Attractions – Yorkshire Dales

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Attractions – Yorkshire Dales
– April 2017

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Lightwater Valley Theme Park

theme park — North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT.

Tel 01765 635321 Website

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Kiplin Hall

historic house, gardens and tea room — Scorton, Richmond DL10 6AT.

Tel 01748 818178 Website

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Bedale Heritage Trail

Bedale DL8 1AA. Tel 01677 424604

A short walk around Bedale with historical information on key buildings and people. Children welcome. Beckside walk with ducks. Accessible. Everywhere except at the harbour where there are steps. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Big Sheep & Little Cow

Bedale DL8 1AW. Tel 01677 422125 Email enquiries@_;

Family run farm visitor centre.Hands on farm experience for children and adults, holding and feeding animals structured around a farm tour with a member of staff, at specific times during the day. Families can also come and play together in the Play Barn or outside on the go-karts. Children welcome. Children's farm, play barn Accessible. Disabled access throughout; disabled toilet.

St Gregory's Church

The Old Grammar School, Bedale DL8 1AF. Tel 01677 425985 Email admin@_;

Accessible. Disabled access for Wheelchairs.

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Bedale DL8 5ND. Tel 0191 4150728 Email admin@_;

South of A684 between Bedale and Leyburn. Day tickets 1 Mar-30 Nov, 8am to sunset, from Gillans Sports, High St, Leyburn, Constable Burton caravan park or Crakehall service station in season.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Wildlife Park, Bedale DL8 2PS. Tel 01677 425323 Email enquiries@_;

100 acres of woodland to explore, bird of prey and mammal centre with large collection of birds from around the world. Wallabies, meerkats, donkeys, rheas etc. Licensed tearoom serving local delights and lunches. Children welcome. Animal Encounters, Flying Displays, Birds of Prey, Mammal Centre, Play Area, Childrens' Trails, Children's events - see website. Accessible. Fully Accessible grounds, disabled toilets, motability scooters to hire (please book). Dogs welcome with conditions.

Bellerby, Leyburn

Herriot Country Tours

Westfields Farm, Bellerby, Leyburn DL8 5QX. Tel 01969 622439 Email enquiries@_;

Chauffeur-driven private tours of James Herriot's Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Lake District, Northumberland & the ancient city of York

Bolton Abbey, Skipton

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6EX. Tel 01756 718000 Email tourism@_;

All year from 9am. Discover the 12th century Priory and ruins, picnic by the riverside, or walk some of the 80 miles of footpaths. Go to website for details of events. Children welcome. Special events for children, see website. Accessible. Disabled access to the priory ruins, riverside, Strid Wood and Cumberland Trail. Pre-booked wheelchairs available Apr to Oct. Book on 01756 710663 (Cavendish shop and Strid Wood) or 01756 710331 (Bolton Abbey car park & Priory Church). Dogs welcome with conditions.

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF. Tel 01756 710614 Email embsay.steam@_;

Children welcome. Accessible. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Hesketh Farm Park

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA. Tel 01756 710444 Email info@_;

Farm park at Bolton Abbey Children welcome. Children's farm Accessible.

Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley

Real Yorkshire Tours

The Old Farm, Otley Road, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley LS29 7DY. Tel 01943 590009 Email tim@_;

Guided Tours, Family Tours, Bespoke Tours or Days Out with a Blue Badge Guide.

Catterick Garrison

Empire Cinemas

Princes Gate, Richmond Road, Catterick Garrison DL9 3BA. Tel 08714 714714


Ingleborough Cave

Clapham LA2 8EE. Tel 01524 251242 Email info@_;

The imposing cave entrance and the large passages are full of artefacts dating back millions of years along with the evidence of the significant impact of the Ice Ages. Guides will take you 0.5km under the mountain, sharing with you their knowledge of the system at the same time. Carpark at SatNav LA2 8EA. Children welcome. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Northern Pennine Club

Greenclose House, Clapham LA2 8HW. Email secretary@_;

One of the oldest and largest caving clubs in the UK, responsible for many of the great caving discoveries in the Yorkshire Dales. Activity continues today, both at home and abroad, with many members actively seeking new passages every week.

