Things to do in North York Moors National Park

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in North York Moors National Park

Things to Do in North York Moors National Park


Top Attractions in North York Moors National Park

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Interactive folk museum with historical buildings, vintage shops, and farm animals. Showcases everyday life and industrial heritage in a picturesque village setting.
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Historic train station with scenic views, steam locomotives, and a Harry Potter connection. Includes a gift shop and tea room with carriage seating.
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Charming fishing village with cobbled streets and tranquil harbor, ideal for beachcombing at low tide and scenic cliff-top walks. Enjoy local seafood and quaint shops.
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Points of Interest & Landmarks

Challenging hike through uneven, rocky terrain leads to serene waterfall amid lush scenery. Requires sturdy footwear; not recommended for those with mobility issues.
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Coastal escape with a mix of sandy stretches and rocky shores, ideal for beachcombing and tidal rock pool exploration. Steep walks reward with stunning views and a dog-friendly atmosphere.
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Train journey through the moors with historic steam engines and scenic views. Enjoy a three-course meal in private compartments, or explore the engine sheds and nostalgic station ambiance.
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Coastal walk with cliff-top vistas and a cove beach, highlighted by geological wonders and scenic routes. Youth hostel with cafe refreshments available.
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Observatories & Planetariums

Star-gazing hub with educational presentations and telescope viewing, complemented by warm beverages. Features engaging activities and celestial observations, even under cloudy skies.
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What travellers are saying

  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, UK7,674 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited Danby Forest in June during the heatwave, it was a beautiful day for a walk but there was very little cover as most of the trail was across fields rather than under trees.

    Maps are picked up at the Visitor Centre for only £1
    "Test your orienteering skills as you navigate the grounds to locate our orienteering markers."

    It was great that the trail wasn't too easy for us adults, hubby had to help me find a couple on the map! But it was VERY frustrating that out of only 10 markers to find - 1 is completely overgrown and took us half an hour to find, 1 appears to have disappeared completely?!? and 1 is in the middle of a construction zone and inaccessible! Now this shouldn't be a surprise to the centre so feel they should warn you in advance. Although you are only paying £1 I feel the trail should be better maintained than this.

    As other mention parking is expensive and the cafe is pricey as expected. There is a toilet block which is clean and accessible.

    We loved the little reading nook near to the cafe and our toddler absolutely loved the new playpark, it really is great for kids of all ages. We will return as had a lovely family fun day, just to be aware if planning on the orienteering trail so you are not disappointed, if the centre had not maintained it.
    Written June 26, 2024
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  • DerbyRam68
    United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Found out about this little gem in a brochure at out hotel. Lovely restored buildings showing how life was years ago. Built on a slight incline but pushed a wheelchair round with no problem. Set in a beautiful village next to local pub where you can park. Ticket is valid foe a whole year so can return. Discounts offered at local tea rooms if you want refreshments before you leave
    Written July 17, 2024
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  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, UK1,094 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have zero interest in Heartbeat, the TV show. I saw five minutes of it once and decided I'd rather gnaw my own foot off than watch any more. I've never been so bored in my life. Still, I do appreciated a lovely old building and some nice countryside. Fresh air is an attraction too. And so, we passed by Goathland and popped into the area for a look. It's beautiful, without a doubt. The station is a attractive old building set in wonderful surroundings. You'd be stone hearted not to like it there. A truly gorgeous part of the world.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Jess
    Matlock, UK172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What British beaches are all about- a beautiful harbour, lovely little quiet beach, rockpools and boats. Dogs running around enjoying the sand, kids building sandcastles, adults eating ice creams on the benches, a pub nearby. Yes it's not the whitest cleanest sandiest place but hey this isn't the Maldives.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • Colin Wallington
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to the heartbeat It was absolutely fantastic or if you want to call it aidensfield We met Gina David And Rosie We stayed in partridge pods they were absolutely fantastic I recommend them to anybody The owner is Maggie She is a very pleasant woman I recommend anybody to stay there We took Loads of pictures and video of the rally
    Written July 14, 2024
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  • William B
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went down today with family while on holiday and can say its a steep walk down and back up but is worth it as beach is clean and had ice cream van parked on it and has some nice shops there also
    Written July 2, 2024
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  • Chris and Alison
    Preston, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would only describe this walk as an army route march lol

