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North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York

1. 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.

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From York: Steam Train, Whitby, and North York Moors

2. From York: Steam Train, Whitby, and North York Moors

Depart York and travel through the quaint villages of North Yorkshire as you make your way to the medieval market town of Helmsley. Pass through the idyllic village of Hutton-le-Hole, and then enter North York Moors National Park. Learn the history of the people and natural surroundings as you travel up and down the hills. Go for a stroll amongst the heather and get breathtaking views across Rosedale. Arrive at the seaside town of Whitby, where Captain Cook learned to sail. Get about two hours to explore the ruins of Whitby Abbey and enjoy a fish and chips lunch. Take a boat trip from Whitby harbor to discover the town's vampire connections. Next, visit Goathland, where the TV series Heartbeat was filmed, and treat yourself to a drink in the pub that serves as the fictional Aidensfield Arms. Continue to Goathland railway station – Hogsmeade Station from the Harry Potter films – and board a steam train for a magical journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Board the minibus upon arrival in Pickering and journey back to York. Follow a scenic route through the countryside and stop to take photos of Kirkham Priory along the way.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 228 reviews

It was amazing! We learned alot about Yorkshire and the moorlands. Lee had a ton of trivia to keep us informed and entertained throughout the drive. And the moorlands are breathtaking! The towns of Helmsley and Pickering were absolutely gorgeous and are must see places when you visit Yorkshire. Whitby was a bit of a let down due to the number of tourists there -- it was chaotic. But the fish and chips shops kind of make the visit there, worth it.

Trevor, our guide, was fantastic! It was super knowledgeable and brought us with minutes to spare with the commencement of local events (like the arrival of the steam train). It was a brilliant experience that I'd recommend to friends and family!

Brilliant day exploring York and the moors! Had lovely fish and chips it Whitby! Tour guide as very informative with great knowledge of the area definitely recommend!

Lovely and full day. Our guide Lee was knowledgeable about the area’s history enriching our experience of the beautiful scenery.

The trip was awesome and the coach was very experienced and humble