5 Great Places to Visit in North Yorkshire

From beaches to cathedrals to museums to natural parks, there is literally something for everyone in North Yorkshire!

By hiring a campervan or motorhome through Goboony from a private owner, you can take to the road and choose your own route through this spectacular landscape. To help you choose, Goboony has narrowed down these activities to the top 5 things to do in North Yorkshire.

#1 Visit the North York Moors National Park

Yorkshire is a stunning region, with gorgeous views that will knock your socks off! The North Yorkshire Moors National Park to the east of the county includes some of the region’s favourite villages, romantic ruins and unspoilt countryside. Covering a huge area, the National park is bordered by a picturesque coastline with some lovely beaches for you to enjoy. Visit the Cod Beck Reservoir at sunset or sunrise to witness an incomparable view or hike along the Cleveland Way National Trail and swim at the Thomason Foss waterfall and lake. Entertain the little ones - or the young adventurers at heart- with attempting the Go Ape zipline trail. But if you are seeking tranquillity, relaxation and a bit of history, then why not visit Rievaulx Abbey, one of the most impressive Cistercian monasteries in England. Relatively intact, the abbey is nestled in a remote valley surrounded by the natural beauty of the national park.

#2 Have a Seaside Experience in Scarborough

There are many things to do in North Yorkshire and a trip to the spectacular coastline in your campervan is not to be missed. Looking for a more traditional seaside break? Then stop off along the way at Scarborough, the world’s first seaside resort created 400 years ago. Scarborough offers two great but quite different sandy bays, so you are sure to find something for you. Visit the South Bay with the family and take a ride on a donkey, build a sandcastle, visit the amusement arcades and have an ice cream in one of the traditional ice cream parlours. If you are looking for a more relaxed experience, head over to the calmer North Bay via the Marine and Albert Drives along the coast. For the nostalgic, there is the original and much loved Victorian funicular offering easy transport up the dramatic cliffs from the beach or the North Bay Miniature Railway, a miniature steam train transporting passengers between Peasholm Park to Scalby mills.

#3 Take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The county has so much to offer those with an interest in history and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is surely one of the best! One of North Yorkshire’s most memorable attractions, the railway gives passengers a slice of old world charm along its 24 mile stretch of pristine moorland. You will be driven along by one of several steam locomotives and seated in a restored period carriage dating from the 1890s to the 1960s, where you can sit back and be transported into the past. Book a ticket on the luxurious Pullman Dining Carriage for an unforgettable meal and savor delicious Yorkshire produce while touring the North York Moors in style. If you like the sound of this experience, then why not combine it with a visit to the National Railway Museum in York. The museum houses a variety of engines and carriages and explores the impact of the railways on British society.

#4 Discover Castle Howard

Recognised as one of the UK’s finest stately homes and one of the most interesting places to visit in North Yorkshire, Castle Howard has a fascinating history and is architecturally stunning. This North Yorkshire attraction was built for the Earls of Carlisle and was begun in 1699, taking over 100 years to complete thus giving it a mixture of architectural styles. Friendly and knowledgeable guides provide tours of the still private house giving visitors an insight into life in this colossal building over the past 400 years. If architecture is not your thing then head out to the vast park and gardens where you can wander around the paths, scattered with statues and fountains, in the heart of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The delightful follys found around the garden are great fun to discover and provide surprises for the visitor at every turn! and marvel at the ingenuity of those who built it.

#5 Visit Fascinating Whitby

Whitby is an historical coastal town on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and is one of the best places to visit in North Yorkshire. While the town is quite small, it has a lot to offer with an iconic abbey ruin, vampire stories and the best fish and chips anywhere in the UK. Explore the history of the town through one of the many popular tours and if you dare, take a night tour to hear the creepy stories of the town’s close associations with bram Stoker’s Dracula. The dramatic coastline and Blue Flag beaches surrounding Whitby make it a perfect location for coastal walks and water sports suitable for all levels. For those wanting to escape it all, why not combine your trip to Whitby with a visit to the former smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay with its picturesque houses and cobbled alleys with the spectacular bay as a backdrop.


While there are many things to do in North Yorkshire, the best way to experience them is in a campervan! At Goboony we believe that everybody should have the opportunity to experience the freedom of the open road and so we provide campervan and motorhome owners with a platform to hire out their vehicles to budding campers. We offer all types of vehicles suitable for your unique needs, whether you are looking for a top of the range motorhome or an iconic campervan, a short weekend break or a longer adventure, you can find what you are looking for at Goboony.

At Goboony we are all about trust. It is important to us that both owner and hirer feel comfortable and can trust each other, so we facilitate clear channels of communication and a safe and secure payment service. You can easily compare renting conditions on our site to find the perfect home on wheels for your holiday. So what are you waiting for? Explore our site and discover your next four-wheeled adventure with Goboony.

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