The pretty village of Great Ayton sits proudly at the foot of the Cleveland Hills, beneath Roseberry Topping and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. Perched on the banks of the River Leven, the village has ancient origins, with several Neolithic sites, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Captain James Cook also spent his childhood in Great Ayton. Today the village is well known for two picturesque village greens and a high street boasting independent shopping and delicious places for lunch. Great Ayton is home to the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum.