Tourism and things to do in the area



Whether you want to escape from the World, explore the Tea Room capital of the North or enjoy fabulous fun filled family adventures there's no shortage of things to do in North Yorkshire! Yorkshire is friendly and relaxing, and full of simple pleasures, nostalgic delights and great value indulgence! Why not explore the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, either by car, on foot, on horseback or by bicycle?

See the Sea! The East Coast is full of the sights, sounds and flavours of smugglers, fishing, boats and boat trips, sports, birds and fossils! (Did you know that Whitby Jet is actually fossilised Monkey Puzzle Tree and that you can explore the beach and find your very own piece?) Scarborough, Whitby and Filey are all well worth a visit, as are many of the smaller 'undiscovered' Yorkshire Coast towns. The East Coast has a seaside town that will suit absolutely everyone.

There are more Castles than you can shake a bow and arrow at! Scarborough, Conisborough, Helmsley, Pickering, Middleham and Richmond all have Castles to explore, to say nothing of Whitby Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey and loads of under-explored ancient villages and houses in the region.

York- York is a great travel destination, and is only a 15 minute train ride from The Old Lodge. It's full of ancient history and charm, plus there are dozens of Restaurants and hundreds of great shops to explore. There are many year round events to enjoy too. Why not go for a River Boat ride, or even a 'Medieval Makeover' at Clifford's Tower and become a Lord, Lady, Peasant or Peddlar for a while? Of course the Minster is one of York's most ancient and beautiful sights and should not be missed.

Castle Howard, Yorkshire Lavender, Eden Camp, Sledmere and Flamingo Land are all well within an easy (15 minutes or less) drive, as are the beautiful towns of Pickering and Helmsley. There's enormous pleasure to be had from simply driving through the region- you'll stumble upon countless pretty sights and villages, each with their own individual things to offer. There are many lovely Golf courses within an easy drive of the Lodge. Check out our Golf break offer on our offers page!

York, Wetherby, Ripon and Thirsk racecourses offer a great day out for both the young and old alike! In addition to the North York Moors Railway there is a super local rail and bus network- the station's a five minute stroll from us, and York is just 15 minutes on the train, avoiding all those traffic and Car Park hassles. Why not try 'The Coastie'? It's really called 'The Coastliner' and is a regular dedicated bus from the Coast to Malton that runs all day and well into the night and is very popular with locals.

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