40 Best Stops Between York and Durham (2024)

The top stops along the way from York to Durham (with short detours) are National Railway Museum York, York Minster, and Royal Armouries Museum. Other popular stops include North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Fountains Abbey, and Shambles.


Wentworth Garden Centre

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Garden center

Nature & Parks

Wentworth Garden Centre, located in Wentworth near Rotherham in South Yorkshire, offers a picturesque 18th-century landscaped setting for a retail center that specializes in gardening supplies, furniture and plants. Visitors can enjoy the historic gardens and find a good range of products, including Christmas items currently on sale at 50% off. The cafe serves a variety of food and drinks to satisfy one's appetite after shopping or strolling through the garden.

This is well worth a visit even if you just take a look at the historic gardens. They have a good range of products and currently all the Christmas stuff is 50% off including stuff like Gisela Graham which is usually expensive. The cafe is nice too and serves a good range of food and drink. Plenty of parking easy to get a spot even on busy weekend.

Vee Dubya — Google review

Absolutely fantastic family day out.To find the place you have to go down some beautiful scenic roads and villages. The roads are very narrow in places, so I do suggest driving very steadily!When you enter the garden centre to part there is a huge car park and plenty of space including disabled parking.The entrance is very beautiful and has lots of plants and bushes as you enter the garden centre part first. You follow the path to the left, and you can either carry straight on, which is the historical gardens, which are so beautiful. The summer holidays have the garden centre hosting dinosaurs in the gardens! It's cheap to enter the gardens £1.95 for children and £2.25 for adults. See photos for a map of the gardens.So at the entrance, the other path, which is to the left, is towards the aquatic centre for pets foods and has pets to buy. This section you also have to pay to enter so £1.95 children and £2.25 for adults. You can also buy animal food at £1 to feed the farm animals. There is absolutely loads to do in this section! To petting animals and feeding them ( only the ones with the feed me sign) small tractor bumper cars, big tractors for them to sign on a full size tractor. There is also an event centre where you can book for parties but at the moment it is used for the dino fun activities of colouring and making dinosaurs. It also has some small lizards, toads, etc. in the event centre. There is a hand cleaning section and plenty of sanitiser stations throughout the areas. There is also a giant pirate ship in a huge sand area with water features and a play area that the children can enjoy for hours on end.This is definitely a place to visit with children or to buy some plants.

Jenni Smith — Google review

Calling this place a garden centre is really under selling itself. This place has a little something for the whole family.Yes there is a garden centre with a huge selection of plants, flowers and everything else you need for your garden.Then there are the individual gardens you can walk round and enjoy at a small cost (like £2 each) which has a maze kids will love. These gardens are stunning. You can sit down and relax and feel very calm and peaceful here.Then there is a small zoo, a decent size outdoor play area for the kids with an ice cream stall offering a great selection.Then there is the courtyard tucked away with a fantastic deli selling incredible drinks and cakes and light bites. There is also a dog cafe and a couple of proper restaurants.This is a very unique and special place and we'll worth a visit no matter your age. Adults and kids can all enjoy themselves here and everywhere is dog friendly also.

James Stone — Google review

Lovely place. We went to the farm during the kids holidays as they had an Easter event on. Small and well kept, perfect for young kids. Small play area for younger children and regular animal handling sessions. Definitely worth a trip to entertain the kids for a couple of hours. We then went to the cafe for a hot chocolate and cake and it was delicious 😋

Alannha Welborn — Google review

Beautiful walled garden, small but must see! A great garden centre with huge variety of well maintained plants and gardening tools, ornaments, pots and everything you need for your garden. Yummy cakes and meals at cafe and great place to buy gift for you or your loved ones. Lots of things to enjoy for all ages.

Juno — Google review

Lovely place to go, has everything, lovely gardens to walk around and beautiful plants for sale. Lots for kids to do and a little farmyard too. Cafe is really nice too and not to expensive. Beautiful homeward and gift shop, again not too expensive. A large car park but does get busy. Parking points for electric cars and disabled parking bays.

Gemma Fox — Google review

We have just enjoyed afternoon tea in the garden room which we had hired for exclusive use for the purpose of my daughter's baby shower. I have to say from the moment I arrived the staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and accommodating. The room was beautifully presented. We were able to decorate it ourselves too, which again the staff assisted us with. A special thank you to Jess for helping me bring all my items from the car and also to Alicia for her attentive yet unobtrusive help and quiet but efficient service, keeping me hydrated with endless cups of tea ! We all had a fabulous time. The tea itself was gorgeous and the setting was better than we had expected. The photos really don't do the place justice! Thank you. From a very grateful Mummy to be and Grandma to be ! 🩷

Angela Tong — Google review

Quite large garden centre has agood stock of plants,shrubs and trees. Has quality fancy goods, large cafe,independant shops and a childrens farm and play area as well as a aquatic centre. Also has nice grounds you can walk round for a small fee. Think i overdid it with the photos 🤭

Susan Grindle — Google review

Plenty to do and see at Wentworth Garden Centre. Was originally part of Wentworth Woodhouse. Beautiful and attractive gardens with little winding paths with many a exotic plants to discover.Massive range of plants, shrubs, trees on sales. Not cheap but they are quality.There's a little farm area. Plenty of place to grab something to eat or drink.Well recommended place to visit for the family.

