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
Byland, Coxwold, YO61 4BD
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!
Live life adventurously! Life would be dull without adventure. Escape the everyday and get the blood pumping with an awesome experience at Go Ape.
Fierce terrain and far-reaching views make Dalby an international hotspot for adventure.
We have high-speed zipwires, freefall tarzan swings and daring crossings on our Treetop Adventure course. High up in the canopy, our tree top obstacles are the ultimate test of balance and nerve. Get your tribe’s blood pumping with 2-3 hours of action packed adventure. Join us if you’re aged 10+, over 1.4 metres and under 130kg.
Experience the forest like never before with our one-hour off-road Forest Segway safari. Master new skills in our training area before hitting the trails on an all-terrain, self-balancing Segway. Join us if you’re aged 10+, over 45kg and under 125kg.
Our classic adventure has been re-imagined for mini-Tarzans. Watch their confidence reach new heights as they spend an hour conquering wobbly bridges and awesome zipwires. You’ll be amazed at how much taller your little monkeys walk after completing the Treetop Junior course. Join us if you’re over 1 metre tall and under 130kg.
Participation and supervision ratios apply – see goape.co.uk for more details.
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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.
Handy long stay car park behind!
If you’re looking for a fun family day out why not head to Hornsea Freeport. There are 2 great children’s attractions there, along with the usual range of shops and discount outlets.
Discover Beach Cove, the fantastic play experience at Hornsea Freeport. Swing, slide, zip, bounce, climb, dig and twirl in the AWESOME outdoor activity park… and explore the AMAZING soft play zone indoors. Time for a break? Relax in the Rockpool Café and terrace overlooking the play areas. Lots of extra activities on for summer 2018, see the full list here.
Head into Bugtopia, the hands-on tropical nature attraction featuring Huge Bugs, butterflies, birds, spiders, and MORE! INCREDIBLE leafcutter ants have arrived at Bugtopia too!
For more info visit their website here
Pickering Castle was used by medieval Kings as a hunting lodge, holiday home and stud farm. It is situated on the edge of Pickering, a lovely market town on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
The gift shop is really nice, local brews, ciders and spirits as well as helmets and swords for sale. The lady in the gift shop was lovely with the children. Parking is very handy.
Castlegate, Pickering. YO18 7AX
Telephone: 01751 474989
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
Medieval monarchs recognised Scarborough as an important fortress that guarded the Yorkshire coastline, Scarborough’s port trade, and the north of England from Scottish or continental invasion.
Scarborough dates to a 4th-century Roman signal station, one of several on the Yorkshire coast. Prominently located on the headland at the cliff top, to warn of approaching hostile vessels, and took advantage of a natural source of fresh water which became known as the “Well of Our Lady” The castle grounds are reputed to be haunted – by three ghosts, among them a Roman soldier. English Heritage promises to take you back to these times which a great weekend in August.
Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
Phone: 01723 372451
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!
Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.
Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.
The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.
Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts and crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.
Perched high on a cliff, it’s easy to see why the haunting remains of Whitby Abbey were inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic tale of ‘Dracula’. English Heritage promise to re-enact the famous story this summer over a series of weekends:
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Phone: 01947 603568
William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. A unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.
Also run lots of special events and activities both term time and in the school holidays.
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Where the Victorian period is brought to life.
Summer Opening (Apr-Sept): 10:00am – 5:00pm
Beck Isle Museum
Sewerby Road, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1ER. Telephone 01262 401736
Open daily 1st April – 30th September 10am – 5pm
Miniature village set in beautiful gardens with 200 model buildings and 1000 model characters. Look out for the humorous and unexpected – you may miss something the first time around! The land train from Sewerby to Bridlington stops off here.
Family £10.00 (2+2)
Open 1st April until 30th September 10:00 to 16:00
Covert Lane (Park Rose), Carnaby, Bridlington, YO15 3QF.
Open daily 30th March – 27th September, 10.30 – 5pm
Lots of animals to see and birds of prey demonstrations
The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF. 01759 307125
Open daily from March 21st 10.00am -5.30pm
Large gardens to explore with children’s activities on the way round. Huge lake with large fish to feed. Also a museum and good cafe which has children’s toys.
Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB. 01262 490324
Cafe, shops and gardens open daily 11.00-5pm (4pm November to March), Hall open April 1st to October 31st.
