Join Grand Yorkshire for this fantastic opportunity to discover the amazing North York Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire coastline on this afternoon/evening tour from York.
- Amazing drive through the Yorkshire countryside
- Market town of Helmsley
- Stunning North Yorkshire villages
- Scenic journey across the North York Moors
- Two hours at leisure in Whitby
- Goathland (better known as ‘Aidensfield’ or ‘Hogsmeade’)
- Steam train journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (optional)
- Adult (per person)
- Child (per person)
About Your Day Trip from York
Join Grand Yorkshire for this truly exceptional small-group day trip from York, crossing the North York Moors, spending time in the wonderful coastal town of Whitby, and travelling by steam train (guaranteed!) on the charming North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
This fantastic small-group day trip from York begins in York city centre, where you meet your driver-guide and board the executive minibus — we never use big coaches!
We travel across the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on our way to Helmsley, where you have time to explore this picturesque, charming market town. You then cross the heart of the North York Moors, pausing at some of the best viewing points on the Moors to learn all about the creation of the North York Moors and the amazing history and present day of this stunning National Park.
Discover five reasons to visit the North York Moors here.
The tour begins at the meeting point in York city centre at 8:45 am, where you meet your guide for the day and board the executive minibus. Leaving York, you travel through the North Yorkshire countryside and up to the market town of Helmsley, where you have the chance to explore at leisure and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in a local café.
Leaving Helmsley, you then travel across the heart of the North York Moors, taking in the spectacular scenery of Rosedale as we pause to see one of the most beautiful views in the Moors. See evidence of the area’s mining history and how railways changed the industry during the industrial revolution. You also have the chance to wander onto the heather and to see some local wildlife and the sheep that live out on the open moors.
We continue across the top of the Moors and through the small, isolated villages in the Moors as we eventually follow the course of the River Esk on our way to Whitby.
On arrival in Whitby, you have over two hours to explore the town and its many varied attractions, with a chance for fish and chips at the Magpie Cafe, a boat ride from Whitby Harbour and a visit to Whitby Abbey. Your time is free to spend as you wish.
We then meet for a short journey to Goathland. Here you have some time to explore the village and its preserved shops before we gather at Goathland’s railway station to await the arrival of our train for the journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The train departs for a journey south back across the Moors.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway terminates in the market town of Pickering, where you’ll re-board the executive minibus for the final leg of today’s journey back into York city centre. The tour concludes on our return to York. We should arrive back in York at approximately 5:15 pm, but exceptional traffic conditions can cause delays.
*Every effort is made to ensure that your journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be steam-hauled. This may involve minor adjustments to the day’s schedule, although the overall content of the day’s tour from York will be unaffected. Due to the railway’s scheduling, our Sunday tours will often catch a steam train from Whitby to Goathland (instead of Goathland to Whitby).
- Return travel from York
- The services of a local guide throughout the day
- Steam train ticket** (cost for your steam train ticket will be £10 per person if purchased through the guide)
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