Gam A — Google review

It's a really lovely place to visit, as well as eat! So relaxing in the gardens, listening to the variety of birds singing . There are so many varieties of wild flowers that it can be inquisitive as to what they are called. The maze is good fun for all, including dogs!In the cafe, they have a good variety of food to choose from. I had the asparagus/ham quiche, which was really great and such a good portion for a great price. Can't wait to come back and do it all properly.

Janice Hartley — Google review

What stunning gardens. Spring is in the air. The children were having such fun. We had a lovely treat at the walled garden coffee shop. A really stunning outing.

Brigitta Schwulst — Google review

Glorious. So nice to visit an independent garden centre, we really enjoyed it. My kids and I easily could have spent a whole day here, exploring the playgrounds, farm/zoo animals, the historical gardens and pet/pond shop. My kids loved the sand/water playground. It was so lovely to see a lot of kids ditching their shoes and rolling their trousers up to play! Next time I’ll take a bigger picnic, sand toys and spare clothing. I took off one star because to access the family farm area and the sand/ water playground (which you need to buy tickets for) you have exit via the gift shop, and we all know how painful that can be with kids! Apart from that, it was great.

Liz Low — Google review

Lovely place to visit. Loads to do and see,great garden centre, brilliant diversity stocked shop, deli, restaurants, takeaway, animals, big children's play centre, and we didn't get to see all the gardens and walks

Lesley Greyling — Google review

Set a beautiful area. We visited during late November and Christmas is already there! Very well organised. Downside many of the things are expensive. Worth a visit just for the atmosphere though. We also saw Santa walking around - how cool is that 🤶🎄❤️💚😊 big

Jane Spencer — Google review

This has to be the perfect destination for a plant mom like me. I always loved visiting here on weekends. I have lost count the number of plants I have bought from here. It’s a place where you could spend your whole day even without noticing the time as it passes. They have got brilliant varieties of both outdoor and indoor plants.

Arathi Mithran — Google review

First time visiting and absolutely loved it. Garden centre is a bit of an understatement though! It's massive. You could spend a full day there. The plants are all quality and the lady that server us with the indoor plants was really helpful. The little farm is great too and trust me it's worth waiting in line for one of the sausage rolls at the caff they are hands down the best ones I've ever tasted. Cracking latte too

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Hague Ln, Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TF, United Kingdom

+44 1226 744842


Xscape Yorkshire

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Outdoor Activities

Xscape Yorkshire is a spacious entertainment complex that boasts a snow slope, bowling alley, cinema, shops and restaurants. The building features a prominent logo and offers various activities to suit different tastes. The staff are friendly and pleasant, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Exciting attractions such as Laser Zone and 4D Golf are available for visitors to enjoy. The restroom facilities are well-maintained and clearly signposted. Visitors can indulge in Starslush drinks with the strawberry option being particularly delicious.

This is a massive building that has a fabulous logo displayed clear as day on it, at which there are various activities to do. Me and my friends used the escalator to go upstairs, where any of the staff we encountered were friendly, pleasant people! The activities we took on were Laser Zone and 4D Golf; they were both absolute blasts but my reviews for them are separate on Google. I went to the toilets at one point and the conditions were clean, while there is a nicely stylized sign for them. Starslush is available at the center and I went for the strawberry option, finding it to be flavoursome.

K. Peake — Google review

Great place to learn! I had 4 snowboard lessons and all the instructors were great and very helpful. I recommend just avoiding busy times, like December as it's hard to really enjoy it when you're learning and it's crowded. They should put less people learning together in the same space. But other than that it's a great place to learn and practice.

Vyrna Abu — Google review

What a great place to spend the wet days of the school holidays with the kids! Getting them to run around the soft play to burn off that energy and then we went for a chilled game of dino crazy golf ⛳️ - soo much more to go and do! Will definitely be going back and trying all the other entertainment

Victoria Blane — Google review

Plenty of activities for the whole family. Kids love the place. Some much to do and plenty of places to eat. Perfect for a day out. Also there is lot of shopping next-door in the shopping village. Bargain price for branded items.

R K — Google review

First time I've ever done skiing, never even thought about doing so to be honest. I went over the Easter weekend with family and my daughter (3) me and my daughter did the lessons with Aaron, he was absolutely incredible at teaching us. I get anxious quite badly with new things but he eased myself and my daughter into it so well and really made sure we were enjoying our time there, My daughter is very difficult to bargain with and he was brilliant at interacting with her. She ended up finishing her time off going down on a sledge with family while I finally managed the last part 😂. It made me want to try again in the future and push my fears to the side!The place itself is brilliant, plenty of changing spots, lockers, showers, toilets. Cafe upstairs with views to the slopes, soft play for kids further back of the cafe also.All the staff seem lovely and welcoming, even when my daughter had a moment of screaming from being tired at the end 😂I fully recommend going if you're interested, again a huge thanks to Aaron on Sunday!

Sky Cox — Google review

Been Skiing great experience. Some good restaurants Pizza Express, Ask, TGI, also Five Guys & Taco Bell just recently opened.

Benjani — Google review

Visited Volcano falls adventure golf and enjoyed every minute of it. It was that good we decided to go around both course's. Had a shot at the lucky hole and won a free session.

Sean Briggs-Evans — Google review

Full of food franchises to choose from:- Subway, Frankie & Benny's, Starbuck's, Bella Italia, Nando's, Taco Bell,. So no shortage of choices to eat or drink..... It even has a snow slope, bowling alley, cine world cinema - not to mention a pub inside it - "The Winter Seam" , a j.d. Wether spoons ......👍👍👌👌

LJ — Google review

Lovely place to entertime all family members. Different games,climbing walls ,sky sports, swimming, bowling.Good place for a fun day out with family and friends.You have choices for lunch and dinner to different restaurants.Highly recommended this place.Lots of fun and entertainment in this area.You have a big parking area .

