Steam Trains, Whitby & the Moors
DAY TRIP FROM YORK – available everyday from April – October
This fantastic day trip from York is operated as a small-group tour – you’ll enjoy a truly personal experience on our day trips from York, as we never use big coaches or buses.
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.
- 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.
This fantastic small group day trip from York begins in York city centre, where you’ll meet your driver-guide and board the minibus…we never use big coaches or buses!
We travel across the beautiful Yorkshire countryside on our way to Helmsley, where you’ll have time to explore. You’ll 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.
You’ll continue to the picturesque coastal town of Whitby where Captain James Cook learned the art of seamanship and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
In Whitby you’ll have more than two hours in this charming town. You can treat yourself to fish and chips in one of the many fabulous restaurants (including the famous Magpie Café), visit the excellent Captain Cook Museum, climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey, follow in the footsteps of Count Dracula, enjoy a harbour boat cruise and much more.
Leaving Whitby, the tour continues to nearby Goathland, a charming village famous for its role as “Aidensfield” in ITV’s drama series Heartbeat. You’ll have some time to walk through the historic village before gathering at Goathland Station, famously used as “Hogsmeade Station” in the Harry Potter films. In Goathland you’ll have the option of boarding a steam train for a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The magical steam-hauled* train ride on the heritage railway line travels through the wooded valleys of the Moors to Pickering.
Travelling in restored carriages, you can admire the views of the passing North York Moors scenery before arriving into Pickering railway station.
From Pickering we’ll follow a wonderful back roads route towards York. We’ll pause briefly for a photo opportunity at the ruins of Kirkham Priory in the village of Kirkham Abbey, before taking a cross-country route as we avoid the main road on our journey back to York city centre.
- Return travel from York
- The services of a local guide throughout the day
Cost: £45 per person* (or £40 for children age 5-15 years)
- Steam train ticket** (cost for your steam train ticket will be no more than £12 per person if purchased through the guide)
*Plus booking fee
**The cost of the train ticket will be included if the service is not a steam train – as per our STEAM TRAIN GUARANTEE)
How it works:
The tour begins at the meeting point in York city centre at 8:45am, where you’ll meet your guide for day and board the executive minibus. Leaving York, you’ll travel through the North Yorkshire countryside and up to the market town of Helmsley, where you’ll have chance to explore at leisure and enjoy a tea or coffee in a local café.
Leaving Helmsley, you’ll 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. You’ll see evidence of the area’s mining history and how railways changed the industry during the industrial revolution. You’ll also have chance to wander onto the heather and to see some local wildlife and the sheep that live out on the open moors.
You’ll continue across the top of the Moors and through the small and isolated villages in the Moors, following the course of the River Esk towards Whitby.
On arrival in Whitby you will have two hours to explore the town and its many varied attractions, with chance for fish and chips at the Magpie Cafe, a boat ride from Whitby Harbour and a visit to Whitby Abbey (click here to find out more about Whitby Abbey). Your time is free to spend as you wish.
You’ll then meet the guide again for the short journey to Goathland. Here you’ll 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. This journey is optional and paid for on the day of the tour. No need to pre-book – your guide will arrange the journey and tickets on the day of the tour – and we guarantee* it will be a steam train!
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 5:15pm, 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 sometimes catch a steam train from Whitby to Goathland (instead of Goathland to Pickering). For full details you can read our ‘Steam Train Guarantee’ here.