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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

 
 
 
Kunsthuis Gallery

Kunsthuis Gallery

Kunsthuis is a contemporary art gallery located 15 miles north of York in the beautiful scenic village of Crayke.

St.Mary's Parish Church Whitby

St Mary's Parish Church, Whitby

Unique church dating from the 12 century features include three deck pulpit box pews and galleries.

Terror Tower Scarborough

Terror Tower

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.

Captain Cook Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

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

Alum Works: National Trust Centre - Ravenscar

Ravenscar Coastal Centre - Alum Works

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

Whitby Brewery

Whitby Brewery

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

Anne Bronte's Grave

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.

The Church of St. Martin on-the-Hill

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.

Runcible Spoon

Runcible Spoon Art Gallery

Runcible Spoon is a lovely warm & friendly open space, exhibiting and selling art set amongst the Runcible Spoon café.

Crescent Arts

Crescent Arts

We are the only exclusively contemporary art gallery in Scarborough, showing work by local, national and international artists.

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.

Clock Tower Cafe

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is the place to visit all year round. Uniquely situated in a dramatic clifftop position with spectacular views over Bridlington and set in 50 acres of early 19th Century parkland.

Bran Stoker Dracula Experience

The Bram Stoker Dracula Experience

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

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

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.

Malton Museum

Malton Museum

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

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.

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre has an exhibition and information on the history of Scarborough, ship building, fishing and the maritime life of the port and harbour going back to the Romans and Vikings.

Bayle Museum

Bayle Museum

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.