Attractions – North York Moors & coast

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Attractions – North York Moors & coast
– April 2017

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Ampleforth Abbey

heritage — Ampleforth Abbey and College, Ampleforth, York YO62 4EN.

Tel 01439 766000 Website

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Helmsley Walled Garden

walled garden — Cleveland Way, Helmsley, York YO62 5AH.

Tel 01439 771427 Website

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Eden Camp Modern History Museum

museum — Malton YO17 6RT.

Tel 01653 697777 Website

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Ampleforth, York

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey and College, Ampleforth, York YO62 4EN. Tel 01439 766000 Email reception@_;

The Abbey Church is open all year round and visitors are welcome to visit the Abbey Tea Room, Abbey Shop and the Visitor Centre. There are several walks through the extensive grounds and the Abbey is also home to St Alban's Sports Centre, which features a fitness gym and 25m swimming pool. Admission to Abbey and Grounds is free but donations are welcome. Visitor Centre: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday: 11am - 4pm Abbey Shop: Monday to Saturday 10:30am - 5pm Sunday 11am - 4pm Abbey Tea Room: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5:30pm Sunday 12am - 5:30pm Children welcome. Children can enjoy the 'Mouse Hunt' in the Visitor Centre. Children's sandwiches and pizzas are available in the Tea Room. Accessible. Fully accessible Dogs welcome with conditions.

Bempton, Bridlington

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington YO15 1JF. Tel 01262 422206 Email bempton.cliffs@_;

250,000 seabirds Apr to Sep on high cliff ledges. Puffins, gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and fulmars. Home to other wildlife inc. farmland birds, hares, weasels and different species of orchid. Six viewpoint structures. Visitor Centre open daily 9.30am to 5pm Mar to Oct; 9.30am - 4pm Nov to Feb. Admission fees apply; car parking free. Children welcome. Nature trails, guided walks, education packages for school groups Accessible. Wheelchair friendly path to 2 main viewpoints with special views for disable. Adapted toilet in the visitor centre Dogs welcome with conditions.

Castle Howard, York

Castle Howard

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel 01653 648333 Email house@_;

Accessible. Designated parking, onsite land-transport with disabled access. Wheelchair loans. Carers free of charge. Lift for manual wheelchairs to all public rooms (a few exceptions). Garden paths and entrances ramped for easy access. Dogs welcome with conditions.

The Yorkshire Arboretum

Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY. Tel 01653 648598 Email visit@_;

Dalby Forest, Pickering

Dalby Bike Barn Ltd

Dalby forest courtyard, Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel 01751 460049 Email info@_;

One-stop-shop for all bike related needs: Bike Hire, Bike Service, Bike Store, Guided rides, Skills Instruction, Maintenance Courses.

Danby, Whitby

The Moors National Park Centre

Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB. Tel 01439 772737 Email moorscentre@_;

A former hunting lodge in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk. Shop, gallery, and interactive exhibition on the North York Moors. Beautiful grounds, riverside trail and Crow Wood. Children welcome. Interactive displays, indoor climbing wall, quizzes, trails, brass rubbing. Accessible. Mobility scooter and manual wheelchair available. Dogs welcome with conditions.


Burton Agnes Hall

Driffield YO25 4NB. Tel 01262 490324 Email office@_;

Elizabethan home with award-winning gardens. Children welcome. Maze, garden games, children's corner, woodland sculpture walk Accessible. The gardens, grounds and the ground floor of the house all wheelchair accessible. No wheelchair access to the first and second floor, however a reduced rate is offered and these areas can be viewed in an album on the ground floor..Accessible toilet. Dogs welcome

Sledmere House & Gardens

Driffield YO25 3XG. Tel 01377 236637 Email info@_;

Country house open to the public 6 Apr-Sun 26 Oct 2014. Also beautiful gardens, cafe & shop. Picnic area. Wedding venue. Children welcome. Adventure play area, in-house quiz. Accessible. Access to all parts of the house is sometimes restricted for the disabled. Contact in advance for further information. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Gilling East, York

Ryedale Society of Model Engineers

The Old School House, Pottergate, Gilling East, York YO62 4JJ.

Miniature steam railway & tearoom. Open Sunday afternoons from Easter to September with some exceptions - check website Children welcome. Miniature railway train rides Accessible. Field car park Dogs welcome with conditions.

Great Ayton, Middlesbrough

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

101 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough TS9 6NB. Tel 01642 724296 Email contact@_;

Refurbished and extended facilities to show the education and achievements of Captain James Cook RN. Open Apr to Oct. Children welcome. Including school parties. Interactive displays, play corner. Accessible. Fully accessible; lift to 1st floor.

Dalby Forest, Pickering

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Lower Dalby, Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel 0845 643 9215 Email info@_;

Go Ape adventures in Dalby Forest: Tree Top Adventure course - two to three hours of fun on zip wires, tarzan swings, rope ladders and obstacles. New Tree Top Junior course - an hour's adventure for 6-12 year olds. Forest Segway - discover the forest from the ground on an all-terrain, self-balancing electric Segway. Children welcome. Age 10+ & height 1.4m for tree-top adventure. Go Ape Junior for 6-12 year olds, height 1m. Forest Segway over 7 stone (45kg). Supervision ratios apply.


Helmsley Arts Centre

The Old Meeting House, Helmsley YO62 5DW. Tel 01439 771700 Email pr@_;

Centre for Arts including theatre, cinema, exhibitions & music of all genres. Classes, workshops & events. Children welcome. Youth theatre age 5-18. Half-term activities. Accessible. parking, access & toilet

Helmsley, York

Bilsdale Riding Centre

Shaken Bridge Farm, Hawnby, Helmsley, York YO62 5LT. Tel 01439 798225/798252 Email enquiries@_;

Large number of horses and ponies to suit all standards of riding experience. For the less experienced every effort is made to assist with their riding skills. Children welcome. Contact with ponies

Duncombe Park

The Estate Office, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB. Tel 01439 772625 / 770213 Email info@_;

The house is closed to the public but the spectacular landscape garden and surrounding parkland are open to visitors. The gardens open Apr to Aug while the parkland is open every day except in January. Check events listings in case gardens or parkland are closed for a private event. Conference facilities up to 80, wedding licence, seat up to 108.

Helmsley Castle

Castlegate, Helmsley, York YO62 5AB. Tel 01439 770442

Dogs welcome with conditions.

Helmsley Riding School

9 The Castlegate, Helmsley, York YO62 5AT. Tel 01439 770355 Email charlotte_westhead@_;

Riding in the valleys of Rievaulx, Riccaldale, Ashdale and Beckdale Also in Duncombe Park. Wide range of horses and ponies to suit all standard of riders. Children welcome. Horses, ponies, farm animals. Dogs welcome

Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way, Helmsley, York YO62 5AH. Tel 01439 771427 Email info@_;

Tranquil 5-acre garden including Physic Garden, Cottage Garden and Garden of Contemplation.
Plant centre selling perennials, vegetable plants, seeds, bedding plants, gardening tools & equipment. Gift shop & cafe.
Children welcome. Chickens in the walled garden. Accessible. Full wheelchair access along gravelled paths, disabled visitor parking at entrance, disabled toilet. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Hovingham, York

Hovingham Hall

The Estate Office, Hovingham, York YO62 4LX. Tel 01653 628771 Email office@_;

Attractive Palladian family home, designed and built by Thomas Worsley to his own design between 1750 and 1770. The childhood home of Katharine Worsley, Duchess of Kent. Unique in being entered through a riding school and has beautiful rooms (with collections of pictures and furniture) and attractive gardens. Open 1st-28th June, 12.30pm-4.30pm (last tour 3.30pm). Children welcome. Accessible. Partial access to ground floor, no mobility scooters

Hutton-le-Hole, York

Hutton-le-Hole Craft Workshops

Hutton-le-Hole, York YO62 6UA.

Candle makers, handmade chocolates, glass, wood, ceramics and prints, handmade felt pictures and gifts, Hand spun wool from local and rare breed fleeces, painted furniture; handmade cushions; lavender, rose & corn pots; stylish accessories and gifts for the home

Ryedale Folk Museum

Hutton-le-Hole, York YO62 6UA. Tel 01751 417367 Email info@_;

Ryedale Folk Museum is an open air museum in the North York Moors National Park. With twenty heritage buildings and a collection of over forty thousand objects and antiques it tells the story of Ryedale's ordinary people from the Iron Age to the 1950s. There's the old Post Office and Village Store to explore, the tudor Manor House, the Victorian Cottage and the incredible antiques and curiosities housed in the Harrison Collection. Children welcome. School holiday activities are on offer, there is a year-round fun children's trail to follow and our animals (pigs, chickens and pygmy goats) are always a hit with children. Accessible. Benches located regularly around the site. Free mobility scooters - pre-booking advised. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Kirby Misperton, Malton

Flamingo Land Resort

The Rectory, Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX. Tel 0871 9118000 Email info@_;

Combined Theme Park & Zoo, with over 100 rides, shows and attractions and over 140 species of animals in a conservation zoo. Open over Winter months at weekends and Feb half-term holiday. Children welcome. Interactive Zoo Keeper talks and handling sessions throughout the day. Accessible. Access to rides via the exits, accessible toilets. Download the accessibility guide specific details for


