Looking for things to do in the North York Moors? Hop onto one of the many right-of-way footpaths which cut across heather coated heathland, ridges and North Sea cliff edges in the North York Moors. Follow dinosaur footprints to the Jurassic bays of the Heritage Coast and keep your eyes peeled for fossils. Snap farmland framed by Cistercian abbey ruins. This North Yorkshire national park is teeming with birdlife – have your binoculars ready to zoom in on red grouse and merlin, the UK’s smallest bird of prey. Sore feet? The ‘ways’ are dotted with plenty of traditional inns serving cask ales and home-cooked grub for weary walkers.
Places to visit in the North York Moors
The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.
Location: York, North Yorkshire
Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.
Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire
With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.
Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire
Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.
Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire
Take the kids camping on a child friendly holiday at Castle Howard, near York, where a thousand breath-taking acres await for you to explore.
Location: Malton, North Yorkshire
One dark night in 1664, while local people were attending a wake, the whole village of Runswick slipped into the sea…
Location: Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire
Delightful villages, dramatic views and gentle country walks – do it all by train on a ride through the delightful Esk Valley, near Whitby.
Location: Whitby, Yorkshire
A spectacular feature in the North York Moors, the Hole of Horcum near Pickering is a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and half a mile across.
Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire
Enjoy a traditional seaside break with a twist at this old smuggling and fishing village on the North York Moors National Park coast.
Location: Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby
Explore this beautiful Grade II listed oriental themed garden, set on the site of a medieval manor house with many activities to enjoy.
Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Ride along with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it takes a starring role, from Dad’s Army to Harry Potter.
Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire
Revel in the romance of steam with a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway line, spotting film locations and amazing scenery on the way.
Location: Pickering to Whitby via North York Moors National Park
Use the next rainy day as an excuse for a spa treatment in these elaborate Turkish baths, recently restored to their former glory.
Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Discover over 700 years of English history through one of the country’s oldest families, and the fascinating castle that they call home.
Location: Ripley Village, North Yorkshire