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.

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...

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...

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...

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs is one of the UK's most spectacular nature reserves! Nestled on the stunning Yorkshire coast, Bempton Cliffs is a haven for nature lovers, featuring a breathtaking array of seabirds and wildlife. Seabird Paradise Bempton Cliffs is home to over...

North York Moors National Park

North York Moors National Park

A holiday in the North York Moors National Park is an excellent way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the British countryside. Located in North Yorkshire, England, the park covers an area of over 1,400 square...

Forge Valley and Hackness Walk

Forge Valley and Hackness Walk

We went for the first long walk in a long time, nearly 10 miles, starting and finishing in the local village of East Ayton. We walked up Forge Valley, which was carved out by the melt waters from the last ice age and is the valley through which the River Derwent flows...

More than just Farndale for daffodils

More than just Farndale for daffodils

Daffodils in North Yorkshire are not just exclusive to Farndale.  If you venture a way from the honey pots of Low Mill and Farndale you can find other places, where the spread of daffodils is far greater and better than what you find in Farndale itself.  Its just that...

Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers

Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers

Holiday Inspiration for Solo Travellers Ryedale has been voted on of the best places for the solo traveller to visit.  Here’s our holiday inspiration of things to as solo traveller when visiting Ryedale (and of course staying with us at Cliff House Holiday Cottages!)...

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

Things to do in the Great Yorkshire Forest

You may have seen our "back garden" on TV recently in the "Secret Life of the Forest" on Channel 5.  To say that the Great Yorkshire Forest is our back garden isn't an over statement.  Turn right as you leave our cottages and in just over a mile you are in the back of...

Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay

Robin Hood's Bay is a fantastic little place to visit at any time of year. Full of old world charm, the old village has a long history of smuggling. If you are brave enough you can venture up the tunnel from the beach that the local stream runs through.  Look up and...

Birdwatching in Wishing Well Wood

Birdwatching in Wishing Well Wood

We have just added some new bird feeders in to Wishing Well Wood.  Set up so that from the comfort of a bench overlooking our big pond you can quietly watch the visitors that come to the feeding station.  Over the course of an hour we watched, Great Tits, Willow Tits...

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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...

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...