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Discover the Culture

Feed your mind and soul on the Yorkshire Coast

The history of the Yorkshire Coast has been a turbulent and fascinating one, to say the least. Around 160 million years ago, it was on the migration path of herds of dinosaurs, which left behind many footprints. You can also find many fossils including beautiful ammonite, belemnities and other fascinating creatures.

The Coastline has been invaded by the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and the Normans. We've seen great communities built, and others disappear into the sea. We've been ome to great explorers, men and women of religion, smugglers, fishermen, artists and writers.

Into modern day the Yorkshire Coast can feed your mind and soul on the Yorkshire Coast with world-class theatre and art, great music and a range of ventures from the beachside pubs to internationally renowned theatres such as Bridlington's historic Spa and 'favourite little venue', the spotlight theatre, Whitby's clifftop Pavillion and Scarborough's world renowned Stephen Joseph Theatre, Open Air Theatre and Spa.

And while you're here try catch one of our many festivals, chance are if you can think of somethingg that comes under the heading of 'Culture' we have a festival for it.

Stately Homes, Castles and Abbeys

Castle ruins and abbeys, carefully preserved stately homes - we've some of the world's best around Yorkshire!

Galleries

Art and the Coast have always gone hand in hand, and the Yorkshire Coast is no exception!

Artists have always been drawn to our spectacular scenery, and the results can be seen in just about every one of the lovely villages and towns. From the larger municipal galleries in towns to the smaller, independant selling galleries where you might just find that perfect piece you've been searching for.Keeping an eye out for the 'pop-up' galleries that appear at our regular arts festivals, such as the annual Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage, which takes place each September.

Live Music

Pop, Rock, Folk, World, Classical, Jazz: there are so many choices when it comes to music and we cater for them all.

Both Bridlington and Scarborough Spa's and The Open Air Theatre at Scarborough host some of the biggest names in the world.

Our music festivals are second to none - Scarborough's Jazz festival is regularly named as one of the country's best, as Whitby favourites Musicport and Folk Week, but don't forget Bridlington's Northern Soul Weekener and Filey Town Festival.

Theatres

We've plenty of theatres that present a wide range of entertainement to keep you busy during your visit on the Yorkshire Coast.

Scarborough has the Stephen Joseph Theatre, The Open Air Theatre and the Multi Venue Scarborough Spa. Whitby is home to the Clifftop Pavillion whilst Bridlington is home to the Spotlight Theatre and the Bridlington Spa.

Architecture

Whether your architectural tastes run to ancient ruins, medieval castles and abbeys, Elizabethan Manor Houses, Georgian and Victorian domesticity or Art Deco glamour, you'll find something of interest in the towns and villages on the Yorkshire Coast.

Definatly not to be missed are the great ruins of Whitby Abbey, Scarborough Castle and Rievaulx Abbey, all conveniently located within a couple of hours drive of each other. There are multiple stately homes packed with treasures and unparallleled art collections including Castle Howard, which took over 100 years to build, starting in 1699.

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth, York, YO62 4EN

Ampleforth Abbey is open all year and includes a visitor centre, tea room, gift shop and beautiful grounds.

Tocketts Mill

Tocketts Mill

Skelton Road, Guisborough, Cleveland, TS14 6QA

Although a Mill has probably occupied this excellent position since the 13th Century, Tocketts has evolved progressively over the intervening years, reaching it's final height and form in about 1850.

St Oswald's Church

St Oswald's Church

North Cliff, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9ET

Building of the church commenced about the year of 1180 and the work was finally completed in 1230. It is Norman and Early English in style with a low broad tower rising from the intersection of the transepts and is dedicated to St. Oswald.

Captain Cook and Staithes heritage Centre

Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre

High Street, Staithes, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 5BQ

The Scarborough Fair Collection

The Scarborough Fair Collection

Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3NU

A Fun Day Out For All the Family For an unforgettable fun-packed family day out, take a trip back in time to a bygone age at the Scarborough Fair Collection.

Alum Works: National Trust Centre - Ravenscar

Ravenscar Coastal Centre - Alum Works

Peak Alum Works National Trust Centre, Ravenscar, North Yorkshire, YO13 0NE

Alum shale was first quarried from the hillside in 1650 and enjoyed a successful period of liquor production all the way until 1860. The liquor extracted from the quarry in Ravenscar was used primarily for the tanning and dyeing of leather

Pickering Castle (English Heritage)

Pickering Castle

Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX

Situated in an attractive market town at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Pickering Castle is a classic 12th century motte-and-bailey castle.

Museum Entrance

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum

Junction of A169, Malton, YO17 6RT

Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original WWII Prisoner of War Camp, a visit to our unique museum will transport you back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells wartime Britain.

Bridlington Priory St Marys Parish Church

The Priory Church, Bridlington

Church Green, Bridlington Old Town, YO16 7JX

Filey Museum

Filey Museum

8-10 Queen Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HB

Filey Museum is in Queen Street in the old part of the town near to the 12th century St Oswald's Church. The museum buildings themselves date from the 17th century.

St Martin on the Hill

St Martin-On-The-Hill

Albion Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2BY

St Martin's Church was completed in 1863 and was designed by George Bodley. The beauty of the church is famous in the area and features excellent examples of pre-Raphaelite stained glass.

St. Johns Church Filey

St John's Church - Filey

West Avenue, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9AA

St John's Church Filey.

The Access Tunnel

VISIT THE BUNKER - RAF Holmpton

RAF Holmpton, Rysome Lane, Holmpton, Withernsea, HU19 2RG

Open for 2017 - 8th April until 3rd September

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest historic houses with awe-inspiring architecture, grand interiors and rolling parkland and gardens. With gift shops, garden centre, farm shop, cafes and adventure playground.

Famous Flower Folk Club, Whitby

La Rosa Hotel

5 East Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HB

Martin Carthy, renowned folk singer, will be headlining the evening, supported by the celebrated young Dales singers Cuthbert and Lydia Noble , as featured in Vogue magazine.

Bran Stoker Dracula Experience

The Bram Stoker Dracula Experience

Marine Parade, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3PR

The Dracula Experience is a unique tour through the Dracula story and the connection to Whitby. Using animated scenes, electronic special effects and live actors.

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

Bridge Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU

Bygones of Victorian age with something of interest to all ages many rooms including a grocer's shop children's room printer's workshop costume room kitchen.

Terror Tower Scarborough

Terror Tower

21 Foreshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 1PB

Inspired by the best horror movies Terror Tower is a Haunted House attraction with a serious twist, combining live actors, animated scenes and special effects.

St Mary's Church, Scarborough

St Mary's Church, Scarborough

St Mary's Church, Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1RY

Scarborough's finest and most ancient church full of history and beauty. A place of peace once damaged by war as old as Scarborough Castle. Anne Bronte's grave can be seen in the grounds of this medieval church.

Good Hope Chapel - Raven Hall Hotel

Good Hope Chapel - Raven Hall Hotel

Raven Hall Country House Hotel, Ravenscar, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0ET

Raven Hall hosts the Ravenscar and Staintondale Evening Church Service every 5th Sunday of the month and also has a Christmas Eve Carol Service open to residents and non-residents.