North Yorkshire has some stunning, chocolate box coastal villages which we have wanted to explore for such a long time. Earlier this year we teamed up with (who kindly made this trip happen) and took our two girls to discover these beautiful spots.

Expedia has actually just launched the Expedia’s Explorers Journals –  so if you are looking for a creative way to entertain and educate your children at home – then these are some incredibly easy journals which you can download and use.

So with this trip in mind, let us now talk you through the trip of the stunning North Yorkshire…

Day 1

Robin Hood’s Bay

On our first day in Yorkshire we started in the beautiful coastal town of Robin Hood’s Bay which you can find near Whitby.

Before visiting you need to make sure that you’ve had a good breakfast, because there are plenty of steep streets which are lined with shops, cafes and lovely cottages. When we got there, the tide was out but our kids loved delving around in rock pools. Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with coffee and cake in Cove Harbour It’s also worth remembering that there are two public car parks: one as you enter the village at the top of the hill which is a small one just before the steep hill to the old village, and a much bigger one that used to be the old railway station.Robins' Hood bay Robin's Hood Bay with Kids Robins' Hood BayFamily Robin's Hood Bay

Whitby Abbey

We then travelled further up the coast and discovered the stunning Whitby Abbey which is part of the English Heritage (  The ruins of the abbey are well worth a wander around. It stands atop a cliff overlooking the North Sea, so the views are incredible and it’s very photogenic. On site, there is also a YHA which has a very good, cheap cafe and some friendly staff. If you are feeling brave (which most do), you can also walk up the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey. Believe me, you will get rewarded with fabulous views.

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Our final stop of the day was in Staithes. I was told by a proud local that the village is consistently considered one of the prettiest coastal spots in the whole of the country. We definitely couldn’t agree with it. Like in Robin Hood’s Bay you need to park at the very top of the village, so an ice cream powered us back up the hill! The picturesque harbour is ideal for families as there’s a great beach and there was a welcoming atmosphere. It is a must to visit while exploring North Yorkshire.

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Day 2

Our second full day in North Yorkshire began by us waking up in our beautiful house in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. It was all booked on the Expedia Rewards Scheme – which is worth checking out.

After taking the dog for a walk on the nearby beach in the morning, we were ready to explore!

Alongside the ability to book hotels on Expedia, you can also discover things to do. So after considering a few of the options, we used the Expedia app to book a trip to see the SeaLife Centre in Scarborough.

All in all, we had a great day out at the SeaLife Centre. It was ideal for our children who enjoyed the variety of marine life. They really loved the outdoor spaces which had penguins and seals. They really enjoyed as well how a sea turtle is cared for.sealife scarborough sealife scarborough

After spending nearly four hours there, we jumped into the car and headed for the centre of Scarborough. Before heading home we treated ourselves to one final ice cream.

Thanks again to Expedia for making this trip possible and remember to download a travel journal.

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