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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kirkham Priory

Kirkham Priory

Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, YO60 7JS

Beautifully placed between the city of York and the town of Malton , the riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent valley near the Yorkshire Wolds.

Scarborough Spa Conference Venue

Scarborough Spa

South Bay, Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HD

The Spa Complex is unique amongst British Venues, not only because of its coastal location on the beautiful South Bay, but also for the variety of facilities housed within the magnificent Victorian building.

Anne Bronte's Grave

Anne Bronte's Grave

Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY

Burial site of the late literary icon, Anne Bronte. She is buried in St Mary's Church graveyard in Scarborough; a place she loved; a place she portrayed in both her novels.

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.

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.

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.

Robin Hood's Bay and Fylingdales Museum

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

Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum

Hutton-le-Hole, Nr. Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

As you step through the entrance of the Ryedale Folk Museum you will be transported back in time. Take a walk through the site and learn about the history of Ryedale from centuries past.

Malton Museum

Malton Museum

36 Yorkersgate, MALTON, North Yorkshire, YO17 7AB

Malton Museum is an independent museum. It is Accredited, is a registered charity, and is run by volunteers assisted by a temporary, part-time Development Officer.

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall

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.

Bridlington Harbour

Bridlington Harbour

Harbour Road, Bridlington, YO15 2SJ

Bridlington's historic harbour is the largest shell fish port in England and is home to trawlers, private yachts, fishing boats, speedboats, pleasure craft, the Yorkshire Belle and the Pirate Ship.

Bayle Museum

Bayle Museum

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.

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 Priory Church, Bridlington

The Priory Church, Bridlington

Church Green, Bridlington Old Town, Bridlington, Y016 7JX

The Priory Church of St Mary, in Bridlington’s Old Town, was founded as an Augustinian monastery in 1113 and was from the start a rich and important religious house.

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Castlegate, Helmsley, York, YO62 5AB

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history.