Flaxby, Harrogate

Harrogate Paintball Centre

Paintball North Ltd, York Road, Flaxby, Harrogate HG5 0XJ. Tel 01423 860606 Email info@_;

Paintball, Low Impact Paintball, Mini-tanks, Archery, Crossbows, Sniper Range Children welcome. Low Impact Paintball (for 9+), 11+ for regular paintball and 16+ for all others. activities. Accessible. No wheelchair access to toilets. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Gayle, Hawes

Gayle Mill

Mill Lane, Gayle, Hawes DL8 3RZ. Tel 01969 667320 Email admin@_;

Award winning Mill that has been serving the community for over 200 years captured as a unique tourist attraction - a working saw mill, complete with possibly the world's oldest turbine. Children welcome. Children's events, family days, picnic area. Accessible. Level wheelchair access to the ground floor. There's a video of "inaccessible" parts of the tour. (top two floors). Accessible toilet. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Grewelthorpe, Ripon

The Himalayan Garden

The Hutts, Hutts Lane, Grewelthorpe, Ripon HG4 3DA. Tel 01765 658009 Email info@_;

20 acres of beautiful walks, lakes and plant nursery, Sculpture exhibition by renowned artist. Tea Room. In 2016 open Sat 23 Apr - Sun 12 Jun; Sat 22 Oct - Sun 6 Nov. 10am - 4pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Hardraw, Hawes

Hardraw Force & Heritage Centre

Hardraw, Hawes DL8 3LZ. Tel 01969 667572

England's Highest Single Drop Waterfall. Woodland walks, picnic area. Heritage centre, tearoom, gallery & camping. Spring 10am-5pm; Summer 9am-dusk; Winter 10am-4pm. Brass Band contest 2nd Sunday in September. Children welcome. Accessible. Level pathway, no mobolity scooters. Disabled toilet. Dogs welcome


Harlow Carr

Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1UE. Tel 0845 265 8070 Email harlowcarr@_;

Royal Horticultural Society's most northerly garden. 58 acres, including beautiful woodland, main borders, glass alpine house, ornamental kitchen garden and one of the UK's longest streamside gardens. Many events. Plant Centre & Shop. Onsite Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms. Children welcome. Family trails, Log Maze, Logness Monster, Craggle Top Treehouse and buggy friendly paths. Accessible. Electric scooters and wheelchairs available for hire, accessible toilets, sloping site

Harrogate Climbing Centre

Hornbeam Park Avenue, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate HG2 8QT. Tel 01423 815024 Email info@_;

Indoor climbing centre, kids clubs, family taster sessions, group climbing session & outdoor courses. Book in advance. Children welcome. Kids activity clubs, daily during school holidays. Accessible. Disabled facilities.

Harrogate Theatre

Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF. Tel 01423 502116 Email info@_;

Children welcome. Harrogate Youth Theatre Accessible. Level access. Some captioned & audio-described productions.


Knaresborough Castle & Museum

CastleYard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS. Tel 01423 556188 Email museums@_;

Visit the King's Tower, dungeon and undergound tunnel at this castle, once a stronghold of medieval kings. Visit the Tudor courtroom and museum telling the history of Knaresborough. Open Easter-September. Children welcome. Plenty of hands-on activities in the acclaimed "Life in a Castle" gallery, try the computer adventure game to rescue the prisoner from the past or try on Civil War costume. Accessible. Access limited to ground floor of the King's Tower and part of the museum due to historic building restrictions. Can access virtual castle tour in museum.


Mercer Art Gallery

Swan Road, Harrogate HG1 2SA. Tel 01423 556188 Email museums@_;

Free entry. Harrogate's collection of fine art. Exhibitions throughout the year including local artists, national touring shows and from the permanent collection. Open Tue-Sat & Bank Holiday Mon 10am -5pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm. Children welcome. Art trolley full of resources to create your own art. Holiday drop-in workshops. Accessible. Ramped access at the side door. Accessible toilet Dogs welcome with conditions.

Mercer Art Gallery

Crown Place, Harrogate HG1 2RY. Tel 01423 556188 Email museums@_;

The Mercer Art Gallery is home to Harrogate District's Collection of Fine Art. Housed in the elegant promenade rooms built in 1806, the Mercer has a changing exhibition programme in both the Main Gallery and the smaller North Gallery. Open Tue-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm (4pm Nov-Mar). Children welcome. Trails, colouring sheets, backpacks and games to play. Accessible. Full accessible, accessible toilet. Dogs welcome with conditions.


Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT. Tel 01969 666210 Email hawes@_;

Housed in Hawes' former Victorian railway station, the Museum is an exciting mix of old and new. Discover the story of the Dales and the people who have lived, worked and played here. Outdoor trail with sculpture by Yorkshire artists. Research room - help given Mondays & Wednesdays with local and family history enquiries. Events and exhibitions programme throughout the year. Fun Fridays for families and Crafts for Kids on Wednesdays in school holidays. Shop featuring Distinctly Dales products created by local artists and makers. Firebox café where you can re-fuel and relax. Children welcome. Hands on fun and explorer packs for children throughout the Museum, outdoor trail, 'creation station' on the railway carriages.Interactive displays also in the carriages. Accessible. Pushchair and wheelchair friendly site with hearing loop.

Hawes Ropemakers

Outhwaites Ltd, Hawes DL8 3NT. Tel 01969 667487 Email sales@_;

Free admission. Open Monday to Friday all year (except Bank Holidays and Christmas-New Year). Close to public car park, toilets, playground. Watch ropes made and see how the twist is put in! Children welcome. Watch ropes made by the traditional method Accessible. Wheelchair walkway. Dogs welcome

Wensleydale Creamery

Gayle Lane, Hawes DL8 3RN. Tel 01969 667664 Email creamery@_;

The Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese Experience, from learning about the history and watching the cheese being made to savouring the finished product. A taste of Yorkshire in the home-made dishes in our Restaurant and Coffee Shop. Well stocked Cheese & Gift Shop plus free cheese tasting of over 20 varieties. Children welcome. New interactive experience - drive the milk tanker, see how a cow makes milk, play the truckle roll game and more. Clips of Wallace & Gromit films. Plenty to keep them entertained, including colouring kits, quizzes and puzzles. Accessible. Accessible for wheelchairs

Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle

Bradford Pothole Club

Brackenbottom, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle BD24 0EU. Tel 01274710298 (Gen) 01484683260(Gaping Gill) Email secretaryofbpc@_;

Caving club based near Horton-in-Ribblesdale on the flanks of Penyghent, one of the famous Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales.

Masham, Ripon

Leighton Reservoir Fly Fishing

Healey, Masham, Ripon HG4 4LS. Tel 01765 689270 Email info@_;

Mid February to end December £25 day ticket, senior/disabled £20, evening/under 16 £15. Accessible. Designated parking near to the dam wall.


Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Broadwood entrance, Ingleton LA6 3ET. Tel 015242 41930 Email info@_;

4½ mile trail through woodland and Yorkshire Dales scenery via a series of spectacular waterfalls, including the impressive Thornton Force. Refreshments and toilets. Every day except Christmas Day. Children welcome. Children's activity sheet to collect pencil rubbings at wooden posts around the trail. Dogs welcome with conditions.

White Scar Caves

Ingleton LA6 3AW. Tel 01524 241244 Email info@_;

Massive Ice Age caverns, underground waterfalls & streams, thousands of stalactites. Children welcome. No pushchair access

Jervaulx, Ripon

Jervaulx Abbey

Park House, Jervaulx, Ripon HG4 4PH. Tel 01677 460226 / 460391 Email ba123@_;

Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery. Plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin, allowed to flourish by its private owners with wild flowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies. Open Feb-Nov 10am-4pm (5pm in the busy season). Children welcome. Accessible. 120 metres off main road but fine for scooters. Dogs welcome

Kirklington, Bedale

Aerial Extreme

The Camphill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale DL8 2LS. Tel 0845 6521736 Email info@_;

High Ropes Adventures Children welcome. High ropes course, they can cater for children from 1.1m (min. age 6yrs) Accessible. Partial access for Wheelchairs. Dogs welcome with conditions.


Mother Shipton's Cave

Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel 01423 864600 Email info@_;

Cave, Petrifying Well, Museum & Riverside grounds. Children welcome. Play area, Free quiz for 4-15olds, Petrifying Well, Cave. Nuseum & Shop Dogs welcome with conditions.

