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50 Fantastic Family Days Out in Yorkshire

· Ali Turner · Family

Treat the kids to a fantastic day out with everything from family walks to museums and attractions.

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Got an energetic bunch of kids to entertain? Whether it’s on the weekend or during the school holidays, our list of family days out in Yorkshire will come in very handy indeed…

From getting back to nature to exploring museums, jumping on theme park rides and delving into an underground cave, you’ll find all manner of fun family days out in Yorkshire. It doesn’t matter if it’s the school holidays, a weekend adventure or just a good ol’ day out, the whole gang can have a ball. And to make deciding what to do that little bit easier, we’ve rounded up fifty of our favourites – how many can you tick off?

1. The York Dungeon

York Dungeons

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Family days out in Yorkshire don’t get much better than a trip to The York Dungeon. This 75-minute adventure will take you through the city’s gory past, using actors and special effects to make history a whole lot more exciting. With 9 different shows covering everything from Guy Fawkes to the highwayman Dick Turpin and even the Vikings, the kids are sure to be entertained with the guts and gore of old York.

The York Dungeon, 12 Clifford Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RD.

2. St Aidan’s Nature Park

St Aidan's Nature Park Days Out

St Aiden’s Nature Park is a real treasure. It’s a 400-hectare country park run by the RSPB with 12 kilometres of trails for you to explore, whether you’re walking, cycling or even horse riding. There’s loads to see here, including lakes, woodland and grassland, all home to a variety of wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might spot a roe deer, a brown hare or a marsh harrier. Stop for a picnic before you head home and you’ve got one of the best days out in Yorkshire.

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

3. Thwaite Mills

Thwaite Mills

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One of the most underrated museums in Leeds, Thwaite Mills has loads of things for you to do with the kids. You can explore the grounds, which include areas of water, woodland, scrub and gardens, all filled with wildlife. Or nip inside one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain today, where you’ll learn how solid rock can be turned into paint and putty, as well as finding out about life at the mill back in the day.

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

4. Eureka!

Eureka!

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Needless to say, The National Children’s Museum is a popular choice for days out with the little ones. You won’t find anywhere else quite like Eureka! – or quite so dedicated to play. It’s jam-packed with interactive exhibitions, designed to make learning fun, covering everything from the desert to human biology, the latter of which is a £2.9 million gallery designed for (and by) kids. It’s the perfect family day out in Yorkshire.

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

5. York Bird of Prey Centre

York Bird of Prey

Wildlife lovers should make a beeline for the York Bird of Prey Centre. They’re as passionate about their visitors as they are about the birds – which is why they’ve been one of the most popular family attractions in Yorkshire for so long. Not only can you see a whole host of beautiful birds here, with daily flying shows so you can catch them at their best, but you’re also welcome to handle the birds, with the help of staff, of course.

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

6. Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour

Billy Bob's Ice Cream

It’s fair to say that some days out in Yorkshire are as much of a treat for you as they are for the kids – and a trip to Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour is one of them. This 1950s-style diner is like something out of Grease and the selection of ice cream on offer is simply exceptional. They have plenty of room to play too, so as well as indulging in a traditional sundae, you can let the kids run wild in their indoor and outdoor play areas.

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

7. Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam, Home Farm

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The perfect spot for family days out, Temple Newsam has loads for you to do with the kids. The house is well worth exploring, with loads of history inside – and the kids will find all manner of entertainment here, including outdoor trails and heritage games. There’s also a farm on site, so your little ones can meet all the pigs, cows, sheep, goats and ducks, before you pick up a few local delicacies in the farm shop.

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

8. Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land

Undoubtedly one of the best attractions in Yorkshire, Flamingo Land gives you two days out for the price of one, because it’s not just a theme park, it’s also a fully-fledged zoo. You can take on Mumbo Jumbo’s death-defying 112° vertical drop, have a splashing time on the Lost River Ride and even Meet a Creature as the Chief Education Officer brings out a host of creepy crawlies, snakes and frogs for you to see up close.

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

9. Calypso Cove Waterpark

Days out in Yorkshire – Calypso Falls Water Park

A wet and wild adventure for all the family, Calypso Cove Waterpark is great for days out with the kids. It’s one of the best swimming pools in Yorkshire, with loads of rides and slides for the little ones to try out. From the Terror Torrent, which is one of the UK’s faster indoor flumes, to Splash Ahoy, a four-lane slide perfect for racing, you’re guaranteed to have a great time in the water. You can even Walk the Plank if you dare!

