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The Moors National Park Centre is the ideal place to start exploring the North York Moors National Park. The visitor centre is housed in a former hunting lodge set on the banks of the River Esk. It has interactive displays about the area and changing art exhibitions. There is also an indoor climbing wall, an outdoor adventure playground, events and local walks. A gallery displays works by local artists. Photo credits: main photo - Chris Parker; tea room - Fridge Productions; climbing wall & play area - Mike Kipling; inspired by gallery - Charles Twist
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Electric buggy, wheelchairs, accessible garden & woodland trails, Braille maps, hearing loops
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Jan-Feb, weekends 10.30-4; Feb half term-Mar & Nov-Dec daily 10.30-4; Apr-Jul & Sep-Oct, 10-5; Aug daily 9.30-5.30
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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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