Local Attractions in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

Things to See & Do

Stay here or venture further afield, there is plenty of choice

The river Leven runs through our site. You can sit by the river and enjoy the relaxing sounds and sights of nature.


Walking in and around Great Ayton can be as peaceful or as strenuous as you like. Take a look at these Walking routes in and around Great Ayton. Energetic walkers will be challenged by the Great Ayton circuit – a 7.3 miles (11.7km) strenuous circular walk which includes Roseberry Topping. MapMyWalk has a great selection of walks in and around the Great Ayton area.


Take in the Cleveland hills on the Great Ayton to Danby route, part of the Moor to Sea Cycle Network. MapMyRide lists cycle routes in the Great Ayton area.

Nearest Shops

The nearest shops are situated in Great Ayton. See this list of local businesses and facilities in Great Ayton.

Local shops, pubs, and restaurants can also be found in Stokesley (5 minutes drive, or 1 hour on foot). Stokesley hosts a weekly market day every Friday and a monthly Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month – view upcoming market days.

Local Attractions

In and around Great Ayton

The river Leven winds peacefully through and you can relax on the banks and enjoy the picturesque Yorkshire village, overlooked by dramatic Roseberry Topping.

Great Ayton's high street hosts numerous independent retailers – bistros, traditional ice cream shops and cafés.

The village was the boyhood home of Captain James Cook – British explorer and navigator. The Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum tells the story of Cook's early life and subsequent adventures.

A statue on High Green depicts a young James Cook, and other local landmarks can be found in the surrounding area, such as Captain Cook's Monument.

Great Ayton River
Great Ayton River

Guisborough Forest

Guisborough Forest is a great choice for a family day out with walks, cycle routes, orienteering, and nature-based experiences for both children and adults. A woodland festival is held this year on 6th September.


Visit this quirky North Yorkshire seaside town, which offers so much for a day out you will probably want to return for a second day! The town is famous for inspiring the tale of Dracula, and has a large gothic following and annual goth weekend. Whitby Jet is a unique black gemstone, and the best quality jet is found on the north-east coastline. Find out more at Visit Whitby.

North Yorkshire Moors

The National Park offers opportunities for exploring moor, coast, forest and dale. Visit the North Yorkshire Moors tourist page for more information.

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