How to find us
The Black Swan
The nearest major airports are Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester. It is easy to get a train from Manchester Airport to either York or Thirsk which are taxi distance from Oldstead. All three airports have hire cars and taxis available.
Oldstead is close to both Thirsk and York train stations on the East Coast main line where trains operate regularly between London and Edinburgh. Thirsk station is around 10 miles from us.
It is always advisable to book a taxi in advance – from Thirsk we recommend Cumfy Cabs 07974 200336 and JEB Taxis 07973 443169. Trains stop in York more frequently than Thirsk. York is 20 miles away and there are usually taxis available at the station.
Please read the instructions below carefully before starting your journey to us:
COMING IN ON THE A1
Turn off at Dishforth onto A168 (J49) towards Thirsk > After 9 miles leave the A168 (Signed A170 and A19 York) > At roundabout take the A19 South towards York. THEN About 3 miles South of Thirsk, turn off the A19 for Coxwold (Brown sign for Byland Abbey) > After 5 miles, in Coxwold turn left for Byland Abbey (DO NOT take the road just before Coxwold, signposted Kilburn and Oldstead). > At the old ruins of Byland Abbey, turn left for Oldstead. > After 1 mile on entering Oldstead, The Black Swan is on the left. DO NOT APPROACH FROM THIRSK VIA THE A170
COMING FROM YORK
Take the A19 North towards Thirsk (Travel about 15 miles). THEN About 3 miles South of Thirsk, turn off the A19 for Coxwold (Brown sign for Byland Abbey) > After 5 miles, in Coxwold turn left for Byland Abbey (DO NOT take the road just before Coxwold, signposted Kilburn and Oldstead). > At the old ruins of Byland Abbey, turn left for Oldstead. > After 1 mile on entering Oldstead, The Black Swan is on the left. DO NOT APPROACH FROM THIRSK VIA THE A170
COMING IN ON THE A170 FROM THE EAST COAST
Follow signs for Wass (3 Miles SW of Helmsley). > After 2 miles in Wass keep straight ahead of Byland Abbey. > At the old ruins of Byland Abbey turn right for Oldstead. > After 1 mile on entering Oldstead, The Black Swan is on the left.
COMMON SAT NAV NEED TO KNOW
Systems set to use the nearest main road will approach from Thirsk via the A170 and lead you to climb up Sutton Bank only to almost immediately descend back down White Horse Bank. This takes considerably longer than our directions above as it involves very steep and narrow roads and is not recommended.
There are no taxis in Oldstead – the nearest taxi companies are located around 10 miles away, so if you need transport it is really important to pre-book well in advance.
We recommend allowing around 3 hours to enjoy the tasting menu.
Cumfy Cabs (07974 200336), JEB Taxis (07971 777666), SCL Taxis (07971 410412), Clive Pittham Taxis (07973 119574)
We will now direct you to our online booking system TOCK
Before continuing, please read the following: Tock is a ‘ticketing’ system that requires the full payment to make a reservation.
- All our live availability is shown on TOCK – we don’t use any other systems.
- We only take reservations up to 6 months in advance.
- If you have a gift voucher that you would like to use as part or full payment, please click here to make a request. (Please note that we no longer sell gift vouchers)
- All room bookings automatically include a reservation in the restaurant.
- We serve a ‘Tasting’ style menu and do not offer ‘A la Carte’.
Sorry, but we are unable to accommodate:
- Tables for more than 6 guests in the restaurant
- Children under 18 in the bedrooms or under 10 in the restaurant
- Dogs or pets in the restaurant, bar or bedrooms.