If you enjoy driving and would like to spend a day exploring the lovely countyside a little further from Whitby then there are some superb places to visit:
Scarborough Sea Life Centre. If you are fascinated by our undersea world, as I am, then have a great day out at the marine sanctuary in Scarborough’s North Bay. There is an enormous variety of sea creatures in a huge, near natural aquarium, from sharks to sea horses, and the centre makes a great contribution to the protection of the fragile local marine environment.
Eden Camp. Located on the outskirts of the market town of Malton, Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of WW ll re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to build a unique atmosphere that takes you back in time to wartime Britain.
Historic Quay. Hartlepool is home to the finest maritime museum in the north, a fully interactive centre which is alongside the beautifully restored frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in 1817. The quay has all the shops of the period faithfully recreated for you to browse and the superb visitor centre has an incredibly realistic diorama which shows you what life was like aboard a fighting ship in Nelson’s time.There is also a good restaurant next to the ship so you can make a day of it.We have taken many visitors and everyone has been delighted!
Castle Howard. The finest country house in Yorkshire has much to offer visitors of all ages. Set in 1,000 acres of magnificent parkland, Castle Howard is an 18th century mansion which has been home to the Howard family for 300 years. The house is open from mid-March and contains a world class collection of furniture and art, whilst the grounds are open all year round and offer endless walks, boat trips on the lake and a programme of fun outdoor activities for all the family.
Flamingo Land. Situated about five miles south of Pickering, just off the A169, Flamingo Land has a theme park, zoo and holiday village within its 375 acre site. The theme park has over 100 rides ranging from white knuckle thrillers to gentle children’s activities, and the zoo has more than 1000 animals, including lions, tigers and meerkats. Families can enjoy a variety of shows throughout the day and there are numerous food outlets to suit all tastes Why not let your hair down and have a really fun day out!
Duncombe Park. Situated on the edge of my favourite village of Helmsley, Duncombe Park is a magnificent stately home surrounded by the most beautiful gardens and parkland. As well as guided tours of the house you are free to explore the grounds and woodland whilst the youngsters have fun on the orienteering trails and adventure playground. You can wander peacefully for miles and then visit their Fountain Tea Room for really top quality food.
National Railway Museum. Situated in the centre of York, the museum really is a wonderful day out and entry is free to everyone! This is a great place to go if the weather is poor as most of the exhibits are housed in the magnificent engine hall and you can browse in comfort. There are film shows, interactive displays and lectures to interest all ages. Visit the excellent museum website for opening times and details of the special events that are taking place at the moment.
Helmsley Castle. The lovely village of Helmsley lies mid way between Thirsk and Pickering and is about an hours drive from Whitby on roads with beautiful views. The village is built round a ruined medieval castle and has a magnificent market square. There are lots of interesting little shops and we would recommend you visit Hunter’s Deli in the square and try their wonderful food before enjoying a leisurely stroll around the castle.It really is a great drive and a grand day out.
Peasholm Park. A haven of tranquillity in Scarborough’s North Bay – unless the battleships are taking pot shots at one another! During the summer, war breaks out on the lake when 20ft replica warships recreate the tensions of a battle at sea, delighting audiences with a dramatic pyrotechnic display. The shows begin at the end of May and continue until September 1st. Performances start at 3pm but they are very popular so it is best to arrive early. You can find more details on the Peasholm Park website.
Rievaulx Terrace. Just two miles West of Helmsley, overlooking the dramatic ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, the terrace is about half a mile long and winds its way across the side of a steep wooded hillside with lovely views. At either end of the terrace stand two small “temples” of outstanding beauty, built around 1730.The stroll along the terrace on a sunny day is quite delightful and it is a perfect place for a picnic. Of course you can also visit the abbey, just a short distance away, or take the gentle drive across the moors to the peaceful village of Hawnby for a pint or a meal in the award winning Hawnby Hotel: