10 of the best things to do in Yorkshire with families

There are so many things to do in Yorkshire for families, and it is England's largest historical county, so you can be sure to find plenty of historical attractions perfect for everyone. Whatever the age, you can find something to keep the whole family occupied!


However, there's more to Yorkshire, including beautiful walking trails, Flamingo Land adventure park, and beaches for excellent family fun. To top off this holiday, staying at an Away Resorts holiday park ensures you can enjoy your chosen park and the local area, meaning you'll always have things to do! Discover some of the top attractions to visit to make the most of your next family getaway!

The best things to do in Yorkshire with kids

Making sure the whole family is happy while on holiday can be difficult, but keeping the kids entertained may be a particular challenge. If you want to ensure the children are kept happy and that there are attractions on the itinerary that everyone can enjoy, here are 10 of the best family-friendly things to do in Yorkshire:

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Castle Howard

To begin the list, the grand stately home, gardens, and grounds provide a scenic day out. Families can take guided tours, explore play areas and trails, spot birds, and visit cafes and gift shops on site. There are special events year-round, making it the perfect place to spend half-terms and other holiday periods.

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National Railway Museum

For the old and young train fanatics, you can step aboard iconic trains and learn about rail history through hands-on exhibits at this top railway museum in York. With many kid-friendly activities, it makes a fun family day out where your little ones can stand in amazement at the massive model railway.

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Flamingo Land

This large theme park and zoo offers over 100 rides, shows, and attractions – one of the most exciting things to do in Yorkshire with kids. Families with kids of all ages can enjoy thrills like rollercoasters and flume rides, tamer rides for the younger children, a splash park, farm animals, and exotic zoo critters. Flamingo Land is perfect for a family holiday day out.

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Playdale Farm Park

Another great interactive family-friendly day out is at Playdale Farm Park. With hands-on exhibits at this child-oriented farm attraction, this location provides plenty of things to do in Yorkshire with kids. Families can feed and groom farm animals, zip wire, play in indoor and outdoor play zones, soft play, and more—the options are endless!

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Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

For more animal encounters, get up close and personal with exotic birds like penguins, macaws, monkeys, reptiles, meerkats, and farm animals. With plenty of beautiful displays, feeding times, and petting areas, it's a great experience for your children to cherish forever after meeting some of the cutest animals.

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Burton Riggs Nature Reserve

One of the best things for families to do in Yorkshire is to explore the diverse habitats that make this region such a beautiful location. At Burton Riggs, you can do just that along easy woodland and wetland trails—you can even bring your dog if it's kept on a lead. Your kids will love dipping in ponds, spotting wildlife, and climbing the natural adventure play area.

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Filey Beach

A UK family holiday isn't complete without a beach visit, and this huge area of golden sand beach offers plenty of space for families to relax, build sandcastles, swim in the sea, and participate in seaside activities like surfing or kayaking. Lifeguard supervision, places to grab a bite, and other amusement facilities like mini golf make it ideal for full-family beach days.

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A great highlight of Diggerland is that kids get to operate real diggers, dump trucks, cranes, and other construction vehicles—under supervision, of course—which provides a thrilling and unique hands-on experience. Exciting rides like the Mini Landrovers and Skyshuttle offer the perfect experience for kids who love diggers and machinery.

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Go Ape Dalby Forest

This Go Ape location in Dalby Forest is an outdoor adventure park with exciting rope activities constructed high up in the trees. It's one of the best things to do in Yorkshire with kids, as it provides thrilling adventures and endless fun. They can climb, swing, zip wire, and more. There are plenty of elements for younger and older adventures.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This large wildlife sanctuary located in Yorkshire is home to over 400 animals from all over the world. It provides an immersive experience for kids to learn about and get up close and personal with exotic and endangered animals. Plenty of different elements include a polar bear experience, animal feeding sessions, and play areas to include everything your whole family will love!

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Things to do in Yorkshire for families FAQs

After finding out 10 of the best things to do in Yorkshire for families, you can begin to plan your next best holiday. However, if you still want help planning the best getaway yet, here are some of the most frequently asked questions.

Is Yorkshire kid friendly?

Yes, Yorkshire is very kid-friendly! It offers plenty of family-fun outdoor activities like bike rides, natural play areas, and wildlife spotting. Rainy days mean you can still have fun with indoor attractions, like soft play at the Playdale Farm Park. Yorkshire has something for kids of all ages to enjoy.

Which is the best seaside town in Yorkshire?

One of the best things to do in Yorkshire with kids is take a beach trip, and as already mentioned, Filey Beach is an amazing one to visit. However, there are plenty of others that you can add to your holiday itinerary so you can find your favourite one. Why not visit a few of these?

  • Whitby
  • Bridlington
  • Robin Hood's Bay (National Trust)
  • Scarborough
  • Staithes

Visit more of the Yorkshire coast and discover some of the most beautiful National Trust areas to make precious memories with your loved ones.

Where is the prettiest place in Yorkshire?

There are so many pretty places to visit in Yorkshire, many of which are already on the list. However, another that you can add is Thornton-le-Dale, considered one of Yorkshire's most picturesque villages. It features a winding brook, a quaint thatched cottage, and scenic woodland trails perfect for walking – will you be visiting on your family trip?

Where can I go for a day out in Yorkshire?

There are so many places to go for a day out in Yorkshire, all of them being on this list. You can begin your day off at your holiday park to fuel up for the day and head to Flamingo Land for a family fun day out. This is just one idea of how to spend a day in Yorkshire, but here are some other places that you can go to:

  • Go Ape
  • York Minster
  • York Castle Museum
  • Stockeld Park
  • York's Chocolate Story
  • York Maze

All these and more are perfect days out in Yorkshire with the family, so where will you begin your next holiday journey?

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