
York Minster
Stately Homes, Gardens and Estates
The English Aristocracy
History of Art, Architecture and Design
Ecclesiastical Architecture
Victorian and Edwardian Britain
Saltaire
Hockney, Hepworth and Henry Moore
Wentworth Woodhouse

Special Interests:

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The Hepworth
David Hockney
Barbara Hepworth
Henry Moore
John Atkinson Grimshaw
Robert "Mousey" Thompson

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Castle Howard
Harewood House
Wentworth Woodhouse
Brodsworth Hall
Shibden Hall
Ripley Castle
Skipton Castle
Bolton Abbey
Scampston Hall
Sledmere House
Burton Constable

Churches & Cathedrals

York Minster - Accredited Guide
Holy Trinity York
Beverley Minster
Ripon Cathedral
Fountains Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey
Sykes Churches of the Yorkshire Wolds

Walking Tours

York and the City Walls
Harrogate
Leeds
Bradford
Hull
Sheffield
Whitby
Scarborough
Robin Hood's Bay

Architecture

The English Country House
Ecclesiastical Architecture
Medieval Parish Churches of York
Victorian Civic Pride in Yorkshire
Sir Titus Salt and Saltaire
Post-War Architecture

Gay Tours

Gentleman Jack
Anne Lister
Shibden Hall
The Piece Hall
Halifax Minster
Hebden Bridge
Holy Trinity, York

Media

Downton Abbey Yorkshire Locations
Gentleman Jack
Victoria
All Creatures Great and Small
Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley
Heartbeat
Calendar Girls

Additional Qualifications:

Accredited York Minster Guide

Driver Guide:

No