Top 50 Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
Yorkshire is the largest of England’s historical counties although now divided administratively into three. Its coastline stretches from the River Tees in the North to the Humber in the South, a distance of around 65 miles if you follow the Ordnance Survey high tide line. It divides fairly neatly into different sections and each has attractions that make a visit well worthwhile:
Teesside; Top 50 Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
101 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, TS9 6NB Phone: +44 1642 724296
The Arches Cookery School in Crinkle Bank Farm Loftus takes place in a 200-year old barn conversion on this arable and equestrian farm.
Grinkle Park Farm, Loftus, Easington, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 4UD Phone: +44 1287 643087
Saltburn Leisure Centre has activities for all the family who are looking for exercise, perhaps when the weather outside is not too good?
The forest trails to High Cliff Nab above Guisborough, returning through Hutton Village are great family fun; learn more from the Forest & Walkway Visitors’ Centre in Pinchinthorpe.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum in Skinningrove near Saltburn is on the site of the first ironstone mine in the area. You can learn about how ironstone was first discovered in the Cleveland Region and much more.
Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 4AP Phone: +44 1287 642877
North York Moors; Top 50 Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve in Dalby Forest near Pickering is filled with butterflies and moths in season and the colour of wild flowers. The Forest itself is a great place for family picnics, walking biking and orienteering.
Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve closer to Whitby is another delightful natural area with a good variety of trees and plants as well as small mammals and birds.
Staithes is an historic fishing village and among the charms of its narrow streets and cottages is the Staithes Gallery with art inspired by the village and its surrounds.
The Star Inn in Harome near Helmsley has earned a reputation for its food far beyond the boundaries of Yorkshire.
High Street, Harome, nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JE Phone: +44 1439 770397
North Yorkshire Moors Railway has created a reputation far beyond the borders of Yorkshire and receives a host of visitors annually.
The Great Yorkshire Brewery in Cropton is one of a number of microbreweries that is making a huge impact in the drinking tastes of the local population, real ales that are answering the trend of nationally distributed beers and lagers from large concerns.
The New Inn & Cropton brewery, Cropton, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HH Phone: +44 1751 417330
The Moors National Park Centre in Danby includes a lovely gallery where the work is inspired by the National Park’s stunning scenery.
The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB Phone: +44 1439 772737
Rievaulx Abbey and the pleasant walk that passes this historic monastery is certainly something to consider if you are anywhere close by.
Helmsley Castle above the market town is an impressive structure which will remind visitors of the history of the region.
Chris Geall’s Gallery in Grosmont displays his work, commonly done in oil with a large palette knife and usually portraying the North York Moors and Coastline.
Beck Isle Museum in Pickering gives visitors an insight into rural life in Victorian times with examples of a grocer’s shop. A child’s room, kitchen and workshop.
Bridge Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU Phone: +44 7823 568956
Whitby; Top 50 Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
Whitby Abbey towers over the town and sea. It has recently earned the title as Britain’s most romantic ruins.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby is a celebration of the life of this famous local adventurer and explorer. It is listed among the top small visitor attractions by Visit England Awards for Excellence.
The Whitby Leisure Centre on the West Cliff is an escape on a wet day if you want some exercise and prefer not to shelter in bar or café.
Whitby Leisure Centre, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HA Phone: +44 1947 604640
Whitby Pavilion Complex on the West Cliff includes The Victorian Theatre and the refurbished Northern Lights Suite which hosts a range of events throughout the year.
Whitby Pavilion Complex, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HA Phone: +44 1947 458899
Whitby Harbour is still a working harbour but far less busy than it was decades ago.
Abbey Farm, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR Phone: +44 1947 228871
Dracula and Whitby are closely associated, the town being seen as the inspiration for the character. Take the tour of the Dracula Experience and the Whitby connection with the use of animated scenes, special effects and live performance.
5 Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR, UK Phone: +44 1947 601923
West Cliff Attractions has go-karts, a miniature railway, bumper boats and a skate park, plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy themselves.
West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HA 01947 604051
Robin Hood’s Bay just south of Whitby is a quaint former fishing village with narrow alleyways heading down to the sea and cottages built in the heyday of fishing.
You will get a great view of Robin Hood’s Bay from the village of Ravenscar with Raven Hall, now a hotel, dating back to 1774.
Scarborough; Top 50 Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
Scarborough Castle’s history began almost 2,500 years ago. It is situated on the headland between North and South Bays with a sheer cliff drop below to the sea, an easy position to defend.
South Cliff Italian Gardens are a beautiful reminder of Scarborough’s Victorian heritage.
The South Bay in Scarborough has everything for a family with young children; the sands are lovely. A small working harbour has a few fishing boats and pleasure craft as well in the marina area.
Scarborough Harbour, Sandside, Scarborough, YO11 1PD Phone: +44 1723 373530
Scarborough Art Gallery opened in the middle of the 19th Century and offers visitors two rooms of lovely exhibits.
Burton Riggs Nature Reserve close to Seamer is a birdwatchers’ paradise. The lakes are home, and migration stopovers for a wide range of wildfowl and waders, especially impressive in autumn and winter.
Peasholm Park in the North Bay has a long history of welcoming locals and visitors to the Town with the naval warfare on the Lake the major attraction.
Anne Bronte’s Grave is in St. Mary’s Church in Scarborough, a town she was known to love and one which was mentioned fondly in both her novels.
Scarborough Lifeboat House helps visitors to understand the important work that the RNLI does and has done for many decades.
Falsgrave Park in Scarborough is a community facility for all to enjoy; a play area, scenic woodland and stunning coastal imagery.
Terror Tower is Scarborough’s Haunted House attraction which combines live actors, animated scenes with special effects.
The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre remembers the vivid history of the region; ship building, fishing, shipwrecks, the days of pirates and smuggling, the region’s connections with the Titanic and both World Wars, even superstition.
Bridlington & East Yorkshire; Top 50 Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
Richard Burton Art Centre displays the work of this local landscape artist, mostly in water colours and the theme of the local environment. In addition, there are photographs, local crafts and paintings from other artists.
Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is a family run business with plenty to offer for a family day out.
Carnaby Covert Lane, Carnaby, Bridlington, Yorkshire, YO15 3QF Phone: +44 1262 673653
Bay Watersports offer plenty of water sports on the Yorkshire Coast including paddle boarding and kayaking.
Hawthorn House, Primrose Valley Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9QR Phone: +44 1723 892716
Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens in Driffield gives you the chance to enjoy an impressive house with four centuries of treasures inside.
Crescent Gardens is a great place to spend some time looking out over the bay.
Ga11ery Eleven is a place for art lovers where they will find original work, prints and driftwood sculptures.
Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve is among the most important seabird colonies in the whole of Europe with thousands of gulls, gannets and auks nesting there annually.
Sand le Mere Holiday Village near Hornsea offers plenty of activities for families.
Sledmere House is one of Yorkshire’s finest, a place which has a museum, play and picnic areas as well as the lovely building itself.
Sewerby Hall & Gardens with its cliff top location includes a children’s zoo and much more.
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