Redcar is a great place to visit, not only for its natural beauty but for its proximity. So here is a list of things to do in under an hours drive from Redcar.

Although this guide is aimed at those who can drive, you could also get the train to many of these destinations from Redcars Central Train Station. If you require car hire then you might want to think about using Europecar or Premier Car Hire.

I have found these places to be very welcoming and have managed to return to quite a few of them many times over.

You will find lots of things to do here. If you are into food, head to Middlesbrough for lots of different choices, if it’s the summer, and you fancy some seaside fun head to Seal Sands. If you want to enjoy a hike, then head to the North Yorkshire Moors.

You will find lots to do to make Redcar even better.

Let’s take a look at some day trips you can do from Redcar.

A picture of Roseberry Topping being lit by the early morning sun with a clear blue sky

1. Roseberry Topping

Distance: 15 Minutes

Roseberry Topping is a great place for those who like a moderate walk and can be enjoyed in all seasons.

The hill is located near Guisborough and has ample parking at the base. There are also amenities and in the summer months, a catering van can be often found there.

With the Kings Head Inn, just a stone’s throw from the car park, you can enjoy a nice pub meal on the way back from your hike.

A very busy black and white image of Whitby High Street

2. Whitby

Distance: 45 Minutes

Whitby is a place my family and I love to visit a couple of times a year, and every time we have been we always have a lovely day out or a nice weekend getaway.

Famous for its Fish and chips, Whitby is a fantastic fishing village situated on the North East coast.

It has many attractions, including Whitby Abbey with its 199 steps (can you count them), amusement arcades, ghost walks, and black slate jewelry specialists.

A picture of some people white water rafting at the Tees Barrage

3. Tees Barrage

Distance: 20 Minutes

For those who are looking to get their feet wet (and everything else), the Tees Barrage is a great place to come and do some water sports.

From white water rafting, kayaking, and raft-building exercises, the only thing flowing faster than the water will be your adrenalin.

There is also an air trail for those who are more land-loving!

A picture of the Cineworld cinema in Middlesbrough

4. Cineworld Cinema Middlesbrough

Distance: 15 Minutes

Located on the outskirts of Middlesbrough town center, Cineworld cinema has 11 different screens all showing different films daily.

We often visit here during the winter months, when the weather dictates fun indoors.

You can check the screen timings right here.

Basketball at Level X Middlesbrough

5. Level X Middlesbrough

Distance: 15 Minutes

Located in Captain Cooks Squire, Middlesbrough. Level X is brilliant fun for all the family, and it is a place we find ourselves going back to time and time again.

They have indoor karting, arcade machines, games, darts, pool, VR, karaoke booths, and more.

Level X also has food and drink available!



A picture of go karting racing at Teesside Autodrome

6. Teesside Autodrome

Distance: 10 Minutes

For those who have the need for speed, Teesside Autodrome is a great place to come and enjoy racing around in their rentable Karts.

You will be given a safety briefing and all the correct safety equipment prior to being let loose on the track.

They have different sessions on offer from the more novice 15-minute circuit to the more expert 60-minute sessions.

A picture of the pier at Saltburn

7. Saltburn

Distance: 10 Minutes

Walkable along Redcar Beach on a nice day when the tide is out, we have Saltburn by the sea.

A small seaside village that has a natural beauty and serves up some fantastic Fish and Chips.

Saltburn is a staple day trip for me and my family, we can often be seen walking along the pier before dropping in to play on the 2 penny machines.

A picture of the North York Moors National Park Sign on some sandstone

8. North Yorkshire Moors

Distance: 15 mins

The North Yorkshire Moors is the perfect place for nature lovers, hikers, and those seeking the tranquility of rural England.

It spans an area of over 500 square miles and is home to many different habitats of wildlife.

The area is overseen by the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority and is important to the area.

A picture of the Mumbo Jumbo rollercoaster at Flamingo Land

9. Flamingo Land

Distance: 54 Minutes

A fantastic day out for all the family, Flamingo Land is a place we make sure to go to every year.

Better experienced in the summer months (because who wants to queue in the cold) Flamingo Land is a place full of thrills, including, Rollercoasters, Spinning wheels, Pirate Ships, and Waltzers.

There are also wet play areas and swimming baths on site for those who are camping or staying in a caravan on-site.

A picture of the outside of York Minster

10. York

Packed full of history and some fantastic shopping, York is a great place to take the family.

There is ample parking and plenty of accommodation if you are planning on having longer than a day there.

York is one of those places you fall in love with, and me and my family often take a trip here in all seasons.

