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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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Crescent Gardens - Filey

Crescent Gardens, Filey

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 newly built bandstand.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens - Filey

Murray Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DA

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Scarborough Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9PG

With 5 acres to explore, you can feed friendly animals, have fun on the adventure trail, learn amazing wildlife facts, or simply relax in beautiful gardens whilst watching exotic birds.

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.