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

It was the boyhood home of the explorer Captain James Cook, who 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!


High Green, Great Ayton - Captain Cook Statue


Just beyond the village, walkers and cyclists can enjoy the wonderful open countryside that the North Yorkshire Moors has to offer. Being just a mile from the route of the Cleveland Way, we can offer a pick up and drop off service 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, the Royal Oak in Gt. Ayton is perfectly situated within easy reach of the pretty North Yorkshire coastline, and the North Yorks Moors steam railway, with Whitby, Scarborough, Helmsley and other places of interest all within a short drive.


North York Moors




Opening Hours

Mon 10am - 11pm

Tues 10am - 11pm

Wed 10am - 11pm

Thurs 10am - 11pm

Fri 10am - midnight

Sat 10am - midnight

Sun 11.30am - 11pm

Food Serving Times

Breakfast Menu: Mon - Sat 10am-noon

Lunch Menu: Mon - Fri 12-6.30pm and Sat 12-5pm

Main Menu: Mon - Fri 6:30-9pm and Sat 5-9pm

Sunday Lunch Menu: 12-8:30pm

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