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The Yorkshire coastline encompasses some of the UK’s most rugged and charming countryside, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs to glorious stretches of white sand and family-friendly seaside resorts, with everything from windswept abbeys to the county’s best fish and chips. Nothing if not diverse, expect awesome beaches, chilly feet if you brave the sea and a chance to lose yourself in this naturally beautiful destination.
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Scarborough is a town of two halves, with rugged South Bay and sandy North Bay providing enough ice creams, donkeys, rock pools and colourful beach huts for a traditional holiday
A visit to Whitby throws you back in time, as you step onto winding cobbled streets lined with tumbledown cottages. Sure, there's a stunning sandy beach
Elegant Bridlington, with its peaceful promenades, sandy beaches and historic harbour offers a bright and breezy day out. The historic old town is filled with quaint shops, restaurants and cafés
Robin Hood's Bay
Forget the deckchairs and dodgems; this is Yorkshire’s coastline at its most raw and elemental. Expect brooding cliffs, tumbling cottages and miles of breathtaking scenery.
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A traditional seaside resort, with a historic promenade, fantastic fish and chips and gentle pace of life, Filey is the perfect place to visit for a relaxing and nostalgic day out.
Once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast, Staithes’ towering cliffs, quaint, higgledy-piggledy cottages and winding streets lend it the air of a place lost in time.
Boasting a small sand and pebble beach and the atmospheric Spurn Peninsula a short distance away, Withernsea is a great base for a short holiday on the Yorkshire coast.
With its sweeping, sheltered bay and collection of charming red roofed cottages and tiny pedestrian lanes, Runswick Bay is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destinations.
Across the bay from Robin Hood's Bay the view is spectacular and on the southernmost headland is Ravenscar, once the vantage point used by the Romans as a signal station.
With its peaceful Blue Flag beach, quaint promenade, towering, Victorian Bettison Folly and verdant nature reserve, Hornsea is a quintessentially British seaside resort.
A stretch of rugged white cliffs punctuated by one small village, Flamborough Head is a wild and windswept stretch of land, teeming with bird life and gorgeous scenery.
Bridlington Old Town
Bridlington Old Town is a charming pocket of Yorkshire - full, on the one hand of fascinating architecture and cultural history and other the other with new, modern shops and stylish galleries. It is well worth taking the time to visit.
Saltburn stands out for it's fantastic seaside pier. Fish & Chip lovers will be in their element and there is a wide variety of activities you can get up to here, including visiting their local theatre, riding the funicular railway and exploring Teddy's Nook.
Found at the very top right hand corner of Yorkshire, Redcar is a popular place for lovers of the seaside. Steeped in heritage there is plenty of appeal within this small Yorkshire town.
Anne Bronte's Grave
Opened in 1931, the Miniature Railway is one of the few railways in the country not to be nationalised. Situated in the Northstead...
Burial site of the late literary icon, Anne Bronte.
Retaining its Quality Coast Away from it All Award wiith over 2Km of long clear sands, Barmston is the perfect beach for relaxing,...
Situated in Bridlington's historic Old Town near the Priory Church. The Monastic Gatehouse with a history of over 800 years has displays...
BBC Coast Series Walk
Whitby Tourist Information Centre is directly oppositte Whitby Railway Station.
Ancient linear ditch and dyke with nature trails and woodland access to beach
Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve
The reserve covers an area of lagoons, sand dunes and shingle which is constantly changing. This is an example of a habitat which is...
Period shop scenes with displays and audio accompaniment.
Bridlington Harbour Heritage Museum
Located on Bridlington's historic harbour side, the Harbour Heritage Museum is operated by the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation...
Bridlington North Beach
Bridlington North is an award winning Blue Flag sand and shingle beach surrounded by wide promenades backed against the impressive...
Bridlington South Beach
The extensive sandy beach overlooks Bridlington Bay, bordered to the north by the stunning Flamborough headland, while to the south...
