Places to visit in North Yorkshire

When you visit North Yorkshire, you’ll soon embrace the great outdoors. Bring your walking shoes for uphill climbs across Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors to castles and abbey ruins that frame the landscape, and afterwards, recharge in regal spa town tearooms and market town pubs over jugs of locally brewed Ruby Ale. One of the best things to do in North Yorkshire of all is amble round historic York, with its gothic York Minster cathedral decked out in stained glass. Get lost in cobbled snickelway passages, or take in ancient forts and bridges on a River Ouse cruise.

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October Events: Party hard at England's biggest indoor world music festival

Take a journey through the world of music at Whitby’s annual Musicport Festival, an event full of excellent live music and cultural diversity.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Feed your soul at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Medieval monks chose a serene valley in the North York Moors National Park to establish an abbey that became the richest and most powerful in England.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

September events: Pop-up galleries and festival arts in North Yorkshire

The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage in North Yorkshire invites visitors to experience a unique weekend featuring 130 artists in 90 pop-up galleries.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Trek across the North York Moors with a team of huskies

Set out on an intrepid adventure holiday with Pesky Husky, an adrenalin-pumping experience for active types looking to feel the wind in their hair.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Be royalty for a day at Scarborough Castle

Take an audio tour around the Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from the headland of the North Yorkshire Coast and have tea in a historic building.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Pamper your partner with a stylish rural retreat in Yorkshire

In a serene setting on the edge of the stunning North York Moors, the Feversham Arms boasts superb dining options, elegant rooms and a full spa.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Enjoy a weekend break in picturesque Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Go ghost hunting in ‘Europe's most haunted city’

York claims to be the world’s first city to run ghost walks – you’ll soon see why, with tales of murder, mayhem and gore at every corner.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Sample wines from England’s most northerly vineyard.

Location: York, Yorkshire

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

Rainy Day Activities: Venture into the gruesome York Dungeon

There’s spine-chilling fun to be had in this dungeon, where 2,000 horrible years of history are brought to life by grisly theatre and sudden frights.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Journey from coast to coast across England

A journey from coast to coast across Northern England takes you through stunning scenery and is an adventure you can make on foot or by bike.

Location: Various, North Yorkshire

On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

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

Journey into the world of the dinosaurs at Dino-stone Park

Escape to the lost world of dinosaurs at this inventive theme park.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

The Orange Tree in Rosedale Abbey

Looking after your body doesn’t need to involve colonic irrigation and strenuous yoga workouts.

Location: Near Pickering, North Yorkshire

Travel in style on the Settle to Carlisle railway

Take an unforgettable ride on one of the world's great railway journeys, which takes in stunning country landscapes, 20 viaducts and 14 tunnels.

Location: Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley, North Yorkshire

Take afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Experience vintage English hospitality and choose from hundreds of delicious treats and tea varieties in this iconic Art Deco café.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

See England's finest view from Sutton Bank

Celebrated author and vet James Herriot gave the view from Sutton Bank the ultimate accolade – “England’s finest”. Find out if he was right…

Location: Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Enjoy 100 days of culture at the Yorkshire Festival

Theatre, art exhibitions, musical performances and a bit of biking; the 100-day marathon that is the Yorkshire Festival has it all.

Location: Yorkshire

Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

This grandiose Georgian museum is filled with curiosities from an eye-popping Viking treasure hoard to dinosaur fossils and a working observatory.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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