Things to do in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire is a vibrant county with lots to see and do, whatever time of year you visit.

What's on in North Yorkshire

The York and North Yorkshire festivals and events website provides information about festivals and events taking place in the area and provides guidance on how to set up and run an event. You also have the opportunity to submit your own events.

The Welcome to Yorkshire website provides details about family days out, food festivals, live music and comedy gigs (plus much more). You'll find a wealth of information about things to do and places to go, and you can use the interactive map to gain inspiration about how to spend your time whilst visiting the area.

Don't forget to visit a local tourist information centre.


The beautiful North Yorkshire countryside offers you a wealth of outdoor activities.

With over 10,000 km of public rights of way, there are many walks, bikes rides and horse rides on offer including national trails.

North Yorkshire is ideally placed to offer some superb water sports. Both beginners and experts can enjoy sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing at the coast or on lakes. The network of rivers, canals or coastline offer excellent canoeing and kayaking or you can surf some of the best waves in England. Those looking for a more relaxing time can cast off and wait for that big bite fishing in the numerous freshwater rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

You can add extra excitement to your visit with some adrenalin fuelled fun including high ropes courses, off-road driving or gorge walking.

There are plenty of options for those on two wheels, with many marked cycle and mountain bike routes.

North Yorkshire can keep the whole family entertained.

The labyrinth of tunnels and chambers of Forbidden Corner are full of surprises, while the world heritage site of Fountains Abbey will inspire visitors of all ages.

You can sample a piece of history with a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway that will give you the sights and smells that you can only get from a steam engine.

Those looking for something faster moving can experience the adrenalin of theme parks.

Get further inspiration from Welcome to Yorkshire.

We support businesses to provide you with healthier eating options, helping you to eat well when eating out. See our list of Healthy choices business for options of where to eat. You can also view a full list of places to eat and drink in North Yorkshire on Welcome to Yorkshire.

There are countless breathtaking gardens in North Yorkshire, ranging from formal to rustic cottage style. Each offering its own unique experience to inspire you, whether you're looking for a relaxing walk in a tranquil setting or some inspiration for your own garden.