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

10. National Science and Media Museum

Yorkshire Games Festival

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A great choice for family days out in Yorkshire, the National Science and Media Museum promises interactive exhibitions designed to inspire and engage. They’re obsessed with light and sound technologies here, from the origins of photography to the scientific and engineering feats that will change our world in the future. Explore their famous media collection or focus on the ‘science bit’ that made it all possible – the choice is yours. And let’s not forget the IMAX cinema!

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

11. Abbey House Museum

Abbey House Museum Christmas

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You can get two for the price of one here. First, stop off at Kirkstall Abbey, a beautiful example of Cistercian architecture and one of Yorkshire’s finest attractions. It’s surrounded by swathes of lush parkland where you can have a picnic or a run around with the kids. Then head over the road to the Abbey House Museum, which boasts a traditional Victorian street, as well regular events designed to help you entertain the little ones.

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

12. York Maze

Maze

It’s only open for a few months of the year, but York Maze is a great day out with the kids. In the middle of the Yorkshire countryside, it boasts the biggest maze in Europe – the Giant Maize Maze. But that’s not all there is to do here. There’s also a Jurassic Maze, a Mineshaft Maze and a Finger Fortune Maze, not to mention loads of play zones, including a jumping pillow (that’s a bouncy castle without the walls) and a climbing zone.

York Maze, Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT. Open from mid July through to early September.

13. The Big Depot

The Big Depot

The Big Depot is the perfect place to introduce the kids to the sky-high world of climbing. This is a state-of-the-art lead climbing centre. But what does that mean? Basically, the lead climber wears a harness attached to a climbing rope and the other climbers are attached to it below. Your little ones can take part in a host of classes throughout the year, from special introductory courses to their weekly Kids Club – all come with safety briefings and experienced tutors.

The Big Depot, 100a Geldard Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BY.

14. Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum

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Nestled on a man-made island that’s over 900 years old, Kelham Island Museum will give you a glimpse into Sheffield’s illustrious industrial past. With a host of interactive exhibitions that the kids will love, it tells the story of the Industrial Revolution and what it was like to work in the Steel City back in the day, before leading into the changes that have since taken place. A trip to this Yorkshire museum promises a fun and educational family day out.

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8RY.

15. Jorvik DIG

If it’s an archaeological adventure you’re after, Jorvik DIG is the obvious choice. Tucked away beneath the well-trodden streets of York, it has four replica excavation pits the kids can dig down into for themselves. They’ll discover a host of Roman, Viking, Medieval and Victorian treasures based on real artefacts that act as clues to show you what it was like to live in Yorkshire in the past. Definitely one of the best family attractions in Yorkshire.

Jorvik DIG, 16 Saint Saviour Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8NN.

16. Leeds Industrial Museum

Armley Mills

Give your kids a glimpse of the city’s past, as you explore everything from manufacturing to engineering at Leeds Industrial Museum. Once the largest woolen mill in the world, Armley Mills is now a family-friendly heritage site that houses all of the city’s industrial collections, including old TV cameras and locomotives. Nestled on the edge of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, why not get a hit of culture, do a picnic in their outdoor space, then go for a leisurely stroll?

Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF.

17. The Deep

The Deep

For one of the best family days out in Yorkshire, a trip to The Deep is in order. This awesome aquarium on the banks of the River Humber tells the story of the world’s oceans, with interactive exhibitions and a whole load of sea creatures. In fact, they have over 3,500 fish, as well as turtles, rays, sharks and even Gentoo penguins. The whole tour takes two to three hours – and there’s two cafes to stop off at if you want to get a bite.

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

18. Snozone

Snozone Castleford

You don’t have to wait for winter to get your skis out, not with Snozone’s ever-frozen slopes to check out. Head over to Castleford for a spot of skiing or snowboarding with the kids. They offer lessons led by expert instructors, as well as a host of fun activities, like sledging, ice slides and sno-play. If you want to send the kids to a summer camp they’ll absolutely love, why not try their winter sport-themed Snocamps?

Snozone, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4TA.

19. Harewood House

Harewood Penguins

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Definitely one of the best family days out in Yorkshire, Harewood House has loads to offer for the whole gang. As well as the house itself, which holds Renaissance masterpieces and family portraits, it boasts beautiful gardens, perfect for exploring with the kid. It even has its own bird garden, which offers the opportunity for you to feed their impossibly cute Humboldt penguins – it’s sure to be a highlight of your visit.

