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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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  • Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

    Fiddlers Green
    North Yorkshire
    HG3 3HB

    01423 779759

    You can find this farmyard gem near Harrogate. Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm is a wonderful day out for all the family, with a cafe, play areas and a range of animals to see.

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  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum

    Grape Ln
    YO22 4BA

    01947 601900

    You will find this 17th century house resting alongside the picturesque Whitby harbour which was once owned by Captain John Walker and where James Cook came to being his apprenticeship as a seaman.

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    Castle Howard

    Castle Howard
    YO60 7DA

    01653 648333

    You’ll find this historic gem on the northern fringes of York. A fantastic day out for families and friends, this astonishing landmark offers gardens, tours, talks and shops!

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  • Cattersty Sands

    North Yorkshire
    TS13 4AS

    Hidden away on the outskirts of Staithes is the long stretch of sand and shingle beach of Cattersty Sands, a perfect spot for those seeking a moment of tranquillity.

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  • Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

    Mill Ln
    TS13 4AP

    01287 642877

    An interesting celebration of the history of the lost industry of mining and an insight into the everyday people that were involved in the Britain’s Iron Valley.

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    Crescent Gardens

    Crescent Gardens
    North Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    HG1 2SG

    The delightful Crescent Gardens comprises a charming green area in the middle of Harrogate. Come here to discover attractive statues and monuments.

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  • Woman hiking in forest

    Dalby Forest

    Dalby Forest Dr
    Low Dalby
    YO18 7LT

    01751 460295

    If you’re an outdoor-loving family, Dalby Forest is a must! This wonderful, 8,000-acre forest is home to a wealth of activities, from mountain biking trails to its Dark Sky Discovery Site.

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  • yorkshire dales holidays

    Dales Countryside Museum

    Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Station Yard
    Burtersett Rd
    DL8 3NT

    01969 666210

    For a fascinating insight into the Yorkshire Dales, step into this intriguing museum with lots of interesting and exciting interactions for the whole family to enjoy.

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  • Easby Abbey

    North Yorkshire
    DL10 7EU

    Easby Abbey is one of the best preserved monasteries of the Premonstratensian ‘white canons’ and is surrounded by the picturesque River Swale in the North Yorkshire countryside.

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