YorkshireNet Guide to the Yorkshire Coast

See you at Yorkshire’s superb seaside!


Rocky coves, towering cliffs and glorious beaches, many with the coveted Seaside and/or Blue Flag awards. Marvellous resorts or tiny fishing ports. Non-stop family fun or windswept, waveswept solitude. That’s the choice on the Yorkshire Coast.

A rugged coastline with a backdrop of the North York Moors National Park is the setting for the Yorkshire Coast’s resorts and fishing villages. This is a coastline of high cliffs and rocky shores, rich in flowers and wildlife. Follow the cliff top path for over 30 miles along the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast or visit one of the coastal resorts or villages.

For bustling and buzzing atmosphere, try Scarborough, a major resort packed with action and catering for the whole family. Between the safe, sandy beaches of the North and South Bays is the harbour where the fishing boats still land their catch, overlooked by Scarborough’s medieval castle. Traditional seaside attractions and a busy shopping centre add to Scarborough’s appeal. Its parks and gardens help attract conferences and events to its Spa complex.

The picturesque fishing port of Whitby is little changed since the days of its famous son, Captain Cook. The eerie drama of clifftop Whitby Abbey inspired the writing of ‘Dracula’. Stroll through Whitby’s quaint cobbled streets past picturesque houses overlooking the River Esk or inspect jewellery made from Whitby Jet, a dark black fossil mineral found here.

North of Whitby is Staithes, a quiet little fishing village at the bottom of a steep ravine.

Steps and narrow alleyways wind through picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay down to the slipway at the bottom of a steep ravine. For over 500 years fishing boats have been based here, with whole families working on some part of the baiting, catching, and salting process in the heyday of the fishing industry. At low tide rocks dating back to the Jurassic period are exposed, and fossils are regularly found. The local museum and the new visitor centre have examples.

The small resort of Filey has been a family favourite since Edwardian times. This unspoilt town, with five miles of golden beach in the lee of Filey Brigg headland, has an interesting range of shops and a Folk Museum well worth a visit. Filey’s Edwardian Festival in June recreates the flavour of the period.

Picturesque country towns, historic houses, and the superb landscapes of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds are within easy touring distance of the coast. Bridlington lies on Yorkshire's east coast just south of the dramatic chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head. Bridlington boasts wonderful beaches, two 18 hole golf courses, a colourful harbour and pleasant promenades. The revitalised Spa Bridlington offers great entertainment and Bridlington Old Town makes a fascinating place to explore with its ancient narrow streets and Georgian Tea Rooms.

Sport and the seaside go together and sailing, golf, bowls and angling are just some of the Yorkshire choices. The Yorkshire coastal year is bright with fairs and festivals such as Scarborough Fair, Whitby Folk Festival, and Filey Edwardian Festival.

Classic sporting events include Filey Fishing Festival, Scarborough Cricket Festival and Motorcycle racing at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount. For gentler pursuits the Cleveland Way National Trail offers spectacular walks along the clifftops.

Robin Hoods Bay Beach huts in Whitby Staithes harbour
  • Kilburn Park Cottage

    Situated on a peaceful farm, with outstanding views of the White Horse at Kilburn, this pet friendly cottage for 2 is a great base for exploring Thirsk, the North York Moors, Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast. Stables and stabling are provided if you want to bring your own horse for horse holidays.

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  • Kilburn Park White Horse Cottage

    Situated on a peaceful farm, with outstanding views of the White Horse at Kilburn, this pet friendly cottage for 5 is a great base for exploring Thirsk, the North York Moors, Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast. Stables and stabling are provided if you want to bring your own horse for horse holidays.

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  • Farfields Farm B&B

    Enjoy a warm welcome with spacious and comfortable, converted barn accommodation on this working farm B&B. With circular walks from the doorstep and stunning views of the beautiful Newton Dale Valley, Farfields is just 1 mile from Dalby Forest, 4 miles from Pickering and 16 miles from Whitby.

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    Activities and Adventure

  • Alpamare Scarborough

    Alpamare is an amazing water park, like no other in the UK. With a wide selection of slides and pools. There is the enormous wave pool, the splash and play pool, the 35°C outdoor pool and the Infinity pool filled with iodine water a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the bay.

