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North York Moors and Coast


The North York Moors


Whitby Harbour at dusk

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The North York Moors is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the whole of the UK, with spectacular scenery and impressive views at every turn. There are miles of perfect countryside here but there are also some bustling towns among the picturesque villages, while the east coast is just a short trip away.

The best way to explore is to ditch the car and get out on bikes or to do some walking around the towns and villages that make up the national park. The area is bordered on the north and west sides by the Cleveland Hills and the route through here is your ideal way to discover the Moors.

The pretty but busy town of Pickering is a popular location for holiday makers and this is arguably the best example of those in the area that typify all that is good about the national park. There are ample pubs and restaurants as well as a good selection of gift shops and it's all surrounded by the beautiful North York Moors countryside.

As for sightseeing, there are a whole host of attractions, including the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Helmsley Castle, Eden Camp Museum and a choice of Abbeys, including those at Rievaulx, Byland and Rosedale.

At the eastern edge of the moors lie the popular coastal towns of Scarborough and Whitby, along with the stunning Robin Hood's Bay. Both are typical English seaside locations in the very best sense of the term and they round off the vast list of varied attractions that make the North York Moors such a perfect holiday destination for all the family.

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Destinations in North York Moors and Coast

North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites.

Whitby & Area

Situated along one of Britain’s finest stretches of coastline, with cliffs, lovely bays, safe sandy beaches and attractive villages, Whitby has been a port for more than 1,000 years.

Scarborough, Filey & Area

Scarborough, Britain’s first seaside resort, has been welcoming visitors for over 360 years and is still as popular as ever.

Bridlington & Hornsea Area

Bridlington is the proud owner of two award-winning beaches of gleaming golden sands, refurbished promenades packed with fun, a sparkling sea, a picturesque, bustling harbour and a town full of attractions.

County Durham

County Durham is steeped in history and has a rich cultural heritage.

Things to do in North York Moors and Coast


Pickering is a tranquil market town situated in the centre of the Vale of Pickering, the official gateway to the North York Moors National Park.

Robin Hoods Bay

When visiting Whitby and the surrounding area Robin Hood’s Bay, one of the most charming and popular villages in the North York Moors National Park should be one of the first places you visit.


Scarborough, Britain’s first seaside resort is a great a place to stay for a holiday or short break, with the safe, sandy, accredited North Bay Beach and South Bay Beach with the historic Scarborough Castle between them.

Mother Shiptons Cave

Mother Shipton is England's most famous Prophetess. She lived some 500 years ago in the reign of Henry VIII. The Cave and Well lie at the heart of the Mother Shipton Estate, a mile long remanant of the Ancient Forest of Knaresborough.

Ripon Races

For more than 300 years Ripon has hosted some of the most exciting, most prestigious and most enjoyable racing in the country. Special events, hundreds of top runners and riders all come together for an unbeatable racing experience

The Falconry Centre

Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species. Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful English garden.

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

This grand 1716 Georgian mansion, with impressive interior set in park and gardens makes a great day out for all the family. Explore the acres of gardens and wilderness in the play area, sample local produce in the restaurant and find out all about Georgian life.

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