9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head off into the Vale of York, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park and learning about its history, before heading for Helmsley.
10.00am: We stop in the picturesque market town of Helmsley where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in one of the cafes – the choice is yours!
10.45am: We head off through Kirkbymoorside and up over the North York Moors for some picture stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross, then through the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire villages that lead to Whitby.
12.00pm: As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town’s history and your Guide will point out the main places of interest that you may want to visit.
12.15pm: You will have three hours free time in Whitby, with options to climb the 199 steps to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, enjoy the Beach, Waterfront and Fishing Port, go shopping for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion at the Market or just sample the famous Fish ‘n’ Chips at the Magpie Cafe – the choice is yours!
3.15pm: We leave Whitby to head back onto the North York Moors and stop at Grosmont to explore the historic station and drop off passengers who want to take the opportunity of an optional short steam train ride on the NY Moors Railway at our special discounted rate of £5.50 (paid locally on the day and no need to pre-book) before rejoining us at Goathland. (We cannot guarantee that it will always be a steam train – we are in the hands of the NY Moors Railway for this!)
4.00pm: We arrive in Goathland to explore the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series, then meet up again with the other passengers as they arrive by steam train at Goathland Station (the filming location for Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies).
4.50pm: We leave Goathland and you will learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill as we pass close by, then see the Hole of Horcum before heading through Pickering back towards York.
6.15pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at approximately 6:15pm and say our goodbyes.
There are only 16 places available on each tour date so book early to avoid disappointment!
Adult Ticket: £42
Family/Group Ticket (any grouping of 4 people): £135
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £34
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us ONLINE, or tickets can be purchased from the YORK VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE – Visit York, 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
If you prefer to book and pay by telephone, just give us a call and we will process it for you – 01609 779933 (+44 1609 779933 if dialing from overseas).
If there is limited online availability on the date you have selected, you may see the message “Please contact us to check availability for that date“. If that happens, do please contact us as we may well be able to make more spaces available for you.
This trip can also be booked as a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR (from either York or Leeds) for up to 15 Passengers on any date at a lump sum cost ranging from £395 – £495. For that option, please call or email us on email@example.com
All timings are approximate (except the start time!) and you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of our arrival back in York in case we have traffic problems. If you do have onward travel arrangements that evening, mention it to our Tour Guide in the morning and we will do our best to help.
We are very flexible and do everything we can to ensure that ALL our passengers have a great day out with us by providing options and choices. This could mean that we adjust the itinerary to accommodate special requests from the group, or to make the best we can of the day if the weather is unfavourable.
November – March – Please note that, between around the end of October and Mid-March, a few of the places we normally visit on this trip are closed (including the NYMR and Captain Cook Museum) so we adapt the itinerary and route, also taking account of weather conditions on the day. The North York Moors & Whitby are still well worth visiting in Winter, very different to summer but equally magnificent! If, however, something specific in the itinerary is particularly important to you, just contact us before booking for this period to check the likelihood of it still being included. The tour is also slightly shorter during this period, arriving back in York around 5.00pm.
Excellent Day Trip with BOBH
This day trip was well organised, friendly and with a knowledgeable tour guide. We were picked up on time and returned on time and all the stops were just the right length to get a feel for the places the visited. I would not hesitate to use this company again - Japet
18 Sep 2017
Wonderful Day Trip
We took the North York Moors day trip with Mark as our guide, and it was a wonderful day! Weather was gorgeous, and we got plenty of stops for photos along the way. We stopped in Whitby for 3 hours, so we had a chance to grab lunch and visit the Abbey. We thought we could squeeze in a quick visit to the Whitby Museum, but that proved to be too much for our limited time (the town was very crowded because it was a bank holiday weekend, I imagine with more room to move about the streets it might be easier to get across town from the Abbey to the museum). Steam train ride from Grosmont to Goathland was enjoyable. We brought our 7 year old with us, and the day was also fun for him. We would totally do a BOBH day trip again! Oh, quick note - hot drinks are not allowed on the bus, so if you're hoping to drink a coffee in the morning, drink up before boarding time! - wildflowersoul
14 Sep 2017
A cheery welcome from our guide Helen set the tone for the day, despite the weather's best efforts to put a damper on it. Fourteen of us travelled in a minibus, through picturesque Yorkshire villages, with an interesting and amusing commentary from Helen. We had an extended stop in Whitby for lunch and sightseeing. If fish and chips were your favourite you were in luck, but it wasn't so easy to find an ordinary coffee shop. We visited the Dracula experience, very dark and scary but all too brief! After that we had a short stroll through the streets before boarding the bus for the return journey. This took us to the highest point of the North Yorkshire Moors, very wet and windswept, and then to Grosmont to catch the steam train to Goathland (Hogsmeade for Harry Potter fans). Helen was very knowledgeable and throughout the day acquainted us of many facts and legends of the area. All in all a great day out - Beryl S
11 Sep 2017
Helen and Brian – wonderful!
