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$58.69 Day Trips & Excursions

North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York

Starting in the morning from York, this guided day trip provides the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to explore the North York Moors National Park and the fishing port of Whitby. The tour departs from opposite the Dean Court Hotel in York city centre (near York Minster) at 9.00am and heads off into the Vale of York, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, which your guide will tell you the history of, before heading for Helmsley. The first stop is in the traditional market town of Helmsley where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew - the choice is yours. You leave Helmsley and head off through Hutton-le-Hole and up over the North York Moors for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the moors) and Ralph's Cross, then through the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire villages that lead down into Whitby. As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town's history and your guide will point out the main places of interest that you may want to visit. The tour stops in Whitby for more than two hours free time over lunchtime with options to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic fashion, sample the famous Fish 'n' Chips at the Magpie Cafe or just enjoy the beach and waterfront - the choice is yours! If you prefer to spend a little less time in Whitby and take the opportunity of travelling by steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at our special discounted rate (Adult £10/Child £5), you have the option of boarding the 2.00pm train from Whitby for the 45-minute moorland rail journey through Grosmont to Goathland (Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies) where you will be met by the guide. (This option is available mid-March through to October and is paid locally on the day with no need to book ahead). The Minicoach leaves Whitby at 2.15pm with passengers not taking the train option for the equally scenic road journey to Goathland and aims to reach Goathland Station in time to see the other passengers arrive by steam train. You will then have about 45 minutes in Goathland to learn about "Hogsmeade" Station and explore the fictional village of "Aidensfield" in the Heartbeat TV series. After leaving Goathland, there will be a couple more photo stops as you 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. You will arrive back at the meeting point in York at around 5:15pm but should not book onward travel too close to the arrival time just in case of traffic problems.

$54.78 Day Trips & Excursions

North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York with Steam Train

You'll meet your guide at 8:45am in the heart of York, close to York Minster, and hop into your climate-controlled minivan for the day's excursion across the North Yorkshire countryside. First, drive 45 minutes or so to the historic market town of Helmsley on the edge of the Moors. Explore the charming town, its pretty church and interesting streets, before the tour continues into the moors. Admire the rugged, windswept landscapes as you climb to the stone village of Hutton-le-Hole, where sheep graze freely on the common land. At the North York Moors National Park, your guide will explain the geological and natural processes that shaped this striking landscape. Discover the region's mining and farming heritage and ancient history as you stroll across the heather. It's just a short hop to North Yorkshire's striking coastline and the seaside town of Whitby, where you'll have at least two hours at leisure to explore at your own pace, and perhaps enjoy a fish-and-chips lunch. You may just wish to wander the picturesque harbor, explore the cobbled streets, historic cottages, and beautiful beach, or shop for Whitby jet. Or you can discover Whitby's connection to Australia at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, delve deep into the world of Dracula at St. Mary's Church or the Dracula Experience Museum, or take a boat cruise from the harbor to discover the coastline (own expense). From Whitby, it's back in the van to journey up through Sleights and onto the village of Goathland, nestled at the bottom of a wide valley surrounded by the heather-clad hills of the North York Moors. Fans of Heartbeat, the long-running ITV drama series, will recognize this as Aidensfield: you'll have chance to visit the Aidensfield Arms, pop into Aidensfield Stores and Post Office, and see what's happening at Scripps Garage. Love Harry Potter? Don't miss the chance to capture pictures at Goathland station, which did duty as Hogsmeade Station for the filming of the Harry Potter movies. After you've explored the station, it's time to board a steam train for a nostalgic steam-hauled journey across the Moors (own expense). Snake through valleys and heathland for 18 miles (29 kilometers) in restored heritage carriages to the medieval market town of Pickering. Here you'll rejoin the minibus for the 40-minute journey back to York, arriving around 5:45pm.

$39.13 Day Trips & Excursions

York to North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby Full-Day Tour

Highlights The famous landscape of the North York Moors Whitby Port & Whitby Abbey Stop in Pickering to explore the oldest wall paintings in a church Visit the market town of Helmsley. We leave York heading east to the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Our first stop is the quaint town of Pickering. Here you can explore the historic Church of St Peter and St Paul and discover the amazing medieval murals adorning the Nave of the Church. Pickering is the southern terminus of the North York Moors Railway, England’s busiest heritage line where you might find a steam train waiting in the station. From here we head into the moorland landscape forged by nature and shaped by humans. We make a brief stop for photos at the famed Hole of Horcum, Legend has it was formed by Wade the Giant following an argument with his wife Bell. We continue on to the famed village of Goathland. A typical moorland village where sheep graze openly on the village green. Its fame originally linked the popular TV show heartbeat before its train station was used as the location for “Hogsmeade station” in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film. A short drive brings us the rugged coast North Yorkshire Coast line and the historic Town of Whitby. This old port was once famous for fishing and Whaling where Captain Cook set sail from to discover Australia. Here you will have 2 hours to explore the famous Abbey linked to Bram Stokers Dracula and have lunch in one of the towns many fish and chip shops. Discover the towns interesting independent shops including the famous Jet Jewellery stores where you might catch a jewellery making in action. After we leave Whitby we traverse the entire width of the park. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way as we discover why this landscape was designated a national park. High heather moorland is interspersed with deep cut valleys carved out during the Ice ages thousands of years ago, standing stones, burial mounds and stone crosses erected by the people of the moors over thousands of years. We end the day with a relaxing stop in Helmsley. This bustling little town is built around the only medieval market place in the North York Moors. It is dominated by the ruins of a Norman castle dating back to the 12th century. There are many independent shops and your last chance to souvenir before heading back to York

