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North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York

Highlights
  • Admire the natural beauty of North York Moors and picturesque seaside town of Whitby on this day trip from York
  • Depart from central York and travel in comfort of an air-conditioned mini coach
  • Enjoy free time in Whitby to view Whitby Abbey, visit the Captain Cook Museum or grab traditional Fish 'n' Chips at a charming waterfront cafe (own expense)
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North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York
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North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York
From US$59,20
Overview
Discover the rugged beauty of rural north England on this 8-hour North York Moors and Whitby day trip from York. Explore the medieval town of Helmsley, home to quaint shops and a medieval castle. Delve into the North York Moors National Park for panoramic views over the rolling countryside. Soak up Whitby’s seaside atmosphere at your leisure, perhaps visiting Whitby Abbey, the port or the Captain Cook Museum. Return via the Hole of Horcum and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
What to Expect
Starting in the morning from York, this guided day trip provides the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to explore the North York Moors National Park and the fishing port of Whitby.

The tour departs from opposite the Dean Court Hotel in York city centre (near York Minster) at 9.00am and heads off into the Vale of York, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, which your guide will tell you the history of, before heading for Helmsley.

The first stop is in the traditional market town of Helmsley where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew - the choice is yours.

You leave Helmsley and head off through Hutton-le-Hole and up over the North York Moors for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the moors) and Ralph's Cross, then through the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire villages that lead down into Whitby. As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town's history and your guide will point out the main places of interest that you may want to visit.

The tour stops in Whitby for more than two hours free time over lunchtime with options to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic fashion, sample the famous Fish 'n' Chips at the Magpie Cafe or just enjoy the beach and waterfront - the choice is yours!

If you prefer to spend a little less time in Whitby and take the opportunity of travelling by steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at our special discounted rate (Adult £10/Child £5), you have the option of boarding the 2.00pm train from Whitby for the 45-minute moorland rail journey through Grosmont to Goathland (Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies) where you will be met by the guide. (This option is available mid-March through to October and is paid locally on the day with no need to book ahead).

The Minicoach leaves Whitby at 2.15pm with passengers not taking the train option for the equally scenic road journey to Goathland and aims to reach Goathland Station in time to see the other passengers arrive by steam train.

You will then have about 45 minutes in Goathland to learn about "Hogsmeade" Station and explore the fictional village of "Aidensfield" in the Heartbeat TV series.

After leaving Goathland, there will be a couple more photo stops as you learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill and see the Hole of Horcum, before heading back towards York through the Howardian Hills with panoramic views of Castle Howard.

You will arrive back at the meeting point in York at around 5:15pm but should not book onward travel too close to the arrival time just in case of traffic problems.
Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fantastic Day touring moors and Whitby

Mark took us on a fantastic tour of the moors and Whitby. The van only holds 16, but there were fewer on our late-season trip. Everyone was on time and considerate. It was just the right pace, we saw a lot of scenery and had...More

Thank HummingAlong1
Keith C, Owner at BOBH - Day Trips from York, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review HummingAlong1 and pleased to hear that you enjoyed our North York Moors & Whitby trip - we hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great places, lovely tour

We loved this tour, our guide Mark told us a lot of very interest things about Yorkshire while driving us through beautiful landscapes. There is enough free time to make pictures and take a look around, maybe also have a pint o some ice cream....More

Thank SaraM6459
Keith C, Owner at BOBH - Day Trips from York, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review SaraM6459 and pleased to hear that you enjoyed our North York Moors & Whitby trip - we hope to see you again sometime! Love your photos by the way!

Reviewed 9 September 2018
A wonderful tour

A spur of the moment decision found me on this tour - without regret. It was a wonderful day touring through the mist on the moors and into some delightful villages. There was time to explore. The 3 hours in Whitby was just enough to...More

1  Thank Dianne S
Keith C, Owner at BOBH - Day Trips from York, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thanks for the great review Dianne and really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed our North York Moors & Whitby trip - we hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Excellent trip

I took this trip with my husband it was excellent. We travelled in an air conditioned mini bus with a lovely driver/ guide. We had plenty of stops to take photos and use the rest rooms if needed. We visited Whitby (which was my favourite...More

Thank jacquie17
Reviewed 22 August 2018
Nice journey ruined by rude, unprofessional, petty guide Mark

We enjoyed the trip through the moors and the stops in Helmsley and Whitby. However, when we got off the steam train at Goathland station, our guide Mark was waiting for folks to gather. There were only 2 of 16 people with him yet. I...More

1  Thank Ross D
Keith C, Owner at BOBH - Day Trips from York, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2018

Thanks for providing a review Ross and I am aware of the incident at Goathland as I exchanged private emails with your friend about it after the trip. We have received over 500 TripAdvisor Reviews and you are the very first person to say anything...More

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