81 of the Absolute Best Things to Do in Yorkshire with Toddlers

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They may be small, but by jove it can take an enormous amount of effort to keep your little lovelies occupied. Which is why we’ve created this fool-proof list of things to do in Yorkshire with toddlers. Whether you’re after high-energy exploits in the great outdoors or an indoor sanctuary for a rainy day, whack these beauties on your to-do list and you’ll never be at a loss for toddler-tastic days out again.

1. Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park

Grade I-listed mansions aren’t usually prime toddler territory, but hear us out because Stockeld Park is a Yorkshire treasure with a few surprises up its sleeve. This place is perfect for kids. What started as a Christmas tree shop in the estate grounds soon blossomed into an Enchanted Forest. They added a magical maze, then an adventure playground. Indoor play areas and a whole bunch of seasonal events followed. There’s even go karting and laser tag to keep older siblings happy. The result is a year-round favourite that you can tailor to your family’s needs – result.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby Road, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.

2. Thwaite Watermill

Thwaite Mills

Step back in time at Thwaite Watermill, one of the last water-powered mills in Britain. Okay, that alone isn’t going to get toddlers champing at the bit, but the creaking water wheel, steam-powered crane and hands-on activities in period rooms sure will. Located on its very own island in the River Aire, surrounded by a natural playground, it’s the perfect day out for your little explorers. Before you go, enjoy a picnic in the lovely grounds and say hello to the fairies in the garden. Perfect for inquisitive children.

Thwaite Watermill, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RP.

3. Boomchikkaboom

Our Place, Boomchikkaboom

Even the tiddliest of toddlers needs a good old knees-up every now and then, and Boomchikkaboom is more than happy to make it happen. They hold family-friendly raves all over Yorkshire with special themes, from hip-hop block parties at Leeds City Museum to Spice Girls parties at Revolución de Cuba and New Year’s Eve bashes at The Piece Hall in Halifax. Expect flashy lights, great music and lots of fun games and activities. There’s no doubt it’s one of the best indoor activities in Yorkshire for toddlers, but parents have a ball too – it’s time to show off your best moves!

Check out upcoming Boomchikkaboom events near you.

4. The Web Adventure Park

The Web Adventure Park

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Capture your little adventurer’s attention at this indoor-outdoor play attraction, jam-packed with activities that’ll keep Yorkshire toddlers enthralled all day long. Hop on over to the massive Creepy Crawlies soft play arena, complete with separate play zones depending on age. Leap into ball pools, race down slides, have a boogie in the disco and scramble over all manner of shapes – there’s plenty of seating for parents to keep a watchful eye. Outside the fun continues with a water play area, toddler trikes, a giant sand pit and even a few friendly farm animals.

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 2RH.

5. York Bird of Prey Centre

York Bird of Prey

Toddler days out in Yorkshire don’t get much more feathered and fantastic than York Bird of Prey Centre. Here, the hands-on ethos lets budding ornithologists get up-close-and-personal to all kinds of owls, falcons, hawks, raptors and, the big daddy, a Golden Eagle. Handling sessions reward the brave (all with staff supervision, of course) while more reticent visitors can simply marvel at the fantastic flying displays. When you’re all birded-out, wing your way to the play area, pick up a cake at the cafe or grab a bag of nuts and make friends with the two resident red deer instead.

York Bird of Prey Centre, Baston Lane, Huby, North Yorkshire, YO61 1JB.

6. Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks

Children and adults of all ages enjoy the natural phenomenon that is Brimham Rocks. Owned by the National Trust, this geological marvel in the North Yorkshire countryside is like one giant, boulder-strewn playground. If you’ve got a little monkey in the family, they’ll be in their element with hundreds of rocky formations to clamber and play on, under supervision of course. From little scrambles to pro-level climbs, no one in the family need miss out. Buggy-friendly main paths are a bonus, plus you only pay for parking, so it can be quite a bargain too.

Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW.

7. Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam Story Time

Variety is the spice of life and with over 1,500 acres of parkland, plus a working farm, country mansion and regular family-friendly events, Temple Newsam has enough things to do to keep Yorkshire toddlers busy all year round. The rare breed farm lets your little ones get nose-to-nose with cows, sheep, pigs, chickens and goats – a springtime visit is a must for the baby animals. Work up an appetite as you explore the beautiful woodlands, gardens and trails, then stop at the charming cafe with a dedicated kids’ menu to fill those hungry tums.

Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.

8. Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land

With a name like that, you just know this attraction is going to be a cracking day out for the toddlers of Yorkshire. There are indeed flamingos here, two species in fact, but this zoo-slash-theme park has many more furry friends in store. Donkeys, penguins, lemurs, otters, tortoises, parrots and kangaroos, to name but a few. And that’s not all, because you’ll also find dozens of rides, many of which are ideal for toddlers. Soft and water play areas, carousels, helicopter rides and dino-rollers – which will you try first?

Flamingo Land, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6XY.

9. Calypso Cove WaterPark

Calypso Cove at Metrodome Leisure Complex

Got a water baby in the family? When a day of splishing and splashing is on the cards, there’s simply nowhere better than Calypso Cove in Barnsley. Pirate-themed and filled with multiple pools, flumes and a giant pirate ship with water cannons, it’s a treat for all ages. While older kids are gainfully employed on the many whizzing slides, toddlers have the sole use of Barnacle Bay, a gated area filled with all sorts of squirty knick-knacks like water jets, tipping buckets, splash zones and even their very own mini-slide.

Calypso Cove Waterpark, The Metrodome, Queens Ground, Queens Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71 1AN.

10. Abbey House Museum

Abbey House

Let your little ones discover the magic of the Victorian era at this charming museum in Leeds. Your first port of call has to be the Victorian high street, complete with shops you can actually root around in and even a traditional pub that your toddler won’t be thrown out of! Upstairs, old penny machines, dress-up boxes and 19th-century toys offer ever more hands-on entertainment in the Childhood Galleries. What’s more, Kirkstall Abbey and its impressive grounds, are right across the road – perfect for a post-visit picnic.

