Days Out Harrogate

Parks & Playgrounds

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

01904 472027
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Billy Bobs Parlour

Billy-Bob’s Parlour combines an awesome ice cream parlour and 1950’s American diner with amazing play adventures for diners up to 15 years old. You can drop-in for an ice cream, or come for a full meal and a play – the choice is yours! Be sure to check out our website before you come

Billy-Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour
Calm Slate Farm
Bolton Abbey
BD23 6EU
T: 01756 711826

Duncombe Park Helmsley

This is a great place if you like walking with the kids. We only did a small part of it, but there is also a riverside walk. Its free entry for RHS to the gardens, or £5 for the gardens, but plenty to do outside the grounds too. There is a small play area and tea rooms



RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Just off Otley Road.

An excellent place to take energetic toddlers!

Individual membership by direct debit is £49.99 (otherwise £67) which includes:

Book to visit all 5 RHS Gardens for the member and a family guest or 2 children
Monthly subscription to The Garden magazine, worth £4.95 a month
Unlimited, personalised RHS gardening advice
Regular emails with exclusive member content
Free entry to over 200 Partner Gardens for the member
Savings on tickets to RHS Shows

Children age 5-16 are chargeable, under 5s free’

There are always seasonal/ school holiday activities so check out our school holidays pages here for the most up to date information

Marigolds Cafe

Marigold Café and Boating is situated in Knaresborough on the banks of the River Nidd, one of Yorkshire’s most picturesque settings.

Marigold in Knaresborough enjoys an enviable riverside location at the bottom of the Nidd Gorge. And here’s a thought: how often is it the case that, after travelling far and wide, we realise that true happiness is to be found in our own backyard?

So if you’re popping in for a bite to eat, chilling with a nice brew, trying out your rowing skills or indulging in a luxury ice-cream – Marigold offers a delightful spot in a beautiful town.

Open every day from 9.30am

16 Waterside, KnaresboroughYorkshire HG5 8DET

01423 869 773

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.

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.

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour

Signposted off the A59 after Bolton Abbey but before Skipton.

This place has a great (free) outdoor play area and brilliant 1950’s style parlour serving sundaes, breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs, coffees, cakes & all sorts!