Goathland is a bracing moorland village situated on the eastern edge of the North York Moors National Park. Close to Whitby, York and the Yorkshire Coast it’s an ideal base for walkers, history buffs and holiday makers alike.
To help you plan your visit to Goathland we've researched the local area to bring you the best places to eat and drink, a shortlist of the best places to stay and found out all the best of the things to see and do.
Goathland is situated approximately 20 minutes from Whitby (approx 9 miles). Click here to get directions.
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History of Goathland
Historically known as ‘Godelandia’, the area now known as Goathland was gifted to Osmund the Priest and the brethren of the hermitage by King Henry I. The king granted this land in memory of the soul of his mother Queen Matilda, as recorded in the charter of 1109, which is held at Whitby Abbey.
Another thrilling tale of the history of Goathland is that of Wade's Causeway, which runs across Wheeldale Moor, and widely known as the ‘Roman road’. The causeway has been confirmed to pre-date the Roman legacy and could possibly be medieval in age, but local legend has it that the road was built by a certain Wade the Giant. Well worth a look when you’re there to see what you think.
Goathland, or ‘Good Land’, or even ‘Goda’s Land’, is a popular tourist village situated in the North York Moors and is 40 miles from York and just nine miles from Whitby, which makes this wonderful moorland village a top choice for walkers seeking easy access to the best of the region.
Goathland has a number of famous connections including an appearance in the hit ITV show ‘Heartbeat’, you may remember the village was called ‘Aidensfield', with characters such as ‘Greengrass' and housewives favourite Nick Berry, playing the role of local bobby, ‘PC Nick Rowan'. More recently Goathland Railway Station appeared in the internationally known Harry Potter films, as ‘Hogsmeade’. Is that Ron Weasley over there on the platform?
Food & Drink in Goathland
Although Goathland is a relatively small village, there are plenty of pubs and hotel bars to help you stay hydrated during your visit. One of these includes the famous The Goathland Hotel. You may have heard of the Goathland Hotel by its other name – ‘The Aidensfied Arms’. The pub was filmed as ‘The Aidensfield Arms’ in the hit ITV series, ‘Heartbeat’, which was a very popular television programme in the UK during the early 1990’s. Happily, the owners Keith and Jean with their daughters Hannah and Sophie, have kept the local village pub tradition alive and provide fine real ales, excellent home cooked food and hotel accommodation. Will you spot ‘Claude Jeremiah Greengrass’ supping a cheeky half at the bar?
For those of you seeking a sweet treat, service with a smile is guaranteed at the Goathland Tea Rooms. Serving up a wide selection of baked goods; pastries, pies, cakes, sandwiches and many other delicious home-baked goodies, this charming tea room, situated in a former doctors surgery, is just what the doctor ordered. Wash down your favourite slice of heaven with a ‘proper’ cup of tea, made with Yorkshire Tea, the finest brew in all the land. Don’t forget to visit the gift store next door for all those last-minute souvenirs and curiosities. Address: Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5AL
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The only five-star luxury boutique Bed and Breakfast in Goathland, Eighteen97 is a superb place for those seeking an intimate rendezvous with a touch of class. At breakfast enjoy a feast from around the world with a wide selection of the finest ingredients and dishes for your enjoyment. The award-winning breakfast is described by guests as ‘breakfast to die for’ which may be why Eighteen97 has been rewarded for its' efforts. This place really is all about R&R.
Phone: +44 1947 896 317
Address: Orchard Ln, Goathland, YO22 5JT
Fairhaven Country Guest House
You’ll find everything that you need for a relaxing stay in Goathland at Fairhaven Country Guest House. This excellent bed and breakfast is the perfect base to explore the North York Moors, Yorkshire Coast (Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough and Whitby are just a few miles away) and of course there are the local attractions including the Mallyan Spout Waterfall and the North York Moors Railway steam service from Pickering to Whitby. This Edwardian property has nine bedrooms and provides an impressive breakfast to start your day.
Phone: +44 1947 896 361
Address: The Common, Goathland, YO22 5AN
Orchard Cottage is one of two stone-built barn conversions that have been sympathetically restored at Sadler House Farm. This excellent Goathland cottage with parking has original features such as exposed wood beams and stonework. The quirk here at Orchard cottage is that the layout is upside down; the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the living area on the first floor is accessed by a hand crated spiral staircase. The property also benefits from an orchard garden in which you can relax and watch the steam trains roll by on those lush summer evenings.
The Long Barn is the larger of the two properties at Sadler House Farm, with four bedrooms and sleeping eight. The Long Barn has been carefully and lovingly converted to provide a very special Goathland cottage indeed. This fantastic Yorkshire holiday home benefits from underfloor heating and a wonderful Travertine, perfect for those cosy nights in. This stunning detached stone-built holiday cottage in Goathland is an excellent choice for those seeking a luxury stay in the North York Moors.
Eskholme Cottage is the perfect Yorkshire holiday home for families seeking a comfortable stay for the whole family. Its got an enclosed garden, perfect for youngsters to pay out in, there are all the modern conveniences in the kitchen and the attic room provides sanctuary for even the most challenging teenage strops. Choose this wonderful Goathland cottage for your Yorkshire.
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Brow House Farm Camping
Once the home of the fictional character ‘Claude Jeremiah Greengrass’, Brow House Farm Campsite is a great option for those seeking an outdoor adventure for their Yorkshire holiday. Located just outside the village of Goathland, Brow House Farm Campsite is just a few minutes trek to the local pub, Mallyan Spout. With 60 pitches available March to November, this Goathland campsite is a great choice for the hikers, bikers and a night under the stars.
Phone: +44 1947 896 274
Address: Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5NP
Things to see & do in Goathland
There are plenty of things to do and see in and around Goathland. With so much to see and do across the North York Moors, Goathland makes for an ideal base for your Yorkshire holiday.
The North York Moors Railway is a regional specialty attraction that provides fun for the whole family. The world famous steam service runs from Whitby to Pickering and passes through a handful of beautiful stations in the stunning scenery of the North York Moors. Calling at six stations across 24 miles of track these vintage steam engines are a real blast from the past. You might recognise the Iconic station at Goathland for its appearance in the world famous ‘Harry Potter’ films, as ‘Hogsmeade’ station.