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Local Attractions

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A stream lined with red pantiled stone houses runs through the centre of this cheerful market town with its cobbled main square surrounded by old inns and many craft and bookshops. On Fridays the old market cross is dwarfed by clothes and food stalls. The market is sited below the remains of the mediaeval castle and is close to both Helmsley walled garden and the grounds of Duncombe Park with its Falconry centre. Helmsley also marks the start of the 109 mile Cleveland way which runs to Filey on the coast. A shorter walk takes you to Rievaulx Abbey and Rievaulx Terrace above it.


Pickering has a market on a Monday and is a tight knit town with a long history. It is the main terminus of the North York Moors Railway which runs over the moors to Goathland and Whitby. The church of St Peter and St Paul has magnificent 15th century wall paintings, some of the finest in England. Pickering Castle is a superb example of a motte and bailey Norman castle. The Beck Isle Museum has collections exploring 200 years of rural life. In October Pickering hosts a very popular World War 2 re-creation weekend. A few miles south of the town Eden Camp, once home to POWs, has been transformed into an enthralling interactive museum depicting Second World War Britain.

Malton and Norton-on-Derwent

Malton has been the historic centre of Ryedale since Roman times when a legionary fort, Derventio, was set up in AD70. Malton remains an important agricultural town for the surrounding countryside, with markets on Tuesdays and Fridays for livestock. On the last Saturday of the month there is an interesting Farmer's market and live poultry auction. The Georgian Market Square hosts the regular Food Lover's Market (2nd Saturday of the month), and there are many interesting delis and food shops to support it, as well as two local breweries. Various quirky independent shops are situated in the side lanes round the Square. There are many cafes and bars - try Leonis on Wheelgate for the best coffee. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor to Malton, and many characters and settings in his novels owe something to the town.

Norton, just across the river, is a principal centre for the racehorse industry and has been since the 18th century. Early risers will see strings of thoroughbreds riding through the town to the gallops up on Langton Wold and Highfields. Every August there is a Stables Open Day when about 20 trainers open their yards for the day.


Whitby is the most atmospheric town along the coast, its two sides linked by a swing bridge over the River Esk. It has genuine character as a working fishing port. The older part of Whitby is mostly concentrated in a few narrow streets on the East side. You can find many small shops here selling everything from home-made fudge to Whitby jet, books, and exotic teas and spices at The Shepherd's Purse. A flight of 199 stone steps lead up to St Mary's church, the churchyard of which provided the opening scene for Bram Stoker's “Dracula”. Above are the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Grape Lane is most interesting both for its biography of Cook but also as a Georgian house. More of the history of Whitby can be gleaned at Whitby Museum and Pannett Art Gallery. Whitby hosts both Folk and Goth Weeks and a Regatta in the summer.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain's greatest historic houses. Home to the Howard family for 300 years, this Baroque masterpiece is best known as the setting for the classic TV series “Brideshead Revisited”. It sits in the Howardian Hills, more than 1000 acres of which have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is delightful 17th century manor house on the banks of the River Rye. It features lovely organic gardens with fruit trees and peacocks too. Nunnington village is an unspoilt gem, and there is a decent pub with food, The Royal Oak.


A picturesque moorland village, once a weaving centre and hub of Quakerism, with wide greens, wandering sheep and a shallow stream running through it. It is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum which contains 20 rescued historic buildings on a 6 acre site with rare-breed livestock.


One of the most historically interesting villages with lovely buildings. Laurence Sterne, father of the 18th century English novel, was vicar here. Shandy Hall, his former home, opens to the public with period furnishings, books and pictures, plus gallery, gardens and events.


The ancient walled city of York is a year-round tourist attraction offering a huge variety of experiences. Much of what you see is mediaeval but York was also a Roman and Viking city. York minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe north of the Alps and dominates the skyline for miles around. The Minster is surrounded by quaint narrow streets. The bustling life of the Tudor age can be imagined in the half-timbered houses of the Shambles, and the elegance of Georgian England savoured in the Assembly Rooms. In Victorian times York became a pioneer of railway travel; hence the siting here of the National Railway Museum. One can walk the Walls, visit a plethora of museums such as Fairfax House, picnic in the Museum Gardens, enjoy a river trip, shop on Low Petergate, or take tea at Little Betty's on Stonegate. The centre of York is pedestrianised and it is probably best to use one of the five Park and Rides to access the city.