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From York: Moors, Whitby, and the Yorkshire Steam Railway

1. From York: Moors, Whitby, and the Yorkshire Steam Railway

Leave the city and travel through the Vale of York, learning about life in Yorkshire as you head for the first stop in the traditional National Park village of Hutton-le-Hole. Pass the 16th-century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge at the highest point of the moors. See some of the pretty villages on the way to Whitby and hear stories from the seaside town’s history. Choose how you want to spend your two and a half hours in Whitby. See the Abbey, visit the Captain Cook attractions, shop for gothic fashion or enjoy a fish and chips lunch, the choice is yours. Opt to spend less time in Whitby and climb aboard a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at a special discounted rate, paid locally on the day. See Hogsmeade Station from the Harry Potter movies and more. Alternatively, journey to Goathland by minibus in time see the other passengers arrive by steam train. Explore the fictional village of Aidensfield from the TV show, Heartbeat. Learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill and see the Hole of Horcum before heading back towards York through the Howardian Hills with panoramic views of Castle Howard.

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What people are saying about Castle Howard

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Picked up on time, excellent presentation of the days activities and it all went as per the outline. A very good safe drive stopping at places to view areas of importance to the tour. Very good knowledge and explanations by the Driver/Guide. would definitely recommend this tour to others.

Wonderful program. The tour guide, Helen, was great and helpful.

It was worth spending. Helen our guide was flexible and provided insightful information about the whole trip. Paul was a very polite and considerate driver. The van was comfy. Highly recommended!

We so enjoyed our trip to Whitby.

We really appreciated our driver Chris and his knowledge of the area. He made it fun and gave us all lots of opportunity for great photos as well.

The guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. He knew a lot about the areas and the history behind it.

Excellent trip; scenery was beautiful. Mark was an excellent guide; very knowledgeable.