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH.

11. York Maze


A maze filled with maize? It may sound a little ‘corny’, but this Yorkshire delight is without doubt one of the best things to do with toddlers. Not only is there an ever-changing maze (Europe’s largest, don’t you know?), but they also have inflatable obstacle courses, an adventure playground, mural painting, giant sand pits and more. Each activity is so packed with hands-on fun and imagination, it’s sure to be a new favourite. Oh, and don’t miss the tractor ride. Or the pig racing! In fact, it’s probably best to plan your return visit now.

York Maze, Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT.

12. The Deep

The Deep

Get ready to dive into an underwater world the likes of which you’ve never seen. The Deep is Hull’s spectacular aquarium. Treat the family to encounters with turtles, jellyfish, sharks, penguins and a veritable rainbow of tropical fish. There are over 3,500 animals in total and a marvellous array of displays in which to admire them. Watch manta rays glide over your heads in the glass tunnel, float up through the fish in the bubble lift, or take a break from the fishes and dip your toes in the soft play area. It really is some-fin special.

The Deep, Tower Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 4DP.

13. Lotherton

Lotherton Hall, 50th Birthday

While the stunning Edwardian house may be of more interest to the grown-ups, Lotherton Hall should very much still be on your radar for toddler days out in Yorkshire. Why? The beautiful gardens are studded with bonus extras that the little ones will love, like straw bale mazes, a well-equipped adventure playground and, can you believe it, its very own zoo! Hop by Wildlife World to say hello to the resident penguins and tapirs, before tip-toeing over to the Deer Hide to see if you can spot the estate’s herd of red deer in the wild.

Lotherton, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 3EB.

14. Ripley Castle

Ripley Castle

Known for its famous ice cream, Ripley in North Yorkshire is already a mouth-watering family favourite. Throw in a grand castle, an ornamental lake and loads of wildlife-spotting opportunities and your little ones will be begging for a return visit. Older kids can delve into the history of the castle on one of their excellent children’s tours, while toddlers can glimpse deer, rabbits, squirrels and pheasants in the magnificent grounds. The charming tea room has a special kids’ menu, just don’t forget to leave room for a scoop of that ice cream afterwards.

Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY.

15. National Emergency Services Museum

National Emergency Services Museum, NESM

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Honour our wondrous emergency services while having a first-rate play at this gem of a museum in Sheffield. Housed inside a former Victorian police and fire station, the National Emergency Services Museum lets young visitors get hands-on with history through an exceptional range of exhibits and experiences. Hitch a ride in a bonafide fire engine (yes, they turn on the siren!), listen to the nee-naws of ambulance vehicles through the years and even pay a visit to the station’s original police cells. Fully interactive, with loads to touch, it’s prime toddler territory.

National Emergency Services Museum, The Old Police & Fire Station, West Bar, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8PT.

16. Scarborough


Flee the confines of the city and enjoy an activity-packed day out at the Yorkshire seaside with your toddler instead. Scarborough is a favourite for kids of all ages. Your first port of call has to be one of the town’s two beaches – the quieter north beach is closer to the SEA LIFE Aquarium, while the popular south beach has all the flashy penny arcades and ice cream kiosks you could ever wish for. Peasholm Park offers some much-needed sanctuary if the crowds get a little much, while the toddler room in the Mini Monsterz soft play area provides a perfect rainy day refuge.

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1PB.

17. National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum

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One of Britain’s oldest working mines, the National Coal Mining Museum will take you and your toddler on a voyage into Yorkshire’s past with hands-on activities galore. The underground tour is for kids over 5, but there’s absolutely loads for toddlers to see and do above ground. Have a crack at the interactive displays that reveal the science behind coal, jump on a former mining train for a trip around the 45-acre grounds and let off some steam in the excellent adventure playground. There are a couple of surprises in store too, like ponies in the on-site stables and a marvellous nature trail.

National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH.

18. Eureka!

Eureka! The National Children's Museum

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Rainy day on the horizon? Eureka in Halifax is an absolute must when it comes to indoor activities for toddlers in Yorkshire. Tailor-made for babes-in-arms all the way to early teens, it’s hard to distinguish where science museum ends and awesome playground begins. Toddlers love it because each of the six themed zones is a treasure trove of interactive pursuits, from role-playing at the pretend Post Office to sensory fun in the SoundGarden. Parents love it because it’s learning through play. Your ticket is valid for an entire year, so you’ve no excuse not to return.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE.

19. Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

If you think it’s unusual to visit a National Trust site purely for its adventure playground, you probably haven’t visited Fountains Abbey yet. Sure, it’s a World Heritage Site with 800 acres of parkland to explore. Sure, there are peaceful cascading water gardens (watch out for the frogs!) and imposing abbey ruins. Heck, there’s even a herd of free-roaming deer to spot. But you might have to save all that for a return visit, because just two minutes from the entrance there’s a timber playground complete with a miniature wooden abbey, musical chimes, obstacle courses, balance beams and a den building area. History can wait, eh?

Fountains Abbey, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY.

20. Malham Cove

The sweeping limestone face of Malham Cove is an impressive sight to behold, as well as a splendid day out with toddlers in Yorkshire. Picnics are a must on the grassy verges below the cliff, as are paddles is the shallow waters during the summer months. Keep your eyes peeled for climbers on the rock face or the pair of nesting peregrine falcons soaring high above. While the steep steps up to Malham Tarn are better suited to older children, the buggy-friendly path to the base of the cove from Malham village makes the mile-long trip a piece of cake.

Malham Cove, Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DJ.

21. Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton's Cave

Did you know that England’s oldest tourist attraction is right here in Yorkshire? That’s right, Mother Shipton’s Cave on the banks of the River Nidd is a family-friendly destination packed with mystery and magic. The cave itself (where the prophetess Mother Shipton was supposedly born) is modest in size, but the riverside walk to it is enchanting. Spot hidden wood carvings among the trees, push buttons to hear the legend of the cave, discover the miraculous petrifying well that turns objects into stone and go wild in the woodland play area.

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD. Temporarily closed, reopens in March.

22. Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

Little legs will run riot at Bolton Abbey, home to magnificent 12th-century ruins and a whopping 30,000 acres of wilderness to explore. The setting is nothing short of stunning, but there’s still plenty of things for toddlers to do at this North Yorkshire marvel. The best place to start? It has to be the Welly Walk, an obstacle course trail that takes you over the River Wharfe’s popular stepping stones, into woodland, through scramble nets, across balance beams and down slides. Expect lots of fun and even more mud – it’s called the Welly Walk for good reason!

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6EX.

23. National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

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Tiny trainspotters will be in their element at York’s famous Railway Museum. It’s a treasure trove of railway memorabilia and one of the best indoor activities for toddlers in Yorkshire. From giant locomotives to a miniature railway, there’s masses to see with many of the exhibits open to walk through. Climb aboard a Japanese bullet train, discover the royal carriages or see what’s going on at the model railway village. And if you want to see the real deal, seek out the Viewing Balcony that’s tucked away on the first floor – it has great views of all the trains coming in and out of York station.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ.

24. The Tetley

The Tetley

A cultural hub combining three floors of contemporary art displays, a yummy cafe and regular family events, The Tetley is high up the list of best things to do in Yorkshire with toddlers. First, it’s free. Second, no matter which exhibitions are currently showing, there’s always something for younger visitors to get stuck into. Collect your clipboard and crayons from reception to embark on an art-filled adventure around the building with the Family Trail, or swing by the monthly Tiny Tetley event where messy play is the order of the day.

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.

25. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Bringing a unique kind of magic that’s hard to resist, we defy you to not be charmed by the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Sitting on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this well-defined trail has a multitude of steps and some slopes, so is best suited to older, or more intrepid, toddlers. However, if your young hikers are happy to spend a couple of hours walking, running and generally burning off energy, the payoff is 8 kilometres of wild flowers and tumbling rivers with no less than five waterfalls to admire along the way. A true, watery wonderland.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3ET.

26. Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Toddlers and animals go together like birds of a feather, which is why a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of the best things to do with them. Far from your local petting zoo, this is the place to go to spy the big boys of the animal kingdom like lions, tigers, polar bears, giraffes and leopards. There are some cuddlier critters, from meerkats to otters, and many of the sanctuaries have in-built fence windows for the littlest of rangers to peer through. You’ll find plenty of places to eat here, although bringing a picnic home is a canny way to keep costs down.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Brockholes Lane, Branton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN3 3NH.

27. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall

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Even art-loving nippers can find a day traipsing around a museum a bit too stuffy, so why not soak up the culture in the great outdoors at Yorkshire Sculpture Park? There are over 80 sculptures to track down among the 500 acres of parkland. Gormleys, Moores and Hepworths are all here to be admired by the grown ups, or simply run around by the little ones. It’s glorious in the sunshine, but if the weather turns, you can seek shelter in one of the indoor galleries. Keep your eyes peeled for the interactive stations, where kids can take part in extra activities like drawing or map-making.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG.

28. Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Thornton Hall and Country Park

Young animal-lovers will have a grand time at this working Yorkshire farm. All their favourite farmyard residents are here, but you don’t just get to meet them. Oh no, you can get stuck into the delights of life on the farm by feeding the animals, collecting fresh eggs from the hens and cuddling rabbits and guinea pigs too. During term time there are daily activities where toddlers can get even more hands-on, from learning about creepy crawlies to pony grooming. Factor in mini tractors, a caterpillar ride and play areas and you’ll have a mini MacDonald on your hands quicker than you can say ‘E-I-E-I-O’!

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, near Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS.

29. Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest

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A woodland gem on the outskirts of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby Forest is a magnet for walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers alike. But there’s also a lesser-known, mysterious pathway that young children will adore. It’s the Gruffalo Spotters Trail, a one-mile adventure where toddlers can journey through the woods to track down the much-loved storybook character. Grab an activity pack and get ready to use your special lens to reveal hidden creatures and collect gold stars as you go. It’s a captivating quest and if your toddler is still buzzing by the end of it, you can burn off some of that energy at the excellent play area.

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT.

30. Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour

Billy Bob's Parlour

I scream, you scream, toddlers everywhere scream for ice cream. So where better to take them for a day out in Yorkshire than this ice cream-and-play palace near Bolton Abbey? Little eyes go mighty wide at the range of ice cream flavours and colours on offer, and that’s before they’ve even had the chance to run riot around the indoor Play Barn and outdoor adventure park. The 50s Americana-style diner is the place to refuel on shakes, burgers and ginormous sundaes from the kids’ menu. Be warned, Billy Bob’s is hugely popular, so leave plenty of time to fit in all your family fun.

Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour, Calm Slate Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6EU.

31. St Aidan’s Nature Park

St Aidan's Nature Park Days Out

If you think wielding a pushchair may scupper your plans for a day out in the great outdoors, think again. St Aiden’s Nature Park is an RSPB bird reserve just outside of Leeds and it has not one, but two, buggy-friendly walks. Bitterns, skylarks and grebes are often the stars of the shows here – if you’re lucky you might even spot a short-eared owl hunting alongside the hills in winter. Bowers Bimble is the shorter of the two trails at 1.8 kilometres, while the Reedbed Ramble is a slightly more ambitious 4.6 kilometres. With marshland, lakes, woodland and meadows all at your feet, it’s a fantastic fresh air fix for all the family – wheels or no wheels.

St Aiden’s Nature Park, Allerton Bywater, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8DD.

32. Kirklees Light Railway

The petite locomotives at Kirklees Light Railway are just the right size for train-mad toddlers, making this one of their favourite things to do in Yorkshire. Breeze through the countryside on a 25-minute voyage, listening out for that tell-tale steam train whistle! The ride is a highlight in itself but there are also loads of activities at either end, like adventure playgrounds (train themed, of course), tea rooms and even a miniature railway that takes you on a grand tour of the duck pond. Children under 2 go free and you’re welcome to ride the train as many times as your heart desires. All aboard!

Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ.

33. Skelton Grange Environment Centre

Skelton Grange

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This award-winning eco learning centre is a great day out for toddlers in Yorkshire. With a mission to get children engaged with the environment, Skelton Grange runs a range of nature-based events throughout the year. School holidays tend to be geared towards older children, but monthly activity days let younger nature-lovers in to explore the wild habitat, peek into ponds and catch a bug or two (they’ll provide the jars). Don’t miss their Winter Trail either, when the woods are lit up with candles and gingerbread can be munched around the campfire.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre, Skelton Grange Road, Stourton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1RS.

34. Whitby

Sandsend, Whitby

Whitby should be high on your list of things to do with toddlers in Yorkshire. When the sun is shining, there’s no better place to be than on the two-mile stretch of loveliness that is Whitby beach. Soft sand for digging, rock pools for exploring, donkey rides in summer – it’s childhood heaven. Make sure to give the puffing steam trains a wave at Whitby’s heritage railway station, and don’t forget to try Whitby’s speciality dish before you go. No, it’s not fish and chips (although that’s always a good idea too), it’s actually a Lemon Top ice cream. Want to explore further? Sandsend and Runswick Bay are just along the coast.

Whitby, North Yorkshire. YO21 1YN.

35. Harewood House

Harewood House

Treat your toddlers to a dynamic day out at Harewood House in West Yorkshire. A majestic, Grade I-listed mansion sits at the centre of 100 acres of gardens, but it’s far from a stuffy, stately home. After all, how many mansions do you know where you can meet a friendly colony of penguins? That’s right, they’ve got penguins, flamingos, furry farmyard animals, play areas, stepping stones, pretty gardens and picnic spots aplenty. The biggest problem? Deciding where to venture first. The second biggest? Tearing your tots away at the end of the day. Stop by the shop to pick up a basketful of second-hand books for a day out that just keeps giving.

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG.

36. Studfold Adventure Trail

Studfold Adventure Trail

Searching for outdoor activities that’ll ignite your toddler’s imagination? Make a beeline for a fairy paradise at North Yorkshire’s Studfold Adventure Trail. This woodland wander is as magical as magical can be, with surprises at every turn. Grab your activity sheet and fairy wings from reception, then begin your expedition spotting intricate fairy houses, clue boxes and animal sculptures as you go. Along the route, you may even stumble upon a tractor maze, a den-making zone or a hidden bird hide. It’s utterly enchanting, the attention to detail is mighty impressive, and it’s free for under-3s.

Studfold Adventure Trail, Studfold Farm, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SG.

37. Tropical World

Tropical World

Treat your little animals to a wild experience at Tropical World on the edge of Roundhay Park. This mini-zoo is packed full of all kinds of beautiful beasties, from family favourites (hello, cuddly meerkats and mischievous monkeys) to creepy crawlies (we’re looking at you, mister tarantula). Range through desert, waterfall, rainforest and aquarium on the hunt for animals big and small. Many a creature may call it home but Tropical World is easily manageable in a couple of hours, which means you’ll have time to visit the cafe for a bite to eat and maybe even nip over to the park for a run around.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2ER.

38. Robin Hood’s Bay (and Boggle Hole!)

Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby

Ah, a trip to the seaside. Splashing at the water’s edge, peeking into rock pools, feeling the squidge of sand between your fingers – it’s a sure-fire winner for toddlers. Robin Hood’s Bay is a delightful fishing village in Yorkshire, but it also has an ace up its sleeve. At low tide, follow the beach around and you’ll discover one of Yorkshire’s best-kept seaside secrets. Boggle Hole is a former smuggler’s cove that’s now home to a family-friendly pirate-themed youth hostel. Whether it’s pieces of eight or pieces of cake you’re after, it’s a real treasure.

Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4UQ.

39. Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Urban Farm

A mere 15-minute drive from the centre of Leeds, you’ll discover a city sanctuary that’s home to some rather unusual inhabitants. Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a 24-acre wedge of nature and it’s a top notch trip for farm fanatics. Meet the greedy goats, South American alpacas, miniature cows and some cluck-tastic chickens too (whose eggs you can buy from the farm shop or eat in the on-site cafe). Ready for something a little slimier? Keep lookout around the ponds and pastures, where you can spot frogs, newts and maybe even a crayfish.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2QG.

40. North York Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

If you’re hoping to jump on board a steam train with a little more heft, North York Moors Railway should be your chug of choice. This heritage line is a true blast from the past, carrying passengers from the 1930s-themed Pickering station all the way to lovely Whitby with multiple stops en route. Out the window, you’re treated to spectacular scenery across the North York Moors, although you might be more engrossed in the trains’ vintage interiors! A little slice of magic awaits at Goathland – it was the setting of both ‘Heartbeat’ and Hogsmeade Station in the very first Harry Potter film.

The North York Moors Railway, 28 Park Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ.

41. The Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries

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A glittering gem in Leeds’ cultural crown, the Royal Armouries museum is a total feast for the eyes and a gift for the pocket. Not only are there five floors crammed full of arms and armour from every corner of the world, not only does it bring the history of combat to life, not only is there a full-blown elephant armour to gawp at, but it’s also free. Can you believe it? For an added bonus your toddler will love, save your legs and catch the Water Taxi that ferries you down the river from behind Leeds station right to the museum. It’s the cherry on top of an already delicious day.

The Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT.

42. Diggerland


Quite literally an entire theme park dedicated to tractors, JCBs and dump trucks, Diggerland will put your construction-loving youngster in absolute paradise. Some rides have height restrictions, but once you’re 80cm tall there’s truck-loads to try, like digger skittles, digging for buried treasure, the up-high Skyshuttle and the spinny Dig-A-Round. Let them go wild on the tractor toys at Little Tikes zone for under-5s, then dig into lunch in their lovely picnic area. The big bonus? Adults are welcome to hop on board the rides too. Hey, someone needs to show them how it’s done, right?

Diggerland, Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW.

43. Yeadon Tarn

Yeadon Tarn

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Keeping your toddler happy and occupied isn’t always a walk in the park, but when the park in question is Yeadon Tarn, you’re onto a winner. This 17-hectare beauty wraps around a central lake and is a must if your park-side perambulations usually involve a visit to feed the ducks. You can spot miniature and full-sized sailboats whizzing across the water, and the buggy-friendly paths are perfect for strolling. What’s more, Leeds Bradford Airport is right next door. Grab an ice cream from the ever-present van and watch the planes taking off and landing on the runway.

Yeadon Tarn, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7BB.

44. Breezy Knees

It may only be in bloom from May through to September, but Breezy Knees gardens is an excellent thing to do in Yorkshire with toddlers. Colour bursts out at you from every corner of this flower-filled garden. No less than 6,000 varieties of plant are ready and waiting to be discovered across blossoming borders, vibrant displays, wooded wanders and peaceful meadows. There are 20 acres to traverse in total, split up into a variety of themed gardens that excite you every time you turn a corner. Keen gardeners will be in their element, but young visitors will be equally enchanted.

Breezy Knees, Common Lane, Warthill, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5XS.

45. Hope Pastures

Hope Pastures

Looking for the perfect way to introduce your little one to the idea of animal welfare? They can get up-close to horses, ponies and donkeys at Hope Pastures. Far more than just a petting zoo, this equid sanctuary is also a rescue and re-homing centre for many four-legged fillies, as well as a permanent home for some full-time residents like Banjo the donkey, Cloud the miniature Shetland pony and Kizzie the mare. In addition to meeting the ponies you can book onto special events, like grooming tutorials and behind-the-scenes tours.

Hope Pastures, Westwood Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 5PH.

46. Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Head out west and you’ll find yet another railway revelation – the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Located in Brontë Country among the rolling moors, the line is much shorter than its North York Moors cousin but it has a cheaper price tag and children under 5 travel for free. Buy an all-day rover and soak up the sights by hopping on and off at each of the beautifully maintained stations along the way. From the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow West (entry is included with a rover ticket) to all the railway memorabilia lining the platforms at Haworth, there’s plenty to see.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 8NJ.

47. Kitty Cafe

The Kitty Cafe Leeds

Indoor activities in Yorkshire don’t get much more purrfect for your toddler than this feline find. Right slap bang in the middle of Leeds, Kitty Cafe has it all – big ol’ comfy chairs, a menu filled with child-friendly fare and, the crowning glory, a room full of fluffy felines. Your tot won’t be able to tear their eyes away from the pretty kitties as they play, patrol and purr on all the specially-designed walkways. But if Sox, Sid, Nancy and co are in snooze rather than snuggle mode, there are a bunch of paw-some puzzles you can download ahead of your visit to keep the kids occupied too.

Kitty Cafe, 8-9 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BZ.

48. Bramley Baths

Bramley Baths

Bid farewell to your fear of rainy days and embrace the wet in a completely different way with a dip in Bramley Baths. At over 100 years old, this Edwardian bathhouse (the only one remaining in Leeds) has seen its fair share of splashing toddlers and retains many of its original features, including its iconic chimney made out of 8,000 Kirkstall bricks. Stepping into the pool may feel like stepping back in time, but it’s bang up to date for kids. Warm water, swimming lessons and family fun sessions with all sorts of inflatables await. Go on, splash out.

Bramley Baths, Broad Lane, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 3DF.

49. Swithens Farm

Donkey at Swithens Farm

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Combining a working farm with soft play, Swithens Farm is an udderly awesome day out for toddlers in Yorkshire. The highlight? Feeding the animals, of course! Grab a tub of carrots and you’ll soon make friends with Bilbo the Shetland pony, alongside their adorable donkeys, llamas, lambs, emus, rabbits and guinea pigs too. The range of cuddly creatures is impressive enough, but the indoor Play Barn is yet another reason to get this on your to-do list. With a special cushioned ball pool for toddlers, plus a cafe next door for parents to enjoy a much-needed cuppa, you’d be baa-rking to miss it.

Swithens Farm, Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0BT.

50. Kids Go Bananas

Jungle Kids

Set your little monkeys free at this wilderness-themed play centre in Armley. The massive structure in the middle, with its medley of interconnecting slides, nets and tubes, is better suited to older children, but under-3s don’t have to miss out, not one jot. They get their very own slice of the adventure with a special soft play zone dedicated to them, as well as a kiddie kart track and ball pool to get stuck into. While the young ones are busy having a roar-some time, you can take a well-deserved break in the 130-seater cafe with the best view in the house overlooking all the action.

Kids Go Bananas, 12 Whingate, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BL.

51. Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey

An impressive sight, Kirkstall Abbey is a first-rate choice if you’ve got kids. It’s not often you have the chance to get so hands-on with history, but here you can run, clamber and explore among the ruins of this 800-year-old monastery. As you navigate the warren of former churches, kitchens, nooks, crannies and secret passageways, a little imagination is all that’s needed to bring it right back to life. Plus, it’s free! It’s the perfect excuse to treat the family to a picnic alongside the river in the beautiful abbey grounds.

Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3EH.

52. None Go Bye Farm

None Go Bye

Got a roast dinner on the horizon? None Go Bye Farm’s famous shop is renowned for its quality meats, reared right there on the farm. Don’t tell the kids though, because the highlight of their trip will be visiting the farm animals themselves. You can introduce your youngster to the farming industry in a relaxed environment, meeting cows, pigs, chickens and sheep along the way. They have a few more unusual residents, like prairie dogs and donkeys, but they’re all exceptionally well cared for and you can pick up a bag of animal feed if you’d like to get that little bit closer.

None Go Bye Farm, Otley Old Road, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5HZ.

53. Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park

Bridlington Animal Park

Who doesn’t want to feed a baby meerkat? If hands-on experiences are what you’re looking for, they don’t get much better than the whole host of animal feedings and meet-and-greets available at this family-owned animal park. As well as the hand-reared meerkats, you can also become bezzies with marmosets, wallabies, raccoons, owls and, if you’re brave enough, a scaly snake or two. Throw in majestic birds of prey flying high above your heads, plus a gaggle of farmyard favourites, and this is one Yorkshire day out your toddler won’t forget in a hurry.

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park, Covert Lane, Carnaby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 3QF.

54. Jackrabbits Pottery

Jackrabbits pottery

For the Yorkshire toddler who loves to get creative, indoor activities don’t come much more colourful than Jackrabbits Pottery. Take them on a trip to this paint-your-own pottery shop and you’ll return with some household treasures to pop on your mantlepiece. There’s an exceptional range of pottery to choose between, from ever-popular plates to piggy banks and ornaments. When your kid has made their selection, it’s time to knuckle down and get painting. The lovely team will then glaze and fire your mini-Monet’s masterpiece, ready for you to collect the following week.

Jackrabbits Pottery, 633a Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA.

55. Newby Hall

Newby Hall miniature Railway

A Grade I-listed mansion set in expansive grounds, Newby Hall in North Yorkshire hits the nail on the head when it comes to toddler-friendly activities. There are two standouts. First is the Miniature Railway, a charming little chugger that puffs its way along the River Ure and around the stunning gardens. Make sure to visit on a Sunday or Bank Holiday when you’ll get to ride a bonafide steam locomotive! Next is the tip-top adventure playground that boasts swinging boats, a miniature boating lake, slides, swings and a fountain-filled water park. Still got a bit of time left? Swing by the permanent toy exhibitions before you go.

Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE. Open from April to September.

56. Jackaboos

Soft Play Children's Area

There are two sides to this soft play centre on the outskirts of Leeds. First you have the fully enclosed, multi-level play zone right in the centre. It’s a perfect size for toddlers – enough slides, ball pools and trampolines for them to go wild, but not so large you can’t keep your eye on them as you rest your weary legs in the cafe next door. You’re charged according to whether your nipper is a walker or a crawler so you never need to pay for the segments they’re too small for. But the big bonus is their class timetable, which will take you from fun with phonics to musical sessions that are sure to put a smile on the little ones faces.

Jackaboos, 10a Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ.

57. Ilkley Lido

Ilkley Lido

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Whenever there’s even the slightest chance of warm weather in Yorkshire, grab your trunks, stuff a few snacks in your backpack and head for a day out at Ilkley Lido with your toddler. The outdoor swimming pool is open from May to September with a vast shallow section that’s spot on for little swimmers. Safe to say, it gets pretty busy on sunny summer days, but there’s loads of picnic space to stretch out in, plus an indoor pool that’s open all year round. Lay down your towel and enjoy a lazy day dipping, playing and admiring the views across Ilkley Moor.

Ilkley Pool and Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ. Open from May to September.

58. Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre Park

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Treat your toddler to two days out for the price of one at Golden Acre Park in Yorkshire. The park itself is as peaceful as can be. Take a relaxing stroll around the lake, bring some food for the ducks, then break off to explore the 136 acres of surrounding park, woodland and gardens. It’s awash with colourful flowers during the sunnier months, but there’s something to see at all times of the year. Especially because right next door are two nature reserves, Adel Dam and Breary Marsh, home to masses of wildlife including water birds, roe deer and some of the friendliest squirrels you’re ever likely to meet.

Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 8BQ.

59. The Little Bookshop

The Little Bookshop

On the lookout for indoor activities in Yorkshire that’ll tickle the fancy of your tale-loving toddlers? The Little Bookshop is the only independent bookshop for children in the whole of Leeds, and oh boy, it’s worth the visit. Young bookworms can browse the beautiful displays, pick out a favourite picture book and take part in a whole host of special events. Saturday mornings are reserved for arts ’n’ crafts workshops and story time sessions, while any day of the week is the perfect time for a yummy snack in the cafe as you peruse your purchases.

The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.

60. Saltburn Miniature Railway

Saltburn Railway

Super charge your toddler’s day out at the seaside with a trip on this pint-sized Yorkshire railway. Free for under-5s, Saltburn Miniature Railway is volunteer led and as packed full of ye olde world charm as the coastal town it calls home. Jump on and chuff away from the seafront and along the 1km track, admiring the surrounding Valley Gardens and waving to passersby as you go. Each of the two stations has plenty of facilities nearby, like picnic areas, woodland walks and a children’s playground. Cheerful drivers may even sound the horn if you ask very nicely – what more could you ask for?

Saltburn Miniature Railway, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS12 1HA. Open from April to September.

61. White Scar Cave

White Scar Cave

You may think an underground excursion only fits the bill as a rainy day idea, but White Scar Cave is one of the best things to do with toddlers in Yorkshire even when the sun is shining. Don your hard hat and descend the 97 steps into the heart of this underground phenomenon. As you weave, duck and squeeze your way through the twisting paths, you’ll encounter tumbling waterfalls, incredible rock formations and stalactites that look just like carrots. It’s cool down there, so cosy jumpers and hats are recommended.

