Days Out Harrogate

Free activities and days out for families

If you’re looking for free days out or very low cost things to do with kids in the Harrogate area then look no further!

We have compiled a list of day trips, activities and things to do with children in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area that are either low cost or no cost.  We have a variety of indoor and outdoor and rainy day activities and day trips and local visitor attractions for younger and older children (including babies, toddlers and pre-school aged kids)

If you need a place to eat, then check out our Family Friendly places to eat in Harrogate page and you can read some of our kid friendly restaurant reviews here. 


There’s always lots for families to do at Harrogate Museums and Gallery!  Games, dressing up, trails, art materials and children’s books are just some of the activities available.

Our Family Explorer Pass gets you free entry to both museums (the art gallery is always free) for just £30 a year for 2 adults and 3 children over 5 (under 5s are free).  Other passes are available to suit your family.


At the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate smell the stinky sulphur water that was drunk by hundreds of people each morning, back when Harrogate was the place for health and happiness visited by the rich and famous.  See and smell the original wells on a tour, discover the spa treatments, beautiful clothes, toys and household objects from the people of Harrogate past.  Enjoy further back in time with our Ancient Egyptian displays.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm

Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, HG1 2RY | 01423 556188 | museums@harrogate.gov.uk


At Knaresborough Castle and Museum take in the beautiful views and discover the dungeon, ancient graffiti and special secret underground tunnel.  It may seem peaceful now, but the castle was once a mighty stronghold of medieval kings. Inside the museum you’ll find tales of local characters including Blind Jack, Guy Fawkes and Mother Shipton. You’ll also find the rare, original Tudor court room where suspected criminals faced public trial as well as family activities.

Open daily 11am to 4pm until 11 September and then weekends until 2 October

Knaresborough Castle and Museum, Castle Yard, Knaresborough, HG5 8AS | 01423 556188 | museums@harrogate.gov.uk


The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate is a relaxed, welcoming art space with changing exhibitions to suit everyone.  Our art trolley is always full of art materials to give the whole family a chance to get creative.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm

Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA, 01423 556188 | museums@harrogate.gov.uk


For full details of our museums and gallery visit www.harrogate.gov.uk/museums

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other animals and foodwebs.

The small charming garden attracts different kinds of wildlife throughout the year from tadpoles to butterflies and honeybees. The garden is designed to show how people can attract wildlife to their own gardens, and also features bee-hives and a pond.

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA   telephone/fax: 01274 584140

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Brimham Rocks

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature’s playground.

This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.

There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non National Trust members, our car parking charges are as follows: £6 up to four hours, £8 thereafter

Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW, Telephone: 01423 780688

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Danes Dyke, Bridlington

Danes Dyke; Jutting out miles into the North Sea, the headland has in the past been effectively cut off by the construction, in the Iron Age, of the erroneously named Danes’ Dyke, which encloses five square miles of the peninsula. The end of the Dyke is a deep ravine on the south side of the Headland, where it exits into Bridlington Bay There are a number of nature trails in the Dyke which can be accessed easily from the car park off the main Bridlington to Flamborough Road.

Danes Dyke, Flamborough Head, Flamborough, East Yorkshire YO15 1AG

Free Walking Tour Harrogate

Over the course of 1 Hour and 20 minutes we will enjoy a leisurely stroll through the beautiful town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, buggy friendly!

26th October – 1st  April 

Tours start at 10:30, 12:00 and 13:30

Friday – Sunday plus Bank Holidays 

We set off from the large oak tree opposite Bettys Tearooms, 1 Parliament street, Harrogate 

National Media Museum, Bradford

With nine floors of galleries to explore, three cinemas including Yorkshire’s biggest IMAX screen, and a packed programme of events, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.N

ational Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ

Open Daily 10-6pm (Museum and Shop)

Free entry to museum.

 

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites.

Find out what there is to see and do and discover how the National Park Authority works with the people who live here to care for this beautiful place.

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Peasholm Park Scarborough

Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE.

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Ripon Spa gardens

Facilities:Sun Parlour Cafe, Childrens Play Area, Maze, Football pitch, 3 Tennis courts, Flat Green Bowling, 18 hole Putting and 9 hole Crazy Golf.

Royal Armouries Museum Leeds

Opening times

Daily 10am – 5pm The museum is closed 24-26 December.

Admission

Free: some events may be chargeable.

Address

Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT

 

Valley Gardens

The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.

There is a new kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.

The park also offers pitch and put, crazy gold, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.

At the top of the Gardens lie the Pine Woods.

Wentworth Garden centre

Wentworth Garden Centre Hague Lane, Wentworth Rotherham, South Yorkshire
S62 7TF Phone: 01226 744842

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York Railway Museum

We’re home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit us and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse our object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the outdoor play area. Younger visitors will love letting off steam in our railway-themed outdoor play area. Plus, you can take a ride on the nearby miniature railway and enjoy the scenery

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Opening Times 10am–6pm daily Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec

FREE ENTRY