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Nature, Parks & Gardens

We’re a wild lot here on the coast. When you live by the sea, nature is part of everyday life, even in the biggest towns. The Yorkshire coast is home to some of the best bird-watching in the world, including the UK’s largest and most accessible mainland nesting colony of gannets at Bempton Cliffs. The 400ft chalk cliffs are also home to the unmistakable puffin, giving you the best chance on mainland England to spot one of these sought-after seabirds.

You can whale watch from Whitby or Filey, spot autumn migrants at Spurn Point, and see seals, porpoises and even the occasional shark up and down the coast.

All of these places and many more form the Yorkshire Nature Triangle – an area of East Yorkshire renowned for a rich array of spectacular wildlife.

We also take great pride in our many parks and gardens; we may be wild, but we’re also green-fingered!

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Hornsea

Hornsea

HORNSEA, East Yorkshire, HU18 1AB

Fantastic coastal views and seascapes. Viewing area, picnic site, toilets and car park.

Sledmere House

Sledmere House

Sledmere House, Sledmere, DRIFFIELD, Yorkshire, YO25 3XG

One of Yorkshire's most beautiful houses, with some of England's finest plasterwork. Award-winning garden. Military Museum, children's quiz, picnic and play area, terrace cafe and gift shop.

Royal Albert Park

Royal Albert Park

Queens Parade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7HY

Coastal open space with a difference with spectacular views from many cliff walks, geological interest, skate park and cafe.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank National Park Visitor Centre

Sutton Bank, Nr Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH

For a great day out head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30mls north of York. Soak up England’s finest view on easy walking trails or head out on two wheels along the new spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge family cycle route.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Harland Mount Nature Reserve

Stepney Hill, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 5NL

Set on a steep hill ascending out of Scarborough, this rough acid pasture and scrub woodland nature reserve offers beautiful views across the town and over the sea.

International Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB

International Centre for Birds of Prey Duncombe, is home large collection of exotic and spectacular birds of prey.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Little Beck Wood Nature Reserve

Little Beck Lane, WHITBY, North Yorkshire, YO22 5HA

Little Beck Wood is a glorious mix of oak, ash, alder and cherry under the canopies of which lives a wealth of plants, mammals and insects.

Filey Country Park

Filey Country Park

Country Park, Church Cliff Drive, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9ET

Filey Country Park is an excellent spot for flying kites, dog walking and bird watching. It has some of the most fabulous views of the coast in the area.

Pannett Park

Pannett Park

Whitby, YO21 1RE

Pannett Park offers a haven of peace and quiet with an exciting play park for children and beautifully kept gardens, lawns and wooded areas for the whole family to enjoy.

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Carnaby Covert Lane, Carnaby, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 3QF

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is an Award Winning, family owned business that has lots to offer for a fun-filled family day out.

Spurn Point

Spurn Point

Spurn National Nature Reserve, Spurn Head, HULL, HU12 0UG

Big skies and ever changing wildlife make the evocative landscape of Spurn one of the Trust’s most iconic nature reserves. Whether you go by foot, bike or aboard a Spurn Safari.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens

New Road, Hornsea, HU18 1PQ

Flamborough South Landing

Flamborough South Landing

Flamborough South Landing, Flamborough, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1AG

South Landing beach lies on the south side of Flamborough Head, just over 3 miles north-east of Bridlington, within an area which has been designated a Local Nature Reserve.

Glen Gardens, Filey

Glen Gardens, Filey

Glen Gardens, West Avenue, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9JL

Glen Gardens were built around the 1830’s and were part of the private estate of Ravine Hall. Although the hall no longer exists, a café stands in its place making it nice place to visit in the summer.

Living Seas Centre

Living Seas Centre

Southsea Road, Flamborough, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1AE

Begin your family’s adventure and exploration of Yorkshire’s own stretch of the North Sea at the free-to-enter YWT Living Seas Centre at South Landing.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Fen Bog Nature Reserve

White Way Heads, Goathland, PICKERING, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AT

Surrounded by bright purple heather, with a variety of colourful sphagnum mosses underfoot, Fen Bog is a delightful moorland nature reserve.

Italian Gardens are courtesy of Ron Womack

South Cliff Italian Gardens

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY

The Italian Gardens in Scarborough are a famous and very beautiful area on Scarborough's South Cliff. They are a part of Scarborough's renaissance and conservation of the underlying Victorian heritage.

Newbridge Park

Newbridge Park

Lowther Wood, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8BX

Newbridge Park have developed bike trails, improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a nice woodland area.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

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.

Flamborough Outer Headland

Flamborough Outer Headland

Flamborough, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1AR

Marked by a stretch of rugged white cliffs surrounding a small village, Flamborough Head is an outdoor lover's paradise.