Eden Camp Modern History Museum

Malton YO17 6RT. Tel 01653 697777 Email admin@_;

Housed in the grounds and buildings of an ex-prisoner of war (PoW)camp which originally housed Italian and German PoW's between 1942-1948, our museum covers British social history of the 1930's & 40's and military history of the 20th Century. Our site consists of 30 exhibition huts, a large collection of military vehicles and equipment, a Café, Tearoom, Licensed bar and Gift shop. Open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. Children welcome. WW2 reconstructed camp, Children's play area/Assault course. Free wartime-themed puppet show. Accessible. Fully accessible in all areas. Manual wheelchairs, braille sheets and audio guides can be borrowed free of charge. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Marske-by-the Sea, Redcar

Winkies Castle Museum

162 High Street, Marske-by-the Sea, Redcar TS11 7NB. Tel 01642 775086 Email post@_;

A unique folk meseum for all ages. Open East Sat to end Sep, plus Oct school holidays. Children welcome. Hands on learning, special craft days plus events Accessible. Ground floor only. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Nunnington, York

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington, York YO62 5UY. Tel 01439 748283 Email nunningtonhall@_;

Children welcome. Children's corner, quizzes or trails, sand (mud pie) kitchen in the garden.


Beck Isle Museum

Bridge St, Pickering YO18 8DU. Tel 01751 473653 Email info@_;

Beautiful museum with diverse set of objects which tell the story of the town and life there. Children welcome. Activities, children's events, outdoor area. Accessible. Partly, not 1st floor. Disabled toilet.

Dalby Forest, Pickering

Dalby The Great Yorkshire Forest

The Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel 01751 460295 Email yorkshirefd@_;

Dalby Forest has 8,000 acres to explore, enjoy and discover. Range of cycle trails for all the family from beginners trails to world class trails, way-marked walks for all including trails for wheelchairs, Go Ape High Wire Course, Forest Segways, Tree Top Junior, Dalby Bike Barn Cycle Hire and Service Centre, Play Areas, Enchanted Woodland, Picnic and BBQ Areas, Dalby Activity Centre, Cafes, Visitor Centre and Toilets. Children welcome. 2 Play areas, Tree Top Junior Course, Enchanted Woodland, Family cycle and walking trails, events for children, Dalby Activity Centre for outdoor activities and Dalby Bike Barn for bike hire. Accessible. Easy access. 2 x mobility scooters available free of charge from the Visitor Centre. Easy access trials suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs welcome with conditions.


North Yorks Moors Railway

12 Park Street, Pickering YO18 7AJ. Tel 01751 472508 Email info@_;

the worlds busiest heritage railway, with heritage steam and diesel locomotives travelling between the coastal town of Whitby and market town of Pickering, with stops at Grosmont, Goathland, Newtondale Halt and Levisham in between. Children welcome. Travel on a steam hauled service to Goathland where 'Hogsmeade' was filmed in the first Harry Potter film. Accessible. Accessible toilets at Pickering, Goathland and Grosmont. Wheelchair access to train via ramp and all platforms accessible. Call ahead for assistance. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Pickering Castle

Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX. Tel 01751 474989

Rievaulx, Helmsley, York

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LB. Tel 01439 798228

Children welcome. Reatil shop, large grounds Accessible. Partly accessible Dogs welcome with conditions.

Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx, Helmsley, York YO62 5LJ. Tel 01439 798340 Email nunningtonhall@_;

one of Ryedale's true gems - the 18th-century landscape of Rievaulx Terrace. Stroll through woods, then out on to the terrace, with its stunning views down over the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey. In spring the bank between the temples is awash with wild flowers, in summer the lawns are the perfect spot for picnics, while in autumn the beech woods are a mass of rich hues. Children welcome. Run around the wood & terrace. Accessible. Dogs welcome

Scampston, Malton

Scampston Walled Garden

Estate Office, Scampston Hall, Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG. Tel 01944 759111 Email info@_;

A stunning, modern, garden. Striking perennial-meadow planting, which explodes with colour during the summer, contrasts with a green ‘silent garden’, and the dramatic use of grasses, bulbs and unusual shrubs extends the season. Scampston Hall, open for a short period in the early summer, contains a fine collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture. Guided tours, often led by the owner. Open Fri 3 Apr-Sun 1 Nov 2015. Tue to Sun plus Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-5pm (last entry 4:30pm). Children welcome. Family explorer trails. Accessible. Walled Garden and Restaurant fully accessible. Mobility scooter for loan, pre-booking advised on 01944 759111.


