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Art, Culture & History

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 and we can't wait to share it with you.

Discover the Culture on the Yorkshire Coast

 
 
 

Scarborough Castle

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.

Inspired by... gallery

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.

The Scarborough Spa Express

Travel coast to coast across spectacular Lancashire and Yorkshire landscapes from Carnforth, to York or Scarborough.

Wagoners' Museum

This little museum, which is in the entrance area to Sledmere House, tells the story of the Wagoners' Special Reserve with photographs, papers, memorabilia and a medal collection. Sir Mark Sykes' uniform is also on display.

Literary and Philosophical Society

A very warm welcome to the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.

North Bay Heritage Railway

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 and Scarborough Castle.

Nunnington Hall

Enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful Yorkshire manor house, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye.

Ampleforth Abbey

Ampleforth Abbey has been home to a Community of Benedictine monks since 1802. The Abbey Church is the centre of monastic life and is open to visitors all year round.

Scarborough Lifeboat House and Shop

Scarborough Lifeboat House and shop.

Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village

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.

Triton Gallery

The Triton Gallery opened in 2008 and is now one of East Yorkshire's most prominent exhibition spaces for contemporary art.

Peak Alum Works

At first glance the stunning views on the Yorkshire Coast seem like a rugged natural landscape created by time and tide. In fact, human history is as significant as natural history in the shaping of this beautiful coastline.

Whitby Museum

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

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest historic houses with awe-inspiring architecture, grand interiors and rolling parkland and gardens. With gift shops, garden centre, farm shop, cafes and adventure playground.

Whitby Abbey

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.

Abbey Orchard

Our Apple Orchard and Cider Mill are located on Aumit Lane, opposite the St Alban's Sports Centre.

Gallery at Woodend

Scarborough's unique office and meeting venue also offers virtual offices and a beautiful arts and crafts gallery.

The Scarborough Fair Collection

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

Rievaulx Abbey

Escape the crowds and experience the serene beauty of this impressive monastic site, in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.