White Scar Cave, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3AW.

62. The Donkey Sanctuary


The Donkey Sanctuary has been caring for Yorkshire donkeys since 1999. Located in between Leeds and Harrogate, the centre opens for a few hours every day allowing visitors to see how the donkeys are cared for and watch them grazing, playing and generally being donkeys. If you’re lucky, one may even come over, so your toddler can give it a scratch behind the ears. It’s a rewarding experience, even more so because you can help support donkeys around the world by ‘adopting’ Billy O, Harbin or Ripple (you’ll even get a portrait of them to take home).

The Donkey Sanctuary, Swan Lane, Off Blackhill Lane, Eccup, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8AZ.

63. Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway

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Choo-choo-choose your next family expedition wisely and hop on board the world’s oldest working railway. That’s right, Leeds lays claim to a special slice of transport history thanks to Middleton Railway. It was founded in 1758, but it’s still going strong today. Train-mad tots will love the 20-minute steam chug between Moor Road and Park Halt, but there are a bunch of bonus extras too like a play area, knowledgeable volunteers and step-access to old locomotives in the Steam House Museum.

Middleton Railway, Moor Road Station, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5PA.

64. Otley Chevin Forest Park

Otley Chevin Surprise View

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A good old fresh-air romp is in order at Chevin Forest Park. Criss-crossed with walking trails at every turn, this designated nature reserve is an ideal spot to let little legs loose for the day. There are acres of magical woodland to explore, boulders to scramble and more bug-spotting opportunities than you could ever wish for. Rising to 280 metres above sea level, the paths can get a little steep, but the pay off is some of the most spectacular views you’ll find in Yorkshire, stretching across the Wharfe Valley. Not up to the climb? Start from the Surprise View car park instead – same panoramas, no aching thighs.

Otley Chevin Forest Park, East Chevin Road, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3HB.

65. Treeside Alpacas

Treeside Alpacas

Stand back and watch the joy on your toddler’s face as they’re handed the reins of an alpaca for a short trek in the countryside. Heck, your smile will be pretty big too when you meet little Bruno, confident Kimbo, gentle Chester and the rest of the gang. At Treeside Alpacas you can walk, stroke and feed these lovely creatures with passionate staff on hand to answer any questions you throw at them. It may be one of the most unusual activities for toddlers in Yorkshire, but it’s masses of fun discovering each of the alpaca’s unique personalities (and admiring their trendy hairstyles).

Treeside Alpacas, Moss Carr Farm, Newmarket Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9DW.

66. SEA LIFE Scarborough

SEA LIFE Scarborough

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A day out at the Yorkshire seaside doesn’t normally involve encounters with seals, penguins, jellyfish and turtles – which is why your toddlers will love this one. Penguin Island is an absolute must – a walk-through enclosure where you can waddle right alongside the inhabitants. Watch out for Custard, the friendliest hand-reared Humboldt Penguin around! Young visitors collect stamps as they journey past displays filled with all manner of aquatic creatures, from turtles to sharks. Collect all the stamps and you get a prize!

SEA LIFE Scarborough, Scalby Mills Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6RP.

67. Xscape


There’s nothing quite like Xscape, a one-stop-shop of entertainment that’s filled with some of the best indoor activities for toddlers in Yorkshire. Every parent needs it up their sleeve. Hit the slopes at Snozone, where Sno-Play sessions give tots over two the chance to sled and snow-angel to their heart’s content. Xplore, a giant soft play area, has a special zone for under-4s and there are toddler sessions at Gravity trampoline park too. Sound like hungry work? Never fear, a bunch of kid-friendly eateries are on hand to serve up the goods.

Xscape, Colorado Way, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4TA.

68. RHS Harlow Carr

RHS Harlow Carr

As far as days out, Harlow Carr gardens is one of the best for toddlers in Yorkshire. At any time of year, there are beautiful displays to see, from rhododendrons in late spring to the year-round alpine house, but this garden really goes the extra mile to make horticulture accessible to families. Spot a spiky hedgehog in the specially-built ‘hedgehog highway’, set your nose to work in the fragrant sensory garden or join a monthly story time session about nature. Family garden trails pop up during school holidays, while Yorkshire’s famous Betty’s Tea Room puts the cherry on top of what is already an awesome family day out.

RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB.

69. Piglets Adventure Farm

With a name right out of a fairytale, you probably have high hopes for Piglets Adventure Farm. Good news, you won’t be disappointed. This farm and play centre in Yorkshire is filled with oodles of thoughtful activities that toddlers go mad for, plus seasonal specials like pumpkin patches and festive sleigh rides. Of course there are the farm animals, many of which you can feed and pet, but you can also embark on a fairy trail, hop on a tractor ride, dig out a treasure in the sand pits or just go wild in the indoor play barn. Once you’ve paid for entry everything is included, so you can squeeze in as much as possible.

Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, Towthorpe, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 9ST.

70. William’s Den

William's Den

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Everything on offer at William’s Den is tailor-made to make your outdoor-loving little ’uns have a stonkingly good time. The ethos is all about old fashioned frolics in nature. Your young adventurer will be in seventh heaven swinging from tires, building dens, climbing rocks, hiding out in the treehouse and getting thoroughly filthy in the mud kitchen. There’s stacks of equipment to play on, most of which is made from salvaged or natural materials, plus an excellent indoor play area if the clouds roll in. There’s mucky fun inside and out, so make sure you bring a change of clothes!

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, Brough, East Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.

71. Bondville Model Village

Bondville Model Village

Your tiny sprogs will feel like mighty giants for the day at this miniature masterpiece in East Yorkshire. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, Bondville Model Village is home to over 200 buildings including a castle. It also has a working harbour and Thomas the Tank Engine goes puffing around the outskirts. There’s no doubt it’s a labour of love – it took two years to build and it’s full of special touches, like the sneaky fox that likes to hide from children among the rocks! It may be small, but you can go back again and again, spotting new details every time. One thing that isn’t miniature? The yummy homemade cakes in the tea room.

