Goathland is a very picturesque village in North Yorkshire. Its train station is part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and was used as the station of the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.I'm not sure if they also used the actual train, but the steamtrain in Goathland looks a lot like the Hogwarts Express. I dug out the video at home after my trip and watched it again, this time concentrating on the landscape you see through the windows of the train.
For Harry Potter fans or railway enthusiasts it's a nice place to visit.
The World War 2 weekend is only one of the many events staged on the MYMR over the year. The NYMR is the best way to see the valley and area from Pickering through Goathland and on to Grosmont where the trains link to the national network to Whitby and Middlesbrough.
The railway recreates the 1950s era well and the trains and stations are quite authentic in this respect. Goathland station is a short walk from the village and in quite a scenic location in itself - it is used often in Heartbeat on television and has featured in many movies including Harry Potter.
The village pub is the Aidensfield Arms in Heartbeat. Its a good pub and well worth a visit.
The bar meals are particularly good - I had a giant Yorkshire pudding with lots of gravy and three pork sausages for £5 ( late 2007) and it was served quickly after ordering and was piping hot.
Mid October every year sees a wonderful weekend of nostalgia when the North Yorkshire Moors railway has a World War 2 weekend. Lots of people in authentic civilian and military clothing displays , stations returned to war time and fun for all at each station on the line including Goathland.
There are more photos of this event in a gallery on my home page.
All over Goathland you see signs of its TV fame. This is Mostyn's Garage and yes, it's known as that these days. Just like the post office and the village shop are both Aidensfield businesses rather than Goathland's these days.
North York Moors Railway is well known amongst railway fans and nowadays also through featuring in the Harry Potter movies. Leaving from Pickering, the trains enter the North York Moors national park and its stops (including Goathland) before stopping at Grosmont near Whitby. This truly is one of those great steam train journeys of Britain and one of the top sights in Yorkshire. You can buy tickets for the entire journey or shorter legs. There is always the possibility of combining it with the bus if you check timetables and plan the trip.
Part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, possibly the prettiest station on this 20mile preserved railway..... and the most Railway-esque looking, with old wagons on view as you approach from the road bridge going over the tracks and into the village.
Also a bit of a mecca for HARRY POTTER fans, as the station was used as HOGSMEADE Station in one or more of the movies based on that famous series of books.... you ain't likely to see the actual locomotive used located at the railway... last time I saw it, it was based at the National Railway Museum in York (Summer 2004), and taking it in turns with FLYING SCOTSMAN running steam trips between York & Scarborough. However, you can stay at the Station its self by booking a stay in one of the NYMR's self-catering "Camping Coaches".
Probably also used a few times in ITV Drama series HEARTBEAT (not that I watch it).
Anyway, if you like trains..... particularly Steam trains, then this place out in the middle of nowhere will have you jumping up & down like a little kid at Christmas.
I assume by the name that this has something to do with the village's connection to ITV Drama series "HEARTBEAT".
Mostly appears to operate as a Giftshop + a stop off for Softdrinks & Ice Creams..... with a few period cars on display (not necessarily in the best of conditions, mind).
You can't visit Goathland without visiting the Goathland Hotel, well known as the pub and bed & breakfast Aidensfield Arms in the YTV Heartbeat Series.
The pub is just the same as the pub in the TV series. For a true Heartbeat fan this is very fun!
The Aidensfield Arms are found just down the road from the village shops, opposite of Scripps Garage.
Just down the road from the Village Center of Goathland is the Goathland station. Goathland station is famues from Heartbeat Series and Harry Potter, and a part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Goathland is the stop before the end of journey at Grosmont. NYMR are heading against Grosmont in very scenic landscapes from Pickering.
This train station is very special and beautiful, if you don't travel with steam train yourself you can be lucky, as we were, to see the train come into the station.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway which is a very popular steam train ride runs through Goathland.
Most of the station and buildings are authentic.
There are up to 8 trains a day and passengers are able to get off at various stations along the route.
Goathland, because of the tv series is obviously a very popular choice.
Adult price tickets are £8.90
Also this station is used in the Harry Potter films but called Hogsmead!
The 70ft high Mallyan Spout waterfall can be reached by a footpath close to the Mallyan Spout Hotel which offers the opportunity for a pleasant walk.
Just follow the sign posted trail next to the Hotel.
Heartbeat is a popular British tv series, set in the 1960's in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
In the programme the village is called Adensfield but in reality it is a village called Goathland where most of the outdoor scenes are filmed.
It centres around the local bobbies (policemen), the pub, and the village store.
People visiting the village when filming is going on, can even be asked to be 'extra's'.
The programme is so popular it has been sold to over 35 countries!
Parking can be a bit of a problem, with lots of tourists visiting. There is a car park (fee payable) opposite the shops.
Next to the Heartbeat museum is quite a large grassed area, and when we visited lots of cars were parked there.
One of the central characters in Heartbeat was a person called Greengrass.
He was a bit of a scruffy individual always had an eye for the main chance, but I suppose I could best describe him as a lovable rogue.
He unfortunately became quite ill and no longer in the series.
However these are the clothes he always wore, on display in the museum.
The Heartbeat Museum is situated next to the village church.
It is open daily: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Easter to October
Full Price - £4.00
Concessions - £2.50
There are special family and group rates.
Dogs who are well bahaved are welcome and are free.
When we visited there was some construction work underway and we were therefore only charged 1/2 price. All I can say is 'thank goodness'!!! I actually thought it was pretty much a waste of money. Other than a couple of rooms, which you can see in my photographs, that was it.
I am not sure what the building work being done entails but I hope that when it is finished there is more to see.