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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.

Discover Yorkshire Coast Feature Films


Discover Yorkshire Coast has worked in partnership with North York Moors National Park, Visit Ryedale and Welcome to Yorkshire to provide four fantastic films! The themes of the films are: 

To find out more information about the Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors please visit - 

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.

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.

North Bay Miniature Railway, Scarborough

North Bay Railway & Sky Trail Adventure

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.

The Hall

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures collected over four centuries.

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.

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY

Bridlington Harbour Heritage Museum

Bridlington Harbour Heritage Museum

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).

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.

Hornsea Museum

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.

St Stephen's Old Church, Fylingdales

Old St Stephen's Church

Church House, Church Lane, Fylingthorpe, WHITBY, North Yorkshire, YO22 4PN

A fishermen's church overlooking the sea.

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

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.

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-The-Sea, Cleveland, TS13 4AP

The museum is situated on the site of Cleveland's first ironstone mine. Hear how ironstone was first discovered in the Cleveland area hear the Trappy lad's tales of his first day underground and the friends he made

St.Mary's Parish Church Whitby

St Mary's Parish Church

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.

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

101 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, TS9 6NB

A reconstruction of an early 18th Century schoolroom, housed in a 1785 building on the site of the school which James Cook attended. Interactive displays show his voyages of discovery.

Ampleforth

Ampleforth

Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

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

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, York, YO62 5LB

Escape the crowds and experience the serene beauty of this impressive monastic site, in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.

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.

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.

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.

Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5NW

This splendid 1710 Queen Anne building is home to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's, Kirkleatham Museum. These beautiful grounds also have a Picnic and play area.