Rievaulx Abbey, Whitby & the Moors

Half-Day tour from York on MONDAYS and FRIDAYS in 2019 & 2020

The perfect start to a long weekend in York, a great opportunity to see the Yorkshire countryside and coastline for those who don’t have much time to spare, or just a lovely trip into the Moors for a fish & chip supper in Whitby!

Join Grand Yorkshire for this fantastic opportunity to discover the amazing North York Moors, stunning Rievaulx Abbey and the beautiful Yorkshire coastline at Whitby on this afternoon/evening tour from York.

Half-day tour from York  just £45 per person*

**This tour can also be booked as “York & Yorkshire in a day”, an extended full-day tour, including a morning walking tour of York. Click here for details: YORK & YORKSHIRE IN A DAY


  • Yorkshire countryside and quaint villages
  • “Finest view in England”
  • Rievaulx Abbey
  • Stunning views over Rosedale
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Whitby
  • Experienced local Yorkshire guide

Full itinerary:

Beginning in York city centre at 1pm, the tour begins with a journey into the countryside north of the city. We’ll pass through charming rural villages and beautiful farmland scenery as we head towards the hills of the North York Moors. Our first stop is at the top of Sutton Bank, where we stop to enjoy the incredible views that author and vet James Herriot described as “the finest view in England”.

Our next stop is in the picturesque village of Rievaulx, where you’ll have the option to spend an hour exploring the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey (entrance payable locally). Alternatively you can enjoy a visit to the nearby town of Helmsley, where you can explore its charming marketplace and quaint streets at leisure.

The next journey takes us into the North York Moors National Park. We’ll enjoy a “five minute stroll through Hutton-le-Hole” before we continue into the very heart of the Moors, pausing to take in the spectacular views over Rosedale, one of the most beautiful sights in Yorkshire.

We’ll continue through the very middle of the Moors as we make our way through the wild, rugged scenery in the North York Moors National Park. After a couple of scenic stops in the Moors, we reach the Yorkshire coastline and the town of Whitby. Here you’ll have an hour and a half to explore and perhaps to enjoy fish and chips for dinner in the famous Magpie Café (or one of the many other excellent ‘chippies’ in Whitby).

Leaving Whitby, we’ll head back into the Moors as we pay a brief visit to Goathland, a small village famous for its connection to Heartbeat and Harry Potter, and pause for photos at the Hole of Horcum – also known as “Giant’s Fury”.

We’ll complete our journey back across the Moors to Pickering, before continuing back to York. We’ll arrive back into York at approximately 8pm.


What’s included:

  • Return travel from York
  • The services of a local guide throughout the day
  • Hotel drop-off on request
  • Luggage space

Cost: £45 per person*

Not included:

  • Meals/Drinks
  • Entrance tickets for optional visit to Rievaulx Abbey
  • Tips/Gratuities

*Plus booking fee

For Terms & Conditions, click here.

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