Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays 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. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit.
Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)
Phone 01482 381000.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other animals and foodwebs.
The small charming garden attracts different kinds of wildlife throughout the year from tadpoles to butterflies and honeybees. The garden is designed to show how people can attract wildlife to their own gardens, and also features bee-hives and a pond.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA
Phone 01274 584140
Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.
There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non-National Trust members, car parking charges are as follows: £4 up to three hours, £5 thereafter
Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW, Tel: 01423 780688
With tickets available on the day or recommended to be booked in advance 0-2 years go free & 3-15 years only £5.50, what child wouldn’t love a trip on a traditional steam train. The Santa specials are brilliant, a great annual trip for the family.
Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF.
Phone 01756 710614
This museum is a fantastic day out and is really highly recommended for children up to about 11. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas.
The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything there is hand-on. I visited with my 18month old and 4 year old and they were both devastated when we had to leave after 4 hours and have been begging me to go back since!
There is a mini M& S shop for the children to work and shop in, a bank and post office. There is a car garage where you can do a MOT, the sound garden, the desert area and so much more.
There is a cafe and gift shop on site although there are indoor and outdoor picnic benches if you want to take your own. Best of all, the cost of the admission gives you for free entry for 12 months. Parking costs around £3
Please note, they are usually closed on MONDAYS during term time and the new All About Me Gallery is now open.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
01422 330 069
Prices from 1 April 2017
Free with Standard Admission/Annual Pass. Pay once and come back as many times as you want for a year:
Adult/Child (age 3+): £12.95 each, Toddlers (age 1-2 years): £5.25, Babies (under 1 year): FREE
*Additional charge may apply on some events
Weekends, half-terms, holidays and bank holidays open daily 10am -5pm.
Term-time weekdays open 10am -4pm. Closed Mondays during school terms, 24th-26th December and 1 January.
with Real Yorkshire Tours
The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago.
Whether you’re here to soak up the history and atmosphere, or to explore every corner with the family, the abbey ruins will have a special place in your memory.
Harewood House is a country house in Harewood near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. Designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. There are over 100 acres of gardens at Harewood. They are full of variety, with plants from all over the world. The large adventure playground is a big hit with children as are the penguins and the bird garden. There is a café and gift shop and usually some sort of seasonal activity in the eco-pods & regular events being held.
Harewood House Trust, Harewood House
Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG
Phone +44 (0)113 218 1010
Muddy monkeys messy play – every Tuesday (term time) (10am to 11am)
Join us at Kirkstall Abbey for messy creative fun with natural and art materials. Please wear suitable messing clothing as sometimes we paint, sometimes we get muddy and if the weather is nice we go outside in the ruins!
Knights, dragons and princesses activities – second Thursday of the month (10am to 11am)
Is your under 5 a budding knight, lovely princess or little dragon? Then come along and join us for fun at the abbey. Come dressed up but remember we may get messy!
Fairy fun activities – third Thursday of the month (10am to 11am)
For all under 5s fairies and their carers! Join us for creative fairy fun. There are things to make, dressing up and things to play with. Feel free to come in your fairy outfits, but please be aware that sometimes we use paint and glue.
Multi monkeys stay and play – last Wednesday of the month (10am to 11am)
A monthly stay and play session for parents and preschool multiple births children. Please wear suitable messy clothing as sometimes we paint and sometimes we get muddy and if the weather is nice, we go outside in the ruins!
Phone 0113 230 5492
SatARTday Club – First Saturday of the month (11am to 4pm)
Drop-in workshop for families who want to have fun being imaginative and creative together. Booking is essential for large groups, contact (0113) 247 8254.
Leeds Art Gallery
Monday closed. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. Closed on bank holidays.
Phone 0113 247 8256.
The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA.
Rory’s Saturday Club – every Saturday (11am to 12:15pm)
Family arts and craft activities relating to the museum displays.
Tiny tigers toddler group – first Friday of the month (10am to 11:45am)
Come along and make your own historical mess, suitable clothing advised. Suitable for the under fives and their carers.
Leeds City Museum
Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.
Phone 0113 224 3732.
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.
Little Lotherton – first Tuesday of every month (term time) (10am to 11am)
Under 5’s art sessions for parents, carers and little ones.
Make and create – every second and third Saturday of the month (1pm to 3pm)
Drop-in ‘making and creating’ aimed at all the family. Take part in various activities no matter what your age!
Craftiness – every Friday in school holidays (1pm to 3pm)
Drop-in children’s crafts and play.
Come rain or shine games and activities – every Wednesday in the school holidays (10am to 4pm)
Self-led trails, arts, dressing up and play whatever the weather.
Phone 0113 281 3259
The Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience, packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays. Explore the wonders of Science and Technology in our four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire & Water! Splash in water, operate real JCB’s in Earth, marvel at a tornado made of fire and even explode a rock face! Magna is a coats-on experience; set in the old Templeborough steelworks, The Big Melt and Face of Steel offer an exciting journey into the world of steelmaking.
A fantastic day out for all the family!
Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX
Phone 01709 720002
Pricing (April 2017)
|Child 4 to 15||£8.95||£9.95|
|Child 2 to 3||£4.50||£4.95|
|Child Under 2||Free of Charge||Free of Charge|
|Family Ticket Prices|
|Type||Online Price||On The Day Price|
|Family of 3||£28.95||£30.95|
|Family of 4||£36.95||£39.95|
|Family of 5||£44.95||£48.95|
|Family of 6||£52.95||£57.95|
|Maximum of 2 adults|
Family tickets are for children aged 4 to 15, and a maximum of 2 adults. Tickets for children aged 2 to 3 should be purchased separately.
With nine floors of galleries to explore, three cinemas including Yorkshire’s biggest IMAX screen, and a packed programme of events, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.
National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ
Open Daily 10-6pm (Museum and Shop)
Free entry to museum.
Home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse the object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the outdoor play area. Younger visitors will love letting off steam in the railway-themed outdoor play area. Plus, you can take a ride on the nearby miniature railway and enjoy the scenery.
NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Opening Times 10am–6pm daily Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec
Newby Hall is an eighteenth-century country house situated on the banks of the River Ure at Skelton-on-Ure, near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, England, and is a Grade I listed building. Open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swimmers (for the water fountain bit!), there is adventure play and a great little train ride and with a Dolls house exhibit there is something for both boys & girls!
Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, HG4 5AE
Phone 01423 322583
Runs from Pickering to Whitby over 24 miles of beautiful Yorkshire Scenery.
Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round.
As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children, including the Craggle Top Tree House, Log Maze, Logness Monster and the giant Woodland instruments.
After spending some time in the garden, why not relax and enjoy coffee or lunch at the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms? Children are well catered for and Betty’s delicious organic breads, cakes and gifts are available to take away.
There are many entertaining and educational events for all the family throughout the year, including half-term activities, outdoor theatre, wildlife discovery days, and guided walks. For more information and to find out what’s on visit the Harlow Carr website.
• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs & wheelchairs.
Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park.
Within the pleasure grounds there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around.
There is a small outdoor play area in the grounds and they do run tours of the castle specifically aimed at children over 5yrs.
Normal adult admission is £6 and kids under 5 are free. Season tickets are just £20 per adult and RHS card holders are admitted for free (exclusions apply)
Phone 01423 770152
Daily 10am – 5pm last admission 4.30. The museum is closed 24-26 December.
Free: some events may be chargeable.
Free Taxi Boat also available outside.
Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT
Phone 0113 220 1999
Prams and bikes are welcome – we just want you to enjoy the tramway!
Dogs, accompanied by well-behaved owners are welcome too.
Open Sundays only from January 2018 to Easter (30th March)
12:00 to 16:00 pm
From 31st March Saturday & Sunday 12:00 to 16:00 hrs
The trams run continually during these times so we cannot pre-book seats.
Prod Ln, Baildon, Shipley BD17 5BN
Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years.
Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.
Skipton Castle, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1AW
The caves at Stumps Cross were then discovered in 1860 by miners who looking for lead seams in the Yorkshire Dales. Although they didn’t find any lead, they did find the natural caverns which you can see today.
The cave system at Stump Cross extends well beyond the show caves which are open to the public, to an overall length of approximately 6km. Many of the deeper caverns are only accessible to experienced cavers, but there is a possibility of further sections of the caverns being opened to the public in the future. Indeed, the impressive reindeer cavern was opened to the public in 2000 after debris was removed and the cave was made safe.
Remains of Wolverines, a giant member of the weasel family have been discovered at Stump Cross. It is thought that these animals entered the caves looking for food such as Reindeer and Bison, the remains of which have also been found. The Wolverine remains are on display in the visitor’s centre.
Pushchairs and baby back carriers are not permitted due to restricted access, however front carriers are permitted.
Stump Cross Caverns, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
With its beautiful park & gardens, house tour & Home Farm, Temple Newsam is a great day out, throw in the play area and a picnic and you are set.
Farm Winter opening hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 16.00
Last entry 45 minutes before closing
Tea Rooms: Mon – Fri 10.00 – 16.30; Sat – Sun 10.00 – 17.30
Winter opening hours: Tues – Sun 10.30 – 16.00
Please note: Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
The House, Farm and cafe are open on bank holidays, excluding Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Tickets are valid for the entire day on which they are purchased.
Visitors are advised to telephone 0113 3367460 for more details.
Temple Newsam Road
Off Selby Road
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!
This is a lovely tropical garden with plenty to keep kids entertained (particularly on a cold or rainy day as it is very warm in this tropical greenhouse!) There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see as well as snakes and bats. The butterflies fly around freely and the Meer cats are fantastic. Admission (2017) is free for under 5’s, 5-15yrs is £3.00, Adults £6.00. Opening 10-6 during the summer, 10-4 during the winter. REMEMBER ADMISSION TO ROUNDHAY PARK IS FREE, AND OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR – 700 ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL PARKLAND, WITH FREE PARKING – ENJOY!.
Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.
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.