The UK’s first seaside resort, and still going strong 400 years later.
The UK’s first seaside resort, and still going strong 400 years later.
Filey ‘has the magic’ – what more do you need to know?
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Visitors return time after time, drawn by Whitby’s special something…
Our beautiful coast is sprinkled with lovely and fascinating villages.
The North York Moors National Park is a very special place…
Ryedale’s rich heritage offers opportunities for visitors of all ages
Fancy venturing a little further afield? There’s plenty on our doorstep.
Create your own adventure....
Whatever the time of year, you’ll always find that there is something happening across the Yorkshire coast.
Take part, or watch some of the topclass sporting action on the coast
Nature flourishes on the North Yorkshire coast
Who can resist the call of the sea?
Don't forget to check out our attractions and accommodation at the end of each section.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Yorkshire coast, where every day brings its own surprises…
Way, way back in the 1600s, the enterprising Mrs Thomasin Farrer drank some water that was flowing from a spring in Scarborough’s South Bay and decided that it had put a spring in her step, too.
The rest, as they say, is history – nearly 400 years later, people still flock to Scarborough all year round, drawn by its stunning location, fabulous cultural life, and many other attractions.
Scarborough has two beautiful bays, divided by a towering headland which provides the perfect location for its historic Castle. The North Bay offers more leisurely pleasures, with a Blue Flag beach perfect for lazing or sandcastle building, and a dazzling terrace of vivid beach huts. Its more outgoing sister, the South Bay, is home to a busy working harbour, sparkling fun fairs, amusement arcades and ice cream parlours. Both bays are popular with surfers.
The two bays are manageable in a day – you can take a brisk walk around the headland, looking out for porpoises, dolphins, seabirds and peregrines as you go, or travel in breezy style on board one of the opentopped buses that run regularly in both directions.
There’s plenty for art and culture lovers as well. The Spa – on the site where Scarborough’s history as a resort started – still hosts the country’s last resident seaside orchestra and regular visiting shows. Directly opposite the town’s railway station, the SJT is a converted Art Deco Odeon cinema which is now home to a year-round programme of drama, films, comedy, music and more – and known worldwide as the place where theatrical giant Alan Ayckbourn premieres most of his plays.
Scarborough Art Gallery has an important permanent collection including works by the ever-popular Victorian moonlight painter John Atkinson Grimshaw alongside a programme of fascinating exhibitions.
The unmissable Open Air Theatre continues its impressive programming: this year, its schedule includes Hollywood Vampires, whose line-up includes no less than Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, Pulp and, for the first time, a week-long residency of a musical show – the hugely popular Mamma Mia!
Take a trip on one of the oldest cliff railways still running in the UK. Built in 1881, the funicular has transported thousands of passengers up and down the steep hill from the seafront to the town over the years, and celebrates its rich history with regular talks, tours, school visits and open days.
All the fun of the fair at this working collection of colourful vintage fairground rides, cars, steam engines and mechanical organs, including weekly dances to the music of the magnificent ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer organ in a spacious ballroom.
A treasure trove of Scarborough’s seafaring history, this volunteer-run museum on the town’s historic Eastborough, which leads down to the sea, is a great place to while away a few fascinating hours. It also runs a ‘history box’ in a converted red phone box on the seafront, opposite the Harbour.
Often named as one of the UK’s favourite parks, beautiful Peasholm Park is home to pleasures both gentle – dragon boat pedalos, anyone? – and not-so-gentle: each summer, the skies resound to the sounds of the miniature naval warfare. Autumn colours come alive along with events such as Autumn Daze and Moonlight on the Lake. It’s one of this country’s most eccentric all year round attractions.
Find your adventure this year with one of the popular free Love Exploring apps. Just download to experience the history of St Mary’s Church and the Castle, art trails around the town, garden trails or mini-beasts and dinosaurs in Peasholm Park. There are also themed seasonal trails during the school holidays and at Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
One of Yorkshire’s finest historic sites, stately Scarborough Castle is a must-visit. In the care of English Heritage, it has a dramatic location and fascinating history – and the views are breathtaking, Set in 16 acres of exceptional natural beauty, it’s the perfect place for a family-friendly adventure. Step back in time with special events including Knights’ Tournaments complete with Jousting!
This year is the Year of the Coast and there’s plenty for all the family to do in the UK’s original resort.Scarborough Beach
We all need to get away from time to time to relax and recharge. Whether your idea of relaxation is a gentle stroll around Scarborough’s magnificent Rotunda museum, famous for its geology collection, or the noise and spectacle of the motorbike racing at Oliver’s Mount, you’ll need somewhere perfect to stay.
When it comes to places to stay, there is a huge choice, from highly rated town centre hotels, B & B’s and Self Catering, to beautiful locations in the surrounding villages and countryside. With a national park on the doorstep, it is the perfect place to escape, relax or party. Log burning stoves, hot tubs, pampering days at a spa, cosy pubs or a night under the stars, the Yorkshire Coast is the perfect place to find escape.
Who doesn’t love a bit of indulgence? They say dogs are good for our mental health, so bring yours along on your holiday – they’re welcome on the Yorkshire Coast, especially at the canine-friendly Bike and Boot, with doggie baths and grooming facilities in-house and dog treats aplenty. They even make sure they have all the local vets on speed dial in case your four-legged friend gets a bit home sick.
Surfing is huge in Scarborough – if you’re new to it, you’ll find several excellent local surf schools to set you on your way. If you prefer your action a little less wild, head to Alpamare, a water park with a difference, where you can challenge yourself with thrilling adrenaline-fuelled or just kick back and relax in the state-of-the-art spa.