Burton Agnes Hall
Magnificent Elizabethan house filled with treasures collected over four centuries. Award winning gardens offering something for everyone.
Burton Agnes Manor House (EH)
A medieval manor house interior, with a rare and well-preserved Norman undercroft and a 15th-century roof, all encased in brick during...
Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre
Housed in the old Methodist Chapel near the bottom of the hill.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby
Award winning attraction - Yorkshire's White Rose Awards 2005 - celebrating the life of Captain Cook.
Cayton Bay Beach
Small sandy bay backed by cliffs. A favourite beach for surfers and visitors from the nearby holiday centre.
This 110 mile/176 kilometre walking route follows the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors National Park starting (or ending)...
Located on the south side of the dramatic Flamborough Headland, the beach at Danes Dyke is an impressive 1km stretch of sand, striking...
East Yorkshire Museum
Fascinating history of East Yorkshire, Amy Johnson collection and maritime history. Exciting rolling programme of temporary exhibitions.
Elizabeth the Steam Bus
Take in the sights of Whitby while travelling on the only three-axle steam bus in the world.
Filey beach has a glorious wide stretch of golden sand. The beach is lined with a historical promenade from where the beauty of the...
Filey Dams Nature Reserve
Filey Dams is the last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the region.
Fishing, lifeboat, rural, domestic, local and photographic items. Victorian drawing-room. Seashore displays of shells, fossils and...
Filey Seafront Sculpture Trail
Wander along the Promenade to enjoy a series of art works inspired by Filey's natural heritage. The Sculpture Trail was designed by...
Flamborough Cliffs is a coastal reserve, ranging from cliff top grassland and spectacular chalk cliffs to rocky shore and sandy beach....
Hairy Bob's Skate Park
Trout and coarse fishery, watersports and nature trails. Match fishing.
Hall Garth Park
Hall Garth Park is a large park surrounding the centre of Hornsea. It is a recreational have for walkers, it also contains a free skatepark...
Historic Water Chute and Boating Lake
Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre is an exhibition and information centre covering the history of ship building, fishing and the...
The beach at Hornsea is made up of fine golden sand and shingle and features a newly-developed promenade. To the north is the picturesque...
Historic farmhouse home to the Burn family for nearly 300 years. Local history displays, farmhouse kitchen, dairy, laundry, parlour,...
Life In Miniature
Discover a new world in miniature. This fascinating collection of amazingly detailed twelfth scale miniature room settings and outdoor...
Mary Ann Hepworth Heritage Lifeboat
Whitby's old lifeboat from 1938-1974. Pleasure trips to sea, half-hourly or longer if pre-booked.
Memorial Gardens, once known as Grosvenor Gardens were initially laid out as private square gardens in 1877 for the use of home owners...
Memorial Gardens - Filey
The Memorial Gardens are located on the heart of Filey, these gardens are in an ideal location to relax with lunch as you watch the...
Museum of Victorian Science
Showing the education of the young Victorians, with Dr Frankenstein's Laboratory. Strange glowing bulbs, Jacob's Ladder, crackling...
Museum of Victorian Whitby
First section contains a Victorian 'lane' with shops, interiors and yards. Second section contains a collection of miniature rooms...
North Bay Beach
Quiet and sandy, a family beach backed by hills and cliffs, with the castle dominating the skyline overlooking the beach. The Sealife...
North Bay Miniature Railway
A coastal garden and woodland boasting pleasant walks with plenty of seating and spectacular views, Italian gardens and small pocket...
Park Rose Birds of Prey & Wildlife Park
Set in 3 acres of Woodland we have a Meerkat Mountain, Rhea Wood, Goats, Chickens, Ducks & over 50 birds of prey. We offer handlng,...
Good sized putting green, running along Northstead Manor Drive and Peasholm Park, set in beautiful surroundings, a fun attraction for...
Coastline and cliff walks overlooking Robin Hood's Bay. National Trust Centre and shop, self-guided trail, alum works.
