Places Nearby

There are lots of wonderful places nearby to explore using Rowan Cottage as a base.  The following are just some of them, but we recommend you check the cottage folders when you arrive for more!


Helmsley is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park. There’s plenty to do in the town, from fascinating attractions including the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle, Helmsley Arts Centre and the Walled Gardens, to award-winning eateries and the town’s very own Brewery. Enjoy shopping in interesting and unique … Continue reading Helmsley

Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

Ruswarp is the next village along from Sleights to Whitby. Why not spend some time on the beautiful River Esk? It’s quiet, sheltered waters offer a unique opportunity to see the wildlife on this, the only migratory Salmon river in Yorkshire. We cater for parties of all sizes in traditional rowing boats. Or there are … Continue reading Ruswarp Pleasure Boats

Monster Fun Ruswarp

Monster Fun Ruswarp Just 5 minutes by car from the cottage is a huge barn of a soft play area in Ruswarp. It has an under 4’s area and 3 storey play area with several slides, including a supervised drop slide. It has a cafe and seating area for parents with a good selection of … Continue reading Monster Fun Ruswarp

Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo

Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo Set in 375 acres of North Yorkshire countryside, there is something for all ages to enjoy. If you are looking for adrenaline-fuelled thrills, there is a sensational collection of extreme rides, including the record breaking Mumbo Jumbo (world’s steepest rollercoaster 2009) and the newly launched coaster called Hero, where … Continue reading Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo

Scarborough Sealife Centre

Scarborough Sealife Centre New 2016: Shark Encounter! Come face-to-fin with a jaw-dropping array of sharks as they circle their new abandoned shipwreck! Get closer to one of Yorkshire’s largest colonies of Humboldt Penguins in their walkthrough home, Penguin Island! Penguin Island is a first for SEA LIFE Europe, and will provide guests the chance to … Continue reading Scarborough Sealife Centre

Wytherstone Gardens

Located only 2 miles from the popular market town of Helmsley, this friendly plants man’s garden set in 8 acres of rolling countryside on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors is perfect for gardening enthusiasts and novices alike. Wytherstone Gardens, Wytherstone Estate, Pockley, Near Helmsley, York, YO62 7TE Tel: 01439 770012 Image   © Copyright … Continue reading Wytherstone Gardens


Whilst perhaps most famous for its tourist attractions, like the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Medieval Castle, Beck Isle Museum and the stunning Saxon Church with its world-famous 15th century wall paintings, Pickering has much, much more to offer. A thriving town with a vibrant, active local community, the town’s historic market place is packed with … Continue reading Pickering

Beacon Farm Icecreams

On the road out of Ruswarp, pop in to the Beacon Farm icecream parlour and tea rooms. Beacon Farm is truly a family business with three generations involved day to day. All of our children are part of the Farm and help out with different jobs, so we really understand what families want. We think … Continue reading Beacon Farm Icecreams

Helmsley Walled Garden

Welcome to Helmsley Walled Garden, a tranquil and inviting space nestling at the foot of the North York Moors. Built in 1758 the garden was originally designed to provide vegetables, fruit and flowers to the Feversham family at Duncombe Park. After World War One, the garden was leased out and became a commercial enterprise until … Continue reading Helmsley Walled Garden

The Walled Garden Scampston

The Walled Garden at Scampston This is a 4½ acre Walled Garden. The garden has been created by the internationally renowned designer Piet Oudolf whose innovative style is to our times as Gertrude Jekyll was to the last century. Scampston Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG Tel: 01944 758224

Botton Camphill Community

Botton Camphill Community. A community supporting, and run by people with learning difficulties. A fascinating village to look around, including a village store providing home grown herbs and produce, a bookshop, cafe and giftshop. The community buildings are fabulous designs! Image   © Copyright Ken Crosby and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hood’s Bay is home to sandy & family friendly beaches, fossils and the Dinosaur Coast, coastal and countryside walks and cycleways, great places to eat, drink and stay as well as fantastic shops, visitor attractions and a variety of themed weekends, festivals and events

Falling Foss Tea Garden

Falling Foss Tea Garden is a small but enchanting tea garden set in the grounds of Midge Hall, a tiny cottage which nestles at the top of the beautiful Falling Foss waterfall. Whether you’re in the midst of the Coast to Coast walk or perhaps just out for a leisurely saunter through the fabulous ancient woodland,  … Continue reading Falling Foss Tea Garden


Standing on the fringes of the rugged North Yorkshire Moors and perched on the top of 600 foot high cliffs overlooking the North Sea sits the village of Ravenscar, the ‘town that never was.’ Ravenscar is situated mid way between the popular seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Go there … Continue reading Ravenscar

Rievaulx Abbey

English Heritage’s Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley is a magnificent monastery. Now a ruin there still remains an impressive structure to look around. See English Heritage for many other historical abbeys in the area

Pickering Castle

Set in the attractive Moors-edge market town of Pickering; discover how this splendid 13th century castle was used throughout the centuries. This tourist attraction in the heart of the North York Moors National Park has been a royal hunting lodge, holiday home and a stud farm by a succession of medieval kings. Why not also … Continue reading Pickering Castle

Helmsley Castle

Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park. Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. … Continue reading Helmsley Castle

North Yorkshire Motor Museum

North Yorkshire Motor Museum A collection of Classic & Vintage Cars owned by D.T.Mathewson & open to the public Set in the peaceful surroundings of National Park Land is a museum which is run by a family of enthusiasts, for enthusiasts. The museum specialises in vehicles dating from 1918 through to 1976 a period which … Continue reading North Yorkshire Motor Museum

Eden Camp

Eden Camp A visit to our unique Museum at EDEN CAMP will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years. Our special award winning Museum is an original Prisoner of War Camp built in 1942. Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, … Continue reading Eden Camp

Duncombe Park & Birds of Prey Centre

Duncombe Park lies close to the town of Helmsley in the heart of rural Yorkshire. Built in 1713 it is sent amidst rolling parkland which has been virtually untouched for 280 years and overlooks the river Rya and Helmsley Castle. Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB Tel: 01439 770213

Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey is the perfect place to stop on a family day out, or if you’re walking or cycling in the North York Moors National Park. Once one of the greatest monasteries in England, Byland Abbey inspired the design of church buildings throughout the North. A truly outstanding example of early gothic architecture, it inspired … Continue reading Byland Abbey

Kirkham Priory

The riverside ruins of an Augustinian priory, picturesquely set in the beautiful Derwent valley near the Yorkshire Wolds. Features include a gatehouse bedecked with the heraldry of the De Roos family of Helmsley Castle, and a handsome set of monastic washbasins. On-site interpretation includes the story of Winston Churchill’s secret visit and Kirkham’s role in … Continue reading Kirkham Priory

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

A beautiful museum in the small market town of Pickering. Perfect for visiting when the sun’s shining to enjoy the outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area and just as great to spend time exploring our 27 themed rooms during the occasional Yorkshire rain shower. We have demonstrations and talks from our expert volunteers and … Continue reading Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life

Rydale Folk Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum (Hutton-le-hole) The museum is a beautiful open-air museum in the North York Moors National Park and a wonderful place to visit, learn or volunteer. Our 5 acre site covers 2,000 years of history from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Don’t miss our restored historic buildings, our Foldyard of agricultural machinery, a special … Continue reading Rydale Folk Museum

Scarborough Castle

With its stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, the castle will be the pinnacle of your visit to Scarborough. Come and see objects from its 3,000 years of history, play on the grassy headland, and take tea in the Master Gunner’s house. During severe weather please call to confirm opening:  01723 … Continue reading Scarborough Castle

Robin Hoods Bay Ghost Walk

Robin Hoods bay ghost walk Take a unique tour through streets and alleyways as you listen to Tales of the Strange and Supernatural. Journey into a mysterious past of Spirits, Shipwrecks, Smugglers, Local Folklore and Legend. Prices Adult £5.00 Children (under 14) £4.00. Family Ticket (3 children) £20 – more than 3 children £ 3 … Continue reading Robin Hoods Bay Ghost Walk

Burton Agnes Hall

The Hall Burton Agnes Hall is a house of immense charm and character. It has many unusual features and is fortunate in suffering so little from alterations or additions in its history. The family stress that it is a ‘lived-in’ home and this welcome quality is perhaps its most appealing asset.  Since the Norman Manor … Continue reading Burton Agnes Hall

Eden Camp Museum – Malton

Eden Camp opened as a museum over 30 years ago in 1987. Since then, with the help and support of our visitors we have grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards. Occupying a former POW camp, the museums extensive grounds and huts house … Continue reading Eden Camp Museum – Malton

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a ‘Rigg and Dale’ landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau. Amongst other things it hosts:- Orienteering courses for all the … Continue reading Dalby Forest

The Deep Hull

The DEEP Hull The Deep Hull is One of the Most Spectacular Aquariums in the World Awakening Seas Explore over 4 billion years of ocean history from giant fossils to Megalodon shark teeth. As you journey down the ramp you will follow the history of the oceans’ until the present day, discovering how life … Continue reading The Deep Hull