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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

 
 
 
Emma Stothard Sculpture

Emma Stothard Sculpture

“Emma’s work fits perfectly with the concept of Jardin Blanc at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is all about creating beauty, fun and art de vivre in our treasured private garden oasis.” Raymond Blanc OBE

The Spa Scarborough

The History

The Spa today as a major conference & entertainment venue is a far cry from the days when natural springs were first discovered to have healing properties attracting gentry and aristocracy to the town.

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

A reconstruction of an early 18th Century schoolroom, housed in a 1785 building on the site of the school which James Cook attended. Interactive displays show his voyages of discovery.

St Marys Church, Scarborough

Anne Bronte's Grave

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.

Ga11ery Eleven

Ga11ery Eleven

Beautiful Art for sale: Jane Took originals and prints, Fiona Clibbens’ colourful, seaside inspired prints and charming driftwood sculptures by Ebb n Flo.

Wharram Percy

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.

Peak Alum Works at Ravenscar

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.

Kirkleatham Museum

Kirkleatham Museum

This splendid 1710 Queen Anne building is home to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's, Kirkleatham Museum. These beautiful grounds also have a Picnic and play area.

Pannett Park Art Gallery

The Weatherills

This exhibition brings together the work of George Weatherill (1810-1890) and his children Mary (1834-1913), Sarah Ellen (1836-1918), Elizabeth (1841-1918), and Richard (1844-1923).

Rievaulx Abbey

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.

South Street Gallery

Arts Workshops & South Street Gallery

Art gallery showing the work of the owner Ken Wood. There are regular exhibitions of paintings, prints and photos from various artists. Some new some old. There is also an interesting antique shop attached to the gallery.

John Bull Rock

John Bull's World of Rock

At John Bull's World of Rock there are factory demonstrations available Monday-Friday in peak season. The cafe and shop are open all year round 7 days a week with the shop selling a wide range of gifts and treats. Free parking.

Brass Castle Brewery, Malton

Brass Castle Brewery

Brass Castle Brewery is informally open to visitors. A Tap Room bar opens Thursday - Sunday serving freshly-brewed beers on site.

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum

Whitby Museum is an independent Museum founded in 1823 and run by Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.

Gallery Forty-Nine

Gallery Forty-Nine

Contemporary art gallery occupying two floors of a Georgian listed building in the Old Town area of Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School

Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School

The Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School offers a range of cookery courses and demonstrations to suit all levels of ability and experience. B&B Ensuite accommodation is also available both for people attending the cookery school and visitors.

The Killing of the Servant

St Martin-On-The-Hill

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.

Abbey Grounds

Abbey Grounds

Ampleforth Abbey is set in over 2,000 acres of land in the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the North York Moors National Park to the north.

Pickering Castle (English Heritage)

Pickering Castle

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.

North Bay Miniature Railway, Scarborough

North Bay 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 & Scarborough Castle.