Real Staithes - beyond the pub & the beach...
9 miles/14 kilometres north-west of Whitby.Down a steep slope this picturesque popular coastal village tightly-packed houses and cottages.
Regals Amusement Arcade
Super selection of modern fruits, cranes and 2p pushers with prizes. Cosy snack bar and prize everytime gift machine.
RNLI Lifeboat House
The RNLI Lifeboat House is a working lifeboat station and over its 200 year history, Bridlington Lifeboat Station crew have been presented...
Robin Hood's Bay Beach
A large, picturesque bay with some sandy areas and extensive rock reefs exposed at low tide. Robin hoods bay has a dock for small boats...
Robin Hoods Bay to Boggle Hole Walk
An easy walk along the beach or the cliff path returning along the disused railway.
Royal Abert Park
The facility offers educational & awareness on the eagle, owls, hawks & falcons kept at the Centre for both public and educational...
RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve
One of England's top wildlife attractions. Over 200,000 nesting seabirds, including gannets and puffins, from April - September. Vistior...
Small sheltered beach with rock pools either side of the bay. The beach is in front of a charming village which plays host to a sailing...
Ruswarp Pleasure Boats
Rowing boat and canoe hire on the River Esk.
Scarborough castle conceals over 3000 years of turbulent history dating right back to the bronze age. It is said that King Richard...
Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre
Hairy Bob's is a free outdoor concrete Skatepark & Dirt Jump area located in Scarborough's North Bay, directly infront of the legendary...
Scarborough Market Hall & Vaults
Ayton Castle is a late 14th century three storey stone tower house. To the east are the remnants of the inner and outer bailey ramparts,...
Scarborough Sealife and Marine Sanctuary
Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary will take you on a journey beneath the waves and introduce you to many strange, beautiful...
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Sewerby Hall and Gardens, two miles north of Bridlington, has something for all the family. Attractions include, award-winning gardens,...
Skipsea beach is a long narrow stretch of sand that has long been popular with holiday makers for a great day out at the seaside, and...
Skipsea Castle (EH)
The remaining earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle dating from the Norman era.
Permanent exhibition of 50, 1:12 scale dioramic models set in illuminated recesses - depicting the love of music from the Stone Age...
South Bay Beach
Scarborough's beautiful South Bay seafront, offering golden sands, great shops, award winning cafe's and restaurants and fun activities...
South Cliff Gardens
Coastal open space with a difference with spectacular views from many cliff walks, geological interest, skate park and cafe.
Speeton Cliff Walk
One of the oldest and smallest churches in Yorkshire, having no aisles, porch or east window, St Leonard's was built by the Saxons,...
Staithes is a picturesque village on the Yorkshire coast. Once an important fishing port, it has also always been a magnet for artists....
A traditional indoor market selling a wide choice of goods, plus personal, friendly service.
The Bram Stoker Dracula Experience
Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' is brought to life in this walk-through attraction - a series of 10 scenes using sounds and new electronic...
The Original Scarborough Ghost Tour
Scarborough offers various venues for events not only in the town centre but on both the North and South Bays.
The Spa Scarborough
The Spa offers a range of conference suites and entertainment venues, including a 600-seater Victorian theatre and the Grand Hall that...
With its unique rural charm and wide sandy beach Tunstall is the perfect spot for those wanting to get away from it all. Set amongst...
Vintage Bus Heartbeat Tour
Enjoy a ride back in time on the 1958 Bedford SB3 Duple Vega vintage bus. Departs from Whitby and travels to Goathland, the famous...
West Cliff Beach
Whitby West Cliff beach.
The moody and magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey have drawn successive generations from Saints to Dracula - to this site of settlement,...
Whitby Archives Heritage Centre
Permanently changing display of pictures of old Whitby and ephemera and other items, exhibition areas, heritage shop, research area,...
Whitby Beach is a sandy and rocky beach backed by high cliffs. This beautiful beach stretches for miles and offers safe clean waters...
Whitby Jet Heritage Centre
An original 1867 jet works with working craftsmen, restoration work, reproduction pieces, plus wide range of interesting and contemporary...
Whitby Lifeboat Museum (RNLI)
Last pulling lifeboat of the RNLI now preserved, models of lifeboats and other types of vessel, diarama of 'Rohilla' wreck and local...
Market days are Tuesday all day and Saturday mornings.
Captain James Cook material, fossils, ship models, Whitby jet ornaments, whaling, the Scoresbys, local history, geology, archaeology,...
Whitby West Pier Lighthouse
Climb to the top of the West Pier Lighthouse and enjoy the best view in Whitby.
Whitby's Old Lifeboat
The boat is Whitby's old lifeboat from 1938-1974. During its service it was launched 372 times and saved 201 lives.
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Bridlington beach, visit nearby Wilsthorpe beach. It is a beautiful expanse of golden...
A traditional seaside resort with Pier Towers overlooking a golden sandy beach. The TIC is just north of the main shopping area, close...
Ride our lift simulator and tour film sets from famous chiller movies including Dracula's castle, psychos and Jurassic dinosaurs. Live...
From sandy Blue Flag beaches to working harbours and brightly coloured fishing boats, from imposing abbeys to quaint coastal villages, and from bustling seafood markets to the UK’s most delicious fish and chips, this is the stunning Yorkshire Coast. With charming seaside resorts including Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington waiting to be explored, this is the ideal time and place to plan your visit to the Yorkshire Coast. You can now download the Yorkshire Coast & North York Moors Events & Attractions Guide, our Delicious Trails Guide and Art & Heritage Trail
The Yorkshire Coast is one of the UK’s most popular seaside destinations, with a diverse blend of white cliffs and designated heritage coast around Flamborough Head and a selection of Britain’s best seaside holiday resorts. This scenic coastline boasts a number of immaculate Blue Flag beaches, including Hornsea, Withernsea, Filey, Scarborough North Bay and Whitby West Cliff – glorious on a warm summer’s day!
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Taking the kids hunting for fossils amongst the rock pools all whilst telling them that Jurassic Park could really happen!
Whitby's skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff. Spreading below Whitby, a maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy quayside.
I love getting up early and catching a few waves before the beach gets busy.
Runswick Bay is the perfect beach to visit with small ones. Beautiful sand, shallow water and small enough to keep them in sight while they're rock pooling or digging and you're reading the paper!
I love those little tiny pedestrian lanes in Runswick Bay. Perfect for having a nosey into people's seaside lives.
The walks at Danes Dyke reservoir are amazing. There is a nature walk and a woodland walk and you get to see some amazing animals and mini-beasts.
The jousting at Sewerby Hall in the summer is great. They all dress up and joust on horses – and the tea rooms are a great place to visit afterwards!
Runswick Bay is the best place for finding fossils! We loved it.
I love exploring the caves on the beaches - local legend has it that a ‘Hob' or Goblin lives in a cave in the southern part of the bay that can cure whooping cough.
The harbour… many memories of eating shrimps sat down by the sea. That was where I developed my intense love of seafood.
Memories of many childhood holidays - a red bucket in the shape of a castle, a yellow spade, egg sandwiches, flat cola from plastic cups, lots of sweet John Bull rock and the reason for my addiction to fish and chips!
Robin Hood's Bay:
Robin Hoods Bay is perfect for watching stars - at night you can see millions across the sky.
The Victorian weekend in December is great. The candle light procession up the bank is lovely and the annual Baytown Players pantomime, usually around the same time, is always comedy gold.
The Wayfarer Restaurant is really good for food, as is The Bramblewick, and if you're looking for a great place for a drink The Laurel is a tiny, lovely cosy Yorkshire pub.
The museum is a great way to spend an afternoon - keep an eye out for the life-size model of a local fish wife - she has surprises up her sleeve.
If you catch the boat it sails right up to the cliff base and you can see an amazing mass of sea birds wheeling above you.
The village is steeped in local customs, from its traditional knitting patterns for fishermen's jumpers, to its Danish sword dancing - not to be missed.
The really deep sea caves around the corner from North Landing on the head are perfect for kayaking (on a calm day!)
I love the freshly caught crabs that you can get from the van parked in North Landing car park.
Filey has the best fish ‘n' chips for miles and, incidentally, sand with perfect consistency for sandcastles!
The festivals are so much fun - in July there's the Scarecrow festival and they still hold a l fishing festival in the first week of September with 70 trophies.
Walking to Hunmanby Gap is great. If you climb the footpath up the cliffs at the end of the beach you come to St Leonards Church, a tiny Saxon chapel with no aisle. A real little gem.
Crescent Gardens is great -a great play area for kids, crazy golf, pedalos, stunning views across the bay and a brass band in the summer.
I love the mere - you can take rowing boats out in the spring and summer and all around the mere is a nature reserve - even though it's on a small scale there are lots of geese, ducks and swans to feed.
There are loads of good fish and chip places -Sullivans is a bit famous in East Yorkshire! Restaurant wise, The Med is a nice Italian, decent prices, good food and wine. Dead friendly.
Grab a doughnut from the promenade cafe they are pretty tasty.
I love the town and seaside. It's little, quite old-fashioned and quiet. While it's great in the summer I prefer it in the winter. Then the town has a slightly lost, nostalgic feel, and massive seas.
Walking along Marine Drive in winter when the waves crash over the wall ea and days at Peasholme park watching the model battleships wars.
It's great for mountain biking, the challenge of Mount Misery at Wykeham or the technical red route at Dalby Forest, or just a scenic route of the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby is great.
The vibrant cultural scene - no pretension, tonnes of quality
Fish and chips from the Fish Pan, a lemon top from Pacittos then playing the tuppeny pushers at the amusements. I do that every time I come back to my hometown for a visit!
The annual nightgown parade as part of the Lifeboat Weekend in August is brilliant - many of the local women still wear Staithes bonnets for it and some can still be bought today in the gift shop.
The local fishermen will sometimes organise fishing parties for sea anglers, if interested it is best to enquire at the harbour for details.
Memories of my mum catching more crabs than my brother on the pier still make me smile. Family days in Staithes were great.
Nice fish and chips in the cod and lobster pub, a gallery to look around and lots of nice fisherman's cottages to rent and stay in for a weekend getaway.
Catching crabs off the bridge is great fun for all the family. If you visit the Magpie Café, try the seafood hotpot - it's a great winter warmer and delicious alternative to fish & chips.
The beauty, the harbour, the lovely unique shops... the little glass shop, Whitby jet... shall I go on?
Love Winter in Whitby - quieter, rougher seas, and nice relaxing by the fire in the pubs & cafe's.
Whitby is a great day out for a pub crawl, we do it every year and we are always made to feel welcome.
The jousting at Sewerby Hall in the summer is great. They all dress up and joust on horses - and the tea rooms are a great place to visit afterwards!
The harbour.....many memories of eating shrimps sat down by the sea. That was where I developed my intense love of seafood.
Memories of many childhood holidays - a red bucket in the shape of a castle a yellow spade, egg sandwiches, flat cola from plastic cups, lots of sweet John Bull rock and the reason for my addiction to fish and chips!
I love the fact that it is everything the seaside should be about - amusement arcades, fish and chips and rock in every flavour and appearance imaginable - my favorite is always the bacon and egg on a paper plate.
The Sunday market is quite popular and you can often pick up some great bargains.
The town itself is quite small, but friendly, with loads of small, independent stores for an interesting afternoon browsing for gifts and souveniers.
The people are great, really friendly and the holidaymakers are known affectionately by the locals as diggers and the amusement arcades as ‘muggies’.
Watch our Yorkshire Coast video and discover pretty fishing villages and beautiful beaches.