North York Moors

North York Moors: Our most recommended tours and activities

From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

1. From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

The tour heads out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a scenic drive through the Vale of York. The first stop is at the Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, where your guide will tell you the story of how it was carved into the hillside in 1857. The next stop is in the picturesque market town of Helmsley, where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire brew in one of the cafés. After Helmsley, you will head off through Hutton-le-Hole into the heart of the scenic North York Moors National Park for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross.   Then, stop in the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire village of Lealholm to see the stepping-stones over the River Esk — a great photo opportunity. It is then just a short journey into Whitby. Whilst hearing stories about the seaside town’s history from your guide, you will also learn about the main places of interest that you may want to visit. As you arrive in Whitby, there will be a brief stop at the Captain Cook Statue and Whalebone Arch on the West Cliff then alternative drop-offs at the harbour or Whitby Abbey (recommended if you wish to start your visit there and avoid having to climb the 199 steps).   You will have a leisurely 3 hours of free time in Whitby where you can visit the town’s newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience — 1 of only 2 full-size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence. See also the Captain Cook Museum, take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip around the harbour, or view Whitby Abbey, inspiration for the Dracula books. You may also just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience fish and chips from the famous Magpie Café. After Whitby, you will head back onto the North York Moors and arrive in the picture-postcard village of Goathland (filming location for Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series and Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter movies) where you can explore the filming locations, or maybe just grab an ice cream from the village store. The tour leaves Goathland for a final stop to enjoy the stunning views at the Hole of Horcum before heading back to York.

Heartbeat TV Locations Tour of Yorkshire

2. Heartbeat TV Locations Tour of Yorkshire

Set in the 1960’s, Heartbeat proved a hit with audiences all over the world for nearly two decades.  Now, you can visit the locations of Aidensfield and Whitby where much of the show was filmed. The 7-hour tour will take you to some of the key locations from the show and showcase the beautiful scenery and history of the North Yorkshire Moors.  Setting off from York your first stop of the day will be Whitby, the seaside town perhaps most famously linked with Dracula and Captain Cook, but which featured as itself in Heartbeat. Here, you will get a guided tour of the town taking in locations used in the filming of the show.  Then you’ll have the opportunity to take lunch in one of the town’s world-renowned fish and chip shops. Finally, it’s off to the village of Aidensfield, the village most associated with the show and where most of the locations can be found.  A guided tour of this charming village will include Bernie Scripps Garage and Funeral Parlour, plus the train station that was featured as Aidensfield station in Heartbeat and as Hogsmeade in the first Harry Potter film. You will also see the post office and stores and, of course, there will be time to treat yourself to a drink in the Aidensfield Arms pub. Your tour will then return to central York.

From York: Yorkshire Moor Coast, Cliff & Whitby Private Tour

3. From York: Yorkshire Moor Coast, Cliff & Whitby Private Tour

Experience one of England's most beautiful and unexplored counties, Yorkshire, while relaxing inside of a luxury Mercedes. See various of the county's highlights, like ancient villages and castles, Whitby (the capital of fish and chips), and the North York Moors National Park. Meet your guide when you are picked up in your supremely safe and comfortable Mercedes V-class vehicle. Be whisked away through the beguiling medieval streets of York on your way to the first stop in the ancient town of Helmsley. View the ruins of Hemsley Castle, depicted in the famous painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner. Peruse local shops or stop for a fine Yorkshire Cake and a cup of tea. Move on to the otherworldly North York Moors National Park. Watch as the scenery changes on the journey across the moors, and admire the remarkable views while drawing closer to Yorkshire's rugged coastline, where James Cook first voyaged out to sea. Continue on to the coastal town of Whitby, where you can see the dramatic gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which famously inspired Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. Enjoy some free time to explore the sights and attractions of Whitby, either on your own or with your guide, who will be happy to accompany you to the hidden charms of this ancient town. Leave Whitby and travel up one of the steepest inclines in the Moors, included on the Tour de Yorkshire in 2014. Move swiftly to the idyllic village of Goathland, noted for its charming station on the North York Moors Steam Railway. Catch sight of magnificent steam trains thundering through if you are lucky. Cross the moors and take in some beautiful views of the extraordinary landmarks created by glaciers as they scored and chiseled the land during the last ice age, before making your way back to the ancient city of York. Be taken straight to your hotel or take a brief, optional walking tour (free of charge) to see the city's ancient walls to finish off the day.

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What people are saying about North York Moors

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 312 reviews

Our tour guide was knowledgeable and drove us around at a speed at which we could take in all of the information. The day was full without being frantic and both my husband and myself really enjoyed it. A wonderful way to see the Yorkshire countryside

The tour guide was extremely helpful ,to my husband and I as we are both visually impaired and the trip was brilliant ,despite the weather .

would highly recommend this trip well worth it and great guide mark very friendly and knowledgeable thanks so much

Excellent guide Alan, very nice and great connoisseur of places and history. Fantastic tour!!

We had a fabulous time and would highly recommend this tour!