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 the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, which your guide will tell you the history of as we enter the National Park.
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 Hutton-le-Hole and up over the North York Moors for some photo 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 down into Whitby. As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town’s history and your guide will tell you about the main places of interest that you may want to visit.
12.15pm: The tour stops for two hours free time in Whitby, with options to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, go shopping for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion at the Market, sample the famous Fish ‘n’ Chips at the Magpie Café or just enjoy the Beach, Waterfront and Fishing Port – the choice is yours!
(If you prefer to spend a little less time in Whitby and take the opportunity of travelling by steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at our special discounted rate of £10.00, you have the option of boarding the 2.00pm train from Whitby for the 45-minute moorland rail journey through Grosmont to Goathland (Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies), where you will be met by our guide. This option is available from 24th March through to October and is paid locally on the day with no need to book ahead).
2.15pm: We leave Whitby with the passengers not taking the train option for the equally scenic road journey to Goathland.
2.45pm: We reach Goathland Station in time to see the other passengers arrive by steam train, then learn about “Hogsmeade”, before exploring the picture postcard fictional village of “Aidensfield” in the Heartbeat television series and maybe grab an ice cream from the village store.
3.30pm: We leave Goathland and have a couple more photo stops as you learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill and the Hole of Horcum before we head back towards York through the Howardian Hills with panoramic views of Castle Howard.
5.15pm: We arrive back at the meeting point in York at approximately 5:15pm and say our goodbyes.
Please don’t be late arriving at the Departure Point as we are unable to wait beyond 9.00am for latecomers due to parking restrictions!
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): £145
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £35
(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
MULTI-TRIP OFFER! – 10% Discount if you book more than one trip with us online – just type multitrip in the Travel Agent Code Box as you book and click Apply
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, please contact us as we may be able to make more spaces available for you.
This trip can also be booked as a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR (from either York, Leeds or Harrogate), for any number of passengers up to 15 on any date, at a lump sum cost ranging from £295 – £495 (depending when you want to do it, not how many of you there are!). For that option, just email us with the date you require and we will confirm availability and the price for that day – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and not as busy, 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.
My fiance surprised me with this trip whilst we were already in York and it was incredible. Whitby is such a beautiful place too. - bethanmunday
06 Jan 2018
A full day out: fun, interesting and good value
A full day visiting the North York Moors, with varied terrain and activities. Our 10 year old particularly enjoyed the visit to Goathland Station and its historic railway. We had plenty of time in Whitby, the jewel in the crown of the day. Our driver and guide, Mark, was friendly and competent and made good suggestions as to how we should use our time away from the minibus - B5513ERstephenl
29 Oct 2017
Yorkshire Moors and Whitby
This was a lovely day trip from York. It allowed me to explore new areas at an affordable price. My trip was a very quiet day with only a couple of us on the tour. This made me anxious at first as I am a very shy person however Mark was extremely professional and made me feel at ease by having friendly conversation but also giving lots of time to simply enjoy the views from the window. Mark was incredibly professional, had a wealth of knowledge and great anecdotes and recommendations for each area. I will definitely be using this company again - tessm342
29 Oct 2017
Excellent Tour with Excellent Guide Mark
Meet very near York Minster, comfortable mini bus, experienced guide Mark who has loads of knowledge and personality and off you go on a great stress free and well paced day. Enjoyed all the stops especially Whitby where you have an ample 3 hours to explore the 'Dracula' abbey and town. Cannot fault the tour, the guide or the price. Ten out of ten - a0mcc
08 Oct 2017
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