With so many things to see and do in Yorkshire, it can be overwhelming trying to decide. Here we have put together a few of the best attractions around the area.
General Family Days Out:
- The Forbidden Corner: Whether you are a family or couple, this place will have you amazed – The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. 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. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages. 1 hour and 20 minutes away (well worth it though!)
- Brimham Rocks: See nature’s true magnificence in these enormous and fantastically shaped rocks, formed over 320 million years ago, against the backdrop of one of Nidderdale’s most beautiful areas. 15 minutes away.
- How Stean Gorge: An action-packed day out for all the family guaranteed – come rain or shine! Armed with hard hat and torch, children love scrambling through the gorge, exploring the caves and paddling in the water. There’s even a kid’s playground. 20 minutes away.
- Light Water Valley Theme Park: Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills, chills and adventure; catapult to dizzying heights aboard Whirlwind, a typhoon of screams that’ll twist even the bravest of souls, and hurtle through some of our deepest, darkest forest aboard Europe’s longest roller coaster – The Ultimate. 30 minutes away.
- Stump Cross Caverns: Stump Cross Caverns is one of Britain’s premier show caves, located in Nidderdale on the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. They offer a range of facilities for a great family day out, including a gift shop and tea room as well as the caves themselves. There is also a twenty minute film presentation shown in their comfortable lecture theatre, informing visitors of the history and development of the caverns within the local area. 15 minutes away.
- Malham Cove: This impressive cliff is a pre-historic dried up river bed. The river would once have cascaded over the cliff, forming what would of been known as Britain’s highest waterfalls. The river has long since formed its way underneath the lime stone clints forming an underground river and a large cave behind the cliff face.
- Theakstons Visitor Centre: Take a ride out the market town of masham and discover the story behind the famous Old Peculiar ale and take a tour of the Theakstons Brewery. 1 Hour away.
Castles, Abbey’s & Gardens:
- Knaresborough Castle: A stronghold of medieval Kings, Knaresborough castle towers over the Nidd. Explore the Castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the kings Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the mysterious underground secret exit. 30 minutes away.
- Ripley Castle: 20 minutes away.
- Skipton Castle: Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year. 45 minutes away.
- Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal: One of the most remarkable places in Europe and a World Heritage Site, comprising the spectacular ruin of a 12th-century Cistercian abbey, an Elizabethan mansion and one of the best surviving examples of a Georgian water garden. Elegant ornamental lakes, canals, temples and cascades provide a succession of dramatic eye-catching vistas. St Mary’s Church provides a majestic focus to the medieval deer park, home to 500 deer and a wealth of flora and fauna. 20 minutes away.
- Harewood House:Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire, one of the treasure houses of England, the house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape. Harewood is just as much about today as it is about history. There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens.You can expect the unexpected at Harewood with special events and themed weekends throughout the season to surprise you. Whether you want to visit the House and its wonderful collections, relax in the Gardens or play on the Playground, come to Harewood. We think you‘ll be delighted! 1 hour away.
- Newby Hall Gardens: 25 minutes away.
- RHS Garden Harlow Carr: 25 minutes away.
- Thorp Perrow Gardens & Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre: A fantastic day, 100 acres of beautiful woodland walks, trails and glades to explore. Daily flying displays at the bird of prey centre, visit Meerkat Island and Wallaby Wood, also a licensed tea room. 40 minutes away.
- Valley Gardens: English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland known as The Pinewoods, covers 17 acres. The Gardens contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place. For music lovers, band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. Beautiful historical buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and Colonnades sit alongside a wide variety of outdoor games, children’s play area and the Magnesia Well Café. 30 minutes away.
- The Nidderdale Museum: The national award-winning museum has featured on ITV & BBC TV programmes such as The Great Antiques Hunt. A fascinating collection of exhibits is displayed in the original Victorian workhouse, beautifully illustrating the life and history of Dales folk. 5 minutes away.
- Royal Pump Room Museum: Housed in the splendid Victorian Royal Pump Room, the site of Europe’s strongest Sulpher Well, the museum tells the fascinating story of how Harrogate became a spa town. Discover the celebrity visitors and the treatments the endured, all in the name of good health. 30 minutes away.
- The Mercer Art Gallery: The Mercer Art Gallery is housed in Harrogate’s elegant former Promenade Rooms and is situated just 100 yards from the entrance to the valley Gardens and Royal Pump Room Museum. 30 minutes away.
- Ripon Museums: Court House, Workhouse, Police & Prison Museum 25 minutes away.
Cities: If shopping is more your thing, then why not take a ride out to one of the following Towns or Cities
- Harrogate – approx 25 minutes away.
- York – approx 45 minutes away.
- Leeds – approx 1 hr away.