    Alpamare Scarborough Website Map Where to Stay
  • Birds of Prey

    Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species. You can meet and sponsor the birds. You can also buy a Family Flying Encounter where you can meet and fly at least five different birds including owls, kestrels and hawks.

    Birds of Prey Website Map Where to Stay
  • Dalby Forest

    This large forest, located in the south of the North York Moors National Park, hosts 13 walking trails, 6 cycling trails, 4 running trails, 2 play areas, Go Ape, cafes, BBQ & picnic sites, bike hire and an activities centre. Dogs are very welcome.

    Dalby Forest Website Map Where to Stay
  • Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

    This 5 acre award winning family run attraction was opened in 2008 and offers a mixture of exotic birds, animals and gardens. It's a great choice if you're looking for a fun place to visit with the children or a peaceful place to the spend the afternoon.

    Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Flamingo Land

    Flamingo Land Theme Park, between Malton and Pickering is one of the UK's premier attractions with spectacular rides, a world famous zoo with conservation projects and a great holiday resort.

    Flamingo Land Website Map Where to Stay
  • North Bay Railway

    The North Bay Railway has been operating trains since 1931 and is one of the most historic seaside miniature railway in the United Kingdom. Offering a wide range of attractions including the Sky Trail, Boating Lake and Historic Water Chute.

    North Bay Railway Website Map Where to Stay
  • Scarborough Sealife Centre

    Located on Scarborough's North Bay, within 3 iconic triangular buildings, SEA LIFE Scarborough offers a unique mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and over 50 displays of marine life including seals, otters and penguins. Enjoy a hands-on rockpool experience and learn some amazing facts about underwater creatures.

    Scarborough Sealife Centre Website Map Where to Stay
  • The Scarborough Fair Collection

    The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a ‘Mighty' Wurlitzer Organ in our spacious ballroom.

    The Scarborough Fair Collection Website Map Where to Stay
  • Yorkshire 4x4

    Yorkshire 4x4 is the home of the ultimate thrill! Our adrenaline-fuelled offroad driving adventures are the most exhilarating, challenging and fun days out you could ever have ! Experience 4 x 4 Off Road Taster, Hummer Off Road Experience, Quad Biking, JCB Racing, Off Road & Rally and Silverstone Rage Buggy Rally.

    Yorkshire 4x4 Website Map Where to Stay

    Agricultural Shows

  • Castleton Show

    The Castleton Show is a traditional North York Moors village affair with many attractions. It boasts ‘A road race for fell runners and a fell race for road runners'. Held on the second Saturday in September.

    Castleton Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Egton, near Whitby Agricultural Show

    Egton Show, on the Yorkshire Coast, is one of the largest village shows in the country. Come and celebrate country pursuits from wrought iron and farrier displays to goat, ferret, bee keeping, produce and handicraft and the children's sections. Held every year at the end of August.

    Egton, near Whitby Agricultural Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Farndale Show

    Enjoy the Farndale Agricultural Show in the North York Moors National Park near Rosedale Abbey and within an hour's drive from Whitby. Find special attractions, such as dog displays and flying shows and demonstrations, such as sheep shearing and wool spinning. Held annually on August Bank holiday.

    Farndale Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Hinderwell Horse and Agricultural Society Show

    Find Hinderwell Show near Runswick Bay on the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Great family entertainment and fun with opportunities for people to show their shills and animals in 'friendly' competition. Held every year in August.

    Hinderwell Horse and Agricultural Society Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Malton Show

    Agricultural attractions, farm exhibits and class entries, as well as a few other things to appeal to everyone. Held in Scampston Park, Malton, North Yorkshire, between York and Scarborough in early July

    Malton Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Osmotherley Show

    Find Osmotherley Show near Northallerton in the rich farmland of Herriot Country. Horse and pony Classes, cattle and sheep classes, as well as fell racing, sheep dog trials and Kids Zone fun. Enjoy evening music with licensed bar and food. Held every year in August.

    Osmotherley Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Rosedale Show

    Rosedale Show in Milburn Arms Field at Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors, offers displays of Cattle, Goats, Hunters, Heavy Horses, Ponies, Jumping, Sheep, Produce, Flowers Fruit, Vegetables, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Pigeons, Poultry, Vintage Tractors and Scarecrows. Held every year in August.

    Rosedale Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Ryedale Show

    Find Ryedale Show in Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside between Pickering and Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park. Situated within a natural amphitheatre, there are eight rings running throughout the day, exhibiting prime cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats. Held every year at the end of July.