Katalin Kovacs — Google review

It's a great place for all ages, lots of things to do inside.Cinema, Arcade, Gravity jump park, crazy golf, indoor kids play zone, laser zone, bowling and loads of places to eat.You could easily spend a few hours in here. There's the outlet next door also 🤩

Shane Smith — Google review

Brilliant place to spend the day with the family so much to do.. plenty of fun and food and drinks all under one roof!

Shannah 5 — Google review

Amazing!! I ski outside every year but my partner has decided she wants to give it a try so she can join me.She booked a 3 hour lesson (brilliant lesson with a great tutor) so I booked a 3 hour ski pass - great value for money £30 for 2 hours including all equipment plus £5 for each extra hour.The snow was good, a nice variety and a mogul run for more challenging runs.Thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back😁The lesson was a group lesson and cost £55 for 3 hours👍

Andrew Watts — Google review

Lots to do and eat, we tried out the mini golf. Which was fun and a tidy price.We walked across to the outlet which was pk

Rebecca Owens — Google review

Fabulous day out with so much under one roof and an attached shopping outlet. There are plenty of bars and restaraunts here a long with other activities such as crazy golf, climbing and a cinema. Very large free car park also and a wetherspoons if you are after a reasonably priced meal or drink. Would return here definitely.

Mollie Maynard — Google review

Great place with lot of fun for all ages. Gravity trampolines, rock climbing, cinema, arcades, swimming pool and plenty restaurants to choose from.

Maksymilian Skowroński — Google review

Brilliant variety of places to eat and things to do for all ages. Staff in all places are friendly and welcoming. Great places & things to do for kids with lots of places offering party packages too. One of our favourite places to come for family days out! Ample amounts of parking with child & disabled parking available.

Natalie Appleby — Google review

Brilliant venue! Tons of choice for games and activities, food and drink for all ages. Karting, bowling, cinema, gaming, mini golf ….a full day out for all the family.

Karen Addison — Google review


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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Art gallery

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The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an impressive art gallery that showcases the work of many legendary sculptors. The park is located in a beautiful setting and is perfect for days out.

We spent a lovely morning in the sunshine today walking around the park, galleries and the shops. Finished off with a nice coffee at the Weston where our car was parked. Excellent value for money. Spent £6.00 each which was well worth it for a morning. You could easily spend all day here and bring a picnic. We'll be back soon.

Rob Orwin — Google review

Fantastic day out for the whole family and dogs. Spacious, beautiful fields, hills, pathways, woodlands, meadows. Sculptures very interesting and it's so exciting to walk and almost Hunt to discover another one. Cafes, shops, galleries, toilets on side. Staff extremely helpful. Entrance £6 parking included.Stunning views. Highly recommended attraction, very close from M1.

Katie — Google review

Wonderful place. I heard that they had some new sculptures for people who have visited it long time ago.Nice place for a pictures with sculpture and a woodland walk. Actually some good and some funny sculptures, very modern and some of them are mixed style, reminds very known sculptures but has a drop of modern in it.It is an enormous place I actually didn't expect it to be so big, if you need a walk and don't want to travel far away in the hills it's perfect. Map is bit confusing with all entrances in the footpaths. Not all paths are allowed for dogs.Can enjoy some drinks and ice-cream in a cafe and ice-cream and snacks for dogs!The price of the tickets was a surprise for my friend as he said it didn't show you have to pay for it online. But it was definitely worth it!Nice walk there are some bird peeking stations and sheep around on free land. I wouldn't put white shoes if I would know but that was surprise for me 😁😁

Julya Dovgialo — Google review

What a wonderful place on a lovely day. Didn't manage to get round it all as I was shattered after a 5k walk. (I have the cardiac capacity of an overweight cat !). Tea rooms were well stocked and the balcony was a lovely spot for a well deserved cuppa afterwards.

Lynsey Yeardley — Google review

Great place to spend a sunny day. Good for families, with lots of sculptures nearer to the entrance or not too far to walk but then there's also lots of land and a good circular path to walk if you want to go a bit further. It's easy to spend all day here. Bring some drinks and food with you though, the cafe prices are quite inflated.

Tom — Google review

Brilliant, best experienced on a nice sunny day like we had today. If you want to experience the whole park you will need to spend the whole day and walk some considerable distance. I was there for over 3 hours and felt like I had only scratched the surface. Be aware that you have to buy your tickets beforehand but having said that we bought ours 1.5 miles from the park.

Brian Muir — Google review

Fantastic place, lovely walks in the grounds. Sculptures have changed since we last visited, 2 years ago, so nice to find lots of new ones.Great if you take your own sandwiches or picnic, you can stop anywhere. There are two cafes but very overpriced, a small pork pie was £4.25 🙄 which I think is a lot. Large coffee ( more like a regular) £4.We've been lucky the weather has been great on days we've visited. Last week we walked about 9 miles in total around the grounds. Two lakes and scenery very picturesque.You have to buy tickets online before entry, £9 adult, £6 concession, includes your car parking.Would highly recommend a visit. 🥰😘 xxx

Joanne Pedley — Google review

Fantastic day out, got here after around lunchtime but could easily have spent the whole day as we did not have enough time to explore site. Fantastic sculptures and beautiful gardens to explore, We loved it and our young son and niece had a ball too.

James Lee — Google review

This is a Stunning place. I was there at lest 2 hours and still didn't get around it all It's a full day kind of visit in my eyes. Defiantly worth it. The beauty of the Sculptures are Gorgeous! Lovely walk around with a Coffee.

Mem — Google review

A great place to visit or meet up with family & friends. Lots to go round and see, with enough sculptures & park design features interesting enough to engage the kids. Dog friendly with a cafe & gift shop to boot.

Matt Isherwood — Google review

This park is just amazing... it's a huge park with more than 80 pieces of all kinds of unique sculptures/statues. A lot of beautifully crafted, and created pieces of art! Each piece depicting their own unique visual designs, and a small portion of history about it. Total time needed to fully expore whole park is about 3hours straight. I could easily, and highly recommend this beautiful and unique park. Ticket prices is not that big only 6 pounds for one adult, but for sure worth it. It's good for families, and friends alike. So yeah my verdict is - 9/10.

Mantvydas ?. — Google review

It was a good day out and so many funky sculptures scattered around the park. You need to spend a whole day to explore all their sculptures and I think we only discovered 80% of them. Cafe has very nice food. The only complaint is their maps layout of the sculptures just a dot so we could only guess the names. If they number them it will helps.

Wai Shek — Google review

Our experience was lovely. We went there with a few family and friends for dry picnic.Place: I think the place is awesome. A lot of Greenery and beautiful sculpture . It is better to visit in summer as you can stay outside. I would recommend allocating spending 5-6 hours. There is a lake too. There is a entry fee so please check the website before you go. You would need to show your ticket at the entrance so have it handy.Parking: There is enough parking space. There are 3 car parks and are quite nearby.Restroom and cafe: there are restrooms and cafe for coffee and food.Overall: It is a good place to visit especially in summer. Would recommend going here.

Bharat Pokhrel — Google review

We’re impressed with the size of the park and the amount of incredible sculptures dotted around. Every corner had something to spot and this kept everyone with their eyes peeled. Amazing for picnics or simply a walk outside. Highly recommend

Rafa Morley — Google review

Gorgeous landscape, majestic sculptures, decent cafe & restaurant, excellent shop. All in all a good day out! Take wellies or walking boots and have a good romp around the grounds. It’s brilliant here. Food for your soul!

BallyBlighter — Google review

An excellent day out for all the family,you can walk and wander as much as you feel like over the extensive ground with art and installations around every corner. My personal favourite has always been the underground gallery as no matter what the weather or light conditions it's always like an indoor gallery outside 😁Definitely would a visit if you like art or not as it's just lovely countryside either way

Paul Roslin — Google review

Love this park, and worth revisiting to see guest artists and changes to permanent ones. One of my wife's favourite locations and we especially appreciated the rentable scooters that can be booked in advance. I am disabled and my wife was very sick with cancer by that point, but the scooters let us visit the whole park.

Adam Dyson — Google review

The wife and I loved it. Great place to walk around and get fresh air....We went with our children..... The 6 year old loved it, running around in the sun. The 12 yr old, walked and talked and the 14yr old walked around, telling me he was bored and kicking stones and throwing sticks...It's a great place to wall around, turns out that a 14yr boy is bored as it's not mountain biking or his computer.Would recommend for a family and for couples....

Martin Towers — Google review

A great place for easy walks around the park with some amazing sculptures. They have a few cafes around the park for refreshments plus lots of places for picnics. The main visitors centre has lots of very nice jewellery, all handmade and quirky, not cheap but makes a nice present.

malcolm watson — Google review

Was a lovely day out! Definitely would recommend, particularly for younger people as it’s free depending on your age. It was a great way to spend a day out (for free!). It is definitely long enough to take up several hours. Some parts were shut off due to the weather but that can’t be avoided! The sculptures themselves were alright (nothing all that special in my opinion but for the sculpture enthusiasts I’m sure it’s lovely). Overall, a great visit.

Sasha Felton — Google review

By far my best art experience. I'll definitely visit again. Very serene field experience beautiful sculpture works.

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York Castle Museum

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The York Castle Museum is a popular historical place museum in York, North Yorkshire, that exhibits everyday life from ancient times to the Victorian era. The museum includes a Victorian street with authentic shop fittings and period rooms such as a schoolroom. One of the most memorable parts of the museum is the Victorian street, which features original items inside old windows.

We visited the museum today (Saturday afternoon)If we'd known how big it was, we'd have planned our day better. Be aware its only open 11-4.The exhibitions are fantastic, it is definitely suitable for all ages. Lots of activities and stuff for the children to do, and plenty of reading and observing for the more serious people lol. We spent an hour, as had to rush round, could easily spent 3-4 hours.The Victorian Street was such a fantastic experience

Anthony Slater — Google review

A fabulous trip back in time! Spent about 1.5 to 2 hours exploring this fantastic museum, with so much to see and learn.Hopefully the images show you a good overview of what’s to see.Good for families tooCar park nearby, toilets, cafe, and shop.We especially loved the Victorian Street with sounds and even Smell!The museum is in two parts, all easy walking.If your in York, this is a must visit.Tickets also last one year.

Simon Stepsys — Google review

It's a wonderful museum. Even though parts of the museum are currently closed we still spent about 2 hours at the museum. We heard a talk on different prisoners inside a prison cell. It was super interesting and the speaker even took some time later to show us prisoner's engravings in the stone and told us more. So much passion and knowledge! Even without a talk personal stories come to life with video projections.Also, the whole part about WW1 was fascinating and I loved the way it was so interactive. You could choose a real person and follow him or her through the years of the war. It made everything feel much more real. You can take the train and later crawl through a tunnel at the front line (literally!) There's also a wall to leave your thoughts on the war. This is a great place to learn. I'd highly recommend it for adults but also for children (some parts are highlighted as distressing, so you can skip it).

Alinchen w — Google review

Great museum! Booked tickets in advance which I definitely recommend. Staff who greet you are lovely and clearly very happy to help. Quite a lot to look at and read and was easy to work out which direction to go and easy to just follow it round. Love that it was a mix of things to look at, from ww1 to 60s to the York jail and the best to last, Victorian street where you can go in and out of shops etc.

Chloe Williams — Google review

Excellent museum telling you the history of York. You can walk through a Victorian street with various rooms of the main street showing the history of the time.The staff are all very knowledgeable and very happy to spend time telling you about how the collection was put together.We spent 2 hours here and could have stayed Longer if we had read more of the many information boards around the displays.

Stephen Digby — Google review

We really enjoyed our visit - Firstly it is great that we can enter again as tickets are valued for a year. There is so much to see that I won't begin to explain but this museum will interest all ages - we chatted to the lovely lady in the fabric shop bought sweets from the sweet shop and paid to watch sooty and sweep play their instruments - we are all children at heart. Loved the 60's and 70's area.

Mrs Cambridge Vlogs — Google review

Highly recommend visiting this museum! They have really done a great job on the displays and information about each exhibit. I loved all the interactive areas for the children and all the different activities for adults. Bring 1 pound coins to play with some of the antique machines available to use. This museum is in across the street from Clifford’s tower.

Edith McClure — Google review

The York Castle Museum was a lovely visit, and we made the booking online, which meant it was straightforward to go to the reception to show our tickets. The tickets are annual, meaning you'd be able to return within a year of initially purchasing your tickets which is great to know.There were many people during our visit, but the queue moved quickly. I especially loved visiting the prison and the indoor city market as it felt like we were transported in time with the retro styling of the shops; you could go in and investigate the history of York and Britain.The cafe was lovely too, and we had a nice cup of tea with a freshly baked cake; this took us around two hours to investigate the place, and it's somewhere I would be willing to return.Remember to bring change since throughout the museum, there are coin-operated machines to enhance your experience in the museum further because the machines demonstrate what life was like back then, from old-fashioned entertainment toys to predicting your future!

Jake Alexander Murray — Google review

The Victorian Streets are open again and currently covered in snow.More shop fronts and the sweet shop has moved... the toy shop still has a little of the lingering smell from the previous occupant 😍It's been a few years since my last visit but this remains as a favourite museum... I'm sure I missed a bit but that could have been new areas that of change.Good value at £7 and that gives allows access all year. York Children go FREE.

Colin Durrans (minisumo) — Google review

This place is wonderful! My husband's tolerance level for museums is about one hour...we were here for almost 3 hours. It covers a wide variety of subjects, from clothing, history, a Victorian street (fantastic) and historical artifacts.We would definitely recommend it.

Ivy Mac — Google review

Museum is well kept and all the notice boards are well maintained and full of interesting facts. The reconstructed street scene is amazing with lots of period shops. The prison has amazing graffiti. Kept my 5 year old entertained for 2 hours so would keep older kids or adults interested for much longer. Toilets are frequent/central and well maintained. Worth the entry fee definitely.

Holly Thackeray (Lady Xellototh) — Google review

Last visited over ten years ago and it hasn't changed too much in the time from what I remember, but it is still a really good and interesting place to visit. The first world war exhibition was really good and well presented.

Jason Moore — Google review

Great day out. Much bigger town expected and went on for much longer than expected too. The Victorian Street is amazing, like walking into a set. The staff/actors here were brilliant and very informative and loved giving out great details about the place.

Kuldip Singh — Google review

What a gem of a place to visit to learn about the history of York and indeed you also learn about British and Social History. The museum guides you through a series of rooms, streets and shops that are all set up to allow you to see how people used to live and work. The setups include sounds, sights and smells of days long gone. Some of the rooms and spaces are very spooky which adds to the atmosphere. I would recommend taking a bag full of 20p's and 50p's to use in the very old amusem*nt machines; it is something that everyone, young and old should have a go at to see how people used to entertain themselves. I would recommend this place and will go again when I visit York in the future.

Dominic Wade — Google review

A fun day out. Great for adults as well as families. Lots of interesting things on display throughout the ages. I was particularly interested in the temporary exhibition celebrating the rich history of the Gypsy and Traveller Communities (GTC) in York which has proven to be excellent and thought provoking.The museum is accessible with opportunities to explore using different senses.

Anna Rebowska — Google review

Great indoor activity for all ages in the centre of York. It shows the history of York through the ages with real life set up of rooms, shops, streets and prisons. It is split in two halves allowing for a stop off in the middle at the gift shop and cafe situated at the main entrance / exit. 😋 See pictures for further info of what's inside. Limited public parking is available nearby but York's Park & Ride is certainly a great option when up to five can travel up unlimited on the bus for the whole day for only £10. 😮 Definitely recommend spending a few hours here especially on a wet day. 😎👍

Ewan Walker — Google review

Loved it here. Part of the museum was closed but that gives us an excuse to come back when it reopens again there's so much to see will definitely be back.

Rachel G — Google review

A beautifully laid out museum with plenty from the ages to look at. If you or a family member are benefits you can get in at a heavily reduced rate which is always nice. Unfortunately when we went half the museum is closed and will be for some time, with that said they have reduced the entry fee.

Richard Moore — Google review

Well worth a visit if you love learning about the past, how people used to live, and to experience what it was like. The Victorian Street that has been constructed was the highlight for me. All the old shops and services are so interesting to look at and to see how people would have gone about their daily lives. Lots of other things to see, an old prison, a section dedicated to the 60's, a First World War museum, and not forgetting the castle. Loved it! We pre-booked our tickets, so just had to give our name and then went straight in.

Darren Sayers — Google review

This is a very interesting museum covering various aspects of social history. It has recreation of historical streets and shops you can explore, and rooms reflecting different historical periods. It also has the former prison cells from when it was a court.There is an entry charge, or it is included in the York Pass.

Karen B — Google review

Best museum I’ve ever visited! This is really immersive and brings you back in time with interactive people/actors in 2 shops who will tell you about how things were. 100% recommend!Buy tickets in advance I think it’s a bit cheaper

Morgan Huvé — Google review

Great family afternoon, spent a good couple of hours wandering around and can highly recommend. The staff were very friendly and helpful (we lost a coat and they found it). Can highly recommend a visit and the best thing is after one visit you can go back for free for the year 😱

Will Goodwin — Google review


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The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum that recreates the 9th century Viking village in York. It is a very fun attraction with an exciting ride experience. It was voted as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK and is great for children.

What an absolutely amazing experience, the guides are truly passionate about everything that has been discovered and the actual Tour through the Viking settlement is truly remarkable with incredible eye, ear and nose for detail. Came out of here with so much to smile about. Worth every penny and I highly recommend others to go.

Gareth Hopkins — Google review

Fabulous! Wowed what a surprise!We seen this was one of the most visited attractions so here we go!We booked as this can be very busy right in the heart of the stunning beautiful and historic city of york!The train ride surprised us! About 20 minutes take you through a brilliant and very realistic tour of the Viking age!Truly amazing and definitely worth a visit!No parking as it’s right in the Center!But don’t let that put you off as plenty of parking available in York.

Simon Stepsys — Google review

I didn't know what to expect fully, apart from a museum, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered there was a ride which took you through a full reconstruction of a the Viking settlement upon where the centre is now. So many details, excellent animatronics, and a clear and detailed spoken guide telling you facts and information. After the ride, you get to go through the museum to look at the artefacts found in the digs. There is also a lovely gift shop at the exit. Booking in advance is highly recommended to ensure you get in, especially during busy periods. You can also save on a duo ticket with DIG and even more so with a Passport. Your ticket is also valid for a year!

Shai Balding — Google review

Our first visit and it was amazing! The staff were great and answered all the questions we asked. The ride was so interesting and we came away with so much knowledge about the viking settlements in and around York. I even got a free viking coin because it was my birthday! Well worth the visit

Debbie Howarth — Google review

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing how they use to live. Staff friendly& informative.We liked the ride around what’s changed so much over the last 40 years we last went!Love how they are all dressed up and passionate at what they do.

Jackie Halliday — Google review

It's now a ride. Which is good fun and a good experience. If you have small kids you get round it very quickly as they won't look at the displays.We spent about 30mins here.Note that if you are an English heritage member you can get a discount.

Tim Bull — Google review

Not originally part of my itinerary but so glad I went! Didn't know anything about the place so everything was a pleasant surprise.A bit of a queue but the ride was really well designed and brilliantly showcased the everyday life of the vikings. Definitely something which would appeal to all agesNear the end the exhibits were great as well, especially the detailed analysis of the skeletons

Jay Huang — Google review

Brilliant. The ride in carriages that take you around the village was very innovative. Great idea. The commentary was excellent. The exhibition once your ride was over was very well structured and very interesting. Not to much of it either so no chance of getting bored with it all. Good few hours and well worth the visit.

Tim Robinson — Google review

This is a great experience, especially when visiting for the first time.It's worth buying tickets in advance to avoid waiting, but it's not essential.The staff are excellent and really add to the experience, guiding and providing interesting details.The 'ride' is like going through a film set. The scenes are great and align with the narration. The characters are animated and have some pretty realistic details.It can lack appeal for return visits, but hopefully they have scope to reinvent areas.

Jamie B. — Google review

Absolutely worth a visit! The 2 faces that have been reconstructed from skeletons that were found are amazing! Learning about how the river Ouse was re rooted and how they lived in York back in the day- all great!

Rese Simmons — Google review

Shorter than we expected but interesting. Would definitely buy in advance as a short wait with advance tickets but over an hour without. The first bit is just a holding bay to get onto the ride round which is really what everything centred on. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Nice idea, bit of a novelty but not sure I'd come again.

Maria Mullarkey — Google review

It's the first time I've been to this viking center, it's great for education and the kids certainly liked it but going around the first "ride" part it does incorporate smells into the experience to take you back and some of those smells are not great 😅. But all in all it's quite good.

Ben Richardson — Google review

We were able to walk in which was great because we didn't pre-book. It was an interesting visit, but it smelled quite badly which was a huge turn off for me. We couldn't wait to get out. The ride was really cool... the people and animals looked so life-like. It could have been a really great outing but we couldn't spend much time looking at everything and just wanted to be out in the fresh air.