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

20. White Scar Cave

White Scar Cave

The perfect day out with the kids on the Cumbiran edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, White Scar Cave will send you deep below the surface of the earth to see one of the region’s most incredible natural wonders. Here, you’ll find underground waterfalls, as well as the breathtaking Battlefield Cavern and the famed Witch’s Fingers, Devil’s Tongue and the Arum Lily formations. A real underground adventure that the whole family will enjoy.

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

21. Tropical World

Tropical World

Tropical World is perfect for family day trips, with a whole host of animals inside. You can venture through the swamp and the desert, passing crocodiles, meerkats and bats along the way. See the piranhas, the seahorses and the massive pacu fish before stepping into the dark to join a medley of nocturnal creatures. When you’re done, you’re already in Roundhay Park, so why not go for a stroll or a picnic in one of the Europe’s biggest urban parks?

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 1DF.

22. Bradford Ice Arena

Bradford Ice Arena
Active youngsters will surely enjoy a trip to Bradford Ice Rink, where they’ll get a chance to put their skates on and whizz around the ice rink. They run special sessions for families and beginners, so you won’t have to worry about the pros running rings around you. They also run ice skating lessons led by expert skaters if you’re trying it out for the first time. A great family day out in Yorkshire, for sure.

Bradford Ice Arena, 19 Little Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD5 0AD.

23. Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park

Surrounded by beautiful woodlands, Stockeld Park is a picturesque spot for a day out with the kids. The Yorkshire attraction has loads of family-friendly fun to check out – make your way out of the maze, speed round the outdoor roller rink, have a race on the go-karts and ride around on electric scooters. It also boasts an Enchanted Forest, a whole host of adventure playgrounds, and an Inflatable Zone that will have you bouncing your way through the day.

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

24. Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks

Sometimes nature’s playgrounds are the best, and that’s certainly true of Brimham Rocks. This collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes for a great family day out – the kids can clamber around, while you make the most of stunning views across Yorkshire. Bring a picnic and look out for some familiar shapes in the rocks that give them their names – can you spot the Dancing Bear, The Eagle and The Gorilla?

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

25. Lotherton

Lotherton Hall, 50th Birthday

A nice little day out for all the family, Lotherton combines a beautiful stately home with a beautiful outdoor space that’s full of both wildlife and history. Inside the house, you’ll find decorative art and their famed Fashion Galleries, while outside, there’s an orchard and Wildlife World, the latter of which is home to over 130 different species of birds, as well as a host of weird and wonderful creatures, from hornbills to tapirs.

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

26. JORVIK Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre is one of the most popular attractions in the UK, let alone Yorkshire, and it’s perfect for days out with the kids. They’ve reconstructed authentic Viking streets, giving you a chance to see what York would looked like over 1,000 years ago. On top of that, you’ll find interactive displays that tell you about everything they found on their 5-year long dig on Coppergate – it’s both fun and educational.

Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9WT.

27. National Emergency Services Museum

If you’ve got little ones who want to grow up to be firemen, policemen or paramedics, this is the museum to visit. The building itself was once a Victorian police and fire station, but has since been transformed into a place of learning. It’s filled with ambulances, fire engines, police vans, uniforms and those oh-so realistic Victorian cells – it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for fun family days out in Yorkshire.

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

28. Lightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley

There’s nothing more exciting for the kids than going to a theme park. So round up the whole family and head for Lightwater Valley near Ripon. It’s got loads of rides for big kids and small, with everything from traditional bumper cars to the wet and wild Splash Falls and The Ladybird, the perfect introduction for little ones. it’s also home to the Jurassic Golf course and a soft play centre for under 8s – there’s something for everyone.

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

29. National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum

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Venture 140 metres underground and explore one of Britain’s oldest working mines at the National Coal Mining Museum. You can look forward to learning about the lives of those who worked there, but it’s not all dark tunnels, though. Outside you can meet the pit ponies, stroll around the nature reserves or check out the interactive exhibitions in the Hope Pit. All in all, it’s a great day out at a popular Yorkshire attraction.

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

30. Scarborough

Scarborough

Are we cheating by including an entire seaside town? Hell yes, but Scarborough is a full day out in itself. There are beautiful beaches to be enjoyed, lined with arcades and those all-important 2p machines, but you can also visit the South Cliff Italian Gardens or the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary. With so much to do, it’s no wonder this picturesque seaside town is one of the most popular family days out in Yorkshire.

