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Things to do in North Yorkshire

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Discover the best things to do in North Yorkshire

This county is one of the largest in England, offering no shortage of North Yorkshire things to do.

Discover the North Sea Cliffs, littered with charming fishing villages and coastal resorts, or the heather-coated moorland with a magnitude of outdoor attractions. No matter what you decide, enjoy things to do in North Yorkshire for an action-packed break.

Attractions in North Yorkshire

For those looking for outdoor things to do in Yorkshire, walk the Cleveland Way or go off-road and soar through the countryside on your bike. For more walking inspiration, take a look at our North Yorkshire walking guide which is bursting at the seam with exciting walks and trails; all perfect if you’re looking for things to do with dogs in Yorkshire.

Alternatively, make the most of the indoor activities in Yorkshire and immerse yourself in history by visiting York which is home to the iconic York Minster and National Railway Museum. Or travel to Whitby where you can explore the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.

Our guide to North Yorkshire things to do is also full of activities for couples in Yorkshire. Spend the day with the one you love most at Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park, enjoy a date night at the Everyman Cinema in Harrogate or take a leap of faith and try something adventurous at Go Ape Dalby.

Other incredible things to do in North Yorkshire include Easby Abbey, Knaresborough Castle, Mother Shipton’s Cave.

North Yorkshire Activities

Explore a great range of things to do in North Yorkshire around this spectacular county. For those with younger guests, head to the coastal resort of Scarborough for a traditional seaside holiday, or step back in time at the Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole. Visit the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, watch a show at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, or relax at Alpamere UK

One of the best things to do in North Yorkshire is to visit the wealth of stunning beaches around the coastline. Visit Bridlington North Beach which looks out to Flamborough Cliffs, or Cayton Bay Beach for unforgettable surfing.

If you’re looking for a vibrant seaside resort, head to Whitby Beach, Filey Bay Beach, or Saltburn-by-the-Sea Beach. These stunning beaches are amongst some of the best free attractions in Yorkshire; be sure to take advantage!

From coastal havens and sandy shores to far-reaching rural landscapes, there are so many things to do in North Yorkshire!

Still wondering what to do in North Yorkshire? Discover a wealth of things to do in North Yorkshire below…

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  • 199 Steps Whitby

    199 Steps

    199 Steps
    United Kingdom
    YO22 4DF

    The 199 Steps are a Grade I listed landmark resting between Old Town and St Mary’s Church. These steps make for a great way to exercise and soak up sweeping views of the coast!

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  • Alfresco Adventures cliff jump

    Alfresco Adventures

    Hudson House
    North Yorkshire
    DL11 6TB

    07842 633232

    A North Yorkshire outdoor adventure company offering led hikes, competitions, and educational opportunities.

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    Allerton Castle

    Allerton Castle
    Allerton Mauleverer
    HG5 0SE

    01423 330927

    Among England’s most important and prestigious gothic revival stately homes, Allerton Castle is a masterpiece of architecture.

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  • almscliffe crag

    Almscliffe Crag

    Crag Ln
    North Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    LS17 0ER

    This scenic outcrop rests between Harrogate and Leeds, and enjoys exceptional views from its summit over Wharfe Valley.

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  • Alpamare

    Alpamare UK

    28 Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PH

    01723 861431

    For those who love an adventure, this North Yorkshire attraction promises to be the biggest and the fastest waterpark that you have ever seen!

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  • Bebra Gardens Knaresborough

    Bebra Gardens

    Brewerton Street,
    HG5 8AZ

    01423 500600

    The charming Bebra Gardens is tucked away near Knaresborough Castle, providing a welcome respite from the busy town centre.

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  • Beningbrough Hall Front View
    Image Credits: Ilsleyl - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Beningbrough Hall

    Beningbrough Hall
    Gallery and Gardens
    YO30 1DD

    01904 472027

    Beningbrough Hall is a National Trust gem that makes for an idyllic day out for all ages, with access to the property’s gardens, facilities and play area. This is a dog-friendly landmark, so you can bring your furry friends around the eight-acre gardens, too!

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  • Boggle Hole

    Boggle Hole

    Mill Beck
    Robin Hood's Bay
    North Yorkshire
    YO22 4UQ

    Find this small cove of Boggle Hole resting along the iconic ‘Cleveland Way’ where smugglers once landed to hide their contraband in the caves.

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  • Alnwick Castle and gardens

    Bolton Castle

    Nr Leyburn
    North Yorkshire
    DL8 4ET

    01969 623981

    A luxurious 14th-century, Grade I listed building where visitors can explore the intriguing interior or stroll through the pleasant gardens.

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  • Brimham Rocks

    Brimham Rocks Rd
    HG3 4DW


    This famous set of rocks scattered across a charming yet dramatic moorland setting, stand at an impressive 30 feet under the protected ownership of the National Trust.

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