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!
10.30am: 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.
12.00pm: The tour stops for more than two hours free time in Whitby, with options to visit Whitby’s newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience (one of only two full size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence), the Captain Cook Museum, take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip around the harbour, view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula Books), enjoy the beach, or just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café – 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 for Adults/£5 for Children, 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 re-join the Minicoach. This option is available from early April through to October and is paid locally on the day with no need to book ahead. If you have a York & Beyond Explorer Pass, valid and open on the day of your trip, the steam train ride is one of your available inclusions.
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!
There are only 16 places available on each tour date so book early to avoid disappointment!
Adult Ticket: £45
Family/Group Ticket (any grouping of 4 people): £150
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £36
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us here ONLINE or at the VISIT YORK INFORMATION CENTRE, 1 Museum Street.
MULTI-TRIP OFFER! – 10% Discount off your full booking if you book two or more different trips with us at the same time – 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 £349 – £495 depending on date. For that option, just email us with the date/pick-up point 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 attractions in Whitby are closed (including the North Yorkshire Moors Railway) and we may have to adapt the itinerary and route due weather conditions on the day. The North York Moors are still well worth visiting in Autumn and Winter and, very different to summer but equally magnificent!
Excellent Day Trips through the North York Moors to Whitby and also the Yorkshire Dales to the Wensleydale Creamery
Being my first visit to York, I looked at the reviews and chose Best of Britain Holidays for two day trips and I'm glad I did. They were great days out with free wi-fi on the minibus, which was much nicer than a large coach. Stops were frequent at local villages, viewpoints, etc. Both drivers, Mark and Tony were friendly and gave brilliant running commentaries on the area, its history and attractions. Do pay extra for the North Yorkshire Steam Railway on the return trip, it's a lovely trip down memory lane. Also, they ran despite not being full, which is important when planning days out - It was like having a private tour and one day there were only four of us. I would definitely recommend them and will come back some time and do the Haworth trip. Thanks all - Isabel N
07 Jul 2019
Great Day Out With Mark!!!
This was a great trip and you get the perfect amount of time at each of the places - hilifeliving
06 Jul 2019
Great trip packed day out
From the minute you board the bus the fun begins. Our driver guide Mark was a great host getting everyone to introduce themselves which was a nice touch. We were told so many interesting facts throughout the day, the mini bus was comfortable and spotlessly clean. Stops at places were a little short for me, I could have spent longer, but that was the cost of seeing so much in one day. The additional steam train ride was well worth it. Mark got our tickets for us so we had more time in Whitby. Sit back relax and enjoy a great day out - NorthStar
04 Jul 2019
Awesome day in the North York Moors and Whitby
Our guide Mark was absolutely brilliant - suttonj2017
24 Jun 2019
More than we could ever expect
Very polite and a comfortable driver - the trip was exciting, and a good mix of time off and events - Heidi
11 May 2019
Worth every penny
Fantastic day from start to finish with the lovely Mark as our tour bus guide - Bernadette L
07 May 2019
Fantastic Day Out
Chris was a brilliant driver and guide and ensured we had a really great day - Faggy
06 May 2019
Mark was absolutely an excellent tour guide. Extremely good value - I highly recommend - 720joanh
15 Apr 2019
Fabulous Day Out!
We went on the tour across the North Yorkshire Moors to Whitby with Mark. He was a great driver, friendly and full of information about the places we travelled through. Plenty of comfort and photo stops. Highly recommended. Thanks Mark for a lovely day - Pinkbaglady55
13 Mar 2019
Wonderful Day Trip!!
Our day trip through the Moors and Whitby was a perfect day trip for my husband and I. Our stop in Helmsley was lovely as well. Our driver, Mark, was a perfect host. He provided us with excellent recommendations and terrific commentary and history throughout the drive. It was a great day!! Oh, and we had the BEST fish and chips in Whitby! - MarylandSpartan
03 Jan 2019