Dracula, Harry Potter, Brideshead and Heartbeat
a tour from York taking in Castle Howard estate (Brideshead revisited) Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey, the North York Moors including the village of Goathland (Aidensfield in Heartbeat) and the north york moors railway (also used in Harry Potter) to the coastal town Whitby (Dracula and Captain Cook).
- Castle Howard (25 minutes drive from york) drive through or visit (allow 2 hours minimum for visit)
-Helmsley (castle and Rievaulx Abbey)
- Pickering (20 minutes) short walk to see "period" station and castle.
- across the moors (40 minutes)
-Goathland, Heartbeat TV series "Aidensfield" a walk from the Mallyan spout Inn to see the waterfall (500m each way on a sometimes muddy path, downhill on the way but uphill back!)
Goathland station, used in many TV and films inc Harry Potter
30 mins to whitby, view the abbey and walk down the 199 steps into the town. Pickup by quayside.
-25 minutes to (time permitting) Robin Hoods Bay, another very scenic fishing village, a walk down to the seafront is recommended, but with the warning that you have to walk back up this hill!
90 minutes drive, return to York
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pickup on request anywhere in York. Other locations also available as custom tours, please mail
End location: end where we start (or elsewhere by arrangement)
Duration: 10 hours
Tour can be longer or shorter depending on going into sites like castle howard, and daylight available
Choice of vehicles, Renault Grand Scenic (seats 4 plus possibility of 2 small children additionally) OR Fiat Punto, ramped access for clamped wheelchair plus 2 other passengers.
Transport and guiding throughout, parking charges where required.
I will not be with you every step as in some locations e.g. Whitby I will drop you off at the top of the hill and meet you again with the car at the bottom, so the tour can be (almost) downhill only.
Meals and drinks, entry to historic buildings whivh we pass, e.g Castle Howard, Pickering Castle, Whitby Abbey
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This tour was conducted on a rainy day. Nevertheless, my husband and I with our enthusiastic guide, Keith, had an interesting and fun time driving through the North York Moors and the quaint little towns en-route to Whitby. Keith was unceasingly providing us with captivating commentaries on the history, beauty and culture of the area. At the Abbey in Whitby, standing in the rain, he was able to bring history back to life for us. Thank you Keith for a great tour. We highly recommend Keith as a guide.