Looking for things to do when visiting Yorkshire? These 50 attractions on the Yorkshire Coast are well worth a visit.
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
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The Arches Cookery School in Crinkle Bank Farm Loftus takes place in a 200-year old barn conversion on this arable and equestrian farm.
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.
Phone: +44 1287 631132
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.
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.
Address: Dalby Forest Dr, Pickering, YO18 7LU
Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve close to Whitby is another delightful natural area with a good variety of trees and plants as well as small mammals and birds.
Phone: +44 1947 841840
The Star Inn in Harome near Helmsley has earned a reputation for its food far beyond the boundaries of Yorkshire.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Castlegate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5AB
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.
Phone: +44 1947 895 007
Sutton Bank National Park Centre is the starting point for walking and cycling trails offering lovely views over the region, especially from the Cliff Edge.
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.
Phone: +44 1751 473653
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.
Phone: +44 1947 603 330
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.
Phone: +44 1947 601 900
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.
Phone: +44 1947 604 640
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.
Phone: +44 1947 458 899
Whitby Harbour is still a working harbour, walk around and soak up the atmosphere as the fishing boats pass under the Swing Bridge. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants which line the harbour walls and you can enjoy a boat trip from a number of vessels which set sail from the harbour.
Address: New Quay Rd, Whitby YO21 3BQ
Phone: +44 1947 228 871
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.
Address: 5 Marine Parade, Whitby YO21 3PR
Phone: +44 1947 601 923
West Cliff attractions include a paddling pool, bumper boats, skate park and mini-gold with plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy. There is easy access to Whitby Beach from the West Cliff lift along with stunning cliff top walks.
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. There are many things to do and see in Robin Hood's Bay, take a look a our suggestions here.
Address: Robin Hood’s Bay, Y022 4SJ
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.
Phone: +44 1723 870 353
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.
Address: 18 West Pier, Scarborough, YO11 1PD
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.
Phone: +44 1723 375 975
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.
Phone: +44 1723 369 361
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.
Skydive GB provides the chance to see the Yorkshire Coast from above.
Phone: +44 1262 228 033
Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is a family run business with plenty to offer for a family day out.
Phone: +44 1262 673 653
Bay Watersports offer plenty of water sports on the Yorkshire Coast including paddle boarding and kayaking.
Phone: +44 7568 469 934
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.
RSPB Bempton Cliffs Seabird Centre is among the most important seabird colonies in the whole of Europe with thousands of gulls, gannets and auks nesting there annually.
Phone: +44 1262 422 212
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.