• Kelly

20 Must Visit Attractions In North Yorkshire With Kids This Summer

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

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: Some attractions are currently closed, due to Covid-19 and most are operating on a limited capacity basis. Most attractions are also only allowing pre-booked visits. Please check with individual attractions before travelling. We will update this post as and when we receive relevant details. Where we have Covid-19 information for individual sites, we have highlighted this in bold.

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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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Prebooking advised. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Limited services currently operating. Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 details here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid -19 info here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 info here.

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!

Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid -19 info here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Guided tours only. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Pre-booking preferred. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Unfortunately, this attraction is not opening for the 2020 season, due to Covid-19.

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.

Pre-booking preferred, Covid-19 info here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Pre-booked visits only. Covid-19 info here.


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.

Pre-booking preferred. Covid-19 info here.


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.

Pre-booked car admissions only. Covid-19 info here.

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.

Covid-19 info here.

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.