Beaches in North Yorkshire

We are very lucky indeed to have so many utterly breath-taking beaches in North Yorkshire. You’re really spoiled for choice when looking for coastal destinations to visit or make your base for a holiday here.

As well as the really popular coastal destinations like Whitby and Scarborough, the North Yorkshire coastline is full of beautiful towns and villages you won’t want to miss. Take a look at some of our favourites and start planning your trip.

Whitby beach in North Yorkshire


Whitby has lots to offer for Yorkshire holidaymakers. The coastal resort is full of wonderful things to do and there are lots of friendly accommodation providers waiting to welcome you to the town. Each side of the harbour has large, sandy beaches you can enjoy and keen beach combers love to spend time searching for amber, jet and fossils.


5 miles of golden sand are waiting for you at Filey. The bay has the impressive cliffs of Filey Brigg on one side, and the fascinating Bempton Cliff nature reserve on the other, with nothing but sand and sea in-between. This beach is fantastic for families and it’s a great spot for sailing and surfing. You’ll also love the long promenade and sculpture trail.


You get two beaches for the price of one if you book a holiday in or near Scarborough. North Bay beach is perfect if you want nothing more than to spend time on the sand or in the sea. It’s also a favourite for surfers. The South Bay is closer to the harbour and has more attractions close by, offering a wider variety of things to do during the day, including donkey rides, amusements, and places to grab food and drink.

beach and sea in North Yorkshire

Robin Hood’s Bay

The beautiful Cliffside village of Robin Hood’s Bay has a lovely beach you can enjoy. It’s a favourite with those who like to see what sea life they can find in rock pools and fossil hunters can usually come away with something special from their visit. The fishing village has a fascinating smuggler’s history too.

Runswick Bay

As well as offering a picturesque village to wander, the beach at Runswick Bay is a real beauty. Spend enough time by the sea and you’ll likely spot a seal or two and if you spend a while search along the cliffs, you could even walk away with a fossil or two!


While most of this coast is dominated by the dramatic cliffs, you can enjoy a walk along the pebbly, sandy beach in Flamborough. The bay has lots of chalk arches that the sea has created from the cliffs, as well as a number of caves to enjoy. Complete with not one but two lighthouses, this is a great place to visit and snap some awe-inspiring photos.

Flamborough beach and cliffs


Ravenscar is named ‘the town that never was’ as the Victorian’s never achieved their goal of transforming the small village into a coastal resort. Moorland teaming with wildlife runs right up to the cliff edge and the rocky beach below is a haven for seals.


The north and south beaches at Bridlington are wide and sweeping expanses of sand and are great places to watch the hustle and bustle of a busy harbour. There’s a lovely Edwardian promenade you can enjoy, and north beach is also close to Bridlington’s funfair and amusements, so it perfect for a full family holiday.

Cayton Bay

Nestled between Scarborough and Filey, Cayton Bay is a little off the usual tourist route but is absolutely gorgeous. It’s dog friendly all year round and is a largely unspoilt, natural landscape where you can spend lots of happy hours. It’s great for surfers, bird watchers and fossil hunters.

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