$61.42 Cultural & Theme Tours

York to North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard Full-Day Tour

We leave York heading east to the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Our first stop is the quaint town of Pickering. Here you can explore the historic Church of St Peter and St Paul and discover the amazing medieval murals adorning the Nave of the Church. Pickering is the southern terminus of the North York Moors Railway, England’s busiest heritage line where you might find a steam train waiting in the station. From here we head into the moorland landscape, forged by nature and shaped by humans. We make a brief stop for photos at the famed Hole of Horcum, local legend tells us it was formed by Wade the Giant following an argument with his wife Bell. We take a looped route around the Moors landscape, There will be plenty of photo stops along the way as we discover why this landscape was designated a national park. High heather moorland is interspersed with deep cut valleys carved out during the Ice ages thousands of years ago, standing stones, burial mounds and stone crosses erected by the people of the moors over thousands of years. Lunch will be in Helmsley, a beautiful market town on the edges of the park. Known as a foodie town there are no shortage of cafes, tearooms or pubs to choose from as well as some award winning deli’s serving fantastic local produce. It is just a short drive after lunch to Castle Howard. We stop for approximately 2 hours to explore the house and gardens. This magnificent estate was completed in 1799 and took over 100 years to complete. It is still home the Howard family who reside in one half of the house the remaining part is open to the public along with 1000 acres of landscaped gardens. From Castle Howard we head along the back roads through gently rolling scenery and pretty villages, if the weather is good we may spot York Mister on the horizon and the remains of Sheriff Hutton Castle before arriving back into York.

$645.57 Day Trips & Excursions

Private North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

You will be picked up at 9.00am from your choice of location in York for this guided day trip to explore the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park & the seaside town of Whitby. You will have a comfortable minicoach with air-conditioning and a driver/guide exclusively for your group. You will head off into the Vale of York, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, before stopping in the picturesque market town of Helmsley for 45 minutes where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in one of the cafes - the choice is yours!You leave Helmsley and head up over the North York Moors for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the moors) and Ralph's Cross, then through the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire villages that lead down into Whitby. As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town's history and your guide will tell you about the main places of interest that you may want to visit.You will have two hours free time in Whitby to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, enjoy the beach, waterfront and fishing port, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic fashion or just sample the famous Fish 'n' Chips at the Magpie Cafe - the choice is yours!From Whitby, you can either continue the tour by road in the minicoach or, if you prefer, some or all of your group can spend a little less time in Whitby and take the optional 45-minute moorland steam train journey from Whitby to Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This option is paid locally on the day at a discounted rate and there is no need to book ahead, your guide will advise you how to purchase tickets and meet you off the train at Goathland Station ("Hogsmeade" in the Harry Potter movies).On arrival in Goathland, by whichever means you choose, you will see the Station where Hogsmeade was filmed, then explore the picture-postcard village itself to see the filming locations that were used for "Aidensfield" in the Heartbeat television series.After leaving Goathland, you will have a couple more photo stops as you 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.You will arrive back in York at approximately 5.15pm but should not book onward travel too close to the arrival time just in case of traffic problems.

$30 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Castle Howard and Helmsley at Christmas: Tour from York

Discover Yorkshire’s finest stately home – Castle Howard – on this fantastic 5 1/2 tour departing from York. Explore the incredible 18th century house, admire the beauty of the impeccable gardens and walk through the extensive grounds to uncover treasures located throughout the 9,000-acre estate. Take advantage of the discounted entrance tickets for Castle Howard available from your guide when you book this tour, or use your York Pass for entry to Castle Howard.On this incredibly popular half-day tour you’ll travel from York city centre, across the North Yorkshire countryside to the magnificent Castle Howard estate – former seat of the Earls of Carlisle and possession of the Howard family since the house was designed in 1699. You’ll see the fabulous rural setting of Yorkshire’s finest and most famous stately home, before arriving at the Courtyard entrance, where the magnificence of the estate begins to reveal itself.At Castle Howard you’ll be introduced to the grounds and estate by your local guide, before enjoying approximately 2 ½ hours at leisure to discover the house, grounds and gardens at your own pace. You can walk past the south lake and along the terrace to visit the stunning Temple of the Four Winds, or follow one of the marked trails through ancient Ray Wood. Once you enter the main house at Castle Howard, the estate’s very own expert guides will take you on a journey back in time as they reveal the history of each room and tell you about the fascinating past of the Howard family, the story of Castle Howard and the many challenges to have confronted the Howards and their amazing household staff over the past 300 years. Impressively decorated for Christmas, with roaring log fires and an amazing Gingerbread recreation of the house itself, Castle Howard is a superb place to visit during the festive period.From Castle Howard you'll follow a route through the countryside to the truly charming market town of Helmsley. One of the real hidden gems of North Yorkshire, Helmsley is a quaint, quintessentially English market town, with some wonderful independent shops and stores, as well as imposing castle ruins and a beautiful church. You'll have some time to explore Helmsley, to treat yourself to some shopping or to have lunch in a local tearoom or cafe.Finally, you’ll travel back to York city centre to conclude a wonderful afternoon at Castle Howard and Helmsley this Christmas.