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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  • Brush and Boot B&B

    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.

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  • Brush and Boot Self-Catering

    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.

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  • Sand le Mere Caravan Site

    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.

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    Activities and Adventure

  • Dinostar

    Visit our exciting, interactive dinosaur museum in Hull. Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and our unique Dinosaur Sound Box. Open to the public and offer school trips and workshops.

    Dinostar Website Map Where to Stay
  • Malton Festival of Racing

    Malton Festival of Racing gives racing fans and local people the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at the yards of some of Yorkshire's best known racehorse trainers. Visitors will also have the chance to look around one of racing's crown jewels in the form of the Injured Jockeys Fund northern rehabilitation centre, Jack Berry House.

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  • North of England Activity Centre

    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. They offer professional tuition and fun team building activities.

    North of England Activity Centre Website Map Where to Stay
  • The Deep

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • William's Den

    William's Den includes indoor and outdoor wood and rope structures, with zip wires, tyre swings and places to make your own den in. This adventure playground hasn't been open long, but won many awards already. The host children's parties and school trips.

    William's Den Website Map Where to Stay
  • York Dungeons

    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.

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  • York Ghost Walk

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Agricultural Shows

  • Bishop Wilton Show

    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.

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  • Driffield Agricultural Show

    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.

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    Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

  • Beningbrough Hall

    Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens make a great day out near York. Bring the family and enjoy the wilderness play area and interactive gallery with superb collection of 18th century portraits. The eight acres of formal gardens include over 50 varieties of apples and pears.

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  • Burton Agnes Hall

    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. They invite you to become a member of Burton Agnes Hall, to join us in enjoying & supporting their fabulous home and gardens.

    Burton Agnes Hall Website Map Where to Stay
  • Burton Constable

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Castle Howard

    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. The Grade I listed building, stately home is 15 miles north of York. The grounds are open 10am - 4pm, the House opens at the end of March for the season. Parking is free.

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  • Howden Minster

    Howden Mister is a large Grade I listed Church of England church in the Diocese of York, part of English Heritage. It is the 14th century elaborately decorated ruins of the chancel and chapter house. It is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. Open everyday except 24-26th Dec & 31st Dec - 1st Jan.

    Howden Minster Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sewerby Hall & Gardens

    Sewerby Hall is a Grade 1 listed Georgian country house set in 50 acres of award-winning, beautiful landscaped gardens, two miles from the seaside town of Bridlington. There is also a zoo to visit domestic and wild animals from all over the world.

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  • Sledmere House

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Sutton Park

    Sutton Park is set in beautiful countryside just outside York and this fine estate is owned by the Sheffield family. They offer, private venue, wedding venue, outdoor event and film location hire. For admission prices and opening times go to http://www.sutton-park.co.uk/visit-sutton-park/

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  • Treasurers House

    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.

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  • Yorkshire Lavender

    This is Yorkshire's original family run lavender farm and it promises a great day out. It is 3 miles west of Castle Howard and has award winning gardens, a specialised plant nursery, a tea room, sculpture park, lavender maze and play area. It is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, from the end of March to the end of September.

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    Food, Drink and Craft Visits

  • York's Chocolate Story

    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. Open daily from 10am (closed 25th & 26th December and 1st January)

    York's Chocolate Story Website Map Where to Stay


  • Bayle Gate & Bayle Museum

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

    We first opened to the public in 1987 and have since, with the help and support of our visitors, grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards

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  • Jorvik Viking Centre

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

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  • National Railway Museum

    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

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  • Richard III Museum

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • York Castle Museum

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Yorkshire Air Museum

    The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is also the location of The Allied Air Forces Memorial. It sits on the site of former RAF Elvington, North Yorkshire, a WW2 airfield. Open every day of the year apart from 25th/26th December + 1st January.

    Yorkshire Air Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Yorkshire Museum

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Visitor Farms, Wildlife, Walks and Trails

  • Blacktoft Sands

    Blacktoft Sands is on the south bank of the River Ouse, where the waterway widens to become the Humber Estuary. The reserve is full of waders, warblers and raptors, easily spotted from accessible trails and hides.

    Blacktoft Sands Website Map Where to Stay
  • Hunt a Hockney Art Location

    Visit the Yorkshire Wolds and follow the trail of David Hockney's Art Locations from the setting for 'Bigger Trees near Warter' to 'Late Spring Tunnel May' near Kilham. ‘Hockney Country' is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK countryside, with much to explore among rolling hills, hidden dales and coast.

    Hunt a Hockney Art Location Website Map Where to Stay
  • Oakhill Nature Reserve

    This is run by volunteers Friends of Oakhill's who all work to protect this important green space. They fund-raise, manage the surrounding habitats, conduct surveys and lead free guided walks and educational events

    Oakhill Nature Reserve Website Map Where to Stay
  • Piglets Adventure Farm Park

    Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun. There's animal cuties to get up close to, special events programme, delicious snacks, sweet treats and refreshments.

    Piglets Adventure Farm Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • RSPB Bempton Cliffs

    Bempton Cliffs offer a great place to see, hear and smell seabirds. Between mid-Apr to mid-Jul the much-loved puffin makes its home here. From Feb to Oct thousands of gannets nest on the cliffs of the only mainland gannetry in England.

    RSPB Bempton Cliffs Website Map Where to Stay

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