There is something extra special about wrapping up warm and exploring the finest Yorkshire coastline in the Autumn months. Imagine you are almost alone on the beach, enjoying the peace and tranquillity during the quieter months in North Yorkshire, with only the sound of crashing waves and the healthy sea breeze against your face. Enjoy late sunrises and early sunsets on crisp Autumn strolls along some of Yorkshire’s finest beaches, warming up at any of the cosy pubs and cafes en route.

The Yorkshire coastline encompasses plenty of charming countryside, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs, to the most picturesque stretches of white sand, famous abbeys as well as some of the county's best fish and chips to fill yourself up with. These beaches are all within an hour from any of our luxury holiday homes, where you can retreat to for a cosy evening, drying your toes in front of the log burner after a day exploring the Yorkshire coastline.

Here are our top 4 beaches for the perfect day out this Autumn in Yorkshire...


Saltburn offers its visitors an authentic seaside experience with over a mile of curving, golden sands and rugged sea cliffs providing the most breath-taking views. The award-winning Seaview Restaurant is a must-visit, with unrivalled views of sea and sky alongside the freshest seafood landed from the surrounding waters every day.

After filling up on fish and chips, ride on the oldest water-balanced cliff lift in Britain, between town and beach, disembarking on Saltburn’s magnificent Victorian Pier, the sole surviving example on England’s north-east coast.

Saltburn is located between the Heritage Coast of Cleveland and the North York Moors National Park so there’s plenty waiting to be discovered. The Saltburn Valley Gardens Woodland Centre is perfect for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

Surfs up at Saltburn… The beach in Autumn is perfect for surf lovers with the best waves recorded at this time of year and Saltburn offers plenty of daring water sports for all ages to try.


Whitby is not your traditional coastal town, famous for its Blue Flag beaches, some of Yorkshire’s best fish and chips, its fascinating history and culture as well as its ancient vampire legends. Whitby has endless charm and surprising contrasts. Climb the 199 steps to the atmospheric Whitby Abbey which dominates the skyline, towering over cobbled streets to the picturesque beach and working harbour with brightly coloured fishing vessels passing by.

Steeped in history, there is something for all ages. Follow in the footsteps of both Bram Stoker and find his inspiration behind his classic horror novel Dracula, or head to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where Captain Cook came to serve his apprenticeship in Whitby in the 17th century. There is the microbrewery behind Whitby Abbey, and a famous Goth Weekend held twice a year. Perfect for a Halloween trip to North Yorkshire this Autumn with Holiday at Home!


This charming fishing village of Staithes has so much to offer, with its winding streets, fishermen’s cottages, towering cliffs, choppy sea and cosy harbour. One of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast, home to locally built boats, now used by local fishermen to catch cod, lobsters and crabs. It is a popular base for discovering the delights of rock pooling and fossil hunting on the small sandy beach, with the area nicknamed the ‘Dinosaur Coast’ so keep your eyes open!

The soaring, rugged cliffs make Staithes a great place for walking and exploring as well as those interested in fine art, geology and getting back to nature.

The beauty of the village has always lent itself to art and has a long history of well-known painters, including a small group of artists known as the “Staithes Group” which can be viewed at the local gallery.

If you have young children, you may recognise beautiful Staithes as the location for the much loved CBBC series Old Jacks Boat, featuring Bernard Cribbins, who tells tall stories from inside his old fishing boat, accompanied by Salty, his faithful dog.

Robin Hood's Bay

This is Yorkshire’s coastline at its most beautiful. Explore this picturesque old fishing village with brooding cliffs, picturesque dwellings and cobbled alleyways, over a huddle of red roofed former fishing cottages that spill right down to the edge of the coast – a fact that 18th-century smugglers used to hide their illicit trade.

This is a great family day out, perfect for anyone who loves unusual architecture and breathtaking scenery with its sandy unspoilt beach, as well as rock pools and ancient fossils to discover.

This vibrant Yorkshire coastal village has a cluster of culinary delights, with the best selection of locally caught fish alongside local ales to sample, as well as many stunning coastal and country walks, cycle paths and bridleways right on the doorstep.

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