YorkshireNet Guide to East Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Wolds and East Coast

Rolling hills, high cliffs, and traditional seaside


The rolling landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds chalky uplands ends at the high cliffs of Flamborough Head. South of Flamborough lie the resorts of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea with their sandy beaches and fishing traditions.

The long coastline with its seabird colonies extends to the continually shifting exposed landscape of Spurn Head at the mouth of the Humber estuary. The wide river then leads past the city of Hull and under the Humber Bridge to the port of Goole.

Inland from the Humber the coastal plains of Holderness give way to the Vale of York, with the Wolds uplands as backdrop. One of Yorkshire's great long distance walks, the Yorkshire Wolds Way is a National Trail running 79 miles from Hessle to Filey through landscape that inspired David Hockney.

You will find pretty villages and unspoilt market towns such as Beverley, Driffield, Howden, Market Weighton and Pocklington.

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest stately homes. Famous as the setting for the TV adaptation of Bridehead Revisited, the grand house and gardens are open to the public. Ancient churches include the landmark of Beverley Minster, Howden Minster and the massive Patrington church. Visitors are welcome at historic houses such as Burton Agnes, Burton Constable and Sledmere, and gardens at Burnby and Sewerby.

David Hockney has created a number of his paintings in different seasons around the East Yorkshire countryside. There is now an Art Trail in the Yorkshire Wolds, following the locations of Hockney's paintings and taking in Bridlington, Kilham, Sledmere, Langtoft and Warter.
The flowering lanes and unspoilt villages of the Yorkshire Wolds and Howardian Hills are quiet corners of deepest rural England.

On the Humber estuary is maritime Hull, with its long deep-sea fishing tradition and now a leading port and gateway to Europe. Further inland is the port of Goole, whilst the natural beauties of Spurn Head shelter the estuary from the open North Sea.

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Withernsea, Yorkshire Coast

Sand le Mere is an award-winning holiday park near Withernsea on the East Yorkshire coast. There are wonderful new facilities and accommodation across the park, with highlights including a new leisure complex with indoor pool, entertainments lounge, adventure playgrounds and a fishing lake.

Sand le Mere Caravan Site
Wigginton, York
Sleeps 12

Saxford Barn, is a large converted barn just 4 miles north of York, sleeping up to 12 people in a mix of double, twin and single rooms with ample parking for 5 cars. It has excellent modern facilities and is ideal for large groups on the doorstep of all York attractions.

Saxford Barn
Wilberfoss, York
3 Rooms

A Yorkshire welcome awaits at our 200 year old red brick farmhouse bed and breakfast on our working farm in lovely countryside 7 miles east of the historic city of York.

Cuckoo Nest Farm
Near Castle Howard and York
4 Rooms

The Brush & Boot B&B is ideally set within the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are numerous walks from the door, including the Centenary Way and a pleasant walk to baroque mansion, Castle Howard. Pickering and historic York are both within half an hours drive. Pet friendly.

Brush and Boot B&B
Sleeps 6 to 8

Self-catering holiday homes to rent just 5 miles from York City centre, a great base from which to enjoy both York attractions and the surrounding countryside. Murton Grange offers 7 Cottages and a traditional farmhouse building, ideal for small party short breaks or large group accommodation.

Murton Grange Cottages
Sleeps 8

2 large apartments located in York City centre, within walking distance of many attractions. Apartment 3 and 4, sleeping 8 are ideal for family and friends reunions, girls and lad's city weekends and York Races accommodation. Visit York attractions and museums and sample York's pubs, restaurants and night life.

Peter Warehouse Large Apartments
Wigginton, York
Sleeps 2 to 18

At Villa Farm there are 7 cottages which sleep 2 to 18 guests separately and up to 76 people in total with exclusive use of the site. Situated less than 4 miles from York City Centre in shared grounds with beautiful pond, the holiday cottages make an ideal luxury base for a York break, family reunion or group holiday.

Villa Farm Cottages
Sleeps 2 to 5

Two small apartments located in York City centre, within walking distance of many attractions. Apartment 1, sleeping 3 and apartment 2, sleeping 5 are ideal for short breaks. There are plenty of things to see and do in the historic city of York.

Peter Warehouse Small Apartments
Wigginton, York
Sleeps 76

Villa Farm York offers a wedding venue and luxury holiday cottage accommodation that is unique, flexible and incredible value. The 7 large cottages are set in 15 acres of grounds, sleep between 10 and 15 each and up to 76 when booked together. The wedding venue is set in 6 acres of private, beautiful gardens.

Villa Farm Wedding Venue
Sleeps 36

Six apartments located at Peter Warehouse in York City Centre, within walking distance of attractions. Sleeping small or large parties, the apartments are ideal for city weekend breaks, hen or stag parties. Families and children are welcome however we recommend midweek rather than weekend bookings for such parties.

Peter Warehouse Apartments
Sleeps 14

Murton Grange Farmhouse provides a large self-catering holiday cottage in the rural part of York City. It sleeps up to 14 and can be rented from just 1 night, ideal for team building events, special birthdays, family or friends reunions, hen or stag parties or York Races accommodation.

Murton Grange Farmhouse
Near Castle Howard and York
Sleeps 4 to 6

Luxury self-catering accommodation making a great cottage holiday base in peaceful village for outdoor activities and touring Castle Howard, historic York, Yorkshire's heritage coast, North York Moors and Dales. Features woodland setting, heated marble floors, garden and free internet access.

