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North Yorkshire Moors Railway Tours

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Overview
With a history dating back to 1835, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is England’s most popular heritage steam railway. The 18-mile (29-kilometer) route winds through the North York Moors National Park, stopping at historic railway stations and affording magnificent views of the rugged moorlands.
 
The Basics
The railway runs from Pickering station to Grosmont, stopping at Levisham, Newton Dale, and Goathland. Single or return tickets are available from any of the stations, and all train tickets allow you to hop-on and hop-off, so you can explore all the destinations along the way. For an extra special experience, book a seat in the Pullman Dining Train to enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner on board; opt for a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic trains; or take a ride on one of the steam or diesel footplates (advance bookings essential).
 
Most visitors opt to ride the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on a day trip from York, often combined with a visit to the seaside resort of Whitby or Yorkshire towns, such as Hutton-le-Hole or Helmsley.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Trains have restrooms on board and refreshments are available to purchase.
  • Cafés, paid car parking, and restrooms are available at all stations.
  • All trains and stations offer wheelchair access, but it is best to advise at the time of booking if you need assistance.
 
How to Get to There
Limited car parking is available at the train stations, so if you are planning to drive, it’s recommended to make an early start. Most people choose to visit as part of a guided tour, but it’s also possible to take the train from Whitby to Grosmont station or from York to Pickering.
 
When to Get There
Steam trains run every day from the end of March through October, and the most impressive views are during the summer months of July and August, when the Yorkshire moors are ablaze with purple heather. During the winter months, service is cut back to select weekends and holidays. Traveling offpeak (typically weekdays outside of school holidays) means cheaper train fares and fewer crowds.
 
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Highlights
North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s star attraction is Goathland station, famously transformed into Hogsmeade station for the first Harry Potter film. The town of Goathland was also the filming location for popular UK TV series Heartbeat. Levisham and Newton Dale are the gateway to the moors, with ample opportunities for hiking and wildlife watching, while visitors to Grosmont station can explore the historic railway sheds and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Grosmont Tea Room.
Address: North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, England
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Moors, Whitby & The Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from York

Moors, Whitby & The Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from York

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Discover the rugged beauty of rural north England on this 8-hour North York Moors and Whitby day trip from York. Explore Hutton-le-Hole and Goathland, famed filming locations for the Harry Potter movies. Delve into the North York Moors National Park for panoramic views over the rolling countryside. Soak up Whitby’s seaside atmosphere at your leisure, perhaps visiting Whitby Abbey, the port or the Captain Cook Museum. Return via the Hole of Horcum and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Tour - Moors, Whitby & The Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from York

Private Tour - Moors, Whitby & The Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from York

For group sizes of up to 4, 8 or 15 passengers, this Private Guided Day Trip from York, just for your party, provides the opportunity to explore the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park, enjoy more than two hours in the seaside town of Whitby and take a Steam Train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway! You will also experience the traditional English moorland villages of Hutton-le-Hole and Goathland (Heartbeat and Harry Potter filming location) and travel back to York through the Howardian Hills, passing by Castle Howard. In Whitby, you will be able to see Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Attractions, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion, sample Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café or just enjoy the bustling port and waterfront – the choice is yours!
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Wizard Bus Tour: Harry Potter Sites Day Trip from York

Wizard Bus Tour: Harry Potter Sites Day Trip from York

Harry Potter fans, climb aboard the Wizard Bus for a tour of filming locations around Yorkshire. This full-day guided tour includes narration on Durham Cathedral. A train ride takes passengers from Grosmont to Goathland Station, aka Hogsmeade, with lunch and a bit of “magical” spending money provided for souvenirs. Finish with a stop at the Hole of Horcum and York Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley—ideal for wizarding friends.
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  • 8 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are North Yorkshire Moors Railway hours of operation?
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North Yorkshire Moors Railway hours of operation: Vary. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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