01642 722361 for Enquiries. The Royal Oak Hotel, 123 High Street, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire TS9 6BW


The attractive village of Great Ayton is situated on the banks of the River Leven, on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Great Ayton was the boyhood home of the explorer Captain James Cook. Captain Cook went to school in what is now the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. The graves of the Cook family can be found in the churchyard of the ancient and beautiful 12th century All Saints Church. The village also plays host to some charming shops, as well as the famous Suggitts ice cream shop, and Petch’s Butchers, home of their award winning pies!

Just beyond the village, walkers and cyclists can enjoy the wonderful open countryside that the North Yorks Moors has to offer. We are just a mile from the route of the Cleveland Way for walkers who wish to spend the night at our comfortable and welcoming hotel. And cyclists please note we have safe and secure bike storage facilities. If you want to explore a bit further, we are perfectly situated within easy reach of the pretty North Yorkshire coastline.  We are also close to the North Yorks Moors steam railway, with Whitby, Scarborough, Helmsley and other places of interest all within a short drive.