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG.

31. The Web Adventure Park

Web Adventure Park High Ropes

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Energetic kids will feel right at home in this fun-filled adventure park, where they can take on some seriously cool activities. Creepy Crawlies boasts one of the biggest four lane Astra slides in the country as well as an acre of outdoor space and adventure playgrounds. If you’re feeling brave, head over to the Wired High Ropes, where you can enjoy an adrenaline rush as you tackle 22 nerve-testing challenges up to eight metres from the ground.

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

32. Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

One of Yorkshire’s finest attractions, Fountains Abbey is great for day trips. As well as the ruins of the Cistercian abbey, you’ll find a stunning Georgian water garden here and a medieval deer park too. There are plenty of footpaths and trails to explore if you want to get active, and you can spot loads of local wildlife. Look out for their regular events too, which could see you building dens or stepping into the shoes of a monk.

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

33. Another World Adventure Centre

Combat Archery

This is the ultimate Yorkshire day out for all the family. Your little adventurers can get involved in a whole host of fun outdoor activities – there’s everything from archery and paintball to den building, grass sledging and bumper balls, all in one place. You can even try skiing and snowboarding! In the school holidays, they’ll take the kids for a half or full-day, entertaining them with all kinds of safe and fun outdoor activities.

Another World Adventure Centre, Moss Farm, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 8YB.

34. Diggerland

A theme park with a difference, Diggerland is one of those attractions that adults will love as much as (if not more than) the kids. You’ll have the opportunity to ride and drive real construction machinery, from a 6-tonne digger to dumper trucks and real JCBs. As well as all the machinery, they have indoor and outdoor play areas as well as a cafe, so you can kick back while the kids have fun in this digger-filled wonderland.

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

35. Thackray Museum of Medicine

Thackray Medical Museum

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Grown-ups will love the architecture, but there’s loads for the kids to enjoy at Thackray Museum of Medicine too, especially if the little ones like gore. You’ll travel from 1842 Leeds, with all its old-school medical procedures, to the modern-day recovery room, looking at how war and world affairs drive technological advancement. A cracking day out that’s as educational as it is fun – if you’re not squeamish, look out for their dissection workshops too.

Thackray Museum of Medicine, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 7LN. The museum is temporarily closed until June 2020 for refurbishment but will still host events throughout this period.

36. Malham Cove & Gordale Scar

Malham Cove

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If you want to get back to nature (and take the kids with you) Malham Cove is a great day out. This limestone cliff is stunning to behold and it’s surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside that’s well worth visiting. If you’re up for it, you can walk the circular route from Malham to the Cove, past the tarn and on to Gordale Scar, with its waterfalls and scenic rock gorge. It’s the perfect choice for nature-filled family days out in Yorkshire.

Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23.

37. Bradford Industrial Museum

Bradford Industrial Museum

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If you want to find out more about one of our fine Yorkshire cities, a family day out at the Bradford Industrial Museum is just the ticket. Once a small worsted spinning mill, it’s now an intriguing museum, jam-packed with old machinery. You’ll learn about steam power, engineering, motor vehicles and a whole host of textile and printing machinery as you explore – as well as seeing what it was like in Bradford, back when the mill was in action.

Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD2 3HP.

38. Mother Shipton’s Cave

Mother Shipton's Cave

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Said to be England’s oldest tourist attraction, Mother Shipton’s Cave has been open since 1630 – giving folk the opportunity to see Mother Shipton’s Cave and the petrifying well. The woman from whom it takes its name is Ursula Sontheil, a prophetess who was raised in the cave for the first two years of her life and was said to be a witch. While you’re here, why not visit Knaresborough Castle, which is just a 10-minute walk away?

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD.

39. Bolton Abbey

The Strid, Bolton Abbey

One of Yorkshire’s best outdoor attractions, Bolton Abbey is the perfect place to take the family. Whether you’re going exploring, enjoying one of their welly walks with all the activities they bring or just having a picnic beside the river, it’s a scenic spot that promises a great day out for all ages. And let’s not forget the ruins of the 12th-century Priory, which will give you a unique glimpse into the past from every angle.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6EX

40. National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

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With nearly one million people flocking to the National Railway Museum every year, it’s fair to say that it’s a popular choice for family days out in Yorkshire. And it’s easy to see why – you’ll find some seriously cool trains here, including a huge Chinese locomotive that’s one foot too wide and two feet too high to run on the British mainline. You can also see engineers hard at work in the workshop, which is pretty impressive.

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

41. The Forbidden Corner

Forbidden Corner

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A mystery of an attraction, The Forbidden Corner is home to a labyrinth of underground tunnels and chambers that are just waiting to be explored. As you wander around, you’ll encounter unusual statues, inexplicable follies and more than a few dead ends – it’s all rather strange but undoubtedly one of the best days out in Yorkshire, especially with the stunning views. Once you’ve finished exploring, Tupgill Park is a great place for a wander and it’s home to the Corner Cafe.

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

42. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Get back to nature with a family day out to one of Yorkshire’s best attractions – the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. There’s more than enough to keep you entertained as you wander along a 4-mile route that will see you rambling towards five waterfalls, as well as gorges, old Roman roads and breathtaking glens. Along the way, you can treat yourself to a cuppa and the kids to an ice cream – fingers crossed for sunshine.

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

43. Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park will see you and the kids getting right up close to a whole host of exotic animals at the region’s finest safari park. As you walk around the site, you’ll meet lions, polar bears, tigers, giraffes, meerkats, zebras and over 400 other animals. But it’s not just wildlife, you’ll also get a chance to learn a thing or two at one of the many talks that take place throughout the day. It’s one of Yorkshire’s best family days out, for sure.

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

44. Magna Science Adventure Centre

The Abyss at Magna, Rotherham

Before closing in 1993, the Templeborough steelworks employed 10,000 people and produced over 2 million tonnes of steel every year. You can learn all about it at the Magna Science Adventure Centre which has now taken over the building. At over 500 metres long and 45 metres high, it’s a vast building that will keep the kids entertained with over 100 hands-on exhibits that explore the elements used to make steel – water, fire, earth and air.

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

45. Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls, waterfall

Another amazing Yorkshire destination when it comes to outdoor adventures, why not take the kids to a natural treasure that’s been featured in a Hollywood movie? Aysgarth Falls is where they filmed the famed scene where Robin Hood fights Little John in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It makes for a lovely day out, with plenty to keep you entertained as you walk along the banks and the Freeholders’ Wood Nature Reserve next door is great for spotting birds and deer.

Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3SR.

46. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Of course Yorkshire Sculpture Park deserves a place on this list. It combines two of our favourite things – a massive (and beautiful) outdoor space with new and intriguing exhibitions of modern art. You can weave between works by the world-famous Damien Hirst, Barbara Hepburn and Henry Moore while enjoying the scenery. As well as its two main attractions, Yorkshire Sculpture Park also offers a series of events for families, letting you get involved in the art itself.

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

47. Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Thornton Hall and Country Park

Wowza, Thornton Hall Farm Country Park is going to become an instant favourite with the kids. Not only is it a working farm where the little ones can meet and feed their favourite farmyard animals, but they also offer a range of activities for children of all ages to get involved in. From lawnmower racing to pony trekking, 4×4 adventures and toddler sessions, there’s a little something for everyone. Plus, the kids can burn off more energy in the Wizzick Play Barn.

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

48. Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest

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This is an absolute blinder of a day out for families, especially if you like cycling. Dalby Forest has oodles of routes, giving you a chance to explore the beautiful woodlands on two wheels. Try the 6-mile Green Route which circles the high plateau around Adderstone or have a crack at the Ellerburn Family Route, a 2-mile trail that’s great for kids learning to ride a bike. You’ll also find an adventure playground, tearoom and the famous Gruffalo Spotters Trail here.

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

49. Go Ape

Go Ape

Round up the kids for a day of family-friendly fun at Go Ape in Temple Newsam. Choose from three different routes through the treetops, each more daring than the last, so there’s something for everyone. Kids as little as 1-metre-tall can tackle the easiest route, which promises a mix and match adventure with Flying Carpet crossings and zip wires. The bigger you are, the higher you can go, with platforms that reach 15-metres-high and vertigo-inducing 11-metre drops.

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

50. Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Thorp Perrow

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This beautiful Victorian arboretum has loads for the family to see and do. You can spend hours roaming the sprawling 100-acre grounds before the kids let off steam in the adventure playground. But that’s not all, because tucked away in the corner of the walled garden is a wildlife centre. It’s home to all kinds of animals, from meerkats to pygmy goats, kookaburras and spectacled owls. They even put on daily fight displays, so you can see real birds of prey in action.

Thorp Perrow, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS.