Guisborough on the northern edge of the North York Moors National Park sits on the Yorkshire/ Tees Valley border, easily accessed off the A19 and A171. A charming heritage market town, Guisborough has some famously dramatic priory ruins and is ideal for exploring the nearby heritage coast and Captain Cook Country. A choice of pretty walks and cycling trails are direct from the centre pushing towards the spectacular Guisborough Forest.
Further features which will appeal to visitors are regular craft and table top fairs held in Guisborough church halls and a string of year round events including family fun activities in the priory grounds and an annual beer festival. Guisborough also offers a good selection of bistro style and world cuisine restaurants, cafes and fine inns plus a delightful mix of independent shops around its cobbled Westgate centre.
Things to do
Guisborough has a cluster of attractions all its own, as well as being surrounded by an eclectic mix of spectacular landscapes. Take a tour of the ancient of Gisborough Priory (English Heritage), an Augustinian priory founded by the Bruce family which overlooks the market town and features a great 14th century eastern gable. Well worth a visit, the little Guisborough Museum is run by volunteers and contains a wide range of artefacts, photography and archives on the history of the town and former residents.
Many visitors choose Guisborough as a base for easy access into the wonderful woodland of Guisborough Forest, a popular spot for walking, cycling and horse riding. Look out for the odd Roe deer and occasionally the Pine Martin is spotted here. A selection of short and longer, more challenging walks branch out from the Walkway Visitor Centre in Guisborough Forest including the Green Walk, Red Walk and the nearly 4 mile long White Walk. Guisborough also offers easy access on to the Cleveland Way National Trail which winds around the outskirts of the North York Moors National Park.
Various attractions and popular locations for business and leisure sit within easy reach of this pretty market town including beautiful Victorian seaside resort Saltburn by the Sea to the north east and popular Redcar Racecourse to the north. Just to the south pushing into the National Park around Great Ayton is Captain Cook Country. You can also continue your Captain Cook tour at his birthplace museum in Middlesbrough.
The North York Moors visitor centre at Danby is within easy reach as is the National Trust’s Roseberry Topping Walk just to the south west of Guisborough – a must walk hill climb affording magnificent views. It’s also easy to pick up the heritage Esk Valley Railway at Great Ayton which runs east across the moors to Whitby and north to Middlesborough.
Guisborough’s location on the Tees Valley/ Yorkshire border puts it within a 45 minute drive of Durham Tees Valley Airport to the west of the market town. Main gateway roads off which Guisborough is easily accessed include the A171 to Whitby and the A172 to Middlesborough. The A19 and the A1 are just a few minutes drive to the west.
Guisborough sits along the meandering Moorsbus route running on Sundays and Bank Holidays from late March to the end of October (also on Wednesdays in July and September, daily in peak season from late July to early September). The Moorsbus is a great little shuttle bus service connecting Guisborough with North York Moors hotspots like Danby, Great Ayton and Helmsley. Some guests also arrive on foot via the nearby Cleveland Way which cuts through Guisborough Forest.
If arriving by car, pick up your parking discs for free parking available on central Westgate. Discs are available from the library, most shops in the town and at Sunnyfield House. You’ll need to display the disc when parked in the Westgate area. A selection of short and long stay pay and display car parks are also dotted around the town.
Where to stay
Beautiful cottage retreats are available in the Guisborough area, all perfect as a northern base into the North York Moors. Whether you’re looking for a spacious pet friendly cottage with walks direct from your door into the National Park and Guisborough Forest or you’re on the hunt for a character bed & breakfast close to Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook Country, find it here on iknow-yorkshire amongst our Gusborough selection of accommodation.
This Yorkshire/ North East borderland territory also features some luxurious country house hotels, some of which are Grade Listed with extensive grounds and outstanding facilities for functions, events and conference gatherings – all within easy reach of the A19 and A1.