Family Days Out
Discover amazing places and exciting experiences for families in Yorkshire, the county is packed full of fabulous fun, mega museums, cool attractions and the great outdoors.
The ancient city of York city dates to the beginning of the first millennium AD. It was home to the Romans, Vikings and Normans and has held great national importance across the years. Today, its remarkable history is ever present and provides a wide range of attractions to inspire young and old minds alike.
Step back in time as you stand on the site of one of the most astounding discoveries of modern archaeology at York’s Jorvik Viking Centre. Then get digging yourself to find exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history at Jorvik DIG.
A trip to this city is not complete without taking in York Minster. This breath taking architectural masterpiece is the largest Gothic-style cathedral north of the Alps and largest single expanse of medieval glass in England.
All aboard, your next stop is the free to enter National Railway Museum where you will be on track to experience iconic trains and an unrivalled collection of locomotive engineering.
At York Chocolate Story, you can unwrap the history of chocolate, from its exotic origins in the rainforests of Central America to the cobbled streets of Yorkshire and find out how three families made York the UK’s home of chocolate. The guided tour is a must for any chocolate fan!
World Class Family Museums
Fascinating and lots of fun. There are so many amazing things to discover that will capture your imagination at these fantastic family friendly museums – history, science, engineering and industry, nature and much more.
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Budding scientists and engineers will love the exciting opportunities to explore the science of light and sound and to experience the fascinating photography, film and television exhibitions.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax
Have an extraordinary day exploring the hundreds of interactive exhibits that inspire young and enquiring minds to find out about themselves and the world around them.
The Royal Armouries, Leeds
Soldier on and explore the extensive collection of arms and armour from across the world and throughout the ages and re-visit extraordinary battle scenes.
Kelham Island, Sheffield
The interactive galleries tell the story of life and work in Sheffield – from the Industrial Revolution, through to two world wars. It shows how steelmaking forged both the city of today and the world!
Hull & East Riding Museum, Hull
Come face to face with a woolly mammoth, dinosaur bones or a unique Iron Age sword!
You’ll be amazed as 35 million years of history is brought to life at one of the most spectacular natural history and archaeology displays in Britain.
Up-Close with Awesome Nature
Enter a magical underwater world at The Deep in Hull. This is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world with a staggering range of marine life to marvel - from small and colourful tropical fish to huge sharks and rays and adorable penguins.
Amazing animal adventure can be found at Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster, the UK’s top walk through safari and home to over 300 different animals. You’ll have a wild time as you meet the resident polar bears, lions, tigers, giraffes and brown bears and children will love the exciting indoor and outdoor play areas.
The Great Outdoors
The great outdoors certainly is great in Yorkshire. Home to two full national parks - the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors as well as part of the Peak District – a memorable outdoor adventure here is guaranteed!
With miles of foot paths, trails and cycle tracks, castles and abbeys, exploring the scenic countryside is great fun. The Yorkshire Dales offers spectacular limestone valleys, picture postcard villages, wildlife, cascading waterfalls and historic castles. Make sure you see the remarkable Malham Cove and the impressive Aysgarth Falls.
Soak up the sweeping scenery of the North York Moors, a special place whatever the time of year. Experience spectacular views from Sutton Bank, walk a stretch of the stunning Cleveland Way or in summer see the purple heather carpet the moors. Hop aboard a North Yorkshire Moors Railway steam locomotive from Whitby or Pickering for an exhilarating 18 mile heritage rail journey as it whisks you through the heart of the wild and beautiful landscape and relive the magic of Harry Potter.
Dalby – the Great Yorkshire Forest, near Pickering is a vast woodland and an ideal destination for families – with extensive cycling and walking trails, picnic areas and adrenaline filled outdoor adventure at Go Ape.
Whitby and Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast
A trip to Yorkshire’s beautiful coastline is the perfect family day out. The atmospheric harbour town of Whitby is a gem – with its Blue Flag beach and rich sea-faring history. There are nautical adventures ahoy, as you step aboard a replica of the HM Bark Endeavour at The Endeavour Experience in Whitby and immerse yourself in life at sea on the ship that Captain James Cook sailed to Australia and the South Pacific.
Perched in a striking position on top of the east cliff is the 7th century gothic ruins of Whitby Abbey – the inspiration for Bram Stokers classic novel, ‘Dracula’. Uncover centuries of history with their new interactive guide, and the new exhibition that tells the story of the abbey with the help of objects like Anglo-Saxon crosses and medieval manuscripts.
Make sure you bring your buckets and spades. The Yorkshire coast has a wonderful mix of secluded bays, expanses of golden sand and blue sea to enjoy. From the picture perfect Runswick and Robin Hoods Bay with their old fishing village charms to the charming seaside resorts of Scarborough, Filey and Saltburn. This stretch of Jurassic coastline is also fantastic fossil hunting, rock pooling and beach combing and wherever you go, you can guarantee the freshest fish and chips are never far away!