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North Yorkshire - Attractions & Days Out

Gardens & Outdoors

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks is a natural playground with unique rock formations, wonderful heather moorland walks and stunning views over Nidderdale and beyond. Run by the National Trust the area offers a great day out for all ages.

RHS Harlow Carr

RHS Harlow Carr is the northernmost of Englands four Royal Horticultural Society Gardens. Harlow Carr Gardens coves 68 acres, and are set in a valley. The garden has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows, plus a variety of children's play and fun areas.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre

Thorp Perrow, an 85 acre arboretum, is home to a wide variety of rare plants and trees of interest to garden lovers, it also offers a fantastic family day out with the on-site bird of prey and mammal centre and chldren's play areas.

Scampston Hall & Gardens

Scampston Hall is a regency country house situated in North Yorkshire, the house and grounds have been lovingly restored. Small group house tours are offered throughout the summer season. The gardens and grounds of Scampston Hall are a must-see and are open annually from April to October.

Historic Buildings

Bolton Abbey

The historic Bolton Abbey sits perched above a bend in the river Wharfe, wander around the abbey, visit The Strid Wood or enjoy some of the 80 miles of footpath. Great Family Day Out.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard Stately House and Gardens offers a great day out in Yorkshire. Marvel at the interior and exterior of the house, explore the gardens, woodlands and parkland, then relax at the cafe while the kids play on the adventure playground.

Richmond Castle

One of England's finest Norman Castles, Richmond Castle is set in an imposing position over the River Swale and is within easy reach of the town centre. A trip to the top of the keep will provide some of the finest views over Swaledale.

Easby Abbey

Easby Abbey is an English heritage property located near the River Swale near ichmond, the site can be reached by a pleasant walk along the river stating near Richmond Castle.

Fountains Abbey

The Studley Royal Deer Park including Fountains Abbey make for a fantastic day out for all the family; beautiful gardens, history, interactive historic watermill, deer park and an activ events programme.

Kiplin Hall

Built in 1620 as a hunting lodge, Kiplin Hall is in the Vale of Mowbray. The Hall has 17 rooms which are open to the public, and the extensive grounds are undergoing to restoration to return them to designs from 400 years ago.

Ripley Castle

The 700 year old Ripley Castle is a year round visitor attraction for all ages, With daily guided Caste Tours, explore the history of the family and building, or just explore the formal or walled gardens, the woods or the deer park.

Middleham Castle

Middleham Castle sits in centre of Middleham, perched over the Ure Valley. The Castle was built in 1190 and was the childhood home of Richard III. The Castle remains are extensive, and a climb up the keep provides extensive views of Wensleydale.

Mount Grace Priory

Mount Grace Priory is the best preserved example of a Carthusian house in England. The priory offers a great day out for all ages, with history, wildlife, a museum and space to be outdoors.

Pickering Castle

Pickering Castle is a Norman Motte and Bailey castle originally built by William the Conqueror. The castle is a short (uphill) walk from town city and provides panoramic views across North Yorkshire.

Ripon Cathedral

The original cathedral was built in 672AD, the Saxon crypt is the only surviving part of the original church, which has stood on the site for 700 years. The Cathedral is an active place of worship within the City of Ripon and the wider diocese.

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country. 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.

Art Galleries

Masham Gallery

Masham Gallery is an artist gallery in the small Dales town of Masham. The gallery combines works for sale with an exhibition area.

Henshaws Art & Craft Centre

Situated in Knaresborough the Henshaws Art & Craft Centre is at the Henshaws College. The centre offers visitors a free sensory woodland walk with a variety of scultpures, scents and plants to explore.


Eden Camp

Situated on the site of a former prisoner of war camp, Camp Eden is a modern history Theme Museum with a difference. The unique historic setting helps provide a fascinating insight into life in World War II.

Beck Isle Museum - Pickering

The Beck Isle Museum in Pickering captures a glimpse of life in the past. With 27 themed rooms dipicting life in the past. The period displays include a barbers shop, blacksmith often manned by a skilled volunteer smithy, chemist, cobbler, printer dairy and hardware store.

World Of James Herriot

A fascinating glimpse into the daily and work life of James Albert Wright, aka James Herriot. Experience the home oand work life of a 1940's vet including a fascinating collection of period veterinary instruments and the largest collection of "All Creatures Great & Small" memorabilia.


Yorkshire Outdoors

Yorkshire Outdoors offers adrenaline fuelled experiences for the family, groups or friends. Choose between a 4 x 4 adventure, quad biking, segways or a host of other experiences.

Theme Parks & Fun

The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is one of the most unique attractions in Yorkshire, if not in the whole of the UK. Sited on a four acre garden in the Yorkshire Dales, a visit to The Forbidden Corner will delight all ages. Discover the labyrinth of tunnels, a pyramid of transucent glass, a maze and hidden delights and follies.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Home to Europe's longest rollercoaster, the Angry Birds Activity Park and the Lightwater Falconry this theme park offers a great day out for people of all ages. Enjoy the rides visit the Birds of Prey and the farm.