Discover a coastline of rich contrasts on the Yorkshire coast, boasting Scarborough the first Victorian seaside resort, iconic harbour towns and the outstanding North York Moors.
The dramatic Yorkshire coastline stretches for more than 90 miles from Staithes in the north, to Spurn Point in the south. The North York Moors containing the National Park feature wide open moors, big skies, amazing expanses of purple heather, and a beautiful coastline, the perfect choice for rest and relaxation but equally for getting active.
This unique coastline is home to pretty seaside towns and villages, from vibrant Scarborough, considered to be the world’s first seaside resort, to historic Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes.
On the south of this coastal stretch you’ll encounter the dramatic chalk cliffs of Flamborough and the ocean views at Bempton, home to around half a million seabirds.
The seascape becomes gradually gentler as you approach Spurn Head which features a long sandy spit which stretches out into the Humber Estuary.
Packed with cultural heritage, a year round events programme and award-winning restaurants, the Yorkshire Coast is a major draw at any time of the year. This coastal stretch features miles of golden sands and a wide choice of places to stay.
Enjoy a stunning 18 mile trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway cutting through the heart of the Moors, set off along footpaths and cycleways, hike or ramble along the Cleveland Way, featuring outstanding coastal views.
Don’t miss Goathland, the Hogwart’s Express destination of Harry Potter fame.
Feeling active? Try surfing, sailing, climbing, horse-riding or trekking, there are countless options. Then dine on locally-sourced Yorkshire produce at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants or unwind at one of the cosy pubs with a local pint.
Find the best things to do on the Yorkshire Coast in one place
Click the link above to see our interactive map of the Yorkshire Coast with clickable businesses and attractions.
Two trains per hour from central London direct to Hull in under 3 hours or to Scarborough via York (3 hours). Further regional links can be made along the coast.
Several coaches a day direct from central London to Hull in under 7 hours.
Available from airports and regionally. Collections from train stations can be arranged.
Michelin star restaurants or traditional smoked kippers - a wealth of choice
Yorkshire lands a wide range of seafood, but its shellfish and kippers are particularly tasty. Lobster caught by expert local fishermen is regularly on the menu, renowned for its high quality. Kippers are smoked locally in Whitby – if you haven’t tried this most English of delicacies for breakfast you are in for a treat.Learn More