The Frazer Theatre

Off High Street, Knaresborough HG5 0EQ. Tel 07759 053804 Email enquiries@_;

A small community theatre in Knaresborough, home of the Knaresborough Players. A range of events including amateur drama, musicals, music gigs, comedy nights and more. Children welcome. Annual pantomime Accessible. 3 wheelchair spaces in main auditorium


Bolton Castle

Leyburn DL8 4ET. Tel 01969 623981 Email info@_;

One of the country’s best preserved medieval castles, in the heart of Wensleydale with stunning views. Over 600 years of fascinating history including involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment and a Civil War siege. Bolton Castle was a luxurious family home as well as a defensive fortress and is preserved in outstanding condition with many interesting rooms and features, including Mary Queen of Scots bedroom. Children welcome. Maze, archery, falconry, dressing-up in medieval costume, toys and games. Wild boar feeding. Accessible. Gardens and courtyard are wheelchair accessible, but not the building.

Constable Burton Hall & Garden

Leyburn DL8 5LJ. Tel 01677 450428 Email gardens@_;

Extensive woodland and formal gardens open mid-Mar to Sep. House not open. Children welcome. Accessible. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop

Unit 2 Kelberdale Court, Market Place, Leyburn DL8 5AW. Tel 01969 623558 Email sales@_;

Yarns and products from local Wensleydale sheep.
Opening hours:

Sunday & Monday Closed

Tuesday 10-4

Wednesday 10-4

Thursday 10-4

Friday 9-4

Saturday 9-4

Masham, Ripon

Black Sheep Brewery

Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon HG4 4EN. Tel 01765 680101 Email reception@_;

Guided tours of the brewery to find out how these famous ales are brewed. Bar & Bistro. Children welcome. Toys, books, children's menu, highchairs & baby changing areas Accessible. The shop and bistro. Tour not accessible.

Brymor Ltd

High Jervaulx Farm, Masham, Ripon HG4 4PG. Tel 01677 460337

Made-on-the-farm Ice Cream Parlour sells over 30 flavours of ice cream. Seating for 150, Large Car Park, Baby changing facilities & Play Area. Children welcome. Accessible.

Masham Riding Centre

Dykes Hill House, Masham, Ripon HG4 4NS. Tel 01765 689636/689241 Email info@_;

Trekking and riding lessons in an outdoor arena. 18 horses and ponies including Highland and Welsh mountain ponies and a Shire horse, all with friendly disposition. All levels of riding skills and all ages of rider catered for. Children welcome. Learning to ride Accessible.

Theakston Visitor Centre

T&R Theakston Ltd, Masham, Ripon HG4 4YD. Tel 01765 680000 Email info@_;

Witness the creation of Ales, first hand – to experience the flavours and aromas of malted barley, hops and yeast for yourself. You’ll be able to follow the entire brewing process: from blending the ingredients, through to filling the casks and the craft of the cooper. Children welcome. 10yrs and older only.

Middleham, Leyburn

Forbidden Corner

Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ. Tel 01969 640638 Email forbiddencorner@_;

Children welcome. a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden

Middleham Castle

Castle Hill, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4QG. Tel 01969 623899

This castle in the Yorkshire Dales was once the childhood home of Richard III, you can relive the Castle’s illustrious history and unlock the deeds of its great owners. Although roofless, extensive remains of the fortified palace still survive, making Middleham a fascinating castle to explore. Children welcome. Dogs welcome

North Stainley, Ripon

Lightwater Valley Theme Park

North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. Tel 01765 635321 Email leisure@_;

Over 40 rides and attractions, Birds of Prey centre & Shopping Village with Granary Café. Open 10am, closing times vary between 4.30 & 6pm (please call for details). Free car parking. Children welcome. Rides, Magic Shows, Birds of Prey, Eagles Creek Farm. Accessible. Disabled car park adjacent to park entrance. Accessible toilets. Discounted tickets. Visitor Services offer advice on access to rides and attractions

Pateley Bridge, Harrogate

Coldstones Cut

Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5. Tel 01423 711356

A massive construction which visitors can freely walk through and explore. The sculpture overlooks the huge working Coldstones Quarry and offers spectacular views over the scenery of Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales. Children welcome. Dogs welcome

How Stean Gorge

Stean, Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5SF. Tel 01423 755666 Email info@_;

Limestone gorge with ravines, waterfalls and caves. Walkways, Cafe, & Outdoor Activities for the public. Campsite, bunk barns. Post Office. Open all year. Children welcome. Gorge, caves, water, playground. Accessible. Access to cafe Dogs welcome with conditions.

