4 Best Things to Do in North Yorkshire for Families

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North Yorkshire, known for its sprawling moors and the Dales, a setting used for famous television shows such as Heartbeat, is an ideal holiday destination for adventurous families. With a variety of exciting sporting and walking activities, beautiful views, and access to some of the best attractions for children in the North. From the county town of York to the abundance of natural and historical things to do in towns such as Whitby and Scarborough, North Yorkshire is a place where your family will never get bored.

Get Outside

The North Yorkshire Moors are mostly contained within the county boundaries. This heather moorland is filled with astonishing views that you and your family can immerse yourselves within through a range of walking trails and cycling paths. Travel back in time to the Jurassic Period at Forge Valley National Nature Reserve, a wooded valley with rocks from the time of the dinosaurs, or discover Castle Howard, a beautiful country house that you may remember from films such as Brideshead Revisited.

The Yorkshire Dales, with its sweeping hills and valleys, can also provide a respite from daily life for all the family, with picturesque villages to explore as well as some of the best walking trails in the country.

Go to the Beach

Scarborough made famous in the traditional song ‘Scarborough Fair’, is now a bustling seaside town, with a traditional beachfront filled with beachside attractions and arcades, whether you want to indulge with some fish and chips or explore with a bucket and spade. To extend your stay in Scarborough, why not make your day into a night with a browse through hotels in Scarborough to find one that suits your family?

Whitby is also a gateway into a beautiful coastline, with Whitby beach and nearby coves such as Robin Hood’s Bay providing unspoiled coastlines and an escape from the crowds in resorts such as Scarborough.

Get Tickets to Popular Attractions

If your kids have a sweet tooth, why not let them explore York’s chocolate history with a trip to the York Chocolate Story to learn about the history of cocoa in the town; you could even try some for yourself!
York Dungeon is the city’s answer to London Dungeons, providing you with spooky scares all year round and the chance to meet your nightmare’s face-to-face in this interactive walk-through experience.
If your kids love animals, a day at the Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park, Monk Park Farm or Sea Life Scarborough could be big hits, with the opportunity to meet and feed their favourite animals and experience the magic of marine life up close.

Learn About Historic Sites

Although in ruin, Scarborough Castle is a magnificent site where you can feel history whispering through its remaining structures. Let the kids act out their own medieval drama among its walls while learning some of the key facts about the past.

York Castle Museum is a great attraction for both adults and kids, with a living Victorian Street and immersive exhibitions covering the World Wars, toys through the ages, and a chance to see the original castle prison.

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