The North York Moors is surprisingly diverse, packing in a stunning coastline with picturesque fishing villages, lush green dales, ancient woods and forests, wonderful wildlife, and one of England's largest expanses of heather moorland, as well as stately homes and other historic sites.
Refresh your mind, body and soul by spending some time in the North York Moors National Park soaking up the landscape at one of the many stunning viewpoints. Explore the many world-class attractions and award-winning sights, and discover what makes this area such a special place to visit.
Our rich and colourful heritage is unsurpassed, where evidence of our past lies around every corner. You'll find no fewer than six medieval monastic ruins set in peaceful locations. Byland, Rievaulx and Whitby Abbeys are the most well-known, but don't forget the priories at Mount Grace, Guisborough and Kirkham too.
Discover the medieval powerhouses at Helmsley, Pickering and Scarborough Castles, our ancient churches (St Mary's at Lastingham a highlight), while an intriguing collection of crosses and old stones scattered through the landscape are further signs of previous generations. Meanwhile, during the Victorian age, places such as Rosedale - a serene valley now - rang to the sound and fury of ironstone and jet mining.
There's a tangible sense of the past in the tight-knit alleys and cheek-by-jowl cottages of Robin Hood's Bay and in the Gothic maritime town of Whitby, where Captain Cook and Bram Stoker's Dracula beckon.
North York Moors on TV and film
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a living link back to the pioneering early days of steam travel. Groups travelling from Pickering can stop off at Goathland Station, home of Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film and Aidensfield Station in the nostalgic police series Heartbeat. Explore the village to see many locations used in the show, including the Post Office, Greengrass' Farm and the Goathland Hotel, famous as the Aidensfield Arms (pre-booking required for meals).
The World of James Herriot offers a truly unique encounter into the world’s most famous vet. Housed in his former home and surgery in Thirsk, he described the view from nearby Sutton Bank as “the finest in England”. Set in 1940s style, the Museum tells the story of his life as a vet turned author, whose works inspired the feature film starring Anthony Hopkins and subsequent BBC and Channel 5 series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. You can visit some of the key locations from the television series on one of these circular routes and enjoy the best of Herriot Country.
Other Group Travel highlights
Group travellers and coaches will be welcomed at many of the area's other attractions, including Nunnington Hall, Flamingo Land, Ryedale Folk Museum, Yorkshire Lavender, and Helmsley Walled Garden, or head to one of two National Park Centres. Soak up England's finest view at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, while over at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, wander along riverside and woodland trails and take a look at the Inspired by... gallery, with its changing exhibitions of talented artists and makers.
You'll find a warm welcome in our pubs and tearooms and a chance to sample the fabulous local food and drink, while bustling market towns and picturesque villages offer plenty of shopping opportunities. All this and a packed calendar of festivals and events means you'll never be short of things to do whatever time of year.