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!
- Burton Agnes Hall
- Burton Constable Hall
- Castle Howard
- Nunnington Hall
- Rievaulx Abbey
- Scarborough Castle
- Sewerby Hall
- Sledmere House
- Wassand Hall
- Whitby Abbey
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.
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.
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.
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.
Goathland, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5LY
Mile-long stretch of Roman road still with its hardcore and drainage ditches leading north from the camps at Cawthorn and probably dating to the end of AD1.
Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ
Take a trip on one of the world's greatest heritage railways with 24 miles of scenery!
Harbour Road, Bridlington, YO15 2NR
Located on Bridlington's historic harbour side of the Harbour Heritage Museum and is operated by the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society (BSCPS).
11 Newbegin, Hornsea, HU18 1AB
Historic farmhouse home to the Burn family for nearly 300 years. Local history displays, farmhouse kitchen, dairy, laundry, parlour, craft workshops and Victorian street scene. Hornsea Pottery collection. Garden.
Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA
Celebrates the life of the great explorer Captain Cook, and the crews, the artists and scientists who sailed with him on his momentous voyages. Gold Award winner for best small visitor attraction,Visit England Awards for Excellence
Abbey Farm, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR
When we started up our microbrewery back in 2013, we made it our mission to bring local, craft brewing back to Whitby.
East Yorkshire, HU18 1AB
The seaside town of Hornsea is perfect for a family day out, with a lovely sandy beach, a busy promenade to stroll along, amusements and plenty of attractions for all the family.
Pickering Antique Centre, Southgate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8BL
Pickering Antique Centre is situated in Pickering a short walking distance from the Market Place and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Ampleforth, York, YO62 4EN
Ampleforth Abbey is open all year and includes a visitor centre, tea room, gift shop and beautiful grounds.
Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, York, YO62 5UY
The sheltered walled garden on the bank of the River Rye, with its delightful mixed borders, orchards of traditional fruit varieties and spring-flowering meadows, complements this mellow 17th-century manor house.
Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
With over 2,500 years of turbulent history behind it, Scarborough Castle defends a prominent headland between the north and south bays, with sheer drops to the sea.
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.
21B, Barrys Lane, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 4HA
Scarborough Brewery Ltd is a micro brewery located in the beautiful seaside town of Scarborough on the North Yorkshire Coast.
The Great Yorkshire Centre Tours, Cropton, North Yorkshire, YO18 8HH
Unique opportunity to see inside a micro brewery producing award-winning real ale in a rural setting on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and Cropton Forest.
Bayle Gate, Bridlington Old Town, YO16 4PZ
Situated in Bridlington's historic Old Town near the Priory Church. The Monastic Gatehouse with a history of over 800 years has displays and modern interactives to interest all ages.
Pannet Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE
A historic ornamental garden including Whitby Museum and Art Gallery. In the middle of Whitby this park offers a quiet haven with interesting trees and plants, rose garden, play area and ornamental lily pond.
Abbey Plain, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Unique church dating from the 12 century features include three deck pulpit box pews and galleries.
Burniston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6PF
Travel on Britain's most historic seaside miniature railway running for 3/4 mile through the North Bay at Scarborough, with spectacular views of Scarborough's North Bay, historic headland & Scarborough Castle.
Withernsea Lighthouse Museum
Hull Road, Withernsea, HU19 2DY
R.N.L.I & H.M Coastguard exhibits, history of shipwrecks, photographs of Victorian & Edwardian Withernsea and model ships. Kay Kendall Memorial (local born film star of 1950s). Views from lamproom are breathtaking after climbing 144 steps.