    So you start the walk from behind the Abbey in Whitby, it starts off gentle at first with amazing breath taking beautiful scenery, looking out to see, breathing in the clean fresh Yorkshire coast air, then......
    Once you pass through the caravan park the fun really begins,
    You're faced with dips, hills, and stairs up and down,
    You go higher and higher (don't look down) All the while you're looking out to sea at dolphins and Minki whales diving through the waves, seeing trawlers fishing, there are some muddy and even boggy parts so make sure u wear appropriate footwear and clothing, this walk said it was 6½ miles, they've seriously got to he kidding it felt like 12 haha, make sure you take plenty to drink, because I had nothing until I arrived in Robin Hoods Bay and got to the local post office where I purchased 4 bottles of water and drank them all one by one,
    Once in robin hoods bay you're greeted by quaint windy narrow fisherman streets and beautiful cottages, the scenery was idyllic calm and beautiful, there is a dinosaur fossils museum there and all the ice cream you could ever wish for, it took us 4 hours to do the walk from Whitby to Robin Hoods bay, we didn't walk back we got the bus back which is 15-20 mins ride,
    It was an experience , one that Alison and myself have had the pleasure of doing and were proud of completing,
    If you get the chance, take it, you won't be sorry you did it, the fish air and sea views were amazing, you also see puffins on the cliffs, cows and sheep and pass a couple of lighthouses along the way, aswell as fellow walkers who are pleasant and cheery
    Written July 14, 2024
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  • Alan R
    Cheriton Fitzpaine, UK30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the time to visit the engineering works. The shop is also well stocked with all sorts of railway kit. Work change dependant on locomotives in fit work.
    Written June 18, 2024
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  • Rachel G
    Wakefield, UK50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different place worth a visit stopped by on trip to Robin Hoods Bay we drove here as with young children drive okay but with single width roads easy access car park when you reach boggle hole short walk down accessible path to bay. When tide out cave just on right of bay we had to paddle as tide still in 4ish.
    Worth a look and kids enjoyed.
    Cafe with limited icecreams staff very nice friendly and helpful
    Toilets available and a story board re boggle would recommend
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • I W
    Leicestershire, UK344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First off, it's free although they ask for a donation. It's a great little museum about Robin Hood's Bay, the local history and the surrounding area. Very interesting and well done. Well worth an hour and a donation!
    Written July 15, 2024
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  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,524 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an attractive circular walk.

    There are plenty of nice benches to take it all in from and you can also branch off onto longer walks through the pretty surrounding woods or up and across the moorland.
    Written November 11, 2023
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  • Grace W
    72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attended Saturday 18th 10:45pm session. It was absolutly brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed the session (although my neck isn't this morning haha!).

    Getting there: We know Dalby well as local, but in the dark give yourself more time as it threw our bearings off and were a minitue or two late (ops!)

    Clothing: Warm evening but it did get cold around 1am so even a summer evening it does drop

    We were greeted by Luna the Astro Dog which was a lovely suprise as we are both dog people. Following a quick hot chocolate and watching an interesting presentation being projected we began.

    Starting with a navigation of the night sky and how to read it with a super strong lazer meant I could easily follow what was being described. It was so interesting to me as I had a very basic knowledge and their knowledge is just unbelievable! I loved being taught how to always find Polaros to help ke further navigate any other time. Be prepared to kink your neck back alot but really not a problem! Fascinating.

    We then began using the multiple telescopes! Wide range of strengths meant we got different perspectives meaning it was more engaging than just 'looking at a star'. The depth of detail was amazing, excellent quality kit and meant we could move between allowing optimum viewing.

    It was a small group of 6 which I don't know how many can be booked on but was a perfect number for me. Allowed us to chit chat and have a bit of banter adding to the experience.

    After multiple star gazing we began on the moon. The moon sounds simple, but is fascinating and the detail we got to see was unique. Really fun being helped to photograph too!

    Lastly we watched how to use Stellarium which is a free stargazing/planet app and was super helpful. And then got to see some of the expert photography of the Aurora and some planets!!

    Opportunity to ask alot of questions (I did) and they were always answered, in depth. My friend has attended before when it was a previous company and agreed this was a far superior event.

    Gift shop was lovely, I'm always happy to support a small local business, so treated myself to a new Jigsaw of the Moon which I think was reasonably priced!

    If I was to suggest anything (and that's a push) I enjoy being tested; guessing answers/finding things - so incorporating more 'do you know' or 'can you find and show me' would add another depth but honestly that's more just me.

    Overall, I recomend this event thoroughly. Absolute value for money, the most knowledgeable and engaging hosts, extremely professional set up and I came away with so much new knowledge. We will come back!
    Written May 19, 2024
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