The rugged North Yorkshire Coast coastline backs onto the North York Moors National Park and is the setting for the North Yorkshire Coast's coastal resorts and fishing villages. The coastline is dramatic with high cliffs, rocky shores and beaches with flowers and wildlife in abundance. There is a 30 mile cliff top path along the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast.
Scarborough is a bustling family resort with some unspoilt Victorian architecture and the sandy beaches of the North Bay and South Bay. There is a working harbour where the fishing boats still operate. There are traditional seaside attractions, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Sealife Centre, a medieval castle, parks and gardens and the Spa complex as well as clubs, bars and restaurants.
The picturesque fishing port of Whitby is another Yorkshire Coast favourite tourist destination and has close links with Captain Cook. Attractions include The Cook Memorial Museum, and the Whitby Abbey ruins which inspired Bram Stoker to write the story of Dracula, stand imposingly above Whitby.
Other coastal towns and villages include Staithes, a quiet fishing village at the bottom of a steep ravine. The unspoilt resort of Filey has five miles of sandy beach.
Narrow alleys and steps take visitors through the beautiful Robin Hoods Bay down to the bottom of the ravine, where there is a slipway which has served fishing boats for many hundreds of years. At low tide, Jurassic period rocks are exposed and it is a good destination for fossil hunters.