Bark Endeavour

Fish Quay, Whitby Harbour, Whitby YO21 1DN. Tel 01723 364100 Email info@_;

Story of Captain Cook & Sea Shanties. Children welcome. Sea cruise on 40% size replica of Captain cooks ship. Dogs welcome with conditions.


North Bay Railway

Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF. Tel 01723 368791 Email info@_;

¾ mile journey from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills stations. Children welcome. Accessible. 100% wheelchair friendly Dogs welcome with conditions.

Scarborough Castle

Castle Road, Scarborough YO11 1HY. Tel 01723 372451 Email scarborough@_;

3,000 years of history from the Bronze Age to World War II. Picnics encouraged on the 16-acre site. Tea rooms. Children welcome. Historical education & events Accessible. Adapted toilets.The castle and grounds are mostly accessible. Dogs welcome

Scarborough Sea Life & Sanctuary

Scalby Mills, Scarborough YO12 6RP. Tel 01723 373414 Email slcscarborough@_;

A unique mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and over 50 displays of marine life including seals, otters and penguins. Enjoy a hands-on rockpool experience and learn some amazing facts about the underwater world. Children welcome. Interactive rock pool, feeding demonstrations, soft play area, mini-golf. Accessible.

Stephen Joseph Theatre

Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW. Tel 01723 370540 Email enquiries@_;

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is Scarborough's local theatre with an international reputation. The theatre has two auditoria: The Round, a 404-seat in the round and The McCarthy, a 165-seat endstage/cinema. Children welcome. Family-orientated prodictions, plus classes, Workshops and summer schools are provided via the Outreach Department. Accessible. The SJT is fully accessible, with level access to the Box Office and disabled toilets, a wheelchair lift to the shop and passenger lift to the Round and McCarthy auditoria Dogs welcome with conditions.

Skinningrove, Saltburn

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Mus

Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn TS13 4AP. Tel 01287 642877 Email visits@_;

Experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner. In 2015 open 16-21 Feb, then from 30 Mar- 31 Oct. Fully guided tour lasting approx 90 mins. Adults £5.50, Senior Citizens £5.00, Children 5 - 15 £3.00, Under 5s Free, Families (2 adults + 2 children) £14.00. Children welcome. Underground tour in Ironstone mine Accessible. Wheelchair access to the tour Dogs welcome with conditions.

Terrington, York

Yorkshire Lavender

Terrington, York YO60 6PB. Tel 01653 648008 Email lavenderworld@_;

Award-winning gardens, giftshop & tearoom. Children welcome. Space, Hillside snakes & ladders, lavender maze, deer. Accessible. gardens accessible via gravel paths

Westow, York

Ryedale Vineyards

Farfield Farm, Westow, York YO60 7LS. Tel 01653 658507 / 07763 109458 Email stuart@_;

A tour of the vineyard and winery and a wine tasting session. Must be booked.


Captain Cook Museum Whitby

Grape Lane, Whitby YO22 4BA. Tel 01947 601900 Email cookmuseum@_;

Accessible. Wheelchair users now have access to the ground floor and to the first floor via a specially installed lift. A DVD of the upper floor and the attic is available to view. Accessible toilet

Whitby Abbey

Abbey Lane, Whitby YO22 4JT. Tel 01947 603568

Children welcome. Dedicated section for children in the exhibition and extensive event program for children, including in the summer holidays. Accessible. Dogs welcome

Whitby Museum

Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE. Tel 01947 602908 Email keeper@_;

There is something for all ages in our extensive collections. For children there are the toys & dolls and the birds and mammals in the natural history section. All ages can marvel at the large Jurassic reptiles in the geology area and look at the fossils collected locally. The world culture exhibits are likely to interest the older members of the family. Children welcome. Toy section, play area outside Accessible. Fully accessible , wheelchair entry via rear door, accessible toilets

Whitby Pavilion Complex

West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN. Tel 01947 458899

Whitby Walks

22 Rosemount Road, Half acre, Whitby YO21 1LB. Tel 07845 426 028 / 01947 821734 Email harry@_;

Join the costumed 'Storywalker' to read the parts of Whitby others miss. Children welcome. Ghost, heritage or Dracula walks, start from the Whale Bone Arch Accessible. Wheelchair accessible Dogs welcome with conditions.

Whitwell on the Hill, Malton

Kirkham Priory

Whitwell on the Hill, Malton YO60 7JS. Tel 01653 618768

Augustinian priory ruins set in the Derwent Valley. Children welcome. Accessible. Reasonably level Dogs welcome

Wintringham, Malton

Wolds Way Lavender

Sandy Lane, Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW. Tel 01944 758641 Email admin@_;

Lavender farm, tearoom, shop and plant sales Children welcome. Two acre giant games maze, miniature railway. Accessible. Good disabled access Dogs welcome with conditions.