Wilsill, Pateley Bridge

Nidderdale Llamas

Wilsill, Pateley Bridge. Tel 01423 711 052 Email info@_;

Llama Trekking for all ages from 10yrs and above. Great fun to do and fantastic Scenery. You can't 'ride' a llama but walk alongside them enjoying their hilarious personalities. Learn about and meet alpacas too! Refreshments included with all trek options. Not an Open Farm. Booking essential. A certain level of fitness is required for the trek options. Please contact us if unsure you would be able to participate. Children welcome. Llama Farm Experience, suitable for children above 7yrs only. Trekking from 10yrs + Nidderdale trek, ages 12+. Sorry no babies or young children permitted. Accessible. Advance notice needed.

Pateley Bridge, Harrogate

Nidderdale Museum

Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5LE. Tel 01423 711225 Email info@_;

Local history museum with 10 rooms covering various aspects of Nidderdale life. Children welcome. Question sheets in each room, simple quiz Accessible. Stair lift, disabled toilet


Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5SG. Tel 01423 755084

Organisational flexibility ranging from groups being self-led to a package of activities organised and fronted by a range of companies specialising in outdoor pursuits. Outside catering, including packed lunches, are available on request. The Centre lends itself to a wide range of activities, whether as a Yorkshire Dales Outdoor Centre for academic study and coursework,

Studfold Adventure Trail

Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5SG. Tel 01423 755228 Email info@_;

For families with young children from 2-11 years. Detectives clue/map leaflet. Explore, discover and learn about nature. Find secret places that lead to a treasure swap box. Lots of interactive experiences. Play and picnic area. Basic refreshments, bring a picnic. No need to book. Seasonal events. Children welcome. Play area, play barn, den building. Accessible. Uneven terrain,suitable only for all terrain push chairs / wheelchairs Dogs welcome with conditions.

Stump Cross Caverns

Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5JL. Tel 01756 752780 Email enquiries@_;

One of Britain's premier show caves, located in Nidderdale on the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and home to some amazing natural formations. 10am - 5.30pm (last entry 4.30pm) Feb half term to 30th November. Children welcome. Underground caverns Dogs welcome with conditions.

Reeth, Richmond

Swaledale Museum

The Green, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6TX. Tel 01748 884118 Email museum.swaledale@_;

Housed in the 1836 Methodist Schoolroom just off the Green in picturesque Reeth. Tells the story of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale from its geological foundations, via archaeology, to the life and death of the lead mining community. Has been described as 'a little hidden gem'. A local and family history archive, shop & cafe. Children welcome. Accompanied children 12 and under Free, trails, hands-on exhibits, mystery objects Accessible. Steps to main entrance Dogs welcome with conditions.


Richmond Castle

Riverside Road, Richmond DL10 4QW. Tel 01748 822493

Children welcome. Interactive displays, children's books and a great place to run around. Accessible. most of site is on flat ground but there is a chair lift to the exhibition. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Richmond Walking/Book Festival

c/o Castle Hill Bookshop, 1 Castle Hill, Richmond DL10 4QP. Tel 01748 821022 Email annebotterill@_;

26 Sep to 4 Oct 2015. A week long festival with at least 4 walks to choose from each day. The book programme features Edward Stourton and Alan Hinkes and a popular book fair held in Richmond's beautiful station

Richmondshire Museum

Ryders Wynd, Richmond DL10 4JA. Tel 01748 825611 Email admin@_;

Open Apr to Oct, the museum has local and folk history artefacts with reconstructed Cruck House, Post Office, Chemists, Ironmongers and Fenwick’s shop, plus lead-mining, toys and transport displays. Also, the BBC TV 'James Herriot' surgery set and interactive Discovery Centre. Children welcome. Experience life in Victorian Richmond through dressing-up, playing shop. Sight, sounds, smells. Toy gallery & play area. Accessible. Almost fully accessible

The Georgian Theatre Experience

Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4DW. Tel 01748 823710 Email admin@_;

The Georgian Theatre Experience allows you to take a step back to the past with a guided tour. The theatre was built in 1788 by the actor-manager Samuel Butler. He managed the theatre hosting and staging a range of cutting-edge performances closing in 1848 before being reopened as a theatre in 1963. This is Britain’s most complete Georgian playhouse and hosts a varied programme. Children welcome. Accessible. Lifts and ramps to access most parts of the building. Please let the tour guide know of any assistance you might need.

