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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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  • Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire

    Scarborough Castle

    Castle Rd
    YO11 1HY

    0370 333 1181

    Standing on the fringes of Yorkshire’s coastline are the ruins of Scarborough Castle. With over 2,500 of turbulent history to explore, this attraction promises a fascinating day out.

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  • Scarborough North Bay Railway

    Scarborough North Bay Railway
    Burniston Rd
    YO12 6PF

    01723 368791

    You’ll find this wonderful attraction in Scarborough’s bustling centre. The Scarborough North Bay Railway is ideal for anyone wanting to entertain the kids, with a steam engine and water rides.

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  • Scarborough OAT

    Scarborough Open Air Theatre

    Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PF

    01723 818111

    Built in 1930, Scarborough Open Air Theatre is set on an island in the middle of a lake and has played host to some of the biggest summer shows. Famous faces have performed here, including Elton John, Britney Spears, Noel Gallagher and Lionel Richie.

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  • SEA LIFE Scarborough

    SEA LIFE Scarborough

    Scalby Mills Rd
    YO12 6RP

    01723 373414

    Get up close and personal with some of your favourite sea creatures and find out what it takes to rescue and release turtles back into the wild from the interactive Turtle Rescue Centre.

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  • Shambles, York


    YO1 7LX

    Meander down one of the world’s most famous streets, lined with shops and eateries, as well as an interesting history.

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  • Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

    1, Hunmanby Industrial Estate
    YO14 0PH

    01723 891758

    Discover the home of the county’s first single malt whisky and enjoy a tour around the distillery before having the opportunity to sample some of the latest releases.

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  • Spofforth Castle Exterior
    Image Credits: Tim Green - CC BY 2.0

    Spofforth Castle

    Castle St
    HG3 1ND

    0370 333 1181

    This dramatic set of ruins dates back to the Norman era. Free to visit and dog-friendly, Spofforth Castle is a superb landmark to visit if you’re interested in history or simply looking for a scenic place to explore.

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  • st mary's church

    St Mary’s Church

    Abbey Plain
    North Yorkshire
    YO22 4JR

    01947 603421

    Situated on the dramatic East Cliff in the town of Whitby with overlooking views of the River Esk is the Grade I listed building, St Mary’s Church.

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  • two teens biking in forest

    Stainburn Forest

    Stainburn Forest
    North Yorkshire
    LS21 2RA

    An exhilarating day out awaits at Stainburn Forest! This dog-friendly forest rests on the outskirts of Harrogate and is ideal for any outdoor lover with its hiking and mountain biking trails.

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    Stockeld Park

    Wetherby Rd
    North Yorkshire
    LS22 4AN

    01937 586101

    Stockeld Park is a 2,000-acre estate situated between Wetherby and Harrogate. It surrounds a Grade I listed building and comprises an array of outdoor play areas and events that are excellent for kids of all ages.

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