Sutton Bank National Park Centre



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The North York Moors National Park covers over 500 square miles, and has been a National Park since 1952. Sutton Bank is one of the high points of the Park, offering amazing views of this beautiful area, and this visitor centre is an ideal place to discover more about the Park and Sutton Bank, before setting off on a bike ride or a ramble. The 'Lime & Ice' exhibition explores millions of years of geological history, alongside many fascinating, interactive exhibits for the whole family. Bikes can be hired from Sutton Bank Bikes, and there are walks, cycle rides and other activities available.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Sutton Bank,THIRSK,YO7 2EH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Electric buggy, wheelchair, accessible trails to White Horse
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Jan-Feb, weekends only & Feb half term-Mar, daily 10-30-4; Mar-Jul & Sep-Oct daily 10-5; Aug 9.30-5.30

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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