Myself and 4 friends enjoyed a wonderful weekend in York recently! We decided on a day trip to Whitby and the Yorkshire Moors with Helen as our guide and Brian our driver. They both made it the most interesting day EVER! You simply have to do this while in York....Whitby combined with a steam trains journey and beautiful villages made this the highlight of our trip...Helen was a font of knowledge and genuinely looked after us from the beginning to the end of the day! Thanks so very much and can't wait to see you all again! - Bernie from Dublin!
09 Sep 2017
Our favorite part of our Vacation
My family of four took this tour while we were visiting York. It was a highlight of our trip to the UK. The tour is well-organized - there is a balance of things to see and do, and we spent a perfect amount of time and each stop on our tour. Our guide Mark, was so warm and informative and a pleasure to be with. We loved seeing the sheep on the country roads, the changing landscape in the national park, the town of Whitby (great fish and chips!) and our steam train ride. The day flew by! This a must-do - Lovetotravel5525
01 Sep 2017
Whitby, Helmsley with bonus of steam train & glorious countryside!
My wife & I stay in York each year and have often thought we'd like to visit Whitby but didn't want to risk missing connections on public transport. Thumbing through the York visitor guide, I spotted the advertisement from Bob's Holiday for the day tour of the North Yorkshire Moors with 3 hours in Whitby so immediately booked for us on-line.
Arriving at the departure point we were greeted by Mark who then introduced us to Helen who was to be the guide on our mini coach. Helen proved very knowledgeable and pointed out many interesting features & facts as we travelled. Our first stop was in Helmsley, a delightful market town with many interesting features including Helmsley Castle.
We then enjoyed the magnificent scenery as Steve drove us across the moors to Whitby. Helen briefed us on the various attractions before leaving us all to enjoy the town for 3 hours. Having sampled the bustling little streets & alleys, we climbed the 199 steps to enjoy gorgeous views from the Abbey that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula before savouring a delicious lunch at Royal Fisheries, superb home cooking washed down with a bottle of chilled rose wine!
We then walked along to the beach before returning to the mini coach for our return to York. We all took advantage on route of a short steam train trip on the North Yorkshire railway to the station used in a Harry Potter film where Helen explained how the location featured in the film.
With the mini coach having just 16 places it ensured that our guide Helen could easily keep us informed on the journey and the various stops on route. In summary a delightful & interesting day out, next year we'll try another of Bob's Holidays day outings! - David T
01 Aug 2017
Day Trip to North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby
Excellent tour of the North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby, including a 3 hour stopover in Whitby and a ride on a steam train of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Mark, our guide, was friendly and informative. A pleasure to have as a guide. A great day! - Marcia M
17 Jul 2017
One of the Best Activities for Visitors to York
Thank you so much to our guide Helen and our driver Steve for taking us on a fantastic tour around the North York countryside. Highlights include the wild beauty of the North York landscape, a trip with a real steamtrain to Goathland (Hogsmeade!) station, and the great sense of humour of both the driver and guide. Highly recommend this activity, 10/10 would do it again :) - Cecilie_Br
25 Jun 2017
A Very Enjoyable Trip
An extremely pleasant and interesting trip, covering a considerable area of the National Park at a leisurely pace which allowed plenty of time to explore the many villages and other interesting points along the route. Our driver/guide, Mark, was great, the weather was lovely and sunny - altogether a lovely day in an incredibly beautiful part of the English countryside. Amazing!!! - kevinvonbratt
08 Jun 2017
A Wonderful Day
We saw and experienced so much more than we had expected! - sjcanada156
15 May 2017