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North York Moors: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

2. North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

See the best of Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors on this fascinating and exciting full-day tour to one of Britain's most scenic areas. See the charming market town of Pickering before heading off the beaten track into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, where there will be plenty of chances throughout your day to capture memorable photos and time to enjoy the picturesque scenery. Visit the scenic moorland village of Goathland and see the station turned into ‘Hogsmeade’ for 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone'. Discover the traditional seaside town of Whitby, enjoying a lunch of fish and chips and then taking a stroll along the harbor or visiting the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which was the inspiration for the novel ‘Dracula’. Drive through more classic Yorkshire countryside as you make your way through Egton and Egton Bridge towards Glaisdale. This peaceful village is home to Beggers Bridge, a 17th-century bridge with a fascinating romantic story behind it.  Enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views on the moorlands before stopping to view a collection of historic furnaces and explore the quaint market town of Helmsley. Visit the bustling market square, dramatic castle ruins, charming tea rooms or inviting inns.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

United Kingdom: Personalised Self-Guided Walking Tours

5. United Kingdom: Personalised Self-Guided Walking Tours

Our bargain box tours are perfect for would be explorers, those who want to take up walking or those who want to explore new places but need a little inspiration – they also make the most perfect gift for all outdoor lovers. These personalised, self guided walking tours are tailored to your fitness levels and where you wants to go and include: • Detailed Tour Itinerary made especially for you – built around your preferences and fitness levels. The in depth route will tell you where to start (and park) and detail every stop along the way to make sure you never lose your feet. • In depth marked map outlining your route. • Bite sized, laminated maps you can wear around your neck while embarking on your walk – these include summarised directions and things to look out for en route. • Top tips to make the most of your adventures, help you prepare and keep you safe. • Lots of fun facts about the places and things you’ll see along the way. • Kit list to make sure you pack everything you need. • Support for your trip and emergency contact details as well as instructions about what to do in an emergency. • Lots of suggestions of what else to do in the area – including places to visit, other adventures and where to stop for a rest or bite to eat. • Novelty compass and ‘how to’ guide to make sure you always stay on track • Exclusive Embark whistle for any sticky situation • Embark goodies • Discount vouchers for some of your favourite outdoor brands. It all comes wonderfully wrapped in an Embark gift box for you to keep and use over and over again. Why not swap tours with your friends and explore a whole range of new and exciting places. Upon ordering your Embark Box Tour, a member of the Embark Team will be in touch to discuss your tour requirements (please do remember to check tour junk mail box.) There’s nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors – so be sure to Embark on your next adventure with us.

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

6. 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 332 reviews

My kids (8, 11) and I saw so much during this tour! It was perfect in order to visit the Moors and Whitby, and to get a feel for what those areas have to offer. Our guide Mark from BOBH was very knowledgeable, providing historical facts and making the day interesting and fun.

Had a great day. Our tour guide Trevor was brilliant. Full of knowledge and made the day. would definitely advise this trip. lots to see and do.

The guide was very kind and instructive. I really enjoyed visiting Whitby, and crossing the North York Moors National Park was wonderful.

Very informative and funny tour guide. Also incredibly safe driver despite the heavy rain. Highly recommended to anyone visiting York!

Loved it all and the steam train ride was a bonus that put it over the top