The North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard

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I'm starting from: York
I'd like to be picked up from: Leeman Road Coach Stop, YO1 6FZ
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Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5

Your tour at a glance

Explore the famous area of the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye. The moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling It has more ancient scheduled monuments than anywhere in the country including, standing stones, Stone crosses and burial mounds.

Explore historic towns, quaint villages and historic sites. Enjoy unrivalled views across the Yorkshire coast and for miles across the Yorkshire. On a clear day views can exceed 50 miles.

Enjoy access to one of England’s finest stately homes and gardens. Famed for being the location for Brideshead Revisited and ITV’s Victoria. 

Tour Itinerary


Adult Senior Student Child
£46.5 £46.5 £46.5 £41.5

Tour Days


24th March 2018 - 28th October 2018

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun


Full day 09:00 - 17:30

Activity Level

This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.



Group Size

16 passengers


  • Transport in a 16 seater mini-bus;
  • On-board commentary in English;
  • Entrance into Castle Howard.

Main Departure point

Central York. Leeman Road, Coach Stop A, YO1 6FZ

How to find us

Pickup Service

The tour will depart at 9am from Leeman Road Coach Stop A, York, YO1 6FZ. The pick up point is in the heart of York, under 2 minutes walk from York Railway Station & under 5 minutes walk from York Minster.


This tour is unsuitable for children under 5.
All passengers must have their own seat.

We have private hire options available for those who have children under 5.

Luggage on board

There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the York train station.


There will be a designated lunch stop where you’ll be able to purchase lunch.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel 48 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 48 hours no refund will be issued.

Meet your guide and group at Leeman Road in York at 9am, settle into your seat aboard your comfortable mini-coach, and relax as you head out to North York Moors National Park, one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.

Your first stop, around half an hour from York, is majestic Castle Howard, where you'll have time to explore the house and gardens either independently or with the knowledgeable Castle Howard guides. The magnificent 18th-century residence, the setting for Brideshead Revisited, rests within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape amid the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.

From here, it's another half hour or so to the ancient market town of Pickering, where you'll have time at leisure. Perhaps pop into one of the local tea rooms or country pubs for lunch (own expense), or visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station, where you may see a steam train coming through.

Entering the national park, your first stop is Goathland, 20 minutes or so from Pickering, which was once the setting of the English TV drama, Heartbeat. You'll likely recognize the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Station here from its role as Hogsmeade Station in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (released in the UK as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

Traveling deeper into the heart of the park, you'll pass charming villages such as Egton before stopping at Beggar’s Bridge, around 20 minutes from Goathland. Spend a few moments snapping photos of the ancient stone arch as you hear the romantic story of a forbidden love that dates back to the time of the Spanish Armada.

Hop back aboard the mini-coach for an especially scenic half-hour drive through beautiful heather moorlands: watch out for grouse and other native wildlife. You will stop along the route to enjoy the fresh moorland air and to capture the panoramic views of the the iconic Landscape.

From here it's just a 10-minute drive to the postcard-perfect village of Hutton-le-Hole, where sheep graze freely. You'll have time to capture pictures here before the 15-minute drive to your last stop of the day, Helmsley.

Enjoy free time to explore the bustling market square or wander the dramatic castle ruins (own expense), then return to the mini-coach. It's a little under an hour's drive back to York, and you'll return back to Leeman Road.

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