• Kelly

20 Must Visit Attractions In North Yorkshire With Kids This Summer

Updated: Jun 5




We LOVE North Yorkshire and spend quite a lot of time there. With stunning scenery and so many amazing attractions, just over an hour away, what's not to love?

We have put together a list of what we consider must visit attractions for you and your family to enjoy this summer.


PLEASE NOTE: Most attractions listed are operating on a limited capacity basis and require pre-booking. Some have reduced hours and all attractions should be fully covid safe, though I always recommend checking with individual attractions before travelling.

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Flamingo Land

Everyone knows about Flamingo land right? What is not to love? Lots of rides for all ages from Adult to tots. Plus a fantastic zoo with some amazing animals. We always go a few times a year and enjoy it every time.




Eden Camp

When Craig mentioned Eden camp years ago, I wasn't too keen. I had an image of dirty huts and not much to see. No idea why I thought that. Eden camp is a must see attraction, we go every year. So much to see, learn and interact with.


North Yorkshire Moors Railway

You can really make a day out of the NYMR with so many great things to see and do, you can catch a train to Goathland and have a wander around some of our favourite scenery or nip along to Grosmont and visit the Engine sheds.




Jorvik Viking Centre

What a fantastic place to visit, it is fun and educational. I always say it is too small and should be bigger but that would be impossible. You get to go on the ride and experience the sights, smells and sounds of viking York and then you come to the museum part of the experience. Make sure to really take your time and look at everything.


Rievaulx Abbey

Absolutely one of my favourite places to visit. It is so nice to just walk around and take in the spectacular sights, especially when the weather is warm.




York Dungeon

Perfect for the older kids 12+. Lots to see and learn about and the actors are fantastic. I wont give too much away though!


The Forbidden Corner

Well what can I say, Forbidden corner is just full of wonder. Fantastic day out for all ages. But please book in advance.


York Castle Museum

So much to see and do, from world war one to the 60s to the worlds largest recreation of a Victorian street. You can definitely spend half a day in here looking at everything. We usually go every other year and they usually have some pretty interesting exhibits.


Ryedale Folk Museum

A real hidden gem in my opinion, we like to visit in the summer and when they have the winter specials on too. Quite a lot to see and kids can get involved with special trails.



York Maze

Absolutely fantastic day out with more than just the maize maze, Limited open times due to the crop but so worth the wait. The boys always have a great time.



Yorkshire Air Museum

We really enjoy visiting the air museum, so so much to learn about and see and they have quite a few interactive things for the kids to get involved with too. We usually spend around 4/5 hours here but we do take our time to make sure we see everything.



National Railway Museum

We have been here so many times over the last 13 years. I will be completely honest, I am not a fan since they did the place out. It almost seems like there's not much compared to before. There's still lots to see and do though. Plus it's trains so it will always be popular with my boys.


White Scar Cave

Let your imagination run wild. The boys are always fascinated but then again so am I.



Piglets adventure farm

Perfect for the younger children, With lots of farm animals to see and plenty of play activities to keep them entertained too.


Lightwater Valley

It has been a while since we have been to Lightwater Valley, but it is on our 2020 list. Plenty of rides for everyone, Jurassic Golf and train rides.


Whitby

I have chosen Whitby, rather than individual attraction, mainly because you can spend all day in Whitby and experience the many of the great attractions on offer. I would recommend the boat rides, Whitby museum, the Abbey followed by a stroll around the streets and shops.

Please check with individual attractions for Covid-19 updates before visiting.



Wolds Way Lavender

We found this place by accident a few years ago, I am so glad we did. We actually spent hours there playing games with the boys and walking through the fields of lavender. So many great memories we made. It has become a regular favourite of ours.



Scarborough

Again too many things to choose from, so just go and visit them all! I recommend

The sea life centre, castle and Peasholm park.

Please check with individual attractions for Covid-19 updates before visiting.


Mother Shipton's cave

Fantastic place to take the kids. Park, Museum, adventure playground and of course the Cave. Make sure to you make a wish in the well.


Monk Park Farm

We have been going here for quite some time now. I would probably recommend it more for the younger kids but it is still somewhere we like to visit.



Do you visit North Yorkshire? Have I missed your favourite from my list? Let me know. We are always looking for new places to visit.





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