The Georgian Theatre Royal

Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4DW. Tel 01748 825252 Email foh@_;

Dating from 1788, The Georgian Theatre Royal is Britain's oldest working theatre in its original form. Throughout the year it offers a wide programme of live events, including comedy, drama, music, opera, dance and children's theatre. Children welcome. Many shows are for families or younger audiences. Accessible. Wheelchair spaces, infra-red headsets, hearing loop, accessible toilets & lifts to all levels.

The Green Howards Museum

Trinity Church Square, Richmond DL10 4QN. Tel 01748 826561 Email museum@_;

More than 300 hundred years of history, using the museum's extensive collection of military items and personal objects. Children welcome. Displays and activities at child height, uniforms to try on, children's trail and colouring booklets, school holiday activity sessions. Accessible. Totally accessible. Dogs welcome with conditions.

The Station Cinema

Station Yard, Richmond DL10 4LD. Tel 01748 823062 Email info@_;

Family cinema Children welcome. Accessible.

Ripley, Harrogate

Ripley Castle

Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY. Tel 01423 770152 Email enquiries@_;

A Castle that has been a family home for 700 years, with extensive formal Gardens, woodlands, Deerpark and Lake. Children welcome. Children's castle tour, garden activities & trail. Accessible. Gardens, tea room and most of the ground floor accessible to wheelchair users. Accessible toilets.


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Estate Office, Ripon HG4 3DY. Tel 01765 608888 Email fountainsabbey@_;

Veiled in a secluded valley, this World Heritage Site promises to surprise and captivate with its vast Cistercian abbey ruins, Georgian water garden, a medieval deer park, Elizabethan Hall and Gothic Church Children welcome. School holiday trails, craft areas, children's acitivities - see website. Accessible. Mobility scooters available to book. West Gate entrance for disabled access Dogs welcome with conditions.

Markenfield Hall

The Gatehouse, Ripon HG4 3AD. Tel 01765 692303 / 603411 Email info@_;

Tucked away along a winding drive near Ripon, Markenfield Hall has been described as Yorkshire’s best-kept secret. Parking at the side of the moat, visitors approach the building on foot – walking over the bridge that now serves the house in place of the former drawbridge – and the moment the Mediaeval Courtyard opens up as visitors pass beneath the Tudor Gatehouse never fails to astound. Children welcome. Children's sheet Accessible. Wheelchair access to ground floor only Dogs welcome with conditions.

Ripon Courthouse Museum

Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS. Tel 01765 690799

Ripon Museum trust

Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE. Tel 01765 690799 Email info@_;

Children welcome. Trails & some hands-on activities at all three sites. Events in school holidays. Accessible. Wheelchair and mobility scooter access. Access lift available to first floor, Accessible toilet. At courthouse limited access & no toilet.

Ripon Prison & Police Museum

Marygate, Ripon HG4 1LX. Tel 01765 690799 Email admin@_;

History of policing traced through displays of uniforms and artifacts from an extensive collection of police memorabilia. Children welcome. Interactive displays, prison uniforms to try on Accessible. Accessible to most wheel chairs,an access lift is available accessible toilet

Scorton, Richmond

Kiplin Hall

Scorton, Richmond DL10 6AT. Tel 01748 818178 Email info@_;

