Days Out Ryedale

Days out in Ryedale

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Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey is the perfect place to stop on a family day out, or if you’re walking or cycling in the North York Moors National Park.

An example of early gothic architecture, it inspired the design of the famous York Minster rose window. The Museum displays colourful interpretation panels together with archaeological finds from the site, giving the visitor a fascinating insight into monastic life in Yorkshire. Lovely café and tea rooms, Byland Abbey Inn with 3 letting rooms and great for lunch/afternoon tea.

For all enquiries relating to The Byland Abbey Inn please telephone 01347 868204

Don’t Miss

  • The beautiful west front, with its ruined great rose window
  • The lane between the cloister and west range with its row of 35 niche seats
  • Romanesque and pointed gothic arches
  • The museum with interesting archaelogical finds

Byland, Coxwold, YO61 4BD

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Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England, the 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breath taking landscape in Ryedale.

The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland (with children’s trails) as well as formal walled garden and children’s adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.

The Boathouse is a lovely place for an ice cream, tea and cake – near the playground too!

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
01653 648333


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Flamingo Land

Winter at Flamingo Land

Kirby Misperton Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX
0800 40 888 40

Whilst our theme park attractions will be closed from 30th October 2017 until mid March 2018, our award-winning zoo will be open to visitors every day*.

The Splash Zone will also be open to all this winter. More details here.

Flamingo Land Zoo will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, allowing you to enjoy over 140 species of reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians and birds. This extends to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail’s playgrounds, Children’s Planet, Reptile River, Muddy Duck Farm, Treetop Walkway and The Aquarium.

Our lemur and lorikeet aviary walkthroughs will be open from midday until 2:00pm. These provide truly unrestricted views and the opportunity for up-close encounters. You can visit the Wallaby Walkway between 10am and 4pm.

Access to the sea lion area will be available from 12:30pm until 2:00pm each day.

There will be Keeper Talks too, plus Meet a Creature sessions in the Education Centre at 3:15pm.

Weekends & School Holidays

On Saturday, Sunday and throughout the school holidays we will be adding further attractions and events to our weekday offer. These include a Sea Lion Show at 2:00pm and a Bird Show at 12:00pm.

Our Peter Rabbit™ and Lily Bobtail characters will also be out and about, with two meet and greet sessions available each day at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. So, don’t forget to join them at the Peter Rabbit™ Adventure playground.

A small selection of rides for younger children will be available too, including the Muddy Duck Tractors, Jungle Carousel, Mischief Mansion and Wacky Races. We’re sure this will provide another great way to keep them entertained.

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Helmsley Castle

Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park.
Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin.
Why not also visit Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey nearby – the perfect stop on any family day out, or if you’re out walking or cycling.
Don’t miss:

  • The fun hands-on exhibition in the mansion house
  • The bronzed archers ready for battle
  • Our fascinating audio tour
  • The tactile model showing how the castle once looked


Handy long stay car park behind!

Castlegate, Helmsley, YO62 5AB

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Rievaulx Abbey

Why not take the beautiful walk from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx? It takes approximately an hour then you can enjoy well deserved refreshments in the café.

Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries.

Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, YO62 5LB
Phone: 01439 798228

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The Splash Zone at Flamingo Land

Winter Opening

Valid Until 16th March 2018
The Splash Zone leisure complex is currently open from 2:00pm until 8:00pm from Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 5:00pm at weekends.
Open New Years Day 10:ooam – 6:00pm
Please Note: The Splash Zone gym is only available to guests over the age of 18 years.

Daily Prices
General Swim £3.00
Gym £3.00
Gym & Swim £5.00
Family Swim (2 adults & 2 children) £10.00

For more information visit the Flamingo Land Website

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Treasure Trails

A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across the UK with a self-guided themed walk.
An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. They tend to be suitable for all ages from 6 – 106 (no children necessary!). You need to order a download version off the website and you will also get a link to download a PDF file of the Trail for you to print at home. This can be done at any time of day or night for instant access. Free mobile phone text service for clue answers if you get stuck, ensuring that no mystery goes unsolved
There are Treasure Trails all over the country, specifically 51 in North Yorkshire and 7 in Ryedale. They cost £6.99

Goathland – Legend of the Gytrash starts at the main car park (YO22 5ND) and explores this village known to many as Aidensfield, the location of TV’s Heartbeat. The route takes in the station, old railway line and church as well as the main filming locations of Heartbeat before finishing at the village green in the centre. This Trail is approximately 2.3 miles long and takes 2+ hours to complete

North York Moors – Hole of Horcum Treasure Trail starts in the village of Sneaton (YO22 5HR), to the south-west of Whitby. The scenic route takes you across valleys and moors, stopping at Falling Foss Waterfall, Littlebeck, the wonderful natural feature of the Hole of Horcum, and Lockton. It finishes at Levisham Station, just north of Pickering. This Trail involves approximately 2 miles of walking and 23 miles of driving, and should take around 4+ hours to complete.