Stately home, gardens, woodlands, playground and cafe
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
‘Experience the sights sounds and smells of life on the Home front and the Front Line, all set in the original buildings and grounds of a prisoner of war camp. A great value, day out for all the family. Quizzes running throughout the year and junior assault course (weather permitting). Dog friendly.
A great venue for a visit in wet weather as our displays are mainly indoors.
Café, gift shop and ample free parking.’
Eden Camp, Malton, YO17 6RT
Telephone: (01653) 697777
Visit a time when Vikings ruled the land at the world famous JORVIK Viking Centre. Explore the excavations that unearthed the Viking-Age city of Jorvik and discover what this amazing archaeology can tell us about the Vikings. Nearly refurbished and re-opened in 2017.
Open Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm) in the summer and 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm) in the winter. Adult: £10.25 Child: £7.25 Conc: £8.25.
Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
Tel: 01904 615505
A visit to Malton Museum helps visitors to understand how the past has shaped the two towns we see today.
The current exhibition, Malton Goes to Market, provides information on the towns’ Prehistoric, Roman, Medieval and more recent past. The exhibition contains ‘hands on’ activities for younger, and older, visitors.
Entry to the museum and exhibition are free. Our family workshops are £1 per person.
36 Yorkersgate, Malton YO17 7AB
Thu-Sat: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Season: 15th April – 28th October
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 0844 815 3139
Open daily 10am-6pm. Located next to York Railway station so a good place to get the train from Malton to or there is a car park across the road from the museum (£9 for parking but you can park all day and get the land train from here into York city centre)
Great day out for children. Large display of trains and old steam engines some of which children can get on, historic station, activities, outdoor play area and miniature train, good cafe.
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.
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
There’s lots to see at Ryedale Folk Museum. Wander through our expansive Museum site including pretty cottage gardens, traditional cornfield, atmospheric historic buildings and find out how people have lived, worked and played in our area since pre-history.
Under 4s free and when you buy your adult ticket it’s an annual pass.
10 February – 31 March: 10am – 4pm
1 April to 30 September: 10am – 5pm
1 October – 2 December: 10am – 4pm
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton le Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA
Phone: 01751 417367
“Great place to take the kids, so much space to run around, tractors and some animals for them to see too.” SD 2017
“What a wonderful setting to enjoy a day out, so much to do and explore. Keep an eye out for the events” SJB 2017
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.
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP. 0871 4232110
Open daily from 10am
Various enclosures of sealife to see including turtles and penguins. Also play area, mini golf and soft play
Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 01262 673769
Open daily March 28th to September 27th. Estate open dawn till dusk, opening times of house, gardens, zoo, golf and playground vary. The grounds are also open in the off-season free of charge, with a small charges for the house and zoo. Cafe is quite narrow for getting prams in.
Large parklands with deer to spot, hall and gardens to explore, zoo with a variety of animals, mini golf, playground, cafe and shop. Specifically for children are:
Skidby, HU16 5TF (follow the brown signs from the A164).
Open daily 10.00-5pm
Working windmill. Museum with children’s activities inside the windmill and old machinery in the courtyard.
Also a good playground and cafe in the courtyard
Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637
The Grounds, Gardens, Stables, Café, Shops and Play Park open all year round 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. CLOSED MONDAYS (except bank holiday Mondays)
House open from March 30th to October 28th 12pm – 4pm
The Spotty Pig Play Farm officially opens at Easter and is home to some of the rare breeds kept on the estate. Staff on hand to introduce you to all the animals. Lovely adventure play ground where the kids can let off steam
Open seven days a week!
Nov to Feb: 10am – 4pm last entry 3pm
Mar to Oct: 10am – 5pm last entry 4pm
Closed: Dec 25th, 26th, & Jan 1st
Children (5-15yrs): £5.00
Family Ticket (2+2): £24.00
Family Ticket (2+3): £28.00
23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PL
Tel: 01845 524234
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.
Easter Quiz, Timber trail, Giant Games, Maze, Minature Railway, Nature Walks, Giant Sand Pit. Fun for all ages, dogs welcome!
Lavender tearoom is the perfect place to take a break and sample the home made Lavender scones which are receiving rave reviews!
Phone: 01944 758641
Elvington, York, YO41 4AU. 01904 608595
Open daily 10.00-5pm. From 10th November 10.00-4pm
At the top of the A1079 just before you reach York is this great air museum, lots of exhibitions, historic planes and vehicles set on a large site
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