Brush and Boot Self-Catering
Sleeps 8

Three newly developed cottages which each sleep up to 8 guests. All three make an ideal base from which to enjoy York City Centre attractions, yet located in a country area. Great for large group accommodation.

Murton Grange modern cottages
Hull, East Yorkshire

Visit our exciting, interactive dinosaur museum. Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and our unique Dinosaur Sound Box.

Filey, East Yorkshire

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
Scarborough, Yorkshire

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
Rufforth, North Yorkshire

Based near York, the Activity Centre covers 34 acres and includes purpose built embankments, an exciting off-road driving course with steep gradients, water gullies and mud swamps.

North of England Activity Centre
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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
Hull, East Yorkshire

The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world is located in Hull, East Yorkshire. This award-winning visitor attraction is home to over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays making it the perfect family day out.

The Deep
Scarborough, Yorkshire

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
East Yorkshire, East Yorkshire

William's Den includes indoor and outdoor wood and rope structures, with zip wires, tyre swings and places to make your own den in.

William's Den
York, North Yorkshire

The York Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages, scenes and a ride in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It's hilarious fun and it's sometimes a bit scary.

York Dungeons
York, North Yorkshire

We offer a night of history and mystery. A thought provoking evening of fun drama to capture the imagination and inspire the mind. We promise a unique opportunity to discover the hidden magic of our Ancient City through the real art of storytelling.

York Ghost Walk
Pocklington, East Yorkshire

Bishop Wilton Showground is just outside Stamford Bridge and Pocklington in East Yorkshire. It makes a gread day out with farm animal classes classes, childrens and WI classes as well as craft tent space, show dance and fun dog zone. Held annually at the end of July.

Bishop Wilton Show
Driffield, East Yorkshire

Driffield Show is held just outside Driffield in East Yorkshire between York and Bridlington. Enjoy a wide range of horse, cattle, sheep and pig classes, as well as handicraft, horticulture, fur and feather classes. Held annually at the end of July.

Driffield Agricultural Show
Goole, East Yorkshire

"Sykehouse Show, a traditional agricultural show held on Sunday 5th August from 8.30am. Multiple horse rings, an entertainment ring, live stock areas & a whole host of stalls +marquees, there's something to do for all the family. Over 50 trade stands - food stalls + a fully stocked bar to keep you fuelled throughout the day.

Sykehouse Show
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

This is an Elizabethan Manor House built by Sir Henry Griffith in 1601-10 in the village of Burton Agnes. It has a notable art collection, a walled garden, a courtyard cafe and craft shops.

Burton Agnes Hall
Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

Burton Constable makes a brilliant family day out in East Yorkshire with lots to see and do. As well as acres of parkland to explore, this country-house museum is filled with fine furniture, paintings, sculpture, fossils, natural history specimens and an important collection of scientific instruments.

Burton Constable
Malton, North Yorkshire

Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape.

Castle Howard
Whitby, East Yorkshire

This beautiful public gardens with a local history museum and elegant sunken pool and themed gardens.

Pannett Park
Malton, North Yorkshire

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
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Sewerby Hall is a country house set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens, 2 miles from the seaside town of Bridlington.

Sewerby Hall & Gardens
Driffield, East Yorkshire

There is something about the charm of Sledmere which has captivated visitors for over 200 years.Carefully designed by Sir Christopher Sykes 2nd Baronet and nurtured by successive generations, this very special place brings new devotees every year.

Sledmere House
York, North Yorkshire

This National Trust property is just a few metres from York Minster, It has a history spanning 2,000 years, from the Roman road in the cellar to the Edwardian servants' quarters in the attics, and thirteen period rooms in between. Children's trails, tours, tearoom and relaxing walled garden.

Treasurers House
Beverley, East Yorkshire

Beverley Puppet Festival promises a great family day out with amazing parades, shows, workshops and outdoor entertainment for all the family.

Beverley Puppet Festival
York, East Yorkshire

At York's Chocolate Story, one of Continuum Attractions, you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, find out the secret of chocolate making and have a guided tour

York's Chocolate Story
Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Baylegate is a Grade I listed Building and scheduled Ancient Monument housing the Bayle Museum showcases Bridlington's history using interactive exhibits.

Bayle Gate & Bayle Museum
York, North Yorkshire

Journey back to Viking-age York. Faithfully recreated following twenty years of archaeological research. Special exhibitions complete the experience.

Jorvik Viking Centre
York, North Yorkshire

The National Railway Museum in York and Shildon is home to the UK's national rail collection. Includes museum visitor info, events, exhibitions and collections

National Railway Museum
York, North Yorkshire

Perhaps one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest and most impressive Medieval Gatehouse - Monk Bar.

Richard III Museum
York, North Yorkshire

Experience life as a Victorian. Walk down cobbled streets and peer through the windows of shops long gone. Take a journey through six hundred years of everyday life. Welcome to the award winning York Castle Museum.

York Castle Museum
York, North Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is also the location of The Allied Air Forces Memorial.

Yorkshire Air Museum
York, North Yorkshire

Walk in the footsteps of Romans. See beasts turned to stone and discover a land pillaged by Vikings. Journey back over 1,000 years. Welcome to the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, one of England's first and finest.

Yorkshire Museum
Hull, East Yorkshire

The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world is located in Hull, East Yorkshire. This award-winning visitor attraction is home to over 3,500 fish including spectacular sharks and rays making it the perfect family day out.

The Deep
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