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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

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.

Whitby Abbey

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.

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum

Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1RE

Set in stunning Pannett Park, Whitby Museum is the home of Whitby’s history, past to present.

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.

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens

Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, DRIFFIELD, Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

Magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures collected over four centuries.

St Marys Church, Scarborough

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.

Whitby Jet Museum

W Hamond - Whitby Jet Museum

Church Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4DE

Situated at the bottom of Whitby’s famous 199 steps W.Hamond jewellers is the oldest manufacturers and retailers of Whitby Jet jewellery and ornaments in the world.

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!

Whitby Brewery

Whitby Brewery

Abbey Farm, East Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR

When we started up our microbrewery back in 2013, we made it our mission to bring local, craft brewing back to Whitby.

Whale Bone Arch - Whitby

Whale Bone Arch

Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HA

Original Whale jaw bone arch was erected some time after 1853. A replica was presented to Whitby by Norway in 1963. The current replacement was donated by Alaska in April 2003.

Old Coastguard Station, Robin Hoods Bay

Old Coastguards Station - Visitor Centre

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

The Old Coastguard Station visitor centre at the edge of the sea in Robin Hood’s Bay village will help you discover what makes this part of the Yorkshire Coast so special.

Bridlington Harbour

Bridlington Harbour

BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 2SJ

If you’re looking for a leisurely day out, how about visiting the elegant promenades of bright and breezy Bridlington?

Tocketts Mill - The Water Mill

Tocketts Mill Country Park

Skelton Road, Guisborough, Cleveland, TS14 6QA

Although a Mill has probably occupied this excellent position since the 13th Century, Tocketts has evolved progressively over the intervening years, reaching it's final height and form in about 1850.

Scampston Hall & Walled Garden

Scampston Hall & Walled Garden

Scampston, Malton, YO17 8NG

Scampston Hall, home to Christopher & Miranda Legard and their family, is one of the finest examples of a regency country house in North Yorkshire.

Terror Tower, Scarborough

Terror Tower

21 Foreshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 1PB

Inspired by the best horror movies Terror Tower is a Haunted House attraction with a serious twist, combining live actors, animated scenes and special effects.

Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology

Rotunda Museum

Vernon Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PS

Full of fascinating objects, the Rotunda Museum is home to a unique Bronze Age man and the skeleton of a Plesiosaur found on the Yorkshire Coast.

Scarborough Spa

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.

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

Scarborough Lifeboat Station

Scarborough Lifeboat Station - RNLI

Lifeboat Station House, Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1PB

The RNLI is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. In the event of an emergency at sea call 999

Scarborough Fair Collection

The Scarborough Fair Collection

Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3NU

So much more than just a working steam museum, The Scarborough Fair Collection is where the past truly comes to life.

Whitby Abbey

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.

Ryedale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum

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

A unique visitor attraction located in the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole, where history is brought to life through the Museum’s buildings and collections.