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The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris J ParkerThe Moors National Park Centre photo by Chris J Parker

The Moors National Park Centre is our flagship visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, near Danby. From the doorstep, you can see pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, historic buildings – all basking in glorious peace and quiet. Enjoy a big breath of moorland fresh air and soak up the sweeping views. 

Admission is absolutely FREE. Opening times for the National Park Centre can be found here

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Watch Ceri, Heather, Florrie and Toby show you around 

There are loads of fun and fascinating things to do, inside...

  • Explore the open spaces … discover the secret places. Our exhibition about the people, history, wildlife and landscape of the National Park is packed with fascinating facts and entertaining interactives
  • Visit the Inspired by... gallery with its changing exhibitions of work inspired by the North York Moors plus gallery shop with artworks, artisan crafts and handmade jewellery
  • Climb the walls! Try our fabulous climbing wall. Kids only – it's far too much fun for adults!
  • Splash out in the shop. There's a great range of books, maps and guides, postcards, and it's a good place to purchase something unique from or about the area
  • Have a cuppa in the Woolly Sheep tearoom and treat yourself to some delicious home-cooking
  • Join in one of our many events and activities that go on here in the holidays
  • Check out our exciting musical programme, from chamber concerts to solo recitals, and vocal ensembles to folk-roots rockers.

And heaps more outside...

  • Make like a monkey in the outdoor play area
  • Get lost in the Salmon Labyrinth, following the incredible journey of a salmon upstream to its spawning grounds
  • Try your hand at quoits, a traditional North York Moors pastime
  • Become a natty navigator – brush up your wayfinding skills in the Compass Field
  • Explore Crow Wood via a short, circular, easy access route that starts in the main car park
  • Admire the sculptures – some of them even talk!
  • Have a picnic in the grounds
  • Go for a walk – why not try one of the 5 easy-to-follow routes in the Walks from the Moors Centre booklet, available to purchase for £2 in the Centre or from our online shop.

Please note - dogs are not allowed in the Centre buildings or in Crow Wood.

The Moors National Park Centre is home to our Education Team and we provide an extensive programme for school visits.


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