For many years Guisborough was the capitol of the Cleveland district of North Yorkshire. After the 1974 boundary changes it became part of the new county of Cleveland, but has now been restored to Yorkshire, although is still outside the National Park.
Guisborough Priory was founded in the early twelfth century, by Robert de Brus, an ancestor of Robert de Bruce, King of Scotland. The inpressive ruins of the priory can be found just east of the town centre.
The Moors start immediately south of the town, rising up to 300 meters on the edge of Gisborough Moors. Roseberry Topping is only a mile and a half from the town.
The town is now bypassed to the north by the A171 Whitby Road.
Guisborough is on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL27 (North Yorks Moors Eastern Area)