Good food is good for the soul. With a great choice of cuisines around Scarborough, it wouldn’t be a trip to the seaside, without the simple pleasure of eating quality fish & chips by the sea. Scarborough knows how to butter it’s bread, and you can be assured of plenty of year round restaurants and take-aways to choose from. Fishing is still a big part of Scarborough, so look out for freshly caught lobster, crab and shellfish.
You can’t visit the seaside without getting wet! If paddling or sea swimming don’t appeal, head a few miles inland to the North Yorkshire Water Park, where you can try a huge variety of activities from paddle boarding and wakeboarding to open water swimming, zip lining and aqua parks with inflatable obstacles suitable for all ages.
If you’d rather you stayed dry and it’s the entertainment that’s wet, head to the underwater world that is Scarborough SEA LIFE Centre, where you can meet aquatic creatures from delicate seahorses to charming penguins and otters.
It’s been an absolute must for generations of local children and visitors alike – the North Bay Railway is one of Scarborough’s best-loved attractions. Now over 90 years old, Britain’s biggest miniature railways runs from Peasholm Station to Scalby Mills, with open air carriages hauled by four historic locomotives. The NBR also operates the thrilling Skytrail high ropes course, and one of only three remaining water chutes in the country – a must for lovers of vintage seaside attractions.
We all love to create marvellous family memories on holiday, and every family album should have at least one happy seaside picture in it.Sea Life Scarborough
* Cafe and refreshments
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* World famous naval warfare
* Oriental gardens
* Dragon pedaloes
* Mini golf & putting green
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Killerby Cottage Farm is ideally placed in the countryside between Scarborough and Filey. Family run, we offer a warm welcome and tastefully decorated rooms which provide everything you need for a comfortable stay. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, a lovely garden and ample parking.
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The award-winning Riviera Town House is an elegant property enjoying a superb location in the centre of Scarborough. All bedrooms beautifully appointed with full facilities.
Passenger lift to bedrooms. Breakfast made with the finest local produce.
Riviera Town House, St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, YO11 2ES
The Crescent Hotel is a small, family run Hotel located on a beautiful regency crescent in the centre of Scarborough. We pride ourselves on our warm and friendly atmosphere, wonderful location and fantastic food!
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Consistently rated No 1 on TripAdvisor Wrea Head Hall is an elegant, privately owned, Country House Hotel and restaurant situated between the coast and North York Moors. With 32 individually designed en-suite rooms located in the Mansion and adjacent Carriage house, Wrea Head Hall offers Luxury accommodation complemented by a friendly and experienced team making it your ideal base to explore the Heritage Coast, surrounding countryside and many local attractions.
• Set in manicured grounds with unrivalled views of the Yorkshire countryside
• Free WIFI
• Fine dining in our 1881 restaurant
• Voted Trip Advisor's 'Best of the Best' 2020 (Top 1% of hotels worldwide)
• Ample free parking
• Ideally located to explore the coast, countryside and local attractions.
Wrea Head Hall Hotel, Barmoor Lane Scalby, Scarborough, YO13 0PB
Enjoying superb South Bay sea views, the Red Lea is ideally located close to the Esplanade Cliff Lift for easy access to the Spa's attractions including the unique Scarborough Spa Orchestra.
• Lovely indoor swimming pool
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
• Comfortable bedrooms (30 with sea views)
• Luxury serviced apartments with free access to gym and pool
Red Lea Hotel, Prince of Wales Terrace, Scarborough, YO11 2AJ
The four star Crown Spa Hotel, is the oldest purpose built hotel in Scarborough. Bedrooms are spread over 4 floors, some with sea views & family & accessible rooms available. The Hotel features a Bar, Lounge & Restaurant & a luxury leisure club with spa treatments. Located close to the sandy South Beach & harbour an only 10-minute walk from Scarborough Railway Station & the town centre.
Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AG
situated in Seamer village, offering excellent B&B accommodation with a personal touch. All rooms en-suite. Delicious farmhouse breakfast. Private parking. Village amenities within walking distance. Self Catering Cottage & Static Caravan also available-please contact direct.
North End Farm Guest House, 88 Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, YO12 4RF
If you love Scarborough why not stay longer - we'd love to welcome you to our family run park for the season. Situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and spectacular coast, yet close to Scarborough's attractions. We take pride in ensuring our well-kept, landscaped park is maintained to the highest standard.
All our pitches are hard standing with electric and waste/water, our shower block is centrally heated. The price includes winter store and electric.
Scalby Close Park, Burniston Rd, Scarborough, YO13 0DA
Our 5-star luxury self-catering apartments have a magnificent location on Scarborough’s North Bay Beach, on Yorkshire’s rugged and beautiful East Coast. The Sands Scarborough have 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom holiday apartments and penthouses and have been given a 5-star Gold rating by VisitBritain. All apartments have 5-star furnishings, panoramic balconies, designer kitchens, free on-site car park and free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms come with luxurious toiletries and bathroom products.
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Elegant Victorian house overlooking peaceful square. All flats fully equipped private facilities. Internet access. Comfort, cleanliness guaranteed. Sea front gentle 5 minute walk. Near shops, easy parking, pets welcome, free Wi-Fi. Special rate from Oct – 3 nights for 2 until end of Feb.
Cravendale Holiday Flats, 11 St Martin’s Square, Scarborough, YO11 2DQ
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Woodside is a beautiful self catering cottage for two, part of a larger house occupied by the owners. very well appointed. Fully equipped kitchen, satellite tv, full linen and central heating provided in cost. Lovely views from balcony. Quiet and peaceful.
Quarry Close Cottage, Quarry Road, Burniston, Scarborough, YO13 0DJ
Set in the North York Moors National Park, yet only 8 miles from Scarborough and 9 from Whitby.
We have four cottages converted from traditional stone barns, all bathrooms are en-suite. Honeysuckle our one bedroom cottage is all on one level. The other 3 cottages are two beds, two baths.
