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North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

1. North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

See the best of Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors on this fascinating and exciting full-day tour to one of Britain's most scenic areas. See the charming market town of Pickering before heading off the beaten track into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, where there will be plenty of chances throughout your day to capture memorable photos and time to enjoy the picturesque scenery. Visit the scenic moorland village of Goathland and see the station turned into ‘Hogsmeade’ for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone'. Discover the traditional seaside town of Whitby, enjoying a lunch of fish and chips and then taking a stroll along the harbor or visiting the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for the novel ‘Dracula’. Drive through more classic Yorkshire countryside as you make your way through Egton and Egton Bridge towards Glaisdale. This peaceful village is home to Beggers Bridge, a 17th-century bridge with a fascinating romantic story behind it.  Enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views on the moorlands before stopping to view a collection of historic furnaces and explore the quaint market town of Helmsley. Visit the bustling market square, dramatic castle ruins, charming tea rooms or inviting inns.

From York: Moors, Whitby, and the Yorkshire Steam Railway

2. From York: Moors, Whitby, and the Yorkshire Steam Railway

Leave the city and travel through the Vale of York, learning about life in Yorkshire as you head for the first stop in the traditional National Park village of Hutton-le-Hole. Pass the 16th-century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge at the highest point of the moors. See some of the pretty villages on the way to Whitby and hear stories from the seaside town’s history. Choose how you want to spend your two and a half hours in Whitby. See the Abbey, visit the Captain Cook attractions, shop for gothic fashion or enjoy a fish and chips lunch, the choice is yours. Opt to spend less time in Whitby and climb aboard a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at a special discounted rate, paid locally on the day. See Hogsmeade Station from the Harry Potter movies and more. Alternatively, journey to Goathland by minibus in time see the other passengers arrive by steam train. Explore the fictional village of Aidensfield from the TV show, Heartbeat. Learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill and see the Hole of Horcum before heading back towards York through the Howardian Hills with panoramic views of Castle Howard.

From York: Private Yorkshire Dales National Park Day Trip

3. From York: Private Yorkshire Dales National Park Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales on a private day trip from York. Join a local guide for a journey to the historic village of Richmond, the spooky Bolton Castle, and Richmond Castle. Stop in Askrigg and Masham. Snacks and non-alcoholics drinks are included. After getting picked up from your hotel in York, travel by Mercedes Benz minivan to the peaceful market town of Masham. Enjoy a quick tea or coffee (not included in tour cost) before continuing your journey into the Dales. Pass through idyllic villages and across remote moors via ancient woodland and waterfalls. Stop for lunch in Askrigg, a village so old it features in the famous Domesday Book of AD 1086. Then, arrive at the stark, eerie, and historically fascinating Bolton Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner. After exploring the castle, head out of Wensleydale and into the remote landscape of Swaledale before arriving in Richmond, the first Richmond in the world, predating its American and London namesakes. Explore the dramatic and ancient Richmond Castle and perhaps enjoy a quiet pint in one of its quintessentially English pubs. From Richmond, sit back, relax, and enjoy the onboard snacks on the drive back to York.

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4.8 / 5

based on 295 reviews

My kids (8, 11) and I saw so much during this tour! It was perfect in order to visit the Moors and Whitby, and to get a feel for what those areas have to offer. Our guide Mark from BOBH was very knowledgeable, providing historical facts and making the day interesting and fun.

Had a great day. Our tour guide Trevor was brilliant. Full of knowledge and made the day. would definitely advise this trip. lots to see and do.

The trip is very informative and enjoying at the same time. The staffs are very approachable and friendly

Great tour! Mark was an excellent guide. We learned so much about the area. Highly recommend!

Loved it all and the steam train ride was a bonus that put it over the top