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From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

From York: Day Trip to Whitby and The North York Moors

From US$ 69.04 per person

Spend 3 hours enjoying Whitby on a friendly, small-group, guided day trip from York. Explore the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park, with stops at the Kilburn White Horse, Helmsley, Goathland, and Lealholm along the way.

About this activity

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a leisurely 3 hours enjoying the seaside town of Whitby
  • Explore the North York Moors National Park
  • Learn about the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure
  • View the medieval castle in the picturesque market town of Helmsley
  • Discover the traditional English moorland villages of Goathland and Lealholm
Full description
The tour heads out of the hustle and bustle of the city for a scenic drive through the Vale of York. The first stop is at the Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, where your guide will tell you the story of how it was carved into the hillside in 1857. The next stop is in the picturesque market town of Helmsley, where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire brew in one of the cafés. After Helmsley, you will head off through Hutton-le-Hole into the heart of the scenic North York Moors National Park for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross.   Then, stop in the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire village of Lealholm to see the stepping-stones over the River Esk — a great photo opportunity. It is then just a short journey into Whitby. Whilst hearing stories about the seaside town’s history from your guide, you will also learn about the main places of interest that you may want to visit. As you arrive in Whitby, there will be a brief stop at the Captain Cook Statue and Whalebone Arch on the West Cliff then alternative drop-offs at the harbour or Whitby Abbey (recommended if you wish to start your visit there and avoid having to climb the 199 steps).   You will have a leisurely 3 hours of free time in Whitby where you can visit the town’s newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience — 1 of only 2 full-size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence. See also the Captain Cook Museum, take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip around the harbour, or view Whitby Abbey, inspiration for the Dracula books. You may also just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience fish and chips from the famous Magpie Café. After Whitby, you will head back onto the North York Moors and arrive in the picture-postcard village of Goathland (filming location for Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series and Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter movies) where you can explore the filming locations, or maybe just grab an ice cream from the village store. The tour leaves Goathland for a final stop to enjoy the stunning views at the Hole of Horcum before heading back to York.
Includes
  • Friendly and knowledgeable driver/guide
  • Return transfer from York
  • Comfortable 16-seat air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Regular photo stops
  • Entrance fees to attractions (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The meeting point is opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster).

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The tour operates with a maximum of 16 passengers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated, providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Between November and March, some visitor attractions are closed and the tour may follow a different route/itinerary if the weather conditions are unfavorable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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The whole day was excellent: the driver/tour guide, the scenery, Whitby, timing, well organised, even the weather was typical Yorkshire, plenty of sun and, later in the day, rain (though this didn't spoil the day). Mark, the driver, was marvellous, extremely knowledgable and friendly. Also, a very good driver. Thank you for a great day. Highly recommend it.

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September 30, 2021

Wonderful trip highly recommend it and worth the money. Many places to see, The moors and Whitby excellent. Great to see the area where Heart beat was filmed. Couldn’t fault it.

November 12, 2021

commendable tour guide

November 9, 2021

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