Murk Head Farm, Harwood Dale, Scarborough, YO13 0LA
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Filey lays claim to be the home of one of the UK’s finest beaches, and no wonder – its five glorious miles of soft golden sand are the perfect escape from the day-to-day stresses of life.
Whether you’re looking for a family day out, a brisk walk with your favourite canine companion, some heartpumping watersports, or just a relaxing day with a deckchair and a good book.
The beach has won tons of awards in recent years, including being named as best beach in the UK in national newspaper, The Sunday Times and snagging a top ten slot in the list of the UK’s best beaches on TripAdvisor.
Running parallel with the beach is the promenade, with its nature-themed sculpture trail – head north along it to reach the famous Coble Landing, where you can explore the history of the RNLI at the lifeboat station and find the last remaining traditional local fishing boats, or ‘cobles’. Now’s the time to grab coffee and cake, a bacon butty, or fish and chips and a mug of steaming tea from one of the many cafés and kiosks before heading out along the famous Brigg – but please remember to check the tide times before you go, we don’t want you to get caught out!
The Brigg is fringed by cliffs and on the top of them, you’ll find the Country Park, complete with stunning views across the bay, a children’s play area, mini golf and the Dragon Ring stone circle – and in the autumn, a spectacular kite festival.
Remarkably, Filey Bay was the site of one of the most celebrated naval battles of the American War of Independence – hundreds of locals had a grandstand view from the clifftops of the Battle of Flamborough Head in 1779, one of the most celebrated encounters of the American War of Independence, which coined an heroic and defiant phrase which is familiar to American schoolchildren to this day – when American naval captain John Paul Jones was challenged to surrender, his reply became one of the most famous in naval history: “I have not yet begun to fight!”
Like a bit of wilderness? Head to this nature reserve run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The last remaining freshwater marsh of any significant size in the area, it’s a magnet for wildfowl, waders and other birds, and small mammals. There’s a sturdy boardwalk leading to three hides, and a pond-dipping platform perfect for observing glittering dragonflies on a warm day.
This charming volunteer-run museum is based in a whitewashed house that’s worthy of being an exhibit in its own right – it dates from the 17th century. The excellent collections tell the story of the town’s history, and include historic pictures by Victorian photographer Walter Fisher as well as the background to the RNLI in Filey.
A wander around this 200-year-old park with its pretty boating lake and café is bound to lift your spirits – it’s particularly beautiful in the autumn. The Gardens were once part of the private estate of Ravine Hall, now gone, but once owned by wealthy brewing family the Bentleys.
A regular event at the town’s Evron Centre, the Food Festival usually features around 70 stalls, selling a wide variety of fare including award-winning Yorkshire, artisan, international and street food, plus seafood, a prosecco bar, and a real ale and cider bar.
To reach the Brigg, you’ll have to make your way down the cobbled Coble Landing, where you can find out about the history of the RNLI at the lifeboat station, admire the local ‘cobles’ – traditional fishing boats (and yes, that one ‘B’ is correct!) – or enjoy coffee and cake or a bacon sarnie from one of the many welcoming cafés and kiosks.
No trip to Filey would be complete without a stroll along the Brigg. This rocky spine is said to be just that: legend has it that it’s the backbone of a dragon which terrorised the town until enterprising locals fed it so much sticky Yorkshire parkin that it fell, over-stuffed, into the sea, where they were able to despatch it to the beyond. It’s an important resting point for migrating birds.
If you love a bit of adventure, Filey has a perfect bay to try your hand at kayaking or coasteering, or the more leisurely paddleboarding. If you prefer to stay dry when you exercise, check out Wheely Active, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company owned by committed cyclists who love to share their passion about cycling and the area.
Perfect for a peaceful break from life's everyday pressures, or a traditional family seaside break, Filey is famous for its sweeping golden beach.Filey country park Filey Beach Filey Beach
Filey is the perfect getaway for families or couples just wanting some much-needed R&R. This elegant seaside town arcs in a magnificent promenade along its famous five mile beach of glorious sans.
Try camping on the clifftop or at one of the many camping sites around Filey with gorgeous views out to sea. Imagine waking each morning looking out to sea where the sky seems infinite.
Filey, a place of harmony: with so much space, Filey is the Yorkshire Coast’s quietest destination: it’s a walking wonderland, the perfect place to rediscover a sense of perspective, to enjoy precious peace and serenity, to simply follow your feet.
Filey’s International Food Festival takes place throughout the year, with an event for each season to showcase the best of local, seasonal food and drink. Each event sees the region’s top chefs in live cooking demos, a food market of the region’s leading producers – including the popular beer tent with its hog roast - and plenty of live entertainment
A trip to the seaside wouldn’t be complete without fish and chips – try family run Inghams for either sit-down or take-away, a favourite for over 30 years.
More cocktails! The Boat Shed professes a love of gin, cocktails and pizza – sounds right up our street. If you enjoy a distillery visit, head to Filey Gin, based in a 160-year-old smokehouse. It currently produces just two gins – the signature version (‘rather like the town, enchanting and has its own peculiar spirit’); plus a pink gin, flavoured with Filey rhubarb. The slightly longerestablished Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery is home to the
county’s first single malt whisky, Filey Bay, resplendent in a beautifully embossed bottle depicting a gannet flying over the waves – it also does a rather fine afternoon tea in its Pot Still Coffee Shop.
All parents know how important it is to get the kids out in the fresh air – after, all, how else will they sleep? If a day on the beach hasn’t tired them out, why not head to the Crescent Gardens, with its pretty bandstand –they might even expand their musical horizons with its brass and silver band concerts throughout the summer.
And a recent addition to the town’s social calendar is the fabulous Filey Kite Festival in the autumn, bringing a splash of colour to the (hopefully!) blue skies.
