Must-see attractions in North Yorkshire

  • Exterior of Whitby Abbey during sunset.

    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…

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    York Minster


    York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in northern Europe, and one of the world's most beautiful Gothic buildings. Seat of the archbishop of York,…

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    Castle Howard

    North Yorkshire

    Stately homes may be two a penny in England, but you'll have to try pretty damn hard to find one as breathtakingly stately as Castle Howard, a work of…

  • Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

    North Yorkshire

    The alluring and strangely obsessive water gardens of the Studley Royal estate were built in the 18th century to enhance the picturesque ruins of 12th…

  • The National Railway Museum in York.

    National Railway Museum


    York's National Railway Museum – the biggest in the world, with more than 100 locomotives – is well presented and crammed with fascinating stuff. It is…

  • A family watch on as a woman in traditional dress demonstrating stitching at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York.

    Jorvik Viking Centre


    Interactive multimedia exhibits aimed at bringing history to life often achieve exactly the opposite, but the much-hyped Jorvik manages to pull it off…

  • Rievaulx Abbey

    North York Moors National Park

    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…

  • AB07AK The Captain Cook Memorial Museum at Whitby North Yorkshire England. Image shot 2007. Exact date unknown.

    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…

  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway

    North York Moors National Park

    This privately owned railway runs for 18 miles through beautiful countryside from Pickering to Whitby. Lovingly restored steam locos pull period carriages…

  • Whitby, Yorkshire, England. 7 July 2014 A replica of Captain Cook's ship The Endeavour used as a tourist attraction in Whitby

    Endeavour Experience Whitby


    In 2018, a full-size replica of Captain Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour became a permanent fixture in Whitby harbour and opened to the public as a visitor…

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    Barley Hall


    This restored medieval townhouse, tucked down an alleyway, includes a permanent exhibition of life in the times of Henry VIII. It was once the home of…

  • York, UK - February 19, 2013: Merchant Adventurers Hall was constructed in the fourteenth century and is still in use today. An senior couple is strolling in the grounds and tow men in the background are picking up litter.

    Merchant Adventurers' Hall


    York's most impressive semi-timbered building is still owned by the fraternity that built it almost 650 years ago and it is the oldest surviving guildhall…

  • York, UK - September 26 2021: The Treasurer's House and gardens in York; Shutterstock ID 2072382956; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    Treasurer's House


    This historic home, which once housed York Minster's medieval treasures, is an anomaly: in the 19th century it was bought by Yorkshire industrialist Frank…

  • YORK, UK - AUGUST 27TH 2015: A view of St. Marys Abbey Ruins situated in Museum Gardens in York, on 27th August 2015.

    Museum Gardens


    In the grounds of the peaceful Museum Gardens, you can see the Multangular Tower, a part of the City Walls that was once the western tower of the Roman…

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    Whitby Jet Heritage Centre


    A museum housing the remains of Whitby's last Victorian jet workshop lies at the bottom of the 199 steps, with original tools rescued from a derelict…

  • Tourists on a path overlooking colourful beach huts, the coast and harbour piers at Whitby, North Yorkshire, UK - taken on a sunny day at the end of summer

    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…

  • St Mary's Abbey ruins in Museum Gardens

    Yorkshire Museum


    Most of York's Roman archaeology is hidden beneath the medieval city, so the superb displays in the Yorkshire Museum are invaluable if you want to get an…

  • York, JUL 15: Exterior view of the York Art Gallery on JUL 15, 2011 at York, United Kingdom; Shutterstock ID 1649394067; your: Bridget Brown; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI Image Update

    York City Art Gallery


    As well as an impressive collection of Old Masters, York Art Gallery possesses works by LS Lowry, Pablo Picasso, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, and the…

  • RK21BH Museum of Whitby jet by W Hamond in the harbour town of Whitby in North Yorkshire,England

    Museum of Whitby Jet


    Housed inside a 1901 chapel, this small museum has created a temple to Whitby jet – one of the town’s most prized exports, a gothic icon, and a favourite…

  • View of Whitby from St Mary's church, North Yorkshire, England - stock photo

Path in the graveyard beside this historic church on the cliff above the town of Whitby. A busy tourist destination with many attractions and a connection to the novel 'Dracula'.

    St Mary's Church


    The 199 steps of Church Stairs lead steeply up from the end of Church St, passing the spooky graveyard of St Mary's Church, a favourite haunt of Goth…

  • Visitors walk along model shops and carriages of a Victorian street scene in the York Castle Museum in York, England.
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    York Castle Museum


    This excellent museum has displays of everyday life through the centuries, with reconstructed domestic interiors, a Victorian street and a prison cell…

  • The Shambles

    The Shambles


    The Shambles takes its name from the Saxon word shamel, meaning 'slaughterhouse' – in 1862 there were 26 butcher shops on this street. Today the butchers…

  • York England UK. May 2018. Interior of Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate. Photo shows the original, very rare, wooden box pews where families prayed together. A hidden treasure 
Church of the Holy Trinity

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    Church of the Holy Trinity


    Tucked away behind an inconspicuous gate and seemingly cut off from the rest of the town, the Church of the Holy Trinity is a fantastically atmospheric…

  • York, United Kingdom - October 2, 2016: View of Clifford's Tower, a Norman Motte and Bailey castle in York, England, with visitors climbing the steps to see the attraction.

    Clifford's Tower


    There's precious little left of York Castle except for this evocative stone tower, a highly unusual four-lobed design built into the castle's keep after…

  • HARROGATE, UNITED KINGDOM - 2009/07/02: The Montpellier Quarter at the spa town in North Yorkshire. (Photo by Olaf Protze/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Montpellier Quarter

    North Yorkshire

    The most attractive part of town is the Montpellier Quarter, overlooking Prospect Gardens between Crescent Rd and Montpellier Hill. It's an area of…

  • Hutton-le-Hole

    North York Moors National Park

    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…

  • Royal Pump Room Museum

    North Yorkshire

    You can learn all about Harrogate's history as a spa town in the ornate Royal Pump Room, built in 1842 over the most famous of the town's sulphurous…

  • Jervaulx Abbey

    North Yorkshire

    There are many abbey ruins down leafy country lanes in Yorkshire, but Jervaulx has an unusual claim to fame as the birthplace of Wensleydale cheese. It…

  • Rievaulx Terrace

    North York Moors National Park

    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…

  • Sea Life Sanctuary

    North Yorkshire

    At this family-oriented attraction you can see coral reefs, turtles, octopuses, seahorses, otters and many other fascinating creatures. The biggest draws…

  • Black Sheep Brewery

    North Yorkshire

    Founded in 1992 by the 'black sheep' of the Theakston family, who refused to work for the multinational company that took over Yorkshire's highly regarded…

  • Theakston's Brewery

    North Yorkshire

    Founded in 1827, and still run by the Theakston family (despite a spell in the ownership of global brewer Scottish & Newcastle), Theakston's has long been…

  • Duncombe Park Gardens

    North York Moors National Park

    On the outskirts of Helmsley lies the superb ornamental landscape of Duncombe Park estate, laid out in 1718 for Thomas Duncombe (whose son would later…

  • Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens

    North Yorkshire

    A huge green thumbs-up to Harrogate's gardeners: the town has some of the most beautiful public gardens in England. Flower fanatics should make for the…

  • Dig


    Under the same management as Jorvik and housed in an atmospheric old church, Dig gives you the chance to be an 'archaeological detective', unearthing the…

  • Valley Gardens

    North Yorkshire

    The Valley Gardens, opposite the Royal Pump Room, is a pretty, popular strolling space with a cafe serving ice cream, pitch-and-putt golf and a bandstand…

  • Rotunda Museum

    North Yorkshire

    The Rotunda Museum is dedicated to the coastal geology of northeast Yorkshire, which has yielded many of Britain's most important dinosaur fossils. The…

  • Helmsley Walled Garden

    North York Moors National Park

    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…

  • Helmsley Castle

    North York Moors National Park

    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…

  • Ryedale Folk Museum

    North York Moors National Park

    The largely open-air Ryedale Folk Museum is a constantly expanding collection of North York Moors buildings from different eras, including a medieval…