Bondville Model Village, Sewerby Road, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1ER.

72. Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience

Gardens, butterfly

This isn’t your average play park. No sirree, Manor Heath Park is a multi-award winning, 19-acre Yorkshire park that’s got lots going on. First off, there’s the Jungle Experience, a tropical glasshouse where you can spy butterflies, terrapins and all sorts of exotic plants – The Savage Garden and its carnivorous plants will keep curious kids transfixed. Next, stop by the Walled Garden with its array of experimental gardening displays, then let off some steam in the gated play area. As if all that’s not enough, there’s also a water play zone during the summer!

Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Manor Heath Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 0EB.

73. Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

If your little tyke is under 5 years old, they can soak up the magnificent history of Skipton Castle for free. But Skipton Castle is a fantastic thing to do in Yorkshire regardless of age or price. Young visitors love to traverse the warren of rooms with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. From dingy dungeons to peek-tastic towers, spiral staircases to grand banqueting halls, it’s one of the best-preserved medieval castles in all the country and is a true historical masterpiece. Not bad for 900 years old, right?

Skipton Castle, The Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1AW.

74. Magna Science Adventure Centre

Crackle, boom, snap, whoosh! If these are the sorts of sounds that make your child’s ears prick up, get them down to Magna Science Adventure Centre, pronto. It’s a blinder of a day out, especially if your little toddlers love science and all its surprises. They’ll have a ball firing cannons in the Water Pavilion, watching the five-metre fire tornado in the Fire Pavilion and riding diggers in the Earth Pavilion. It’s dark and noisy, which may not suit all children, but for daring tykes who just love to push buttons and see what happens, it’s an absolute blast (sometimes literally!)

Magna Science Adventure Centre, Magna Way, Templeborough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1FD.

75. Eden Camp

Eden Camp

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Take what you know about about history museums and throw it out the window, because Eden Camp is a World War Two museum with a difference. Set in a former prisoner of war camp, this interactive attraction lets you wander between 33 unique huts, each using sounds, smells and bonafide memorabilia to tell a different story from wartime Britain. Military vehicles, old-fashioned games (who remembers Tin Can Alley?) and a delightful 1940s Music Hall with puppet shows keep the kids totally engrossed, while multiple visits to the mini-commandos assault course are a must.

Eden Camp, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT. Open from April to October.

76. Yorkshire Lavender


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Get back to nature with a flower-filled trip to one of Yorkshire’s prettiest attractions. A family-run lavender farm, there are no gimmicks here. Just 60 acres of glorious scenery that toddlers will be itching to explore. From bug-hunting among the endless rows of flowers to having a crack at the hillside snakes and ladders game, they’re richly rewarded for their curiosity. Ponds, sculptures, hills ripe for rolling and deers ready for feeding, it’s far more than just lavender alone. To top it all off? It has to be a scoop of local lavender ice cream in the cafe.

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 6PB.

77. Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley

An oldie but a goodie, Lightwater Valley theme park has long been on the list of things to do with toddlers in Yorkshire, and long will it remain. Granted, the big rollercoasters are off the table for toddlers, but there’s more than enough to pack out a whole day with younger visitors. A whole section of the park is dedicated to children under one metre tall, including rides, soft play, mini sand diggers and both indoor and outdoor playgrounds. Add a petting zoo, birds of prey displays and live sing-along shows and you may have to book a return visit to cram it all in!

Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT.

78. National Science and Media Museum

Yorkshire Games Festival

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This free museum in Bradford is a delight for all ages, but the Wonderlab gallery is the place to go with young tots in tow. Here, the magic of science is brought right to your fingertips with a range of interactive displays designed to ignite every one of your senses. Mirror mazes, body heat sensors, echoing sound tubes and plenty more invite your toddler to get totally hands-on. Technically they’re learning, but it doesn’t feel like anything other than tons of fun. Keep your eyes peeled for family-friendly screenings at one of the museum’s three cinemas too – their IMAX is the largest in the region.

National Science and Media Museum, Pictureville, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ.

79. Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park

What do you get when you combine 700 acres of lush parkland, two lakes, two adventure playgrounds, formal gardens and a wildlife park? One of the best days out for toddlers in Yorkshire, that’s what. Roundhay Park is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and the sheer variety of activities on offer make it an instant favourite with kids. Whether it’s encountering exotic animals at Tropical World, swinging around the playgrounds, feeding the ducks at the lake or soaking up nature on one of the many walking trails, you’ll discover something new every time you visit.

Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HH.

80. Stump Cross Caverns

Stump Cross Cavern

Over in Pateley Bridge, another subsurface secret beckons. In the ground beneath your feet, limestone rock that’s millions of years old has been eroded by underground streams. The result? A warren of atmospheric tunnels and caves, complete with some of the most impressive stalactites and stalagmites you’ve ever seen. You can walk through at your leisure, but be warned there are some magical creatures that call these caverns home. Pick up the Fairy Door Hunt challenge at the main office and see how many mysterious doorways you can spot below ground. There’s even a prize in it for you!

Stump Cross Caverns, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5JL.

81. The Forbidden Corner

Forbidden Corner

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One of the most mysterious attractions in Yorkshire, The Forbidden Corner makes for an incredible day out when you have the toddlers in tow. It’s home to a seemingly never-ending labyrinth of underground tunnels, passageways and chambers that are crying out to be explored. Pootle past unusual statues, marvel at remarkable follies and find your way out of puzzling dead ends. It’s a strange combination that results in a marvellous memory-making experience for youngsters – make sure you pop over to Tupgill Park for a wander afterwards and a bit of respite at its Corner Cafe.

The Forbidden Corner, The Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ.