North Yorkshire

Robin Hood\'s Bay Beach showing a coastal town and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Stroll through the serene parkland of Yorkshire’s rural county and visit the charming hamlets with old churches and abbeys.

North Yorkshire is a large county with national parks full of sprawling mountains and valleys. The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors decorate the region with their scenic terrain, while quaint cities such as York add historic ambiance. Encounter all types of wildlife and vegetation as you traverse the footpaths and fields of one of England’s greenest areas.

Among the nation’s most historic and beautiful cities is York, in the county’s center. Marvel at the extraordinary façade of York Minster, one of Europe’s largest cathedrals. Enter through the large central portal to see its ornate nave and vast collection of stained-glass windows.

Although large, the city retains its quirks with cobblestone streets and historic buildings. Spend days exploring highlights such as York Castle Museum, York Dungeon and the National Railway Museum.

Other important communes include Harrogate, Middlesbrough and Scarborough. Visit the latter for the North Bay Railway, with a historic train and family activities. Learn about Captain James Cook’s seafaring voyages in nearby Whitby.

North Yorkshire offers stunning scenery in North York Moors National Park. Cycle past lakes, rivers and forests. Discover the rare heather moorland and spot birds such as the red grouse and golden plover. Reach the coast for the rugged cliffs and shores.

West of this park is the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit and hike the Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.

The climate throughout the county ranges greatly depending on the area. Brave the cold in the snowy Pennines in winter. Bring an umbrella to the Yorkshire Dales but expect dry weather in the Vale of Mowbray.

The county is in the northern part of England, beside Lancashire and Cumbria. Fly to Leeds-Bradford Airport and drive east for 30 miles (50 kilometers) to reach York. Drive south to London in 4 hours or take a 2-hour train ride.

North Yorkshire is a blend of some of England’s finest green terrain with its most historic and charming villages and cities.

Popular cities in North Yorkshire

York Minster featuring a square or plaza, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Historical
Medieval monuments set around cobblestone lanes, a lively arts scene and scenic shopping streets make York one of England’s most captivating cities.

Reasons to visit

  • York Minster
  • Shambles
  • York City Walls
South Bay Beach featuring a beach, a coastal town and heritage architecture
Known for Friendly people, Sea and Beach view
Gaze up at the iconic limestone cliffs rising from the North Sea in this lively town with a history of explorers.

Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Open Air Theatre
  • Scarborough Spa
  • North Bay Beach
Known for Friendly people, Ports and Historical
Enjoy picturesque clifftop views in the town where Dracula took form and Captain Cook learned his trade.

Reasons to visit

  • Whitby Beach
  • Whitby Harbour
  • Whitby Abbey
Known for Friendly people, Poolside bars and Business
A gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, this spa town has modern entertainment venues and restaurants to complement the traditional tea rooms and Edwardian architecture.

Reasons to visit

  • Harrogate Convention Centre
  • Ripley Castle and Gardens
  • Harrogate Theatre