Whether you prefer cute meerkats and alpacas, noisy macaws and lemurs, playing on playparks or relaxing in gardens, you’ll love a visit to Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park. Just on the outskirts of Filey, and with 5 acres to explore, you’ll find something for everyone.
Filey is the perfect resort for families, with wide open spaces where the little ones can let off steam, but with plenty to keep the adults entertained, too.Country Park Filey lemur - Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park Filey Beach Filey Beach
The site is set in a country park with splendid views of Filey Bay with beach and town a short walk. It’s also an ideal location for touring the Yorkshire Coast.
• Stockists of a wide range of Calor Gas
• Convenient site shop
• Alcohol sales including beers, wines and prosecco
• Outside seated picnic area
• Laundry washing and drying facilities
• Stockists of admission tickets for many local attractions
• On-site cafe open throughout the year
• 2 heated amenity blocks
• Children’s play area
Site opens - Friday 18th February 2023 - closes 2nd January 2024
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With panoramic sea views and seconds from the beach and town centre, St Kitts is the perfect stay-cation. The apartment is ground floor, sleeps 6, with 3 bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and separate lounge. Dogs are welcome.
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We are a local agency providing the largest collection of self catering properties in Filey, all handpicked by our local team, from high end luxury to good quality budget.
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Towering over the town are the magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey – spectacular at any time of year, they’re particularly so each October when they’re glorious illuminated in rich colours by custodians English Heritage.
Whitby is quite rightly one of this country’s most beloved seaside towns. Its unique combination of history and heritage, quirky corners and alleyways, and traditional seaside pleasures bring visitors back year after year.
From the Abbey, head down the famous 199 Steps (trust us, it’s easier than walking up them!) to find a tangle of historic and picturesque streets and alleys, known locally as ‘ghauts’.
It’s this nostalgic atmosphere, plus, of course, the town’s connection to Dracula (his ship ran ashore off Whitby and he ran, in the form of a black dog, up those steps) that brings lovers of all things dark and spooky to the town – check out the Tomorrow’s Ghosts festivals in April and October, and the spinetingling Krampus Run in December.
Whitby’s other famous resident, of course, was explorer Captain Cook, commemorated by a statue on the West Cliff gazing across the River Esk to the Abbey, and in a lovely museum. He’ll also get a mention in the annual Fish and Ships festival in May, a celebration of everything maritime.
Whitby is also a wonderful base to visit nearby Saltwick Bay, just a 1.5-mile walk away, where you can find shipwrecks and fossils.
Or venture a little further afield to lovely Sandsend, which has glorious beaches, great seafood and is home to the Mulgrave Estate, whose Mulgrave Woods are a haven for wildlife and a peaceful place to walk.
Tucked away down picturesque Grape Lane, in the very house where James Cook lodged as a teenage apprentice in the 1740s, this is a genuine gem of a small museum. The house, built in 1688, is as fascinating as its contents, which chart Cook’s rise from inexperienced youth to world famous explorer.
Created by Whitby artist Emma Stothard in collaboration with Scarborough Borough Council, this intriguing sculpture trail will take you on a journey across Whitby, introducing you to some of the town’s residents, some of them, like photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, famous; others, like the herring girls, unsung.
Located in a stunning Victorian double boathouse that was once a lifeboat station, this museum celebrates Whitby’s lifeboat history with a treasure trove of memorabilia, including paintings, medals, photographs and mementos from famous wrecks and rescues, including those involving local heroes such as Coxswains Henry Freeman and Tom Langlands.
This little gem of a museum celebrates its 200th anniversary this with a special year-long exhibition starting in February telling its story – 200 Years of Collecting will follow how and why the collections have changed over the last 20 decades.
Think Whitby, and you think jet – the glossy black gemstone which is found at its world-beating best in the cliffs surrounding the town. The Museum of Whitby Jet in the beautifully restored Wesley Hall celebrates jet in all its forms, from its geological formation to its place as the favoured mourning jewellery of Queen Victoria.
Whatever your preferred form of travel, there’s a tour for you. Whitby Town Walking Tours offer a selection of daily walks and private guided walks as well as app tours for smartphones. The yellow boats of Whitby Coastal Cruises offer a variety of trips including wildlife, whale and seal watching cruises. Or hire a cycle from Trailways at nearby Hawkser – they also offer accommodation in lovely converted railway carriages.
Lobster fishing is huge on the Yorkshire coast, making up the majority of income for local fishing communities. Yorkshire lobsters are some of the best in the world and are sought after across Europe. The Whitby Lobster Hatchery aims to ensure these species are healthy, abundant and sustainable. Enjoy lobster at many local restaurants - indeed Whitby is famous for its many quality and award winning seafood restaurants. You will just have to decide which one to try first!
and a dramatic abbey make Whitby the perfect place for explorers young and old.Whitby - Jet Whitby - Harbour Victory Rose
With its combination of wildness, culture and heritage, and great places to eat and shop, Whitby is the perfect all year round place to escape for a weekend or longer – there’s something for every taste.
Surrounded by the North York Moors National Park, Whitby has been a magnet for visitors for centuries. Whitby now offer a gorgeous selection of boutique hotels, individual B & B’s and self- catering cottages. Nearby holiday parks offer camping and caravanning, many within walking distance to Whitby itself along view taking coastal paths.
Whitby is the place to get away and recharge, transporting you back in time to tread in the footsteps of monks and mariners, whilst offering the best of today.
Whitby is rightly famous for its seafood – whatever you do, don’t miss a visit to the historic Fortune’s Kippers smokehouse at the foot of the 199 Steps (just follow your nose!). But there’s more to eating in Whitby than fish – head to fine dining restaurants or for sumptuous afternoon teas such as historic Botham’s tea rooms where you can try their famous Whitby Lemon Buns. You won’t be stuck for exceptional pub food either, there’s a great range of historic pubs to choose from and look out for local beers from Whitby Brewery.
Think Whitby, and you probably think Dracula – he pops up everywhere, but nowhere more enticingly than on Whitby Gin, whose special editions include the Prince of Darkness and the Demeter (the name of the ship that brought the vampire to Whitby). Book a distillery tour to meet them and gentler editions such as Bramble and Bay and Dark Chocolate.
Everyone loves a bit of retail therapy now and again, and shopping in Whitby is particularly pleasing – there are very few major chains, most of the shops are independent. There’s a great bookshop, plenty of Goth regalia and, of course, lots of opportunities to buy Whitby jet, either vintage Victoriana or sleek modern pieces.
Family-friendly beaches with traditional beach huts, a busy harbour, boat trips, fish and chips, museums and galleries –there’s always something to see or do in Whitby.
Download the free Love Exploring app to enjoy a fun-filled Dinosaur Safari in beautiful Pannet Park. See if you can find the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex or the gentler Stegosaurus (he’s vegetarian) – there’s a different dinosaur at each location and you can test your knowledge of all things Jurassic with a fun family quiz.
Or head to the West Cliff for some traditional seaside fun – you’ll find a paddling pool for the little ones, plus crazy golf, bumper boats, pitch and putt and trampolines.
Whitby Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in the UK, with over 180 years of seagoing entertainment under its (life)belt. Over a long weekend each August, enjoy the races alongside free entertainment including RAF flying displays, classic car, motorcycle and scooter rallies and, to round it all off, a spectacular firework display.
Eight luxury caravans. Ideal for touring/walking coastline and moors. 15 minutes walk to the beach. Free WiFi. Fully equipped including TV/DVD/Freesat, fridge/freezer, microwave, some with dishwasher and washing machine. Gas, electricity and bed linen included.
High Straggleton Farm Caravan Park, Sandsend Road, Whitby, YO21 3SR
A pleasing inn in a former 17th Century Farmhouse in easy reach of Whitby.
Guisborough Road, Whitby, YO21 1TL
Privately owned and personally managed, delightful stone cottage located in Whitby. Situated in a quiet residential cul-de-sac within easy walking distance of the town centre, rail and bus station, shops, pubs and restaurants. Sleeping 4, Rusty Cottage overlooks the estuary and the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, providing ample private parking to both the front and rear of the cottage. Pretty patio areas at the front and rear with garden furniture and seaside plants taking full advantage of the cottage’s sunny and private position.
• Fully equipped and furnished to an exceptionally high standard
• Excellent reputation with many regular returning guests
• Free Wi-Fi
• Ample private parking
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The cliffs that line the seaward boundary of the North York Moors National Park are scattered with gorgeous villages, some clinging perilously to the cliffs, others nestled cosily by the beach, but all with their own distinct personalities, and bound together by amazing heritage, natural beauty and – of course – perfect beaches!
There’s so much more to the beautiful North Yorkshire coastline than just the three big resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey.
Travel the length of the coast and you’ll encounter picture-perfect locations including Staithes, Port Mulgrave, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar, Cayton Bay and Hunmanby Gap.
These coastal villages are all steeped in tradition and history: discover once-bustling fishing industries, eighteenth-century smuggling hotspots, or the remarkable part that this coast once played in the UK’s textile industry.
If you don't have a car, a lot of them are still easily accessible: by bus (the X93 runs from Middlesbrough to Scarborough regularly), or by cycle – seek out the Cinder Track, which runs from Scarborough To Whitby following the path of the former railway line and is part of the National Cycle Network.
It’s also popular with walkers – and if you have the energy, you can walk the 70km stretch of the Cleveland Way National Trail between Saltburn and Filey.
And don’t forget to bring along your favourite fourlegged friend (maybe keeping them on a lead on the clifftop sections of the Cleveland Way!) – most of our beaches are dog-friendly all year round, and there’s plenty of accommodation that welcomes dogs too.
This clifftop village has a fascinating secret –there were Victorian plans to transform it into a glamorous holiday resort to rival Scarborough and Whitby. Before that, it was a bustling centre for the production of alum, an essential part of textile manufacturing – the remains of the alum works are still carefully preserved and maintained by the National Trust.
Retrace the steps of smugglers in the winding streets of one of the UK’s most photographed locations. At the bottom of the steep hill leading to the beach is the Old Coastguard Station Visitors’ Centre – its living rock pool tank will let you meet the local marine life. And visit in December for the annual Victorian weekend: we all love a Dickensian Christmas!
A golden beach with stunning views of Whitby Abbey, divided by a shallow family-friendly freshwater stream (complete with friendly ducks), and a wide variety of great places to eat and drink, with plenty of spanking fresh seafood options –Sandsend is perfect for a family holiday.
Over a century ago, Staithes was home to the lauded Staithes Group, artists inspired by the Impressionists who rivalled the famous Newlyn Group for talent. It’s still an artistic centre, popular with painters and photographer and with some great galleries to browse.
A leading national newspaper recently named Runswick Bay as its ‘beach of the year’, and we can’t improve on their description: “…a beach close
Further north – and we’re talking about less than 50 miles away, so an easy day trip – the gentler landscapes give way to more dramatic cliffs –those at Boulby, just above Whitby, are some of the country’s highest. This northern end is home to impossibly picturesque villages such as Runswick Bay, Port Mulgrave and Staithes, where you can find out more about the history of the village at the local Heritage Centre or go wildlife watching out at sea with the experts at Real Staithes.
Sitting at the southernmost end of the North Yorkshire coast, Hunmanby Gap is popular with those seeking a quieter beach experience. The terraced café is particularly popular with locals – you’ll enjoy a great view with your bacon butty! Nearby Cayton Bay attracts surfers all year round.
