York & Market Towns

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York is a city renowned for its architecture, quaint cobbled streets, iconic buildings and many attractions. Situated 50 miles from Robin Hood's Bay, York is a beautiful and vibrant place to spend the day. Explore the historic buildings and museums, walk the full loop along the magnificent city walls or browse the quaint shops along the historic Shambles.  For a more relaxing day, visit one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants that York has to offer. York has something for everyone.

Dont miss:

  • The view from the top of York Minster - a 360* panoramic view of the city.
  • The National Railway Museum (free admission) - a must for enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.
  • The Shambles - an ancient cobbled street full of independent shops including the new Harry Potter shop.
  • York dungeons - thrilling, informative and humorous.
  • The Jorvik Centre - a journey back in time.
  • Spark:York - a new & exciting food and cultural venue in the heart of the city


Helmsley is a small town full of history and character and is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park. Situated 40 miles from Robin Hood's Bay, Helmsley has a bustling market square that is full of specialist and quaint shops and lots of lovely cafes and restaurants.

Don't miss:

  • Helmsley Castle open daily 10am-6pm
  • Rievaulx Abbey, Duncombe Park and Helmsley Walled Gardens - all well worth a vist
  • 7 mile circular walk from Helmsley Castle passing Rievaulx Abbey
  • Hunters Delicatessen store - an absolute must for food-lovers.
  • Helmsley open-air heated swimming pool


Known as Yorkshire's 'food capital', Malton is one of the north's most popular destinations for food lovers. It is packed full of traditional food shops, cafes, restaurants and wineries and hosts an annual food festival  as well as monthly food markets. Situated 30 miles from Robin Hood's Bay, Malton is the perfect place to spend your day.

Don't miss:

  • Monthly food markets
  • Flamingo Land theme park (situated a short distance from Malton)
  • Eden Camp - located just outside Malton - a brilliant and innovative World War II museum housed in the Nissen huts of a real prisoner-of-war camp