Donna Boucher — Google review

This was a fantastic attraction to visit, with stairs or a lift to enter straight away from the suitable reception with nice staff! The glass floor was excavations is wonderful in the first room, where black and white imagery depicts the area in olden days beautifully. What follows on the ride is a fascinating experience, telling stories from back in time and going through the moving settings! The artefacts are incredible too, giving an insight into how people lived way back then.

K. Peake — Google review

Brilliant train ride through a history of their village life. Created by archaeology dig. The actual site can be seen beforehand and explained by staff in costume. The moving models are amazing. You think that they might speak. Definitely go yourselves.

Linda Cross — Google review

3rd visit in 30 years (with the most recent being 5 years ago). It feels very up to date and fresh and is well worth the visit to learn about Jorvik and see many finds from the dig on that site. You'll also get to see the famous pooping viking and the genuine (and genuinely MASSIVE) viking poop...

D W — Google review

Amazing experience will definitely recommend to visit, didn't get ticket in advance so had to wait 20 minutes but I was happy with it. People that are working inside are very helpful and knowledgeable. Going through time and different houses of Viking tomes was memorable and very educational. Ticket is £15 and is valid for 1 year so you can come back as many times as you like. Will recommend for everyone if visiting York

Dada ZD — Google review

Absolutely amazing place for all ages . There are lifts for the disabled . And the majority of it your taken around in a cable car . The wax works are so life like . And of course you get the smells lol .

deborah price — Google review

I was shocked to see, how much it had changed. It's a very interactive experience now; and you can drop in on the talks given to groups going around.Firstly there's an archaeological dig, underneath the first room. The glass floor is a bit off putting, but with the guide book, you can match up what's there. Next you have an indoor fare ride, that takes you through (very slowly) a Vikings daily life.It has animated people, and even the fish on the barrel move. One word of warning though, it is rather pungent! There are skeletons after this, hand made musical instruments and jewellery. A fascinating world, topped off by a really good gift shop. From wooden Viking ships & wooden swords, to jewellery and real weapons.

Paul James Harris — Google review


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Architectural Buildings

The Shambles is a famous street in York, England that is home to many butcher shops. It was the inspiration for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter, and is one of the busiest places in the city for tourists.

Great place to explore especially for the Harry Potter fans. You can get everything here. Lot of choices for food , drinks and shopping as well

nikhil joshi — Google review

Really cute street! There are many little fun shops. It’s a shame they don’t have more lights in the evening as it would be nice to see it lit up.

Jennifer Sierra Pendergrast — Google review

How, just how?These buildings all butted up against one another, and the slopes.Building significance - incredibleShops — interesting

Tracy Wills — Google review

I absolutely loved seeing the old style shops it was very busy long ques for the ghost shop. I would suggest being careful if you have difficulty walking as it's very uneven but a must-see while visiting york!

zoe lucas — Google review

The Shambles is a very popular but narrow road preserved medieval cobbled shopping street.If you just want to see/photograph it rather than shop, it may be easier if you can get there early/late when most of the shops are closed.

Karen B — Google review

Interesting architecture but very ‘twee’ shops.

jane evans — Google review

Special place with a lot of tourists.

Pearl Xia — Google review

A great experience - that's all we can say when visiting this place. Surely you will also agree with us, if you have the opportunity to walk on the old streets that can be said to be the most beautiful in England. How wonderful.

Lee — Google review

A charming street with a lot of interesting shops. The architecture makes you feel like you are back in the medieval times.

Drowning In Tea — Google review

Love the shambles. Pick the right time and it's an enjoyable experience. Tuesday afternoon on a cold snowy January day and there was plenty of space to peruse and wander, soak up the atmosphere of such a historic place. Great independent shops, beautiful buildings, fabulous ale houses and eateries. Marvellous.

Julie Reece — Google review

Lovely street, but extremely crowded during the day. Would recommend going at night or with a tour

larissa naccarato — Google review

Way too busy but so stunning it's worth facing the people.

Marjory Jager — Google review

Fantastic experience if you are a Potter Head. The street was very full of people.

Yunilson — Google review

This is a "must see" street if you are visiting York. A beautiful medieval street, cute small old times shops , pebbled tiny roads , and historic Vibes!!Best to come on weekdays to avoid the crowds.

Studio R by ratnakar — Google review

The street was beautiful coupled with the amazing weather - it made the day more exciting and adventurous. I loved exploring all the little stalls.

olaide oshodi — Google review

Beautiful old buildings looking picturesque in the winter season. Extremely busy during the day, excellent shops to browse and buy in! Better later at night when the crowds have dispersed and you can enjoy the street and its magical beauty without the hustle and bustle.

Rachel Yarrington — Google review

Great street with great history behind it 👍 it's actually quite crowded so watch your pockets.

Evita Cindy — Google review

A lovely place to visit, but unfortunately it’s so busy at times and difficult to get in and out of shops / view anything. With so many people, we encountered some rudeness and ignorance, but was nice to walk through nonetheless. And goodness me, don’t wait for hours for that ghost shop!! There are so many other things you could do.

Lauren Hughes — Google review

Beautiful little street with lots of history and character, was very busy today so didn't enjoy skipping people. Will definitely come back again to explore properly in hopefully quiter time.

Dada ZD — Google review

Great old street in the middle of York, full of wonders and bespoke items you never knew you wanted. There was a shop who made ghost figures, a ton of Harry Potter shops, a few sweet shops, an alchemist shop and various others

Gareth Quinn — Google review


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York City Walls

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Sights & Landmarks

The York City Walls are a historical landmark in England that date back to 71 CE. The walls, which stretch for around two miles, are still intact and offer an easy stroll with kids along their ramparts in Spring.

