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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.

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. Johns Church Filey

St John's Church - Filey

West Avenue, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9AA

St John's Church Filey.

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.

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

The Church of St. Martin on-the-Hill

St Martin-On-The-Hill

Albion Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2DD

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sewerby Hall & Gardens

Sewerby Hall & Gardens PICNIC ONLY

Church Lane, Sewerby, YO15 1EA

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.

Wharram Percy

Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

Wharram le Street, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 9TW

The most famous and intensively studied of Britain's 3,000 or so deserted medieval villages, Wharram Percy occupies a remote but attractive site in a beautiful Wolds valley.

VISIT THE BUNKER - RAF Holmpton

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

Open for 2017 - 8th April until 3rd September

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.

Bridlington Priory St Marys Parish Church

The Priory Church, Bridlington

Church Green, Bridlington Old Town, YO16 7JX

The Hall

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures collected over four centuries.

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.

Ampleforth

Ampleforth

Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB

Staithes Gallery

Staithes Gallery

High Street, Staithes, North Yorkshire, TS13 5BH

Staithes Gallery displays an astonishing variety of quality contemporary art inspired by its location in a historic Yorkshire fishing village with strong artistic traditions.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Take a trip on one of the world's greatest heritage railways with 24 miles of scenery!

Captain Cook Museum

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