Robin Hood’s Bay is famous world over for its tumbledown streets and alleys. Conveniently situated between Whitby and Scarborough, it was once notorious as a smuggling centre – find out more on a guided smuggler’s walk. Or spend a day learning about responsible and sustainable foraging with a Taste the Wild coastal foraging course – you’ll end up eating some of what you find for lunch!
The North Yorkshire coast is strung with fascinating villages, each with its own personality –perfect for adventurous (or lazy) days out.Cayton Bay Runswick Bay Robin Hoods Bay
Escape isn’t just about relaxation. For some of us, the best way to restore balance is to let off some steam.
Try water sports at Runswick Bay, where you can paddle board (including on a jumbo six-person board!), Kayak or surf with Barefoot Kayak. Sandsend is home to the Whitby Surf School which operates from a trailer on the beach. At Robin Hood’s Bay, you’ll find the Farsyde Riding Centre, which offers scenic hacking and trekking on the beach, moors and forests in the area.
And, of course, you can’t miss the sea swimmers. Head to any stretch of open water on the North Yorkshire coast and you’re likely to see them bobbing about in the water. Whitby Surf School offers coaching sessions if you’re a little nervous of the idea of wild swimming.
With so much to do along the Yorkshire Coast you’ll need a bed for the night and there is plenty to satisfy for those weary feet after a long day exploring.
Farmhouse B & B’s, glamping, cosy cottages, friendly hotels, and inviting pubs, you’ll be sure a great warm Yorkshire Coast welcome.
The Cleveland way national trail winds its way along the coast and through the coastal villages, making them the perfect place to unwind. To help plan an accessible holiday, check out the Discover Yorkshire Coast accessible information page to book your break with confidence.
If you like a grand hotel, try the Raven Hall Country House Hotel & Golf Course in Ravenscar, which is dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level, offering stunning views while you indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. The Raithwaite Hall Hotel at Sandsend has a spa, indoor pool, steam room and sauna – the perfect place to relax.
It’s so close to the sea, it has a sign suggesting to customers ‘In rough weather please use the other door’ – no wonder the Cod & Lobster in Staithes has reputation for seafood. Another fine seafood venue is Estbek House in Sandsend, where you can spend the night in Georgian splendour after a special meal.
There’s nothing better than tiring the kids out with some good old-fashioned fun in the fresh air. Staithes is perfect for crabbing and rock pooling – do make sure you release anything you catch, won’t you? There’s great fossil hunting to be had up and down this Jurassic coast, most famously at Boggle Hole – but check out one of the many online guides for information on safety and responsible collecting. And, of course – who doesn’t want to build a sandcastle at the seaside?
And each February, the coast is home to many events in the North York Moors National Park’s Dark Skies Festival – the park is one of just 19 International Dark Sky Reserves in the world, judged to have ‘an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment’.
If your little ones get a bit excited when you take them to Staithes, it may be that they know something you don’t. They’re probably recognising it as the location for the hugely popular show Old Jack’s Boat, still popular on CBeebies Radio and website.
So many choices – every village on this coast has a different feel – the one thing that unites them is beautiful familyfriendly beaches and a warm welcome to visitors…
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The North York Moors National Park is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, making it one of just 18 such reserves on the planet that ‘possess an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment’. Its low light pollution levels make it officially one of the best places in the whole world to go star-gazing – in the darkest areas you can see up to 2,000 stars at any one time.
Danby Lodge National Park Centre, Star and Nature Hub at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, and Dalby Observatories in Dalby Forest are designated Dark Sky Discovery sites, where you can often experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye. You can even sometimes see the spectacular Northern Lights, especially on the coast. And in February each year, the National Park teams up with the Yorkshire Dales National Park to present a fabulous Dark Skies Festival, with a Fringe Festival in October – look out for some great events and stargazing sessions.
For on the ground adventures, enjoy the freedom of miles of walking trails and cycling tracks at Sutton Bank National Park Centre. With family-friendly green trails to red trails for more experienced cyclists, it’s also home to two purpose built all-weather cycling tracks: a pump track with banked turns and rollers; and a 2.5km figure-of-eight family-friendly trail doubling as a cyclocross track for competitive events. Plus, don’t miss the brand new and interactive Ryevitalise exhibition, exploring the habitats, wildlife and cultural significance of the River Rye.
Nestled in the north of the North York Moors, Danby Lodge is perfect for all the family. Home to outdoor adventure play, walking trails, relaxing gardens, café, shop, and changing exhibitions in the Inspired by… gallery.
Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens
Whether you’re taking a break from striding out along the Cleveland Way National Trail or wanting a fun family day out, wander the ruins and discover how the monks lived 600 years ago.
Home to over 8,500 acres of breath-taking views, Dalby Forest has an abundance of walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures for the little ones. Be swept off your feet and swing from the treetops at Go Ape, or gaze at the stars at Dalby Observatories.
Robin Hood’s Bay
Put your detecting skills to the test and explore our Jurassic coastline. Hunt for hob-goblins at Boggle Hole, before heading on to the exposed rocks of the seabed – the perfect place for rock pooling and fossil hunting at low tide.
The Museum will reopen in January 2023 with new and improved experiences and exhibitions. Experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner.
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Within close proximity to North Yorkshire’s unspoilt coastline and the vibrant city of York sits Ryedale: proudly preserving its rich heritage whilst offering exciting opportunities for visitors of all ages to stimulate body, mind and spirit.
From the exciting physical challenges in the outdoor playgrounds of Dalby Forest with its world-class mountain biking trails and Go-Ape tree-top adventures to the thrills of record-breaking rides at Flamingo Land Theme Park, or the more relaxing walks and rides on the 1500 miles of paths and bridleways through the most beautiful scenery, Ryedale is truly invigorating.
Immerse yourself in nature at The National Centre for Birds of Prey, Wolds Way Lavender Farm, Yorkshire Lavender, Yorkshire Arboretum and via magical steam-train rides through stunning moorland that is home to precious wildlife.
Stimulate the palate in the family-run bakers, butchers and patisseries in the market towns of Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering and of course Yorkshire’s Food Capital – Malton. Michelin-starred restaurants and traditional tea-rooms, much-prized farm shops, delicatessens, independent micro-breweries, cookery schools and food festivals exemplify the range and quality of Ryedale’s food and drink provision.
Broaden the mind by visiting the historic sites of Castle Howard, Helmsley Castle, Pickering Castle and Rievaulx Abbey, as well as the impressive museums of Eden Camp and Ryedale Folk. Home to leading artists, Ryedale offers galleries, studios and craft-workshops to foster creativity and a treasure trove of antique and auction centres.
Step back in time and experience life on the Home Front and the Front Line, all set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War II Prisoner of War Camp. A fun and educational experience for all the family – including the dog.
This beautiful five acre garden stands by Helmsley Castle in the North York Moors. Stunning floral displays include double herbaceous borders, a Clematis Garden, Physic Garden and Cottage Garden.
Pickering is home to the world-famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway that runs through the North York Moors National Park to Whitby. Time travellers will also enjoy a visit to Beck Isle Museum and Pickering Castle.
Scampston Hall is an impressive regency country house with a stunning contemporary Walled Garden and beautiful parkland hosting a wide range of events throughout the year.
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Our beautiful Yorkshire Coast is more than just a seaside holiday – it’s also the perfect base for exploring further afield into the North and East Yorkshire countryside…
Head inland to discover Ryedale, peppered with busy and welcoming market towns. Malton is known as the ‘Food Capital of Yorkshire’ and hosts regular food markets featuring celebrity chefs, including the spring Food Lovers’ Festival and the autumn Harvest Food Festival. Not far away is glorious Castle Howard, one of the UK’s best-known stately homes – it’s starred many times on film and TV series, including the recent Netflix hit Bridgerton.
The new Land of Iron museum is on the site of the former Loftus ironstone mine, the first of its kind to open in Cleveland in 1865, and one of the last to close in 1958. The museum holds the largest collection of objects and archives relating to ironstone mining in the country and showcases the impact and significance of the industry for the UK.
Peaceful Hunmanby, just a couple of miles from Filey, is known as the ‘Gateway to the Wolds’, leading you to the huge skies and rolling landscapes that have inspired many artists, including most famously, David Hockney – fans of his epic digital work Arrival of Spring in Woldgate will enjoy driving walking, or cycling along the Roman road to spot familiar landmarks.
The dramatic clifftop location of Sewerby Hall and Gardens affords spectacular views over Bridlington, while its 50 acres of early 19th century parkland offer beautiful gardens and a popular. And don’t miss the Grade I-listed house, with its fascinating displays and tribute to Hull-born aviatrix, Amy Johnson.
Explore the ruins of one England's of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries, Rievaulx Abbey, and on the hillside above it, the stunning 18th-century landscape of Rievaulx Terrace and temples.
Magnificent Sledmere House is home to the Wagoners’ Museum, the only museum devoted to a Special Reserve. These brave local men were among the first to go abroad in World War I, driving horse-drawn wagons with supplies for the front line.
A trip on the UK’s best-loved heritage railway is a must for visitors to the area. Hop on board at Pickering, calling at Levisham, Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby.
Over 8,500 acres of fabulous views, walking, running and cycling trails, and Gruffalo and Superworm adventures, Dalby Forest is a day out for all the family - keep your eyes peeled for fantastic artwork or swing high on the Go Ape course.
Who doesn't love a good castle? Ryedale's include a 13th century former royal hunting lodge at Pickering, and a 12th century ruin at Helmsley. You can also book a tour around the Helmsley Archaeology Store, home to a wide ranging English Heritage archaeological collection.
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Each summer the Yorkshire coast plays host to some of the best music acts, with megastars playing at the famous Scarborough Open Air Theatre as well as a host of local music festivals showcasing musical talents and styles from folk to punk!
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? The Yorkshire coast plays host to series of seriously different festivals across the year, including a dedicated Victorian Weekend at Robin Hood’s Bay and the world-famous Whitby Goth Weekend.
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20 - 21 Whitby Fish
20 - 21 Filey Steampunk
20 - 21 Yorkshire Game & Country
19 - 2 June Big Ideas By The Sea
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Keen participant or regular spectator? Either way, there’s great sporting action on the Yorkshire Coast all year round.
Scarborough’s North Marine Road cricket ground is one of the best-loved in the UK, hosting first class county matches throughout the season as well, of course, as one of the world’s oldest and bestloved cricket festivals, this year celebrating its 137th birthday. International names and Yorkshire legends like Sir Leonard Hutton, Fred Trueman, Sir Geoffrey Boycott, and Joe Root have all graced its historic pitch.
Four local golf clubs – Scarborough’s North and South Cliffs, Whitby and Filey – play host to the annual six-day Scarborough Golf Week, this year taking place from 3 to 8 September: a total of 17 tournaments are held over the festival, with at least one competition played on each course every day.
Or head inland to the 132-year-old Ganton Golf Club, a course with an international reputation – it’s ranked as one of the top 80 courses in the world.
Scarborough RUFC’s home at Silver Royd, near Scalby is one of the best amateur rugby centres in the country, with four senior mens’ sides and a senior womens’ side, and enthusiastic youth groups spread across 13 different age groups including micro rugby for the under-6s.
Whitby Rugby Club prides itself on its friendly welcome and strong traditional values, and has two senior teams and over 100 juniors playing on a Sunday.
