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Visitor Centre, next open Mon 7 Jan - Mon 11 Feb 2019, free entry

The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre

Details

Located on the outskirts of the village of Danby, The Moors National Park Centre is at the very heart of the beautiful North York Moors and is the perfect place to start any visit to the National Park.

Find out about the people, places and wildlife of the North York Moors with the interactive exhibits and take a look at the acclaimed Inspired by… gallery, with its changing exhibitions of work by accomplished artists. The upcoming exhibition theme is exploited land which will be finished by Easter 2019.

For kids, there’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall, children’s trails and a lively events programme.
There are pushchair and wheelchair friendly woodland and riverside trails around the grounds and plenty of picnic areas and seating if you just want to sit back and soak up the fantastic views across the Esk Valley.

There's also an Information Centre for inside info on the North York Moors National Park that sells parking permits and radar keys.

Remember your visit to this special place with a gift from the shop or sit back and enjoy a taste of the Moors with a bite to eat from the Woolly Sheep café.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impairedLift access

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Mon 7 Jan - Mon 11 Feb 2019 Sat - Sun 10:30 to 16:00
Tue 12 Feb - Sun 31 Mar 2019 Tue - Sun 10:30 to 16:00
Mon 1 Apr - Wed 31 Jul 2019 Tue - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Thu 1 - Sat 31 Aug 2019 Tue - Sun 09:30 to 17:30
Sun 1 Sep - Thu 31 Oct 2019 Tue - Sun 10:00 to 17:00
Fri 1 Nov - Mon 23 Dec 2019 Tue - Sun 10:30 to 16:00
Thu 26 Dec 2019 - Mon 6 Jan 2020 Tue - Sun 10:30 to 16:00
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Prices

Free entry

Contact

National Park Centre

Address

Lodge Lane,
Danby,
Whitby,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 2NB

Location

Directions

See location of The Moors National Park Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 716083  Lat: 54.46504 Long: -0.89685

By road:
From Whitby take the A171 towards Teeside. After about 6 miles turn left signposted Danby. The Moors National Park Centre is 1 mile from Danby village. The Centre lies in picturesque grounds on the side of the River Esk, 16 miles inland from Whitby.

By public transport:
The Moors Centre is a pleasant one mile walk from Danby Station, on the Esk Valley line (Middlesbrough to Whitby).

A new bus service for 2014, the Esk Valley Hopper, operated by Coastal & Country, runs from Whitby Bus Station and Whitby Park & Ride along the Esk Valley to The Moors National Park Centre. Buses run daily during school holidays, weekends and on public holidays, from Good Friday to the last Sunday in October – for more details see www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/eskvalleyhopper

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Danby station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired
  • Lift accessLift access

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas

General

  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu