Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey

In the secluded valley of the River Rye about 3 miles west of Helmsley, amid fields and woods loud with birdsong, stand the magnificent ruins of Rievaulx Abbey (pronounced 'ree-voh'). The extensive remains give a wo…
Top Choice Ruins in Whitby

Whitby Abbey

There are ruined abbeys; and there are picturesque ruined abbeys. And then there's Whitby Abbey, dominating the skyline above the East Cliff like a great Gothic tombstone silhouetted against the sky. Looking as thou…
Top Choice Museum in Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

This fascinating museum occupies the house of the ship owner with whom Cook began his seafaring career. Highlights include the attic where Cook lodged as a young apprentice, Cook's own maps and letters, etchings fro…
Heritage Railway in Pickering

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

This privately owned railway runs for 18 miles through beautiful countryside from Pickering to Whitby. Lovingly restored steam locos pull period carriages resplendent with polished brass and bright paintwork, appeal…
Village in North York Moors National Park

Hutton-le-Hole

With a scatter of gorgeous stone cottages, a gurgling brook and a flock of sheep grazing contentedly on the village green, Hutton-le-Hole must be a contender for the best-looking village in Yorkshire. The dips and h…
Gardens in Helmsley

Rievaulx Terrace

In the 1750s landscape-gardening fashion favoured a Gothic look and many aristocrats had mock ruins built on their estates. Thomas Duncombe II of Duncombe Park was able to go one better, as his lands contained a rea…
Beach in Whitby

Whitby Sands

Whitby Sands, stretching west from the harbour mouth, offers donkey rides, ice-cream vendors and bucket-and-spade escapades, though the sand is mostly covered at high tide. The beach can be reached on a path from Wh…
Gardens in Helmsley

Duncombe Park Gardens

South of Helmsley lies the superb ornamental landscape of Duncombe Park estate, laid out in 1718 for Thomas Duncombe (whose son would later build Rievaulx Terrace) with the stately Georgian mansion of Duncombe Park …
Castle in Helmsley

Helmsley Castle

The impressive ruins of 12th-century Helmsley Castle are defended by a striking series of deep ditches and banks, to which later rulers added the thick stone walls and defensive towers. Only one tooth-shaped tower s…
Gardens in Helmsley

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden would be just another plant-and-produce centre were it not for its dramatic setting next to Helmsley Castle and its fabulous selection of flowers, fruits and vegetables (some of them rare), no…