Steam Trains (Indoor)
Grosmont – Goathland – Levisham Station – Pickering. Good for a half-day or longer. Best kept for the end of the week or for a really wet day. Don’t forget to walk through Stevenson’s original tunnel at Grosmont to visit the engine sheds as well.
Danby Moors Centre (Indoor and Out)
The main Visitor Centre for the North York Moors National Park, 1 mile from Danby village (c12 miles inland from Sleights). Free admission to exhibition. Excellent information centre (specialist bookshop, maps, leaflets, etc), cafe and toilets. Short, wheelchair-friendly woodland walk. Half-day or longer if combined with walks / events.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum (Indoor)
The actual house where young James Cook lodged and learned his seamanship, furnished just as he would have known it. Grape Lane, Whitby. Includes exhibitions, maps, models, period garden plants, etc. Half-day. Lots of narrow stairs. Indoor.
Whitby Museum (Indoor)
Well hidden in the middle of Pannett Park, Whitby – but very well worth finding. A real, old-fashioned museum – so old fashioned it really ought to be IN a museum! Yet more Captain Cook artefacts, lots of model ships, all about whaling and the best collection of ammonites (and other local fossils) outside London. Half-day. Indoor.
Whitby Pictorial Archives (Indoor)
Now moved from Grape Lane to Church House at the top of Flowergate, Whitby. If you want to track-down your ancestors from this part of the world, or see how life used to be in and around Whitby, this is a good place to start. Indoors.
Sealife Centre (Indoor)
Yes, I know its in Scarborough, but at least its THIS end of Scarborough. Lots of wonderful, close-up aquaria with all kinds of interesting sealife and all indoors, except for the seal pool just outside. Ideal way to keep dry while looking at wet things.
Rail Trail (Outdoor)
An easy 3 mile walk along the (disused) track of George Stevenson’s original railway, from Goathland to Grosmont and downhill all the way. DO NOT try it the other direction, unless you like walking uphill all the way! Wheelchair friendly. Half-day.
Old Toll Road (Outdoor)
A very easy 2 mile walk, virtually level, from Grosmont to Egton Bridge along an un-surfaced farm track which follows the River Esk and also the Esk Valley Railway Line (diesel). Best done in that direction as there are two nice pubs for lunch in Egton Bridge (and no nice pubs for lunch in Grosmont). Half-day. Can be combined with a trip back to Grosmont on the diesel train if little legs are too tired for the return walk.
York (Indoor and out)
Yes, I know its 50 miles away but it is well worth it. The old city walls, the Shambles (a medieval street), the Minster is a ‘must see’ for its medieval stained glass, the Railway Museum (free & excellent). Parking is a nightmare but there is an excellent Park and Ride scheme which actually works. Alternatively drive to Malton, park there and take a train to York. Half or Full day.
Dalby Forest Drive (Outdoor)
A pleasant drive from near Thornton-le-Dale (near Pickering) to the middle of nowhere (near Ayton a few miles from Scarborough) via the Forest Enterprise village (with gift shop, toilets, etc) and many many square miles of conifer plantations. Occasional car parks, short / medium and long walks, mountain bike hire and tracks, 4-Wheel Drive centre (yours or theirs), view points, etc.
Ryedale Folk Museum (Indoor – mostly)
At Hutton-le-Hole, a picture box village 10 miles west of Pickering. A wonderful collection of traditional buildings and artefacts from around the North York Moors, including whole cottages (complete with their original Witch Posts). Lots of events.
And lots more as well…