North York Moors National Park
Using York as your base get out and explore the natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park. Escape the city crowds and discover centuries of history and breath-taking landscapes right on the doorstep of York.
Dark Skies Festival 10 - 26 February 2023
Get ready for the Dark Skies Festival which will take place from 10 - 26 February 2023.
The annual Dark Skies Festival will be returning so get your binoculars ready to expand your knowledge or start your stargazing journey. There will be a superb programme of events to get you out and about under the starry skies of the North York Moors.
Annual favourites such as stargazing and trails at the National Park Centres, mindful nightwalks at Whitby, astrophotography at Castle Howard and owl photography at the National Centre for Birds of Prey. To night navigation experiences, creatures of the night trails and nocturnal adventures in Keldy and Cropton.
The Grand, York's Dark Skies Package
The Grand’s partnership with the stargazers of North York Moors provides the ideal experiential winter stay, whether a staycation or travelling to visit the sights of Yorkshire. Relax and unwind with an two course meal and one-night stay in the luxury of The Grand, York. Escape to the North York Moors and enjoy an unforgettable stargazing experience with your friends and family.Book Now
Capital of Cake
With baking traditions, tight-lipped generational secrets and
skilled bakers, the North York Moors is home to some of the best local bakes
and classic cakes. Discover
teashops in tranquil villages, local produce from working farms and walled
gardens, afternoon tea overlooking the coast or at historic abbeys, hotels, delis, cafés and
bakeries - all put cake on the centre stage in the North York Moors.
From dramatic coastlines and picturesque dales to enchanting forests and striking heather moorland, you’ll find a relaxing haven worth discovering. Take a stroll in the quaint market towns and villages, picture postcard Helmsley and Pickering are home to fine North Yorkshire produce, art and independent shops.
Experience vintage train travel at its finest and revisit the age of steam as you embark on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, weaving through amazing scenic landscapes. With some of the darkest skies in the UK, the North York Moors is an International Dark Sky Reserve, and the beautiful starry skies are a must see. Every February the Dark Skies Festival, celebrates all their twinkling glory, where you can go on a stargazing night time trail or join one of the many astronomy talks.
Get lost amongst one of the many stately homes, atmospheric ruins, abbeys and gardens. Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle offer the chance to take a look into the past. If you’re looking for adventure, grab a mountain bike and cycle the trails at Sutton Bank and Dalby Forest, where you’ll be wowed by some of the finest views in the country. Take the time to sit back relax and while away in the luxurious surroundings of the Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa, get pampered and treat yourself to a treatment or two.
With too much to see in one day, extend your stay in York - go beyond the city walls and combine the city break with a rural escape to the North York Moors National Park.
Start planning your two centre break and discover moor inspiration.