Explore Thornton-le-Dale on this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit? The Trail starts in the main car park (YO18 7RW) and leads you around this quaint village with many hidden charms. You will explore duck ponds, almshouses, pretty streams and becks, plus some of the most picturesque village scenes in England before returning to the centre and its historic village green. This Trail is approximately 1.8 miles long and takes 2+ hours to complete

Explore the North Yorkshire Moors by train on this self-guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure? The Trail includes three sets of clues along the scenic North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Pickering, Goathland and Grosmont Stations. Start at any of these stations and travel by train to solve the other clues. (Train ticket required, check NYMR timetables online before you set off.)This Trail is approximately 1 mile long and takes 4+ hours to complete

The Helmsley Treasure Trail starts at the entrance to the main Long Stay car park near the castle (YO62 5AZ), at the start of the Cleveland Way. The route explores the market square and surrounding medieval streets as well as some less frequently visited areas of Helmsley, before finishing back at the castle. This Trail is approximately 2.5 miles long and takes 2.5+ hours to complete

Explore Pickering on this self-guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to crack the code and complete the mission just like a true secret agent? The Trail starts at The Ropery car park (YO18 7DP) next to the Tourist Information Centre and skirts around the centre of Pickering. The route then leads you through the historic town centre and around the castle, before finishing at the station of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This Trail is approximately 1.9 miles long and takes 2+ hours to complete

The Malton Treasure Trail starts in the centre of Malton, in the Market Place (YO17 7AA) and uncovers the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge’s counting house and the delights of The Shambles. The route then leads you out via the site of the castle, with the option to join the riverside path or travel by car to finish in the village of Old Malton. This Trail can be done either as a 3.5 mile walking route or as a 2 stop driving Trail with approximately 2 miles of walking, 1.3 miles of driving and will take 3+ hours to complete.

Treasure Trails
6 High Cross Truro
United Kingdom
Telephone: 01872 263692


Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover.
Great play area for children, walking and cycling trails for all.
Cafes and bike hire centre.
Go Ape and Forest Segway is also here.
The Highway Rat is great for kids.
£8 per car

Dalby Forest – The Highway Rat

Head to the forest for a fun-filled family day out on our Highway Rat activity trail.

What can you expect on the trail?
Go in search of 10 Highway Rat-themed panels, each with fun facts and activities to try. As you go, look out for characters from the story, complete four rubbings and take your picture with the life-sized Highway Rat ‘Wanted’ poster!

Dalby Forest
YO18 7LT
01751 472771

Duncombe Park

Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses and estates, and home to the Duncombe family.
Located in Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park, the estate boasts over 450 acres of spectacular gardens, parklands and nature reserve.
The parklands can be accessed for £1 and the gardens are chargeable too. However the parklands are free for visitors of the National Centre for Birds of Prey.
Many family events throughout the year.

Lovely play park near the car park for the NCBP which is free.
Address: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, YO62 5EB
Tel: 01439 770213

Eden Camp

Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
Open daily from mid January – 23rd December 10am – 5pm.
Modern World War II history museum to experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the frontline and homefront

National Centre for Birds of Prey

The National Centre for Birds of Prey is the largest collection of these amazing birds in the north of England. A huge collection of owls, eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures and more are housed in spacious aviaries on our 12 acre site.
The trained birds are flown for our visitors daily either indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.
Picnic tables are provided and the parking is free.
Visitors are able to access the Parklands surrounding Duncombe Park for free
Open 7 days a week from 1st February until 24th December
Duncombe Park, Helmsley. YO62 5EB
Phone: 08447 422 035

North York Moors Railway

Runs from Pickering to Whitby over 24 miles of beautiful Yorkshire Scenery.
Old fashioned steam engines running through beautiful countryside, can jump on and off at various villages.
Regular special events for children.
01751 472508

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall is a country house. The river Rye, which gives its name to Ryedale, runs past the house, flowing away from the village of Nunnington.
Lovely gardens to burn off some energy, take a rug and have a picnic.
Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
01439 748283

Scampton Hall & Gardens

Opens 30th March 2018

Scampston Walled Garden and Parkland is a fabulous place for the whole family to explore. Discover a natural play area, search for Scampston’s fairies in the woodland and take part in the brand new Nature trail in the parkland. Picnics are welcome and you can fly your kite in the 80 acre ‘Capability’ Brown parkland The Garden Café is well equipped for children and offers a children’s menu.

Under 5s get free entry.
Scampston, YO17 8NG.

Wolds Way Lavender

Set within ½ mile from the Wolds Way Walk, surrounded by mature woodland, on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. Wolds Way lavender it is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit.

Ride the Wolds Way light Railway located at Wolds Way lavender.

The opening of a giant games maze has been popular with visitors of all ages.

Lavender tearoom is the perfect place to take a break and sample the home made Lavender scones which are receiving rave reviews!

YO17 8HW

Phone: 01944 758641

Yorkshire Arboretum

A beautiful 120 acre garden! Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows whilst letting the children run. Lovely cafe with home-cooked food. 

The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY
Phone: 01653 648598

Yorkshire Lavender

Come and see our unique Lavender Maze, Mediterranean Dry Garden, Sensory Garden, Purple Patch Garden, Themed Gardens, Stream Garden, The Wibbly Wobbly Way, Bog Garden, Natural Wild Flower Grassland Meadow, probably Yorkshire’s largest Snakes and Ladders, The Lynne Goodwill Memorial Garden, Sculpture Park and much much more including fallow deer!

Terrington, York YO60 6PB
01653 648 008