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The Yorkshire Coast has a dense and rich history.

The area was home to one of the world’s most important Mesolithic archaeological sites before the Romans arrived to build roads and signal stations, while the Vikings marauded here, leaving an idelible mark.

In the Middle Ages, monasteries and castles were founded, while The Victorians built railway lines to our coastal resorts, travelling here to enjoy the seaside in their thousands. 

Every inch of our glorious coastline has a story to tell - we can't wait to share it with you.

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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.

Gallery Forty Nine

Gallery Forty-Nine

1 Market Place, Bridlington Old Town, YO16 4QJ

Ayton Castle

Ayton Castle

Castle Rise, West Ayton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9JY

Remains of a medieval manorial centre and later fortified house complex at Ayton Castle.

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.

Robin Hood's Bay and Fylingdales Museum

Fisherhead, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4ST

Wheeldale Roman Road

Wheeldale Roman Road

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.

Pannett Park

Whitby Pannett Art Gallery

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.

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.

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.

Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hoods Bay

Old Coastguard Station

The Dock, Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ

Inspired by... gallery

Inspired by... gallery

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

The beautiful space of the Inspired by... gallery within the Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by contemporary artists who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors.

Byland Abbey (English Heritage)

Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey, Coxwold, York, YO61 4BD

This beautiful ruin, set in the shadow of the Hambleton Hills, was once one of the great northern monasteries.

Pickering Antique Centre

Pickering Antique Centre

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.

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum

Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE

Whitby Museum is an independent Museum founded in 1823 and run by Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.

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.

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.

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens PICNIC ONLY

Estate Office, Burton Agnes, YO25 4NB

Whitby Abbey the most romantic ruin

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

High on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Whitby Abbey was recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin.

The Geall Gallery & Artisan Café

The Geall Gallery & Artisan Café

Front Street, Grosmont, North Yorkshire, YO22 5QE

Chris Geall is a landscape artist based in Grosmont near Whitby. Best known for large palette knife oil paintings of the North York Moors and North East Coastline.

The Hall

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures collected over four centuries.

 

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