    Ryedale Show Website Map Where to Stay
  • Stokesley Show

    Stokesley Agricultural Show makes a fabulous day out near to Thirsk, home to Yorkshire Vet Alf Wight or, as he is better known, James Herriot. Find a full program of events, classes and special attractions. Held every year in September

    Stokesley Show Website Map Where to Stay

    Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

  • Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall

    Take a picturesque walk through a woodland tea garden, set in the grounds of Midge Hall, a tiny cottage at the top of 30 foot Falling Foss Waterfall in Whitby, North York Moors. Open from the Easter holidays to the end of September. Perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy light refreshment.

    Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall   Website Map Where to Stay
  • Goddards House and Gardens

    Built in 1927 for Noel and Kathleen Terry, known for Terry's chocolate making business, Goddard's House is open for the public from Wednesday to Sunday between 10.30pm & 17.00pm. It has just re-opened with new displays about the Terry's family life.

    Goddards House and Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

    This stunning garden and park hosts more than 70 striking contemporary sculptures in a beautiful, peaceful setting. It covers 45 acres of woodland, garden, an arboretum, 3 lakes and a number of features including a Himalayan Shelter, Pagoda, summerhouse, decorative bridges and a Contemplation Circle. Open spring 16th April - 14th July and autumn 5th October - 3rd November. Tuesday - Sunday (and Bank Holidays)

    Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Jervaulx Abbey

    This is a 16th century abbey in Ripon, North Yorkshire is open all year round. Their popular tearooms provides locally sourced, homemade refreshments. They can host weddings and other events, in atmospheric ruins of the abbey. They also have a 2.5 acre camping & caravan site very near Jervaulx Abbey.

    Jervaulx Abbey Website Map Where to Stay
  • Mount Grace Priory

    This is best preserved and most accessible of the nine medieval, 14th Century, Carsuthian houses in England, in the parish of East Harsley, North Yorkshire. Mount Grace Priory is a National Trust visitor attraction, admission free to members (except on event days).

    Mount Grace Priory Website Map Where to Stay
  • Nunnington Hall near York

    Nunnington House is a picturesque National Trust Yorkshire Manor House famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions.

    Nunnington Hall near York Website Map Where to Stay
  • Pannett Park

    This beautiful public gardens with a local history museum and elegant sunken pool and themed gardens. Situated very near the centre of Whitby, the park offers a haven of peace and quiet. The Heritage Lottery Fund & Big Lottery Fund Park for People Programme have regenerated Pannett Park.Open all year round, no entry fee.

    Pannett Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Rievaulx Terrace

    The National Trust owns this abbey ruin, located in the North York Moors National Park, in the market town of Helmsley. At either end of the terrace stand two mid 18th century small Palladian temples, the Tuscan Temple and the Ionic Temple. The temples are open 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week until the 4th November.

    Rievaulx Terrace Website Map Where to Stay
  • Scampston Hall and Walled Garden

    To be found in peaceful North Yorkshire, the Walled Garden is a stunningly beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Open to the public for the first time in 2004, people visit from all over the world and it has been received with great acclaim.

    Scampston Hall and Walled Garden Website Map Where to Stay
  • Scarborough Castle

    Scarborough has a 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline. This royal stronghold has seen more than its fair share of conflict and sieges. Find out more of its fascinating history plus tea in the Master Gunner's House for a great family day out.

    Scarborough Castle Website Map Where to Stay
  • South Cliff Italian Gardens

    Beautiful gardens, with a pond and statues with stunning views of South Bay and the old town of Scarborough. They gardens were laid out in the early 20th Century by Harry W. Smith. They are featured in the ITV drama series of The Royal, a spin off of Heartbeat.

    South Cliff Italian Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Whitby Abbey

    Whitby Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey which was previously a 7th Century Christian monastery. This English Heritage site hosts a Mansion Visitor Centre and holds various interesting events. They Abbey church overlooks the North Sea on the East Cliff above Whitby. Grounds and museum closed until April 2019 for improvements - then 10am - 6pm.

    Whitby Abbey Website Map Where to Stay

    Educational Activities


    Food, Drink and Craft Visits

  • The Stained Glass Centre

    Learn about the 1000 year history of Stained Glass and the traditional production methods still used today. Browse in the showrooms, full of stained glass panels, lampshades, mirrors and gifts. Or take one of the Glass Craft classes.

