Days Out Harrogate

Museums, Attractions & Gardens


The gardens, galleries, restaurant, shop and play area are open. The rest of the hall remains closed. On weekdays you don’t always need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry. Bookings are through the property website (links below) and tickets go on sale on Fridays for the following week. National Trust members and under fives are free, all other prices and opening details can again be found online.

Please check the website for all the information you will need to plan and enjoy your visit.

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD


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From Forest Bathing and Yoga in the woods, to Orienteering and Foraging Courses around the Druid’s Temple, to learning to Stone Carve and Weave Willow in the craft tent – this is a day out that offers a variety of woodland activities and countryside crafts for all ages along with guided walks around the Swinton Estate.

The day starts and finishes at Swinton Bivouac near Masham, from where walkers are free to roam on the Estate Trails, with activities running all day in the woodland, the Bivouac café and the ArtisOn craft tent.

We haven’t forgotten about your little ones. The Woodland School runs twice a day with children enjoying supervised play and exploration in the Druid’s woodland (suitable for ages 5-11yrs).

Complimentary Falconry Displays are always a huge hit, watch the gracefulness and precision of these amazing birds as they fly with exhilarating speed.

The Mountain Bike track will be open for those seeking some thrills and spills. With a variety of routes for differing ability levels to experience the jumps, bumps and downhill sections, please bring your own bike.

Let the creativity flow with craft activities for children in the Long Barn with a range of activities available.

 


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Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.

Be sure to have a playground adventure. There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Have a well-earned sit down with a seasonal meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, tuck into tea and cake with a lakeside view at Studley tea room or a sweet treat at Mill Café

If there’s still oodles of energy left visit the deer park. Admire the views down to Ripon Cathedral and see if you can spot the deer. There are three different types from small fallow deer to the largest of them all: red deer.

There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.

 


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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

Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf?

Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.

Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?

At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!

After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.

Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.

Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.

This Christmas at The Hole In Wand you can get a Mulled Wine or Mulled Mead for £3.99 with a FREE Mince Pie, York’s most magical festive offer in the Coppergate shopping Centre after Wizard Golf or as you wonder on by🍷

 


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Discover Lotherton, a country estate, historic hall and Wildlife World zoo.

The expansive grounds and gardens are lovely walking spots, with or without four-legged companions. Each season brings new surprises including wild garlic in the spring, a sea of colourful blooms in summer in the formal gardens and stunning autumnal colours later on in the year.

The two playgrounds mean there’s plenty of space for running about and letting off steam, with zip wires for older children to enjoy.

The evolving zoo, Wildlife World, is a real highlight and visitors can see the Humboldt penguins splash and swim in their pool. Other colourful characters include Arthur the tapir, porcupines and a flamboyance of pink flamingos. New for 2021 is the Nocturnal House with a kinkajou, armadillo and more!

To discover the history of the estate step inside the former home of the Gascoigne family and wander the rooms. A fascinating collection of artworks and objects fill each room and tell the story of its former residents and the community around them. The Museum is also home to an annually-changing exhibition on the first floor.

The traditional stables area courtyard is where you’ll find the Stables café serving a range of lunch options, cakes and ice creams.

To make the most of Lotherton there is an annual membership available which means regular trips, invitations to exclusive events and behind-the-scenes updates straight to your inbox.

All visitors, including members, require a timed ticket to visit the estate between 9am – 4pm, book online here. Children under 5 can visit for free.



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Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.

The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!

The park has several scenic picnic areas, a coffee and ice cream kiosk, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.

Themed events run during school holidays.  For more information about family events visit our website.

Booking essential.

Please check the website for up-to-date opening times and any unforeseen park closures. Open weekends in March and daily from 29th March – 31st October 2021.

 

 

 

 

 


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OPEN Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.

MAY HALF TERM – Open Monday 31st May and Tuesday 1st June 2021 during half term as well as normal days.

Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum  will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.

Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.

Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.

In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.

Limited pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.

Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP

 


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Stump Cross Caverns is an ancient natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales. As well as the caves, they’ve also got a cinema, cafe, time out private dining pod, shop and visitor centre on site.  They are located  on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington and open seven days a week (9am-6pm).  They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for latest offers!

The caves and shop are open daily from 9am-6pm and The Time Cafe serves delicious hot and cold food and drink from 10am – 5.30pm.

