9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head off for a scenic drive through the Vale of York to our first stop at the Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, where your guide will tell you the story of how it was carved into the hillside in 1857.
10.00am: We then 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: After Helmsley, we head off through Hutton-le-Hole into the heart of the North York Moors National Park for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the Moors) and Ralph’s Cross, before dropping down into Whitby, whilst hearing stories about the seaside town’s history from your guide who will also tell you about the main places of interest that you may want to visit.
12.15pm: As you arrive in Whitby, there will be a brief stop at the Captain Cook Statue and Whalebone Arch on the West Cliff then alternative drop-offs at the Harbour or Whitby Abbey, if you want to start your visit there to avoid having to climb the 199 steps! You will have three 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) or just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café – the choice is yours!
3.15pm: We leave Whitby and head back onto the North York Moors for the scenic drive to Goathland.
3.35pm: You will arrive in the picture postcard village of Goathland (filming location for “Aidensfield” in the Heartbeat television series and “Hogsmeade” in the Harry Potter Movies) where you can explore the filming locations and maybe see a North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam train arriving in the station, or just grab an ice cream from the village store if you prefer – the choice is yours!
4.05pm: We leave Goathland for our final stop to enjoy the stunning views at the Hole of Horcum before heading back to York.
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: £47.70
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £38.16
(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.
GROUP/FAMILY TICKETS – 10% Discount for any grouping of FOUR or more people on one trip – just type grouprate in the Travel Agent Code Box as you book.
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 each trip.
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 TOUR just for your party (from York, Leeds or Harrogate), for groups of 1-4 passengers, up to 8 passengers or up to 16 passengers on any date. To book that option, visit the Private Tours page.
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.
Superb & Unmissable day trip from York
Fabulous day out. Mark kept us entertained throughout the trip with his incredible knowledge of the area. Nothing was too much trouble as he gave us plenty of photo opportunities across the North York Moors & in Whitby itself. We took in some incredible views & scenery & learned lots about the key characters & places on our itinerary - Colbe58
19 Sep 2021
Wonderful day trip from York
This was our second day trip tour with BOBH. I travelled with my husband and two sons (teen and up). We all had a wonderful time while packing a lot of sights in one day. We never felt rushed and had a lot of time for snack breaks and lunch. Mark is a very safe driver and also, a fantastic guide. One of my sons even remarked on how much he enjoyed Mark's information delivery. He has a wonderful way of delivering just the right amount of history in a very lovely smoothing voice and tone. I highly recommend BOBH for any tours from York! - Betsy S
24 Aug 2021
Great value, fun and interesting.
Andrew was very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting and enjoyable. Would definitely recommend - Sarah
19 Aug 2021
Amazing day out!
It was brilliant from start to finish. I would advise anyone to go on it! - Kellie C
25 Jul 2021
Fantastic trip with a fantastic driver/guide - Angela M
16 Jul 2021
Excellent day out in North Yorkshire
An excellent day out in the North Yorkshire Moors - amazing scenery which the minibus was able to access via some very narrow moorland roads, a larger coach could not do so. Mark (our driver and tour guide) was extremely pleasant, polite and helpful. His knowledgeable commentary throughout the trip made the journey and visits a pleasurable experience, he was always available to answer questions about the places we passed through/stopped at and on the history/landscape of the area. Helmsley and Whitby are ideal places to visit. The 45 minute stop in picturesque Helmsley is sufficient for a toilet break, tea & cake and a good walk around the village centre. The 2.5 - 3 hour main stop in Whitby provides plenty time for lunch (superb fish & chips) and a sight-seeing walk through the historic fishing town or a short boat trip. The 199 step climb to the ruined abbey and cliff top church is very worthwhile. The short afternoon stop in scenic Goathland is an ideal toilet and refreshment break - it was amazing to encounter friendly sheep wandering freely through the village. The opportunity to see a steam train at Goathland railway station was a bonus. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXCURSION - for over 8 hours of guided visiting, the value is exceptional - Martin C
12 Jul 2021
Amazing Value for Money
Breathtaking views, super air con coach & Mark our guide was fantastic. Already booked another trip! - Tracey
25 Jun 2021
Fabulous Day Out
My favourite part of the day was at Goathland Station, we didn't get to go on the steam train but I got an amazing video of it coming through and under the bridge and I actually was not disappointed that we couldn't go on the train because that was better. Our guide, Mark, was so informative and knowledgeable of a lot of things and so friendly. Whitby was very enjoyable and the scampi and chips on the harbour tasted wonderful. Lots of photo stops too and Mark was only too happy to take pictures of the two of us together (rather than me taking one of my sister and then she of me). Lovely small group of nine of us which was so much better than a great big coachload. Very tired when we got back to York but a wonderful day out with beautiful scenery - 241donna
11 Jun 2021
Excellent Trip. Mark was fantastic as tour guide and so were his recommendations - dibyendu1320
06 Jun 2021
We really enjoyed our trip to Whitby, the moors and Goathland. Our favorites were Whitby Abbey and Goathland Station where they filmed the Hogsmeade Station for Harry Potter. It still looked like the movie after 20 years! Whitby Abbey was creepy and I loved all the insights into Bram Stoker using it and so many of the landmarks around town in Dracula. It was windy, cold and raining but we still had a great time. Mark, our driver and guide was fantastic. He stopped when we wanted to take photos and he took some of us at sites. Highly recommend him - 499sherrym
01 Mar 2020