Great Ayton is
a scenic village situated in North
Yorkshire, next to the North York Moors,
in England. The village is best known as
the boyhood home of Captain Cook, the
British explorer and navigator. Cook's
family moved to Airey Holme farm by Great
Ayton in 1736, when Cook was 8 years old.
He attended the local school for about 4
years, with that school now serving as
the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum.
The family home was dismantled in
1934, and shipped to Melbourne Australia.
The house was rebuilt in Melbourne's
Gardens, in honour of Captain James
Cook, discoverer of Australia.
In the 1700s and 1800s, Great Ayton
expanded with work from weaving, tanning,
brewing and tile making.
The statue seen right, is situated in
the vallage centre, on High Green,
showing the young James Cook looking
towards the sea. The sculpture by
Nicholas Dimbleby, was unveiled on the
12th May 1997.
The All Saints Chuch from the 1100s is
where James Cook worshipped with his
family from the age of 8 to 15. In the
graveyard, you can view the graves of his
mother and five of his brothers and
The scenic village attracts many
visitors visiting the Cook trail, and
relaxing by the river that winds its way
through the village. The village is about
one mile from the north side to the south
side. The Royal Oak
Hotel is situated at the north side
overlooking High Green, and the Buck Inn is
situated at the south side, both are
popular for meals and refreshments.
Roseberry Topping is one of the
highest hills in Yorkshire, situated
about 2 miles northeast of the village, a
popular hike for visitors today, and the
young Cook in the 1730s. More history at: