The North York Moors Visitor Centre
The Moors Centre is our flagship visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk. From the doorstep, you can see pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, historic buildings - all basking in glorious peace and quiet. The Centre has recently been refurbished from top to bottom. There are loads of fun and fascinating things to see and do, inside and out, and admission is absolutely FREE. Brand-new exhibition and gallery area Indoor climbing wall and outdoor play area Gift shop - local books, crafts and souvenirs Tearooms Fantastic walks, events and activities
The Moors National Park Centre is our historic visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, near Danby. From the doorstep, you can see pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, historic buildings - all basking in glorious peace and quiet.
Enjoy a big breath of moorland fresh air and soak up the sweeping views. It's an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors.
Admission is absolutely FREE. Opening times for the National Park Centre can be found here.
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Tour de Yorkshire and 40th anniversary of The Moors Centre (1 May 2016)
Stage 3 of this year's Tour de Yorkshire will pass our National Park Centre around 14.19, where you'll be able to watch the whole race live on the big screen. We'll have a host of family-friendly events and activities going on too, many of which are free, and a double celebration as we mark the 40th anniversary of Danby Lodge as a Visitor Centre!
Youngsters will be able to take part in a circus skills workshop, pedal-powered scalextric, or try your hand at riding a penny farthing. There'll also be craft activities, face painting, a giant soft play area and treasure trail. Take to the kid's indoor climbing wall or outdoor play area or hunt for woodlings in Crow Wood.
Adults can spend time enjoying the exhibition in our Inspired by... gallery or stock up on local beer and spirits from the gift shop.
We've plenty of parking (charges apply) and refreshments at the Woolly Sheep CafÃ©. Danby Railway Station on the Esk Valley Railway is 1 mile away.
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB16.57 miles
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