Steam Trains, Whitby, and the North York Moors Full-Day Tour from York

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, York

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  • 9 hours
  • York
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable


Explore the stunning North York Moors by road and steam train on this wonderful small-group day trip from York. You'll follow the back roads and farm lanes through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and the North York Moors National Park, enjoying photo stops and chance to walk among the nature in the Moors. You'll visit the fabulous seaside town of Whitby, famous for its association with Captain James Cook and featured in Bram Stoker's Dracula, before boarding a steam train for a journey across the majestic North York Moors. You'll see the best of the Moors, spend time by the seaside and visit the charming railway station made famous as 'Hogsmeade Station' in the Harry Potter films.

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Stop At: Helmsley, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England

The charming, picturesque market town of Helmsley is the first stopping point on the tour, where you'll have time to explore the quaint streets and have the opportunity to enjoy tea or coffee in a local cafe or tearoom.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: North York Moors National Park, United Kingdom

Scenic drive with photo stops and opportunity to get out and enjoy the views and scenery.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Whitby Harbour, Endeavour Wharf, Whitby YO21 1DN England

2 hours at leisure in the fishing town of Whitby - chance to enjoy lunch and to discover the many attractions in Whitby.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Goathland Station, Yo22 5nf, Goathland, North York Moors National Park England

Visit the station which featured as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Pickering), 12 Park St, Pickering YO18 7AJ, UK

Journey from Goathland to Pickering on the heritage steam railway.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by climate-controlled minivan
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

  • Entrance fees to optional attractions in Whitby and Helmsley
  • Ticket for the steam train journey - your guide will organise tickets for the steam train and take payment (£10 - £12) during the tour
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Pickering)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We guarantee you the chance to ride across the moors by steam train, or we will pay for your ticket. If necessary, we will adjust the order of the day's itinerary to ensure we can ride on a steam train. On the incredibly rare occasions that we are not able to travel by steam train (due to a breakdown) the rail journey may be operated by a heritage diesel train. If this happens, we will pay for your train ticket!
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

York YO1 7EF, UK

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


9 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

martin h

07 Oct, 2019

Great day out .got to see many parts of Yorkshire .with the highlight being the moors and a ride on a steam train .peter the guide was top draw explaining the whole day and telling us the times and places we had to be to pick up the mini bus .lovely day out cheers Pete


05 Sep, 2019

For Californians, this was a great way to experience the best of the North York Moors in early August. Wish we could remember the name of the young man who guided us through the moors, even jumping out of the van to show us how quick and low flying the grouse are presenting a challenge for the shooters who would be stalking them during the next weeks. He was extremely knowledgable and friendly even adding one last stop at St. Peter and St. Paul in Pickering, home of the famous medieval frescoes! We had picture perfect weather for walking the grounds of the beautiful remains of Whitby Abbey on the North Sea as well as a stroll through the colorful town of Whitby. The steam train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors RR gave us a view of a wooded section of the moor. It was a grand day!


19 Aug, 2019

Chris, our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was a very small group, our family of 4 and another family of 3, so it was like a personal tour. The towns we visited were beautiful, could have spent days in them, and the drive, countryside, and moors were breathtaking. It was an all day tour, but could be even longer As there was so much to see.

Ferenc K

15 Aug, 2019

It was awesome. The guides are really friendly, inormative and original. They were always on top of everything. Thank you!


15 Jul, 2019

Someone recommended that I take a day trip to Whitby and when I was looking to get there by public transit was not going to be possible in the time that I had So when I stumbled on this tour I booked. Am I ever glad that I did! There was a small group of us [just 8] so our tour guide Matt was able to keep track of us all very easily. We had a great day stopping in Helmsley for about 45 minutes just long enough to wander through this beautiful little market town then we went on to Whitby arriving a little earlier than normal which was great for us so we had almost a full three hours there. Matt and our bus driver [Brian I believe] drove us through Whitby and pointing out various points of interest and then they drove us right up to the Abbey so we did not have to walk up the steps. The Abbey, a ruin, is beautiful and the views from the top of the harbour and the town and out to the sea are stunning.

Whitby it’s self is beautiful as well. So after spending some time at the Abbey I wander down the 190 or so odd steps and walk through old cobblestone streets twisty Windee and I bought myself the pre-requisite fish and chip lunch, and sat out in the harbour watching people come and go. When we left Whitby we went to Goathland Where we caught the steam train to Peterborough. Our bus met us there and we wandered back to York. We did take a small side trip to another Abbey which I unfortunately can’t recall the name. A beautiful little ruin right on the edge of a river.

We were delivered back to Wiard drop off point in the shadow of York minster. All in all a fantastic day and Matt regaled us with tidbits of history and lore.

If you are considering taking this trip, then do it!

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