Ready to explore further afield? Griffon Forest is ideally situated in the heart of some of England’s finest countryside.

Historic York is only 8 miles away providing a host of attractions and the opportunity to shop 'til you drop during the day and dine out or party at night. There’s plenty to do whatever time of year you visit.

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York attractions Get active! Countryside attractions
Lets go shopping... Out on the town...  

York attractions  

Spend some time in historic York. Steeped in history, the Jorvik Viking Museum will transport you back in time. The medieval walls lead you to the world famous York Minster - step back in time with a walk down the famous Shambles (probably one of Englands most famous streets) - take a river trip or visit the National Railway museum.

And when you need to refuel why not visit Betty’s famous tearooms or discover one of the many bistros and restaurants hidden in the network of streets.

Get active!  

Nearby there are plenty of activities for all ages. Swimmers will enjoy a visit to Waterworld and if you’re ready for the family challenge, you can enjoy ten pin bowling together at Megabowl.

You will find indoor go-karting at Monks Cross. Further afield a trip to Xscape will brush up on your winter sports on the indoor real snow ski slope and ice rink or test your nerve on the large variety of rides on offer at Flamingoland and Lightwater valley fun parks.

Yorkshire countryside attractions  

A short drive along the A64 takes you to the dramatic east coastline with beautiful Robin Hood’s Bay, nestling between the cliffs, and Whitby - home of the ultimate fish and chips! Why not stop on the way at Castle Howard, the setting for ‘Brideshead Revisited’ (a visit to the farmshop and delicatessen there is a must for self catering or gift buying and comes with free parking). A few miles north takes you across the moors to ‘Heartbeat Country’ and home of the NYM Steam Railway (Pickering to Grosmont).

Head west and you are soon in the Yorkshire Dales. With it’s picture postcard images of drystone walls and dramatic countryside - real Herriot Country - with miles of walks ranging from gentle valley bottom to the strenuous 'Three Yorkshire Peaks' challenge!

Let's go shopping...  

Need a little retail therapy? York city centre has an enviable selection of individual shops waiting to be discovered alongside popular high street names and designers plus a great range of lunch and snack spots to drop into between purchases.

Out of town, a short drive away, you will also find shopping centres at Monks Cross and Clifton Moor and an enormous range of discounted designer labels for fashion and the home at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (on the A64 heading towards Leeds or off the A19 southbound).

Out on the Town...  

If you're not ready for a sleepy evening by the fire, then dress up and head into York (8 miles). There’s a great selection of dining out locations all with different character - from bistro to rosette dining - something for every taste and budget.

Prepare to be entertained when you follow one of the Ghost Tours (every evening) or catch the latest film at the stylish City Screen riverside cinema.

Want glamour, music, and a drink with friends? The pubs, bars and clubs of York will surely not disappoint.

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