Scarborough Athletic FC – known to their fans as the Seadogs – are 100% fan-owned and have recently climbed the football league pyramid, being promoted to the National League North last spring.
Whitby Town FC, known to local fans as the ‘Blues’, rose from the lower sections of non-league football during the 1990s, winning the Northern Premier League First Division on the way as well as the Northern League Cup six times.
The only motorbike road racing course in England roars into action again for a full calendar of events in 2023. For over 75 years, the iconic venue has played host to some of the all-time greats from the world of two-wheeled racing, from John Surtees to Guy Martin, and continues to be a stomping ground for the stars of today.
Scarborough Cricket Festival holds a special place in the hearts of the cricket community. It’s been played every year since 1876, with the exception of the war years and, of course, 2020 –this year, it takes place from 25 to 28 July.
Kicking off once again with a ceremonial start on the promenade at Filey, the 2023 Trackrod Rally Yorkshire will see competitors tackling classic forest special stages in the likes of Dalby and Cropton. It’s a must-watch for petrolheads in the area.
Organised by Scarborough Athletic Club, the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k and Fun Run takes place each October and attracts up to 2,000 runners keen to enjoy the view as they pound the streets from the Spa to Scarborough SEA LIFE and back again.
There’s superb surfing on offer on the North Yorkshire coast, including at Whitby, Scarborough and Cayton Bay – and each autumn, the Scarborough Surf Festival offers free surfing, swimming and lifesaving activities run by qualified instructors for both experienced surfers and beginners, plus food, drink and surfing merchandise stalls, and displays of modern and classic VWs. This year’s is due to take place 30 September.
The Yorkshire Coast is a mustvisit destination for wildlife and nature lovers – miles of unspoiled countryside and seascapes.
The seas off the North Yorkshire Coast are rich with wildlife, both below and above the waters. Look out for seals: both common and grey are found around here. You might even see pups – common in June and July, grey in November – but please don’t get too close to them. They’re deliciously cute, but their mothers are very protective, and have sharp teeth!
The International Dark-Sky Association recently named the North York Moors as an International Dark Sky Reserve – one of just 19 in the whole world. Its low light pollution levels and clear, wide horizons make it officially one of the best places anywhere to see stars. Look out for the Dark Skies Festival each February, a collaboration between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.
Filey Brigg, a rocky peninsula snaking out into the sea, is an SSSI and a regular stop-off point for migrating birds in the autumn.
Head south to find the Yorkshire Nature Triangle, encompassing Flamborough, Spurn Point and the Wolds. This important area is within easy reach of Scarborough and Filey and includes the famous RSPB reserve at Bempton.
At Helmsley, in the North York Moors National Park, find the National Centre for Birds of Prey, home to the largest collection of raptors in the north of England, from tiny burrowing owls to magnificent eagles.
Look out for the yellow boats in Whitby Harbour and head out to sea to find seals, whales, porpoises and dolphins, plus close-up views of sea birds in flight.
The last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the area, this reserve is a haven for plants, small mammals, amphibians, dragonflies and birds, including waterfowl, waders and owls.
Find puffins, razorbills, guillemots and the largest mainland colony of gannets in the country at this favourite RSPB reserve – in recent years, it’s even been home to a huge black-browed albatross, believed to be the only one in the Northern Hemisphere.
Our Jurassic coast is a magnet for fossil lovers –head to Hayburn Wyke with its pretty waterfall for good examples. And keep an eye out for the annual Yorkshire Fossil Festival on the coast – this year heading to Whitby.
The Sutton Bank Star Hub opened last autumn, and is a fantastic way of exploring the skies over the North York Moors Dark Sky Reserve. There’s a viewing area ideal for setting up telescopes, and warm indoor space for those chilly winter nights.
A precious stone set in a silver sea, Britain has always been a seafaring nation. The Yorkshire Coast is awash with tales of ocean-going heroes and villains…
Discover our rich maritime history by walking in the footsteps of sailors, fishermen, sea captains and explorers, and all those who supported them in their endeavours. Check out the Filey’s lovely museum, where you can find out more about the traditional fishing coble. And look out locally for signs of 1779’s Battle of Flamborough Head, one of the most celebrated encounters of the American War of Independence, watched by thousands of locals from the clifftops – it’s believed the wreck of John Paul Jones’ Bonhomme Richard is still out there in Filey Bay. There’s more to see at Scarborough’s Maritime Heritage Centre: a fascinating insight into the town’s seafaring history and traditions. Scarborough lighthouse was originally built in 1806: the tower was rebuilt after it was badly damaged by German shells in the famous Bombardment of Scarborough in 1914.
Moored in Scarborough Harbour, the former pleasure cruiser Regal Lady was once called the Oulton Belle and was one of those brave ‘Little Ships’ that brought our soldiers back from Dunkirk in 1940. Find out more with a free-to-board experience, with Dunkirk memorabilia and a cinema room.
Whitby was once a major whaling centre – there’s plenty to discover about that at Whitby Museum. And you can’t miss Captain Cook in Whitby – the man who was one of our greatest explorers stands on the West Cliff surveying the sea. Find out more at Captain Cook Memorial Museum on Whitby’s Grape Lane, in the house where he once lodged and just up the coast at The Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre.
Located on the outskirts of Whitby, this dog friendly sandy cove is packed with maritime and geological history and is renowned for its shipwrecks, fossil hunting - including ammonites and fishing.
Another great year-round dog-walking beach, and popular with nature lovers, too – it’s proximity to Bempton Cliffs makes it particularly good for bird-watching dog owners.
Not for nothing named as Britain’s best beach a few years ago – a great all-rounder, and welcomes dogs throughout the year.
A wide-open beach where your dog can run and run while you dream of surfing…
Another steep descent (and back up again!) for your dog and you – but you can break your journey at the popular terraced café and enjoy the views.
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