Award-winning 'Hidden Gem' Jacobean house, built in 1620 for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of Maryland, USA. Since it was built the house has belonged to four fascinating families, connected by blood or marriage. Former owners had royal connections including King John, James I, and Charles I and II..Throughout the centuries alterations and additions have been made to the house and gardens, including a large extension that housed a Gothic drawing room. The house is packed with the furniture, portraits, paintings, objects and personalia of the families who lived here. Visitors are welcomed into a home that they could imagine has only just been vacated by its Victorian owners! In the gardens, which are gradually being restored, snowdrops and aconites give way to spring bulbs followed by summer planting and autumn colour, creating a delightful garden throughout the seasons. Small Garden Museum telling the history of the gardens. Activities for children in the Hall and gardens. Tea Room serving home baking and lunches. Children welcome. Trails and activity room in the house gardens and grounds Play ship, archaeology trench, dipping pool, garden games, picnic areas and lots of space. for fun. Ask about the Ticket for all Seasons. Accessible. Wheelchair access to ground floor, some areas of the gardens and Tea Room. Wheelchairs to loan – please book in advance. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Nosterfield, Bedale

Nosterfield Local Nature Reserve

Near, Nosterfield, Bedale DL8 2QP.

It started to draw birdwatchers in the mid 1970s and early 1980s, as quarrying reached the water table and started to draw birds. It was designated as a Site of Importance for Birds (SINC) in 1993 and is now generally recognised as North Yorkshire’s premier wetland grassland site for birds.

Skelton on Ure, Ripon

Newby Hall & Gardens

Estate Office, Newby Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE. Tel 01423 322583 Email info@_;

Stately home with 40 acres of gardens and woodland. Open Apr-Sep Tue-Sun, 7 days a week in Jul/Aug. Fishing tickets for the river (south bank only) from 01423 322583. Children welcome. Adventure playground for children up to 12, miniature railway. Accessible. Gardens and playground accessible via pea shingle gravel paths. 3 motorised scooters and 2 manual wheelchairs for loan. House access via one shallow step, ground floor accessible.


Craven Museum & Gallery

Town Hall, Skipton BD23 1AH. Tel 01756 706407 Email museum@_;

Displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art. Ground floor gallery. First floor museum. Children welcome. Dressing up box, colouring sheets, quiz for children. Accessible. Gallery only

Skipton Boat Trips

Wharf Office, Waterside Court, 3 Coach Street, Skipton BD23 1LH. Tel 01756 790829 Email info@_;

Children welcome. Accessible. Only if can manage stairs. Assistance given. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Skipton Castle

Skipton BD23 1AW. Tel 01756 792442 Email info@_;

A complete ancient castle over 900 years old, covering many periods of history. A major stronghold of the powerful Clifford family. It withstood a 3 year siege during the Civil War, after which Lady Anne Clifford gained permission to rebuild provided that the roofs were not cannon-bearing. She then planted the Yew tree which still grows today in the beautiful Conduit Court. The medieval kitchen garderobe, banqueting hall, watchtower, beer and wine cellars and of course the dungeon all stand intact. Children welcome. Historical interest particularly for schoolchildren studying castles at school.
Details of why and how the castle was built. Accessible. Grounds, tearoom & shop accessible by wheelchair over a cobbled surface.
Castle not accessible. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Skyreholme, Skipton

Parcevall Hall Gardens

Skyreholme, Skipton BD23 6DE. Tel 01756 720311 Email parcevallhall@_;

Open Daily from Apr-Oct 10am-5pm. 24 acres of garden on a 200ft slope in the Yorks Dales National Park. Winner of a Yorkshire in Bloom Gold award for 2011, 2012 & 2013. Tea rooms. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Summerbridge, Harrogate

Brimham Rocks

Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW. Tel 01423 780688 Email brimhamrocks@_;

An amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations. A great day out for families, climbers and those who love the outdoors. Guided walks. Children welcome. Climbing, geocaching, tracker packs Dogs welcome with conditions.

Wath, Ripon

Norton Conyers

Wath, Ripon HG4 5EQ. Tel 01765 640333

Beautiful 18th century walled garden surrounded by woods and overlooking fine parklands. Norton Conyers's distinct air of mystery and romance provided the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'.

West Burton, Leyburn

The Cat Pottery

Moorside Design, West Burton, Leyburn DL8 4JW. Tel 01969 663273 Email info@_;

Metallic, Garden, Ceramic and hand-sized cats.

Yorkshire Dales

White Rose Pothole Club

Yorkshire Dales BD23. Email wrpcsecretary@_;

Members of the club go caving most weekends. Wealth of underground expertise and many of our members are also in Cave Rescue. Special trips are arranged for beginners, and we provide all necessary equipment.