I must say the Christmas markets are amazing!

Distance: 60 Minutes

A picture of inside the tunnel of Tynemouth Aquarium.

11. Tynemouth Aquarium

Distance: 58 Minutes

For those who love all things under the sea, Tynemouth Aquarium is a fun-filled day.

Also known as the Sea Life Centre, this place is a joy for all ages.

Check the official website to see what shows are on to make sure you get the full experience.

A schematic of Teesside Park

12. Teesside Retail Park

Distance: 20 Minutes

Teesside Retail Park is a shopping and leisure destination and offers a wide range of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

There is bowling at the Hollywood Bowl and a giant Showcase Cinema.

It’s a perfect spot for families and friends seeking a fun and varied day out.

The outside of Captain Cooks Birthplace Museum

13. Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Distance: 11 Minutes


Billingham Forum Ice Rink

14. Billingham Forum Ice Skating

Distance: 20 Minutes

OK, so ice skating isn’t my best skill, but it is great fun!

Billingham Forum is a great place to take the family and/or friends.

You are provided with the equipment to go onto the ice and they have public sessions that are aimed at all skill levels.

A picture of someone climbing a boulder wall in Rock Antics

15. Rock Antics Middlesbrough

Distance: 15 Minutes

Superb place to come and learn to rock climb in a safe environment.

With other 150 different routes and over 13 top ropes, Rock Antics is the largest bouldering wall in Teesside.

From beginners to the highly skilled, there is a bouldering wall for all.

A map of Newham Grange Farm

16. Coulby Farm (Newham Grange)

Distance: 13 Minutes

We have just come back from a day out here over the Easter weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Newham Grange has a variety of farm animals and a petting zoo, with different petting activities running throughout the day.

Our toddler really enjoyed the new play town, which included a hair salon, theatre, food shop and more.

The on-site cafe serves hot and cold food and beverages.

A picture of Richmond Castle and river

17. Richmond

Distance: 48 Minutes

Richmond, North Yorkshire is a beautiful unspoiled part of the area and is great for those looking to get a break from the hustle and bustle of city living.

A true rural village, Richmond is a place we like to go to unwind.

A visit to Richmond castle is a great lesson in history and has some wonderful views of the area.

18. Tweddle Farm

Distance: 35 Minutes

A place best visited in the drier months, Tweddle Farm is a fantastic day out with plenty to do.

We enjoy going on the Zipline and playing foot golf when we visit, but most of all the kids enjoy the giant jumping cushion!

HMS Trincomalee


HMS Trincomalee Navy Museum, Hartlepool

Distance: 33 Minutes

The Navy Museum in Hartlepool is a great attraction aboard the last surviving Indian built Royal Navy Ship, the HMS Trincomalee.

Whilst here you will learn about the development of naval warfare, the daily lives of sailors, and the technological advancements in shipbuilding.

Staithes North Yorkshire

20. Staithes

Distance: 26 Minutes

About halfway between Redcar and Whitby, Stithes is a quiet natural harbor and has the feeling of nowhere else in the area.

The town was founded for its ideal fishing capabilities, and has a beautiful picturesque vista to it.

A lovely place to come and have a picnic and enjoy that lovely salt air, great for blowing away the cobwebs!

21. Dorman Museum

Distance: 17 Minutes

A picture of the trampolines at Jump 360 in Stockton

22. Jump 360, Stockton

Distance: 18 Minutes

A great place to come and enjoy some indoor fun. Jump 360 has over 100 trampolines, a hang tough area, football, jump games, and other fun activities.

With a cafe for those that would rather watch there is something for everyone.

A picture of inside the Play factory in Skelton in Cleveland

23. Play Factory

Distance: 15 Minutes

From soft play areas for the little ones to challenging adventure zones for older children, the Play Factory ensures a day of active enjoyment.

It’s a popular destination for families seeking a fun-filled outing, birthday parties, and school groups looking for an entertaining and energetic experience.

A picture of the Holy Molies Crazy Golf course in Skelton

24. Holy Molies

Distance: 15 Minutes

Holy Molies has the world’s longest indoor golf course, the staff put in lots of effort to make the course challenging and often change it around to make the experience different every time.

A great place to hold parties, Holy Molies has a licensed bar so even the grown-ups can have some fun!

A picture of the bridge at Sandsend near Whitby

25. Sands End

Distance: 30 Minutes

Sandsend, near Whitby, is a coastal village known for its beautiful sandy beach, surfing, and fossil hunting.

A real gem is going to the Fish Cottage, it sells beautiful Fish and Chips and the Fish tacos are amazing!