    The Stained Glass Centre Website Map Where to Stay
  • Thirsk Furniture Trail

    See the traditional craft of furniture making on a tour around Thirsk in James Herriot country. 10 Furniture makers extend a warm welcome and feature handcrafted furniture and exquisite woodcarvings in selected woods.

    Thirsk Furniture Trail Website Map Where to Stay


  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum

    Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards, this 17th Century house belonged to Cook's master, John Walker, and is where the young Cook and his fellow apprentices lodged. The house is now a museum celebrating Cook's years in Whitby and later career.

    Captain Cook Memorial Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • RNLI Whitby Museum

    Lifeboat museum with models, relics and a gift shop. This Victorian double boathouse celebrates Whitby's lifeboat history. Admission is free to public or pre-book for groups. Check website for opening times.

    RNLI Whitby Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Robin Hood's Bay + Fylingdales Museum

    This museum, solely run by volunteers, houses fascinating collections and displays from the local area of Whitby. Admission is free (donations welcome) Open from February to September, check website for opening times.

    Robin Hood's Bay + Fylingdales Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Whitby Museum

    Their independent Victorian museum has local fossils, natural history, model ships, carved jet, toys, costumes and social history. Situated in the beautiful gardens of Pannett Park. Open 9.30am – 4.30pm except Mondays (but open Bank Holidays)

    Whitby Museum Website Map Where to Stay

    Visitor Farms, Wildlife, Walks and Trails

  • Fewston Reservoir

    Fewston Reservoir was built in 1879 in the Washburn Valley, north of Otley and west of Harrogate. The overflow from the reservoir feeds directly into the adjoining Swinsty Reservoir.

    Fewston Reservoir Website Map Where to Stay
  • Larks Edge Alpacas

    Welcome to Larks Edge, just south of Thirsk in North Yorkshire, where we offer the fascinating experience of walking with alpacas. The alpaca experience includes introductions, 'any questions' and about an hour's accompanied walk.

    Larks Edge Alpacas Website Map Where to Stay
  • Monk Park Farm

    This popular, family friendly farm park is host to hundreds of friendly, cute animals to meet and great farm-based activities. It is based in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.

    Monk Park Farm Website Map Where to Stay
  • Nidderdale Llamas

    Kiln Farm, idyllically positioned with fantastic views, is a family run trekking centre in the heart of Nidderdale. You can even hold a hen party there ! Opportunity to adopt a Llama or Alpaca.

    Nidderdale Llamas Website Map Where to Stay
  • Nosterfield Nature Reserve

    The Lower Ure Conservation Trust is a charity dedicated t restoring once productive sand and gravel quarries to habitats with rich wildlife. It is 150 acres of wet grassland and open water between the Rivers Ure and Swale.

    Nosterfield Nature Reserve Website Map Where to Stay
  • Pannett Park

    In the centre of Whitby, this beautifully maintained park has a sunken pond and themed gardens. There has been regeneration to Pannett Park through Lottery funds, creating a fun, family friendly place for all ages. The Friends of Pannett Park hold regular events and activities.

    Pannett Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Peasholm Park

    This historic and uniquely beautiful park is one of the UK's top parks. Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake and in the summer months people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water. The park has been designed with an oriental theme and there is much evidence of this as you wander through its pathways.

    Peasholm Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Playdale Farm Park

    Playdale Farm Park is situated near Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast on the outskirts of the village of Cayton. Keep the children entertained with the huge indoor play area, tractor zone, adventure trail and the Animal Barn and Interactive Paddocks which allow the children can see animals in a natural farm environment.

    Playdale Farm Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sutton Bank National Park Centre

    This Sutton Bank Visitors' Centre hosts exhibitions and displays about wildlife and there is a gift shop and tea room. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking. There is a bird feeding station with an interactive camera set up to view owls and other birds of prey.

    Sutton Bank National Park Centre Website Map Where to Stay

    World Heritage Sites

  • Byland Abbey

    Byland Abbey, remains of an English landmark monastery, is found north of Coxwold & Ampleforth. It is undergoing important conservation work so some of the remains is fenced off , but most is accessible. Free entry & open 10am-4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

    Byland Abbey Website Map Where to Stay
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