Touring base . . .

The following is a small selection of the places to be visited around Scarborough. Whilst most will require a car many can be easily accessed by rail or bus.


Traditional Georgian (mid-1700) market town with beautiful cathedral-size Minster. National Museum of Army Transport, 100 acres of parkland. Burton Agnes Hall. [A165 for 34 miles then A1035 for 6 miles]
'In Beverley' website

Castle Howard

Historic home of the Howard family and the location used for the TV series and film 'Brideshead Revisited'. [A64 for 27 miles then local roads]
Castle Howard website

Eden Camp

Modern history theme museum for the Second World War. [A64 for 22 miles]
Eden Camp website


A thriving tourist centre with a 13th Century castle, Duncombe Park stately home, Rievaulx Abbey nearby, and attractive Market Square. [A170 for 30 miles]
Helmsley website


Charming, picturesque, resort town with pottery and nearby freshwater lake. [A165 for 24 miles then B1242 for 8 miles]


A picture book old village containing the Ryedale Folk Museum with authentic rebuilt Manor House, cottages & farm buildings. [A170 for 25 miles then local roads]
Ryedale Folk Museum


Outstanding shopping centre with many historic arcades. Excellent theatres and nightlife. Home of the Royal Armouries Museum, Tetleys Brewery Wharf, City Art Gallery, Harewood House, and the Henry Moore Institute. [A64 for 66 miles]
Leeds website


Midway between Scarborough and York, a Roman town and a centre for race horses and bloodstock. The cattle market is one of the biggest in England. Edwardian shopping arcade. [A64 for 21 miles then B1257 for 2 miles]

North York Moors/Forest Park

As well as the wild and rugged North York Moors National Park there is the North Riding Forest Park. Part of the forestry commission, there is a 9 mile forest drive, visitor centre at Dalby.
North York Moors National Park website


Historical market town. Annual rallies for vintage cars and steam engines. Start of the North York Moors Steam Railway. Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life. 12th century castle. [A170 for 18 miles]
Pickering Online website


Ancient city at the confluence of the rivers Ure, Skell and Laver with a fine cathedral. Fountains Abbey (ruin) nearby. [A170 for 43 miles then A61 for 12 miles]
Ripon website


Historic town with harbour, ruins of Abbey of St Hilda, Captain Cook and Dracula connections. Nearby Robin Hoods Bay and Staithes are exquisite old fishing villages steeped in charm. [A165 for 3 miles then A171 for 15 miles]
Whitby website


A city where many of the finest features of history are found in a setting of outstanding beauty. York Minster is the largest Medieval cathedral in Northern Europe; St Williams College - many of the Minster's priests lived here until the Reformation, today the building houses 'The World of the Minster' museum, gift shop & restaurant-cafe; National Railway Museum Leeman Road; Jorvik Viking Centre Coppergate; Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens; Museum of Automata exhibition of mechanical wonders spanning 2,000 years; White Rose Line The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge; Sightseeing cruises from Lendal Bridge. [A64 for 43 miles]
York website

Yorkshire Wolds

A gently rolling English countryside dotted with picturesque villages make up the Yorkshire Wolds. Contains stately homes such as Sledmere House
Driffield website