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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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  • knaresborough castle

    Knaresborough Castle

    Castle Yard
    HG5 8AS

    01423 556188

    Despite its peaceful presence today, Knaresborough Castle was once mighty stronghold of medieval kings.

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  • Knaresborough Markets

    Knaresborough Markets

    Castle Yard

    01423 866886

    The Fantastic Knaresborough Market in mediaeval Knaresborough offers unique shopping. Every Wednesday excluding Christmas, Boxing, and New Year’s Day, the market is open from 8:30 am until 4 pm.

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  • Holmfirth

    Lightwater Valley

    Water Ln
    North Stainley
    HG4 3HT

    01765 635321

    Discover this thrilling Yorkshire theme park; an ideal day out for the whole family to enjoy the 40 exciting rides and attractions.

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  • parkland

    Locke Park

    Corporation Rd
    North Yorkshire
    TS10 1PB

    01642 774774

    Offering a sense of tranquillity, away from the hustle and bustle of Redcar’s town centre is this picturesque park.

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    Mercer Art Gallery

    31 Swan Rd
    HG1 2SA

    01423 556188

    If you’re an art lover, be sure to visit this fabulous art gallery in Harrogate’s town centre! 19th and 20th-century masterpieces are on offer here, as well as temporary exhibitions.

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    Mother Shipton’s Cave

    Prophecy Lodge
    Harrogate Rd
    High Bridge
    HG5 8DD

    01423 864600

    A park of natural beauty, home to the famous Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Well, set amidst the beauty of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough.

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  • National Railway Museum

    National Railway Museum York

    Leeman Rd
    North Yorkshire
    YO26 4XJ

    0333 016 1010

    Explore this award-winning, free museum set in the city of York, home to famous locomotives and a collection of engineering firsts.  

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  • nidd gorge

    Nidd Gorge

    Ripley Rd
    HG5 9HE

    An endearing woodland clinging onto a steep-sided valley where you will find relics of an interesting history dating back to the Iron Age.

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  • nidderdale lamas

    Nidderdale Llamas

    Kiln Farm
    Pateley Bridge

    01423 711052

    Promising a memorable day out in North Yorkshire is Nidderdale Llamas, a unique and personal experience for a family of all ages and tastes.

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    Image Credits: Thomas Tolkien - CC BY 2.0

    North Yorkshire Moors Railway

    12 Park Street
    YO18 7AJ

    01751 472508

    The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an outstanding steam heritage line running through the North York Moors National Park. This is a unique experience, where families can enjoy a scenic journey from Pickering to Whitby and vice versa!

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