PLACES TO VISIT,

THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO EAT

North Yorkshire and the Vale of Pickering is jam packed with places to visit and things to do and see all year round.  Whether you like visiting historic ancient monuments, stately country homes or spending time wandering along a beach or doing a spot of crafting on a rainy day there will be something for everyone when you visit our self catering holiday cottages in the Vale of Pickering.

From our cottages, the City of York is less than hour away.  The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is close by, with stations throughout the National Park for you to park up at and jump on a train – why not go to Pickering and make a day of it and get the train there all the way to the seaside town of Whitby?  For the green fingered amongst you visiting North Yorkshire there are many formal gardens for you to visit including Wolds Way Lavender, Scampston Hall and Jackson’s Wold Garden (all have tea rooms too!). If you are feeling adventurous, you can go on one of the many mountain biking trails in the nearby Dalby Forest or you can Go-Ape and go on a high wire course in the tree tops of Dalby Forest?

Don’t forget that you can download our guide “The Insider’s Guide to North Yorkshire – 10 things to do in North Yorkshire” – its our handy guide to get the creative juices flowing to help you plan your next holiday in North Yorkshire.

Search below to find more places to visit in North Yorkshire.

Snowdrops at Cliff House

Snowdrops at Cliff House

The snowdrops in our gardens are just tipping past their best in our gardens, but let rewind the clock to two weeks ago when we made this little video. Every year the snowdrops come to the gardens at Cliff House Holiday Cottages and every year they never cease to...

A visit to Staithes

A visit to Staithes

Up and out early on Sunday for the short 51 minute drive across the North York Moors to try and catch (and photograph) the sunrise at the fishing village of Staithes on the Discover Yorkshire Coast. Staithes is a picture postcard village set at the bottom of cliffs in...

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of North Yorkshire, a captivating adventure awaits you at the National Trust's Fountains Abbey. Just over 1hr and 20 minutes from our cottages across the heart of North Yorkshire.. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic ruin...

A Walk Down Netherby Dale

A Walk Down Netherby Dale

This walk is about 3km long and can take between 1 to 2 hours depending on your pace and how many stops you make. Please note that some sections are difficult under foot, specifically very muddy and in places the path is unstable/rocky under foot.  Given it is a dale,...

Fossil Hunting in Robin Hoods Bay

Fossil Hunting in Robin Hoods Bay

Step in to Yorkshire’s Jurassic past and visit Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire Coast and go on a fossil hunt! Robin Hood’s Bay is a fantastic seaside village steeped in history and tales of smuggling, but it is also great for a walk out along the beach and...

A walk to Jerry Noddle in Dalby Forest

A walk to Jerry Noddle in Dalby Forest

At any time of year a walk out to Jerry Noddle in Dalby Forest (aka the Great Yorkshire Forest) is a nice relaxing and gentle walk. A circular walk from Bickley Gate Car Park takes you along forestry access roads to the promontory of Jerry Noddle which sounds like the...

A stroll along Filey Bay

A stroll along Filey Bay

A short drive from our cottages at Cliff House Holiday Cottages takes you to Hunmanby Gap, and from there out on to Filey Bay - a massive expanse of sand which is dog friendly (save for the beach immediately in front of Filey town) stretching from Filey Rigg all the...

Boxing Day in Scarborough

Boxing Day in Scarborough

Boxing Day is always a great day to visit the seaside town of Scarborough.  Scarborough is a 20 minute drive from our self catering cottages at Cliff House, so makes a great place to visit with only a short drive, whether thats for a walk along the prom, or to grab...

Stars and S’mores at Cliff House

Stars and S’mores at Cliff House

Stars and S'mores at Cliff House Holiday Cottages Join us this February Half Term for open fires under the stars eating s'mores and drinking hot chocolate to celebrate the North York Moors National Park Dark Skies Festival. With every booking received for a stay with...

Dark Skies at Cliff House

Dark Skies at Cliff House

At Cliff House Holiday Cottages, we are right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, one of the few (21) designated International Dark Skies Reserves in the world. Which means we are one of the best places in the country to see stars, because of the low...

The Cross Keys, dinner by Uovo

The Cross Keys, dinner by Uovo

A fantastic new restaurant in Malton, putting it firmly on the foodie map Uovo has been around the East and North Yorkshire area as a pop up restaurant headed by chef patron David Tait for a couple of years now following lock down.  Recently David has set down roots...

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Rediscover Tranquillity: Exploring Helmsley Walled Garden Nestled within the charming market town of Helmsley, Yorkshire, lies a hidden gem that enchants visitors with its beauty and serenity: Helmsley Walled Garden. Steeped in history and bursting with vibrant...

The Hanging Stones

The Hanging Stones

Spent a fantastic day with friends exploring an installation by the artist Andy Goldsworthy called The Hanging Stones (https://hangingstones.org/introduction/). Its a planned series of 10 installations housed in rebuilt barns on a 6 mile walk through North Dale near...

King and Queen Visit Malton

King and Queen Visit Malton

On the 5th of April their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla visited Talbot Yard in Malton.  Having already had The Hairy Bikers visit, Talbot Yard in nearby Malton, has growing reputation as the place to go to to get high quality locally made produce. The...

Thornwick Bay

Thornwick Bay

Following a tip off from one of our guests we headed out this morning to Thornwick Bay near Flamborough Head to see the puffins. Just £1.50 at the car park gets you access to the Bay (and the caves at low tide) as well the chance to see puffins and razorbills close...

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

A stay at Cliff House Holiday Cottages would not be complete without a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, one of the UK's most iconic heritage railways. This magnificent railway line runs through the stunning North York Moors National Park, offering visitors...

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Snowdrops at Cliff House

Snowdrops at Cliff House

The snowdrops in our gardens are just tipping past their best in our gardens, but let rewind the clock to two weeks ago when we made this little video. Every year the snowdrops come to the gardens at Cliff House Holiday Cottages and every year they never cease to...

A visit to Staithes

A visit to Staithes

Up and out early on Sunday for the short 51 minute drive across the North York Moors to try and catch (and photograph) the sunrise at the fishing village of Staithes on the Discover Yorkshire Coast. Staithes is a picture postcard village set at the bottom of cliffs in...