Great Ayton


Great Ayton has a great range of independent accommodation providers in Herriot Country including glamping and camping sites, good quality pubs with rooms, self-catering cottages and hotels.


On the edge of the North York Moors, Great Ayton has a wide selection of natural attractions and is only 25 minutes drive to the World of James Herriot.


Food & Drink

Brimming with food and drink offerings from its fresh food markets to fine dining restaurants, tea rooms, and coffee shops, Great Ayton dining scene is well worth exploring. 

Great Ayton

Great Ayton is an ancient village nestled along the banks of the sleepy River Leven and between two green spaces, the High Green and Low Green and located on the boundary of the North Yorkshire Moors and situated at the foot of the Cleveland Hills. Most famously known for being the boyhood home of Captain James Cook during the 18th century, the village has become popular and picturesque tourist destination. Great Ayton provides a wonderful base to explore Herriot County. Visitors flock from all around the world to the local area, excited to explore anywhere from the Yorkshire coast to the Yorkshire Dales.

Many wonderful adventures await and magical memories are to be made whilst exploring the beautiful, natural and unspoiled landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Cleveland Way National Trail, Gisborough Moor, Captain Cook’s Monument and the world famous and mystifying Roseberry Topping, formed from sandstone and dates back to the Middle and Lower Jurassic periods between 208 and 165 million years ago.

Photo Credits: Visit Great Ayton


The lovely team of volunteers at Great Ayton Tourist Information Centre is now located within Great Ayton Discovery Centre. The centre offers free leaflets and detailed information for details of local amenities, accommodation in the area, bus and train times, eating places, children’s events and for the various routes up to Captain Cook’s Monument and Roseberry Topping , plus much more.