Things to do at North Yorkshire Moors Railway review
The North Yorkshire Moors railway runs from Pickering to Whitby (or the other way round). The trains stop at Pickering, Levisham, Newton Dale Halt (request stop), Goathland (famous Harry Potter station), Grosmont and Whitby. The timetable varies throughout the year. Most trains that run are steam trains, if it is scheduled to run as a diesel train it will state this on the timetable (available online or at the stations).
I recommend the Pickering to Whitby train as then you can stop in Whitby for 1+ hours (depending on the return train times) where there is more to see and do. It costs £5 to park at Pickering station. The engines pull a lot of carriages so we found there to be plenty of seats. Most of the stations look like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1930s and they feel very authentic to the era of steam.
On the journey from Pickering to Whitby, we only stopped briefly at 2 of the 3 stations. You can alight from the train if you wish to explore and then wait for a later train. The train did stop for a few minutes at Goathland on the return journey. This station was used in the first Harry Potter film as Hogsmede station. The station we stopped for a longer time at on both journeys was Grosmont. Here you may even be able to watch them changing engines at the front of the train.
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FAQ and Further Information North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tea room at both the Goathland and Grosmont stations. Or you can explore a bit further afield at the main stations to find other places to eat. You are able to eat your picnics on the trains.
What are the main things to do?
Steam or diesel train journeys through the North Yorkshire Moors from Pickering to Whitby. See the Harry Potter station Hogsmede from the first film. There are toilets at most of the stations and places to eat.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Expensive. An adult online return if purchased in advance costs £31 from Pickering to Whitby and £15.50 for a child aged 4-15 years. Under 4’s are free and a family ticket costs £64.00.
Is there parking?
It costs £5 to park at Pickering station.
When are they open?
From April until October trains run almost every day. Out of season, there is a limited schedule. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dogs are welcome except on dining trains.
Are they accessible?
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