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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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Withernsea Valley Gardens

Valley Gardens, Memorial Avenue, Withernsea, East Yorkshire, HU19 2DN

The Valley Gardens are used for open air events during the summer. The beach and local history panels can be accessed from the gardens.

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 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.

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.

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.

Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Lavender

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, North Yorkshire, YO60 6PB

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

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.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens - Filey

Murray Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DA

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.

The Star Inn, Harome

The Star Inn

High Street, Harome, nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JE

A certain northern rootedness inspires Andrew's cooking, where poet and peasant co-exist in one menu.

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.

Memorial Gardens

Memorial Gardens

New Road, Hornsea, HU18 1PQ

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.

Hornsea

Hornsea

HORNSEA, East Yorkshire, HU18 1AB

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.