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 £10.00, 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 re-join the Minicoach. This option is available from late 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!
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 here ONLINE, at the VISIT YORK INFORMATION CENTRE, 1 Museum Street, or at CIRCLES CAFE on Lendal Bridge.
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 – 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 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!
A Perfect Tour
It was interesting and fun from the first to the last minute of the journey - Mickandwifey
02 Oct 2018
Exceptional small-group day trip in rural Yorkshire
We went on the "North York Moors and Whitby" excursion, which gave us a splendid introduction to this unique corner of the UK. The guide/driver (Chris) was informed and friendly and knew the best routes to take to and from the charming and historic seaside community of Whitby. This day trip gives you some exposure to several small towns, the vast and open scenery, and even a bit of Castle Howard. The steam train option from Whitby to Goathland (AKA the Hogwarts Express stop in the Harry Potter films) was well worth the small additional charge. The trip was exactly as advertised and an excellent bargain - KBKansas
19 Sep 2018
Great tour with an excellent host (Mark)
It initially felt that a full day trip might be stretching the chewy just a little and I might be displeased with my partner of 30 years for dragging me along on her York Dale's and Moors excursion. Well pilgrims, it was quite the eye opener for this antipodean heathen and it was made all the better by our tour host, Mark. Add in some good fun fellow rubber neckers and the whole day was terrific. Mark knew his stuff, even when intensively questioned by me on the hard stuff like... where can I get a decent cold pint on this stifling hot English day?! So we, yes, the War Office and I, recommend this tour and Mark! - Robert K
07 Jul 2018
I went on the day trip from York to Whitby. Mark the driver/guide was friendly and knowledgeable and couldn’t have done a better job. The minibus stops at and passes lots of gorgeous places en route to Whitby, and there is so much to do in Whitby, it’s a glorious place. I felt like the trip gave enough time in each place for me to do everything I wanted to. Highly recommended - skuk123
30 Jun 2018
Whitby and The Moors Day Trip
This was our first ever day tour. I thought the tour would be about solely about the destination. It was far more. Our tour guide and driver, Mark, was very interactive with our group. He provided a lot of information about each town we passed through with details about everything from the primary exports to the schooling system. Mark also made it part of his job to get to know every passenger on the bus and learn more about their lives. He even went above and beyond helping us figure out how to get to our train on time (he has never missed a train in his life, he will tell you). It was a great tour around a beautiful part of the country lead by great and genuine people - Kirby235
18 Jun 2018
Good Day on the Moors
Fantastic!! Trip to North York Moors was a real treat. Mark, our guide was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. We loved the fact that it was a small group and that you had plenty of time to stop and take in the wonderful views. We enjoyed the whole day, apart from some rain, which we had no control over. Would definitely do again and will definitely do the Yorkshire Dales when we visit again next year. Many thanks - michelledunn66
16 Jun 2018
Definitely One of the Best
If there was an award for a tour guide, Mark would be a strong contender to win it. We did the Dales trip with this company a couple of years ago and it was brilliant. We travelled to York from Surrey via London with the main aim of doing the Moors and Whitby trip and we weren't disappointed. There is a good mixture of activities but you don't feel rushed. We had enough time in Whitby, we went on a steam train on the North York Moors railway and we visited a couple of lovely villages. The minibus is comfortable and Mark is a good driver. He gives very clear information and he explains things, no doubt for the benefit of the many passengers for whom English is not the first language. He is especially careful to say the time in more than one way so that nobody is in doubt but he is never patronising. We would happily go away with this company for a few days or do any other trips which they may come up with - Couple-Tadworth
14 Jun 2018
Really friendly, great tour, well organised! - Megan3124
23 May 2018
Wonderful Day Trip
A long, and wonderful trip. There were only 10 of us on the bus, so this was a very pleasant tour. We covered so much including the Kilburn White Horse, Hemsley, the North York Moors, Blakey Ridge, Ralphs Cross, 3 hours in Whitby, and Goathland - better known as Aidensfield for all the Heartbeat fans out there (of which I am one). An informative tour - with both the guide and the driver having a wealth of information to share. I would love to spend more time in Whitby, but we were on a tight schedule, so this was the perfect way to see a lot in a short time. Highly recommended - vannsandra
20 May 2018
North York Moors Tour
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful day touring the North York Moors and Whitby with our guide, Chris. His cheerful knowledge of the area made for a very educational experience. I would highly recommend this tour if you have a day to spend outside the city - rtimberlake
10 May 2018