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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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  • Nunnington Hall South View
    Image Credits: Wehha - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Nunnington Hall

    YO62 5UY

    01439 748283

    Nunnington Hall is a picturesque estate belonging to the National Trust. With ties to the medieval era, this is a history buff’s haven!

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  • Old St Stephen's Church,

    Old St Stephen’s Church

    Robin Hood's Bay
    North Yorkshire
    YO22 4PN

    01947 600653

    This attraction in Robin Hood’s Bay offers picturesque views across the North Yorkshire coastline as well as occasion events throughout the year.

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  • Family walking through a park

    Pannett Park

    YO21 1RE

    01723 232323

    Pannett Park is a serene, green haven resting in the heart of Whitby. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re a family who enjoys scenic strolls, picnics and sculpture-spotting.

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  • Peasholm Park

    North Bay, Scarborough YO12 7TR

    Peasholm Park, Scarborough is a free attraction offering a historic and unique experience or the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather. Look forward to discovering a tranquil lake, a natural glen and pathways designed with an oriental theme.

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  • Plumpton Rocks

    Plumpton Rocks

    Plumpton Rocks
    Wetherby Road
    HG5 8NA

    01289 382322

    The parkland of Plumpton Rocks has quiet lakeside strolls, striking Millstone Grit rock formations, and enchanting forest pathways.

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  • Staithes Village

    Real Staithes

    White House
    Church Street
    North Yorkshire
    TS13 5DB

    01947 840278

    A superb opportunity to explore the local area and the North Yorkshire coastline with local fisherman and conservationists.

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  • Redcar

    Redcar Beach

    Majuba Rd
    North Yorkshire
    TS10 5BJ

    Spend the day at the award-winning golden beach, stretching for eight miles and hosting superb opportunities for watersports.

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  • Redcar FlowRider

    Ridley St
    TS10 1TD

    01642 771070

    With 40,000 gallons of water, this North Yorkshire attraction offers a superb opportunity to take part in a range of board sports, incorporating elements of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

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  • Harlow Carr Streamside

    RHS Garden Harlow Carr

    North Yorkshire
    HG3 1QB

    01423 565418

    Promising a tranquil day out in North Yorkshire is RHS Harlow Carr, a 58-acre garden promising a wonderful setting all year around.

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  • richmond castle

    Richmond Castle

    Tower Street
    North Yorkshire
    DL10 4QW

    01748 822493

    Towering above the River Swale in the town of Richmond is this medieval castle which was originally called Riche Mount, ‘the strong hill’.

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