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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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  • The Dracula Experience

    9, Marine Parade
    YO21 3PR

    01947 601923

    Resting on Whitby’s parade is this haunting attraction of The Dracula Experience. Here, you can look forward to a special tour featuring a look into the Dracula novel and its links to the town.

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  • The Old Coastguard Station

    Cleveland Way
    Robin Hood's Bay
    YO22 4SJ

    01947 885900

    Resting on the edge of the North Yorkshire coastline is the National Trust’s Old Coastguard Station, a building with an intriguing history.

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  • the stray

    The Stray

    16 W Park
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 1BJ

    Looking for a stunning strolling spot in Harrogate? The Stray is the perfect place, thanks to its 200 acres of parkland and pretty sights.

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  • The York Dungeon

    12 Clifford St
    YO1 9RD

    01904 632599

    Take a 75-minute journey into the history of York’s history and face your fears head on during this unique experience.

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  • Turkish Baths

    Turkish Baths Harrogate

    Parliament St
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 2WH

    01423 556746

    Enjoy a day designed with luxury and relaxation in mind, whether it be a couple of hours or a full day, this spa day is the epitome of tranquillity in North Yorkshire.

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  • Valley Gardens Harrogate

    Valley Gardens

    Valley Dr
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 2SZ

    01423 500600

    A 17-acre English Heritage Grade II listed garden offering a space to relax or enjoy a peaceful walk amongst pretty scenery.

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  • Whitby Abbey

    Abbey Ln
    YO22 4JT

    0370 333 1181

    Be inspired by the monastic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which towers over the dramatic East Cliff headland. Explore the area which has served as literary inspiration, religious devotion and pilgrimage for many years.

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  • Whitby Harbour

    Whitby Harbour
    North Yorkshire
    YO22 4AG

    Offering a safe haven since the 1600s for passing ships, Whitby harbour provides fascinating views towards the abbey and of the River Esk, making a great spot for catching the sunrise and sun set over the sea in the summer.

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  • Whitby Museum

    Pannett Park
    YO21 1RE

    01947 602908

    Whitby Museum is a hidden gem filled with interesting treasures waiting to be discovered. Here, you can look forward to discovering collections of model ships, period costumes and fossils, as well as immersing yourself in the local history.

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  • a selection of chocolates

    York Chocolate Story

    3-4 King's Sq
    North Yorkshire
    United Kingdom
    YO1 7LD

    01904 527765

    Welcome to York Chocolate Story, where the history of chocolate comes to life. Explore the rich heritage of York’s chocolate industry and indulge in the delicious world of cocoa.

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