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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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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.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve

Dalby Forest Drive, Dalby Forest, PICKERING, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LU

A warm sunny day brings this limestone grassland to life, with colourful butterflies such as small copper and day-flying moths including six-spot burnet fluttering between vibrantly coloured meadow flowers.

Clock Tower Cafe

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA

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.

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.

Scarborough SEA LIFE & Marine Sanctuary

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary

Scalby Mills, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6RP

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

Shuttleworth Gardens

Shuttleworth Gardens For The Blind

Esplanade, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2AY

These special sensory gardens are filled with strongly scented, fragrant plants and flowers in raised beds, which are particulary appreciated by the blind.

The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre

Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

For inside info on the National Park and a fun free day out. There’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall for kids. Interactive exhibits, a café, gift shop and contemporary gallery, Inspired by… with changing exhibitions.

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.

Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington, YO15 1JF

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.

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.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Chafer Wood Nature Reserve

Just north of the village of Ebberston, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO13 9PA

Bluebells, ramsons and other woodland pants offer a tapestry of colour in this idyllic mixed broadleaved woodland nature reserve.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Burton Riggs Nature Reserve

Off the A64 just outside Scarborough, Seamer, SCARBOROUGH, North Yorkshire, YO12 4QE

The large, open lakes at Burton Riggs make it a fantastic place to watch wildfowl and waders, particularly during autumn migration and over the winter months.

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.

Filey Bandstand

Filey Bandstand - Crescent Gardens

The Crescent, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HZ

Filey prides itself on award winning Parks and Gardens. Stroll through the Crescent Gardens as you take in the stunning views across the bay, while listening to the summer brass band concerts in the reatively new bandstand.

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.

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.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Filey Dams Nature Reserve

Wharfedale, FILEY, North Yorkshire, YO14 0DG

The last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the area, Filey Dams is a magnet for migratory birds but is also a haven for plants, small mammals and amphibians.

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.