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Days out in North Yorkshire

Our guide to the best attractions to explore

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North Yorkshire has it all, from sandy beaches in seaside towns to cultural gems showcasing natural beauty. Boasting a range of family-friendly days out to dog-friendly attractions there’s something for everyone. We’ve listed our guide to the top 10 days out in North Yorkshire to get you started.

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Our guide to the top 10 days out in North Yorkshire

1. See the ruins of Whitby Abbey

Whitby isn’t just a sleepy fishing town, it’s also home to the atmospheric ruins that inspired Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula. Climb the iconic 199 steps leading up to St Mary's Church and you’ll be treated to the gothic ruins of the 7th Century clifftop abbey. After a long day of exploring, sink into a fish supper in one of the fish & chip shops that line the seafront.

Climb the iconic 199 steps and explore Whitby Abbey

2. Ramble through Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is a charming little fishing harbour on the outskirts of Whitby and is the most visited stretch of the Yorkshire coast due to its picturesque coastal views. Park at the top of the hill and make your descent down cobbled streets to the bay. Discover the views and rich history for yourself.

Discover all that Robin Hood’s Bay has to offer

3. Escape to the British seaside

Scarborough is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the country, so pack the buckets and spades, throw in the spf, and head out for a day out at the seaside. This old-fashioned beach resort has shellfish stalls, ice-cream parlours, parks, formal gardens, and of course a beautiful soft sand beach with rock pools.

3. Escape to the British seaside town of Scarborough

4. Walk the Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way National Trail is a 175km walking route through beautiful landscapes in North Yorkshire. Starting in the market town of Helmsley, the trail takes in breath-taking heather moorland through the North York Moors National Park, before reaching Saltburn-by-the-Sea and going on to reach Filey, Staithes, Whitby, and of course Robin Hood’s Bay.

Discover the Cleveland Way, one of the longest walking routes in North Yorkshire

5. Wine and dine on a steam train

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the greatest heritage railway experiences taking you from the historic market town of Pickering to Levisham, Goathland, Grosmont, and Whitby. Surrounded by heather-covered hills, pine forests, and scenic coastline, sit back and relax onboard a historic Pullman Dining Carriage and enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by Yorkshire’s amazing scenery. Days out in North Yorkshire don’t get much better than this!

Take in heather-covered hills, pine forests, and scenic coastline aboard the North York Moors Railway

6. Go shopping along the Shambles

The Shambles is a shopping destination like no other! Travel back in time along one of the best-preserved medieval streets with charming cafés and quirky shops. From chocolatiers and bakeries to jewellers and antique shops there’s something for everyone. Fun fact, it’s believed that the Shambles was the inspiration behind Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.

Travel back in time along one of the best-preserved medieval streets in the UK

7. March along England's longest medieval city walls

Enjoy a bird’s eye view and stroll along York’s City Walls, which date back to the 13th Century. Passing through historic landmarks, gatehouses, and gardens this circular walk can be accessed on foot, free of charge, throughout the year. The beautifully preserved wall is the longest medieval town wall in England.

March along England's longest medieval city walls

8. Take on adventures in Dalby Forest

Offering one of the best days out in North Yorkshire, Dalby Forest is home to 13 walking trails, 6 cycling trails, 2 play areas, a Go Ape, cafés and lots of picnic spots along the way. A pet-friendly day out, Dalby Forest offers days out that the whole family can enjoy. Events run year-round, including Forest Live, where big-name artists entertain crowds in the forest.

Go on an adventure in Dalby Forest

9. Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s most spectacular stately homes, built over 300 years ago. Set in the Howardian Hills, the Howard family still reside in the building to this day but have opened their doors so you can explore this historic estate set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

10. Be a Forest Ranger and discover the secrets of the forest

Guided by our expert Forest Ranger, explore the forest and build a fire together where you can gather around and learn forest survival techniques. Find out more about our Forest Rangers.

Explore the forest with our Forest Ranger

With so many brilliant days out in North Yorkshire on offer you’ll be spoilt for choice on your next staycation. In the heart of Yorkshire, our cabins are situated within the North York Moors making them an ideal option for days out in North Yorkshire. Choose between accommodation at Keldy in a grassy, sunlit glade or accommodation at Cropton within a grassy meadow. Book your cabin today and start planning your days out.

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