Explore Goathland

Goathland lies high on the North Yorkshire Moors where the black-faced moorland sheep are the real locals. Goathland makes an excellent centre for exploring the surrounding North York Moors National Park including the stretch of Roman Road known as Wade’s Causeway. Goathland has many notable points of interest including;

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St Mary’s Church

At just over 100 years old, the present Grade 2 listed building is the latest place of worship in a village where Christianity has been practiced for 1000 years. Open daily, visitors can take in its cool, quiet atmosphere, and spend time in prayerful contemplation or actively explore and look for some 9 mice carved into much of the furniture inside the church by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson.

The North York Moors Railway

In June 1967 a small group of local people formed the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society. Its members were convinced that operating the line between Grosmont and Pickering could be viable if sufficient voluntary help was forthcoming. Today the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust is a not-for profit charitable organisation run as an integral part of the local community. Every visitor that travels on the railway helps preserve one of the world’s greatest railway experiences. The railway operates with the support and commitment of over 550 volunteers. Find out more about our local heritage line at www.nymr.co.uk.

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Working Post Office

As post offices across the country close, Goathland Post Office continues to provide an essential service to the village residents and its visitors. Brian and Susan are always happy to provide lots of local information, newspapers, stamps and mementos of your stay.

Goathland Tea Rooms and Gift Shop

There are several opportunities to enjoy coffee and cake, light lunches and afternoon tea at a number of the village tearooms including our absolute favourite – Goathland Tearooms and Gift Shop run by Sheila and Andy. Find out more at www.goathlandtearooms.co.uk.


Goathland has a plethora of pubs, hotels, guesthouses and tearooms. We are so fortunate to have such a diverse variety of hostelries to visit, speak to the Inn on the Moor Team for their top recommendations.

Goathland Garage

Otherwise known as ‘Aidensfield Garage’, Goathland Garage was used along with many other locations around the village in the ever-popular 1960s themed television series ‘Heartbeat’. Our friends at the garage offer you the opportunity to look over some of the period cars such as the Austin A35 which can be found on the original ramp within the gift shop. Original props and signage used in the filming of Heartbeat can also be viewed along with many classic British Racing Motorbikes. Find out more and browse the online shop at www.goathlandgarage.co.uk.

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Explore Yorkshire

The Inn on the Moor Hotel is ideally located at the very heart of the North York Moors National Park, with fine views of village life, fields and moorland. Our location also provides a great opportunity to explore other local towns and villages and soak in the beautiful surroundings and get a wonderful taste of Yorkshire life.

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Helmsley has been a bustling market town since 1191 and is the only market town in the North York Moors National Park. The old market cross can still be found on its stepped base in the market square. Around the square you will see the traditional buildings with their sturdy rubble stone walls, orange pantile roofs and pretty floral displays that give Helmsley its reassuring air. Market day nowadays falls on a Friday and Helmsley has a charming collection of small independent shops selling anything from bespoke clothing to amazing pork pies and ice cream. Not to mention a well-stocked Tourist Information Centre where you can browse for books, brochures and maps. Helmsley also boasts a castle of some 900 years www.english-heritage.org.uk, and its history is explained in fabulous detail within the castle grounds. Helmsley has many other fascinating attractions too including the Helmsley Walled Gardens, the National Centre for Birds of Prey and the Helmsley Arts Centre. Learn more by having a look at ‘Visit Helmsley’ (https://www.visithelmsley.co.uk/)


Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey are both within walking distance and it is from Helmsley that the Cleveland Way begins. If you’re walking the Cleveland Way, you follow the acorn way-markers up Castlegate to gain an excellent view of  the castle standing head and shoulders above the little town, before descending into Ryedale and the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.


Whitby is a seaside town that offers much more than most! Ever popular, Whitby’s history includes the Abbey, the site of a Synod in 664 AD when after much fractious discussion, the formula for setting the date of Easter was thrashed out.  Who knew that setting the date for a moveable feast could be so fraught?


St Mary’s Church, sited at the top of the 199 stairs (not steps) dates from the 1100s and its graveyard was a setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, an off-shoot of which are the mightily popular Goth Weekends held in April and October.  Several other regular festivals occur throughout the year, including a 60s weekend, Whitby Regatta, Whitby Folk Week, Musicport, Soul and Jazz weekends and Angling Festivals.


Reputedly the best place in the country to have fish and chips Whitby offers a myriad of different venues for you to try them and a collection of independent shops, cafes and restaurants wait to welcome you.

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Danby is the home of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Centre, www.northyorkmoors.org.uk with a wealth of information regarding walks in the area, it also offers interactive displays, indoor climbing walls and children’s activities, all great for rainy days. Danby has its own railway station for those who’d like to leave the car parked.


Danby is also the home of a wonderful tea shop known as ‘The Stonehouse Bakery’. It is this family business that supplies the deliciously taste, traditional and homemade bread that features on our menus.


Hutton-le-Hole is one of the most picturesque villages around, and it is here you will find The Ryedale Folk Museum, www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk taking you back centuries, detailing the lives of ordinary people throughout many ages. Displays of farming machinery, cobblers’ tools and costumes among many others, and buildings demolished at their original sites and rebuilt at the museum. A fascinating way to spend the day.

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Robin Hood’s Bay

Along our Jurassic coastline you’ll discover a small fishing village at the bottom of a very steep hill, RHB is now a popular holiday destination. Legend has it that Robin Hood (yes really), encountered French pirates who had come to pillage fishermen’s boats all along the North East Coast. The pirates surrendered and Mr Hood returned the looted possessions to the poor people of the village, now referred to as Robin Hood’s Bay. No explanation is available as to why Robin Hood was in the area……


The beach is ideal for adults and children alike.  Rest and recuperate or explore the rock pools and seek out ancient fossils.

Great Ayton

Great Ayton is acknowledged as the birthplace of Captain James Cook, who sailed from Whitby on The HMS Endeavour. A replica of this impressive ship is moored in the harbour and is well worth a visit!


Great Ayton is also the starting point if you wish to climb Roseberry Topping.  At 320 metres, it is not exactly mountaineering but a good walk nonetheless. Long ago fabled to have been formed by a local Giant scooping out earth from ‘The Hole of Horcum’ (on the Whitby to Pickering Road) and throwing it away in a fit of temper! Roseberry Topping offers fabulous views towards Teesside and the more industrial coast.

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Castle Howard

Part of the ‘Treasure Houses of England’ collection, this stately home only 15 miles from York has been the home of the Howard Family for the past 300 years.

Built over 100 years, Castle Howard’s magnificent design is a triumph of the architect John Vanbrugh. The dramatic outline of Castle Howard on the horizon may be familiar to you as it was the location for not only one but two versions of Brideshead Revisited amongst many other productions. It has also been the venue for the odd A-list Celebrity Wedding!


The house and gardens are open to the pubic all year round and they even have their own Farm Shop and Garden Centre. This splendid venue hosts several wonderful events throughout the year and we particularly recommend their awe-inspiring Christmas displays.



Some of our reviews from TripAdvisor

    star rating  Stayed in superior king size room which was very spacious and modern. The bathroom contained a bath and a large shower cubicle.
    Breakfast was great and we ate in the... read more

    November 21, 2020

    star rating  This lovely hotel sits back behind Scripps garage in Goathland aka Aidensfield Heartbeat ,,,
    It should be at the forefront as it’s the best hotel there !
    We stayed... read more

    July 12, 2022

    star rating  Had dinner here this evening. Felt so safe. Staff are 100% on the regulations for social distancing, and the owners had clearly put a lot of thought and effort... read more

    August 4, 2020
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