Discover the Coast
We Brits clearly love our coasts - thousands of us flock to the seaside each year to enjoy wide open spaces, bracing air and fantastic seafood. The Yorkshire Coast ofers some of the best coastal resorts and attractions in the country, from the towering cliffes of the north to the gentle beaches further south, the Yorkshire Coast has something for everyone, whether you're wanting to relax, challenge yourself, take in Art, Culture and History, try an exciting new sport, or just laze on a beach with the sand between your toes? Whatever your ideal holiday, you'll find it on the Yorkshire Coast!
Gorgeous Great Bridlington is East Yorkshire's favourite resort - award-winning promenades, glorious beaches, an historic harbour and a fascinating, arty Old Town packed with galleries and antique shops. Add in a fantastic theatre presenting international acts, and a new leisure centre with an exciting pool and Splash Zone, climbing wall and health suite!
With its magnificent wide sweeping bay, dog-friendly beach, affordable parking and great facilities. Cayton Bay is a magnet for holidaymakers and is a beautiful place to explore, no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. A favourite with surfers, bird watchers, fun-seekers and fossil hunters, or those who just want to relax and unwind.
A beautiful stretch of beach, one of the longest in the UK - its never crowded, however busy it is. Take a walk, paddle in the sea, build a sandcastle, or look out for migatory birds on the famous Filey Brigg - no wonder the locals say 'Filey makes you Smiley'! With its glorious sweep of soft golden sand, Filey beach is one of the best in the country for families!
Flamborough's famous white cliffs enclose a dramatic bay with caves and chalk arches, and boasting a fabulous lighthouse! It has two - one active, and one dating to 1674, making it the oldest surving complete lighthouse in England. The village is just a couple of miles from Bempton, one of the UK's most famous RSPB reserves, hosting the larget colony of gannets.
If you're looking for a relaxing break Hornsea is the ideal coastal hideaway, with its charming seafront, pretty town centre and peaceful nature reserve. Hornsea is home to the largest freshwater lake in England, the town boasts an intresting local history, much of it explored in the award-wining museum, a Blue Flag Beach with spectacular views across Bridlington Bay.
One of the most intriguing places on the Yorkshire Coast for those intrested in history, the spectacular clifftop. Ravenscar was once an important part of the British dyeing industry: the peak alum works is now a National Trust site. Like many of the other towns and vilages on the Jurassuc Coast, it's a magnet for fossil hunters.
Once the perfect haven for smugglers - belived to have been the busiest smuggling community on the coast in the 18th century - this historic fishing village is known for worldwide for its steep main street leading visitors down through a tangle of alleyways and side streets packed with quirky shops, cafes and pubs to a family-friendly beach complete with rock pools.
Voted the location of one of the best 50 beaches in the world by readers of The Guardian in 2016, Runswick Bay is picturesque and photogenic, its red-roofed cottages clinging impossibly to the cliff above the bay, The golden beach is just made for nostalgic seaside trips - rock pooling, fossil hunting, sandcastle building and walking are favourite pastimes.
One of Yorkshire’s gems: a centre of the thriving ironstone industry on the coast, with a huge array of Victorian architecture. The town has a thriving arts and food scene, gorgeous gardens, and a popular and recently renovated miniature railway. Also boasting a glorious Victorian pier and one of the world's oldest water-powered funiculars.
A charming village stretched along a sweep of fine beach, divided by a stream running into the sea, Sandsend is a great for families, surfers and fossil hunters, or those looking for a nostalgic break. It has some great places to eat from beach shacks serving crab sandwiches to fine food restaurants, a gallery and luxury hotel, with not just one but two spas!
Holidaymakers have loved Scarborough since probably becomming the world's first seaside resort as far back as the 1600s, hardly surprising, with its stunning scenary and glorious beaches and the history of the Spa waters were discovered and the wealthy began to flock to the town to improve their health.
Let's leave it to Staithes' most famous 'resident' Old Jack - or rather the actor who plays him in Old Jack's Boat, Bernard Cribbins - to sum up the village: "I've filmed in a lot of locations throughout my career, but there's something about the sea air, the beauty and the friendliness in Staithes that makes it a special place to be."
Whitby offers year round for its Blue Flag beaches and myriad attractions, including the world-famous steam-powered North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Whitby is steeped in history: fishing, whaling, the jet industry, Captain Cook, the glorious Abbey, Bram Stoker’s Dracula was inspired by the town and Goth Festival that draws visitors from around the globe.
The traditional seaside resort is a family destination with a host of family friendly summer events to enjoy. If you climb the 144 steps to the top of Withernsea's famous inland lighthouse - now a museum - you can take in breathtaking views of its long promenade and Blue Flag Beach, or take a tour of the RAF Holmpton, a former cold war era nuclear bunker.