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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 Arboretum at Castle Howard

The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY

Peaceful parkland walks, tree trails, children's activities, café, woodland walks, tours, interactive displays, events & outdoor education. Just some of the many things to do at The Arboretum Trust.

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.

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.

Peasholm Park

Peasholm Park

North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TR

Peasholm Park is an historic and uniquely beautiful Green Flag park in Scarborough's North Bay.

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.

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.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens

New Road, Hornsea, HU18 1PQ

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.

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.

Spurn National Nature Reserve

Spurn National Nature Reserve

Spurn Head, Kilnsea, HULL, HU12 0UH

Spurn is a truly unique place; a long stretch of sand extending three and half miles into the Humber Estuary.

Hornsea

Hornsea

HORNSEA, East Yorkshire, HU18 1AB

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

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.

Falsgrave Park

Falsgrave Park

Top of Oak Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 4AP

Falsgrave Park is a valuable community green space attracting visitors from all over Scarborough to its play area, scenic variety woodland splendour and stunning coastal views.

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.

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land Resort

Kirkby Misperton, Malton, YO17 6UX

One price family funpark with over 100 attractions, 5 shows and Europe's largest privately owned zoo.

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.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Wharram Quarry Nature Reserve

Station Lane, Wharram, MALTON, North Yorkshire, YO17 9TW

A species rich chalk grassland, Wharram Quarry is home to many of the characteristic flowering plants that thrive on the thin Wolds soil.

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.

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.

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AH

Helmsley Walled Garden, five acres of stunning herbaceous borders, Victorian vine houses, Kitchen Garden, Orchard and other garden rooms.