You can rent our cinema for your own private viewing – only £6 per person.  We have hundreds of movies for you to choose from or feel free to bring your own!  Order from the Time Cafe and we’ll serve it straight to your chair!  The ultimate movie experience!

There is a brilliant fairy trail to keep little ones entertained whilst down the caves – as well as a huge outdoor sandpit to search for old dinosaur bones!

For something a little special, why not rent out our Time Out Pod for private dining with some spectacular views.

We have late night openings for UV Thursdays – where you can enjoy self guided UV tours of the cave from 4pm – 6pm.

We also have the Stumpy Van serving delicious ice creams – weather dependent!

Something for all the family – even the dog is welcome!

Open daily!


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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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Days of Adventure at Camp Hill

*Updated July 2020* The Adventure Park is not currently open.  This summer they offering short stays for families instead.

The Woodland Kingdom is open on 10am-5pm weekends and school holidays until November at Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS

Fun family days out in our adventure park with Quad Biking, Segways and Footgolf. Enjoy a Picnic in our Woodland Kingdom with slides, swings, assault course, treehouse fort and more! £5 per car and then £15 per car from 27th May. Free entry to the Woodland Kingdom with pre-booked activities.

Contact Emma on 01845 567788

Eureka, The National Childrens Museum.

Discovery Road  Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2NE 01422 330069, Approx 1h 5mins from Harrogate

This museum is a fantastic day out and is really highly recommended for children up to about 11. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas. The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything there is hand-on.

There is a cafe and gift shop on site although there are picnic benches if you want to take your own. The cost of the admission gives you for free entry for 12 months.

Harewood House and gardens

Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG.

The large adventure playground is a big hit with children as are the penguins and the bird garden. There is a café and gift shop and usually some sort of seasonal activity in the eco-pods.

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Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

Open from 2nd April to 31st October 2021

Please purchase your tickets online in advance of your visit.

Please check the website before you set off for daily updates and weather warnings.

Leeds Art Gallery

SatARTday Club – First Saturday of the month (11am to 4pm)

Drop-in workshop for families who want to have fun being imaginative and creative together.  Booking is essential for large groups, contact (0113) 247 8254.

Leeds Art Gallery
Monday closed. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. Closed on bank holidays.
Admission free
www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery
The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA.
Tel: 0113 247 8256. Email: city.art.gallery@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds City Museum

www.leeds.gov.uk/leedscitymuseum  Tel: 0113 224 3732

Regular events

Rory’s Saturday Club – every Saturday (11am to 12:15pm)

Family arts and craft activities relating to the museum displays.

Tiny tigers toddler group – first Friday of the month (10am to 11:45am)

Come along and make your own historical mess, suitable clothing advised.  Suitable for the under fives and their carers.

Leeds City Museum
Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.
Admission free
www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.
Tel: 0113 224 3732. Email: city.museum@leeds.gov.uk

Newby Hall

Ripon, HG4 5AE

Open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swimmers (for the water fountain bit!), there is adventure play and a great little train ride.

 

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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RHS Harlow Carr

This beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round. Annal membership & pay as you go available.

• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs • Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms & Bettys Kiosk within the garden

RHS Harlow Carr, Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
Phone: 01423 565418

Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park.

Within the pleasure grounds  there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around.

There is a small outdoor play area in the grounds and they do run tours of the castle specifically aimed at children over 5yrs.

under 5 are free.  RHS card holders are admitted for free (exclusions apply)

 

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

 

The Deep, Hull

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)  01482 381000.

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit.

The Rainbow Factory

Discover the power of stories at the Rainbow Factory, with theatre, crafts and games for children up to 10 yrs.
Activities can include model-making, crafts, treasure hunts, silly science, puppetry & the chance to perform on their outdoor stage.

Rainbow Factory, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, Farsley. LS28 5LY. Approximately a 25 minute drive from Harrogate

T.0113 257 5750.

 

Tropical World

Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.

This is a lovely tropical garden with plenty to keep kids entertained (particularly on a cold or rainy day as it is very warm in this tropical greenhouse!) There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see as well as snakes and bats. The butterflies fly around freely and the Meer cats are fantastic. Admission (2012) is free for under 5’s, 5-15yrs is £2.20 and over 15yrs £3.30.

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Williams Den

William’s Den , Castle Farm,, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS. 01430 472230 .

William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. A unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.

Also run lots of special events, school holiday activities and have a school holiday club.

Check out the Mumbler Review here for more info and pics.

For more information please call 01430 472230.

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