The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby: Hours, Address, The Moors National Park Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre
4.5
Visitor Centers • National Parks • Scenic Walking Areas
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
For a full day out with the family, head to The Moors National Park Centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the river Esk on the outskirts of the village of Danby. For kids, there's an outdoor adventure play area and mud kitchen, indoor climbing wall, and events every school holiday. There are pushchair and wheelchair friendly woodland and riverside trails around the grounds and plenty of picnic areas and seating if you just want to sit back and soak up the fantastic views across the Esk Valley. There's also interactive exhibits inside and the acclaimed Inspired by... gallery with changing exhibitions by contemporary artists. There's an Information Centre, gift shop specialising in local produce and crafts, and café. Admission is free. Pay & Display parking.
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Sarah P
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Dec 2021 • Family
A really big shout out to the team running the cafe at the Moors National Park Centre, they were amazing! So welcoming and helpful - especially Harvey!! And the lunch was delicious, homemade vegetable soup made that day and Wensleydale and red onion marmalade toasties, very welcome after a cold walk over the hills. And the special Black Forest hot chocolates were spectacular and definitely hit the spot! We will definitely recommend the cafe and come again if we’re in the area, thank you so much!
Written December 11, 2021
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Hollyhare
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK23 contributions
Nov 2021
Enjoyed the beautiful grounds and the setting. Clean toilets are a big plus as well. Inside the staff are friendly and helpful.

I visited the Peter Hicks exhibition which was superb and the volunteer invigilating was full of chat and information. More recently I checked out the Brigantia displays and loved the pottery snowmen particularly.

My only criticism is that the gift shop while good, needs refreshing. I visit maybe 6 times a year and have done for several years and the gift shop seems to stock the same gifts displayed in the same places. It needs a lift, a change around, different stock and more exciting merchandising.
Written December 9, 2021
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BBBee
10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We planned to drop in for a quick visit while we worked out what to do with the rest of the day…and ended up staying there for most of it as there was plenty to do. Our children enjoyed the playground, the various sculptures and fairy houses etc around the grounds. Inside the centre were some really excellent interactive exhibits aimed at children (but also enjoyed by the adults!), which would make this a good choice to pass an hour or two on a wet day. Cafe was also decent. Not too busy despite visiting in the school holidays.
Written August 25, 2021
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Clare W
Gamlingay, UK17 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A lovely place to start and finish walks up the moors. Great cafe , and a shop with an art gallery. The exhibition whilst we were there was definitely worth a visit and we even brought a painting. We walked from here up to the Beacon on the moors, a climb but we aren’t the cake on our return. It also holds regular events/course so check out the website.
Written August 12, 2021
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Prudol
Preston, UK791 contributions
Jun 2021
All I wanted was a cafe.
Lots of people milling around the National Park Center but not all heading to the cafe.
I was able o order a snack and coffee to sit at a table in the Cafe.
Excellent service and good quality toasted teacake.
Exactly what I needed .
Written August 2, 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,195 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
The Moors National Park Centre just outside Danby is situated in an old stone house and is well worth a visit. There is a decent interactive display re places of interest and beauty in the North York Moors area, and other rooms/exhibitions deal with wildlife, economy and the lives of the people who have lived and worked in the area over the years.

There is a decent gift shop and a very good cafe as well as a nice grassy area where people can relax or have picnics. And during our visit, there was an art exhibition.

Entry is free and all you pay is the car park fee.
Certainly worth a visit.
Written July 16, 2021
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Joyce W
Wallsend, England143 contributions
Jun 2021
Good in these covid times to be able to go around a visitor centre, although a few the interactive displays were not available. The shop occupied a large area. However it was disappointing to see that the local guides and maps were all squashed into one small corner of the shop. As a national park centre, we would have expected more prominence to outdoor guides but the shop seems more concerned with selling other items.
There seemed to be a good range of potential outdoor activities at the centre, but
no information about which were available whilst we were there.
The car park is a short walk away and does have some parking spaces nearest the centre for blue badge parking. However, the majority of the other parking spaces nearest the centre had been taken by staff or volunteers. We feel they should be parking further away leaving the nearest spaces for visitors.
Written July 15, 2021
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_charlie_c_brown
Chelmsford, UK100 contributions
Jun 2021
Good facilities and a good place ato use as a base. Helpful staff, simple but basic food and drink. Enjoyed our visit.
Written June 23, 2021
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Bathman
Leeds, UK202 contributions
May 2021
Something for everyone here, although for those of us who can't/don't drive, a bit inaccessible (no regular bus service), and a challenging half-mile walk from the nearest station which has only 4 or 5 trains a day. Guided walks leaflet very helpful, as were the visual display units and shop.
Written June 3, 2021
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Geoff L
United Kingdom2 contributions
May 2021
Pleasant cafe with a good selection of snacks and light meals. Only criticism would be the lack of gluten free food options. The only "choice" was a Chocolate Brownie!
Written May 10, 2021
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