There are thousands of things to do in Yorkshire from shopping to walking or cycling, visiting the coast, dining in some of the UK’s best restaurants, visiting theatres, arenas and galleries, attending sporting events, browsing gardens, and so much more.Yorkshire is a vast county filled with glorious towns, cities, and villages crammed with character and historical buildings, there is literally something to visit, see and do 365 days a year in God’s own county.
We have listed just the tip of the iceberg with a few of our favourite days out in the region, some offer free entry and others have a fee, check all websites before visiting.
Harrogate, RHS Harlow Carr
Explore the delights of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a garden with a wide variety of growing landscapes ranging from woodland to wildflower meadows. The team at Harlow Carr have an ongoing events and activities programme for families, plus children’s play area, tree house for the kiddies, learning centre and library plus a Betty’s Café and Tea Rooms.
Bradford, National Science and Media Museum
The National Science and Media Museum explores the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. They aim to inspire the scientists and engineers of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. The museum boats an array of galleries, exhibitions, cinema’s including the regions biggest IMAX, plus an interactive wonderlab filled with 20 mind-bending exhibits.
Pocklington, Burnby Hall Gardens
These wonderful Yorkshire Gardens have been described as “a jewel in Yorkshire’s crown” and have been awarded the prestigious Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award for seven consecutive years. The Lakes are home to a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily, and the gardens also include a rockery, stumpery, Victorian garden, secret garden, formal beds and natural shrubbery, plus children’s adventure playground and the Stewart Museum.
Yorkshire Dales, The Forbidden Corner
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. A tourist visitor attraction unlike anywhere that you have been before, ideal for the adventurers and those young at heart! The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid.
Hull, The Deep
One of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, The Deep in East Yorkshire is an award-winning attraction and home to 3,500 fish including magnificent sharks and rays. There are always exciting events taking place and daily activities including; a dive show, touchpool sessions, and penguin feeding.
Ripon, Lightwater Valley
With over 40 rides and attractions, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with adventures for the whole family. The park offers younger children Angry Birds Activity Park, Lightwater Express Train, Eagle’s Creek Farm, an adventure playground, mini sand diggers, and a soft play area. For the slightly older there’s Falls of Terror, Wild River Rapids, Skull Rock, Flying Cutlass, Flying Nellies (opens end of May ‘17), and Jumpin’ Jacks! Bouncy Pillow. The ultimate adventures include Eagle’s Claw, The Ultimate, Raptor Attack, Black pearl, and Apollo. Plus there are lots of shows, falconry displays, and extras including adventure golf, tree top nets, and Lightwater Country Shopping Village.
There are many other places of interest for a great family day out in Yorkshire too including, here are a few other suggestions:
Helmsley, National Centre for Birds of Prey
Halifax, Eureka! Children’s Museum
Pickering, Flamingo Land
Leeds, Harewood House
York, Yorvik Viking Centre
York, National Railway Museum
Harrogate, Stockeld Park
York, York’s Chocolate Story
Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Doncaster, Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Leeds, Leeds City Museum
Sheffield, Tropical Butterfly House