North York Moors National Park
A landscape of stunning heather moorland, rolling hills and picturesque traditional Yorkshire villages. The National Park offers lots of activities including sightseeing, walking, cycling, horse riding, and wildlife watching. Some top picks are:
- Helmsley Castle & Walled Garden
- Abbeys of Rievaulx, Byland and Ampleforth
- Stately homes & historic houses at Castle Howard, Duncombe Park and Newburgh Priory
- North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway from Pickering to Grosmont with a stop at Goathland (home of TV series ‘Heartbeat’)
- Lavender Farms at Terrington and the Wolds
- Sutton Bank Visitor Centre with café, walks, bike hire and stunning views
- Dalby Forest and ‘Go Ape’ adventure course (near Thornton le Dale)
- Museums at Hutton-le-Hole (Ryedale Folk), Kilburn (Mouseman) and Thirsk (James Herriot)
Medieval City of York
The historic city of York is located 20 miles away (a 40 min drive) and is well worth a visit. York is renowned for its Roman city walls, Gothic cathedral and quaint cobbled streets. The city also has lots of vibrant cafés, boutique shops, and interesting museums, such as the Jorvik Viking Centre and National Railway Museum.
The Yorkshire coastline (a one hour drive) encompasses some of the UK’s most rugged and charming countryside, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs to glorious stretches of white sand and family-friendly seaside resorts, with everything from windswept abbeys to the county’s best fish and chips. Some of our favourite destinations include Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes, Saltburn-on-Sea (a top surfing destination) and Bempton Cliffs RSPB nature reserve.