Not every city has ancient walls you can walk around!! Great scenery away from the bustling crowds. Be a little mindful though, some places have a drop at the side without any fencing so keep an eye on any children you have with you. A great way to get into the city centre, easy enough to do a full lap as well, some steep stairs along the way.

Claire Cronin (All Things Dark & Dirty) — Google review

York has retained so much of its medieval structure that walking into its centre or around its 3 mile long ( 4.8 km ) Ancient city walls is like entering a living museum. Amazing experience! Be aware of no security fences in place in some parts along the pathway. The wall's gates close at dusk. Must be seen. Such a free of charge wonder!

Irina Andreeva — Google review

Great place to take a walk , with good weather ! Can't imagine it was built do ling time ago, it was so well maintained ! There are a lot to see on the wall , we could look over the city area from the wall. They have numerous sitting area that visitors could enjoy bathing under the sun.

rachel tam — Google review

These are kind of defense walls around York downtown, were constructed in the Roman period.We walked through the trails on the walls seeing views of York downtown.It was nice and bright day, we were so delighted that whispered a korean song.I really recommend you to visit here if you go to York in England.

YOUNGHO GO (DANDDI) — Google review

Really enjoyed being able to see and walk around the old city walls. Not something you’re still able to do in most towns/cities these days. Throughly pleasant for a stroll and gives some nice view points too.

Mike C — Google review

this took us a few hours as we stopped frequently to look at the views. Was a lot of fun. Its around 4km distance to walk. Its not continuous- but easy to pick up when the wall runs out. Highly recommend

Ian Lomax — Google review

I love York!!Historic small little townBeautiful architecture all around!!Lovely walk along the walls of York with some amazing views. York looks different and majestic from every angle !The wall is surprisingly well kept for its age, really impressive and well worth visiting. great attraction :)

Studio R by ratnakar — Google review

Amazing history. Love walking the walls. Every time I come back to York, it's on top of the list of things to do. And as an added bonus you get around the city nice and quick.

Olly Gronau — Google review

One of the main places we wanted to visit in York was the City Walls. I had initially thought it was one complete wall, but it's not; it's split into separate sections, so you'd walk a little bit, then climb down the stairs and then cross the road before climbing back up again; most of the walls I did safe, but some sections had no barrier so it felt a little unsafe, especially in wet conditions. Still, otherwise, I'm happy I went to because i got a taste of the history, and there are many facts to educate on what happened in Yorks past. All are free, and you do not need to pay, but I know there are guided tours available, too, but I don't think you'd need that because it's self-explanatory. I wouldn't say this is suitable for people with mobility issues because there are no ramps, only medieval stairs, and some parts do not have a barrier, so there is a high risk of falling.

Jake Murray — Google review

Lovely walk , lots to see and we'll maintain. I probably wouldn't take small children along the wall. Absolutely Heaps of photo opportunities and some benches to take in the view

Lauren Nelson — Google review

Our hotel thankfully collected our bags for us upon arrival so we entered the wall straight from the rail station and followed it to the other side of town. It was a pleasant walk, some parts fairly narrow, especially if there was a passing by group or family. Most dangerous parts did have a railing for safety.You do need to climb some steep stairs in some parts, particularly near the gates. I'd recommend a dry day over a wet one for this activity.Definitely do include at least some part of the wall on your visit to York

Acacia — Google review

A great way to see the city.It's a very peaceful walk and so much to see along the way.The walls are so well preserved and well kept.

lianne kent — Google review

I had an amazing experience walking around the York city walls. You get a good idea of the the layout of the city. I would suggest you take a walk on the wall first.There are 4 sections of the wall. Each section is known as some gate.

Nebu Mathews — Google review

You MUST walk the ancient walls of York City!Great history, lots of tower stop offs with convenient pubs nearby. Lots of historic views and photo opportunities.A beautiful way to see York.About 2 miles all around.All in the open - adverse weather beware and dress appropriately.Beware of rude people who take pushchairs up there, DESPITE some parts being barely single-file who think everyone (sometimes bottle-necks of 20+ people) should walk backwards or jump onto railings hangibg over edges to accommodate their selfishness! But that's some people for you.Some parts are narrow and barely single file, others have no railings with 8ft open drop sides. Children MUST be supervised!No pushchairs on some parts as it's just too narrow.No dogs.It's not good for people with a fear of heights and drop edges.Not good for elderly and infirm as lots lots of steps.Not disabled accessible.

Alcyone Dreams Spiritual Artwork by Tracy (#AlcyoneDreamsArt) — Google review

Only 2 miles in total distance, not too steep other than occasional climb up and down stairs as the wall breaks from time to time (which is a bit tricky to find the next continuous point). There are several nice views along the relax walk.

Wei Wu — Google review

Walk the Walls of York (Like a Medieval Defender, Without the Black Death)5 out of 5 starsYork's city walls are basically a giant time machine. You can walk the battlements like a grumpy old knight, pretend to defend the city from invaders ( squirrels mostly), and get some pretty epic views of York. Just watch out for rogue pigeons and tourists wielding selfie sticks like swords. All in all, a fun way to spend an afternoon and feel a bit historical (without the inconvenience of actual plague).

Luke Sessions — Google review

Enjoyable walk free to access at any point. Be mindful if you have small children with you. Otherwise enjoy the views.

martyn hurst — Google review

Beautiful city with historical buildings that truly take your breathe away. It was so nice to walk across the wall and just enjoy nature. Highly recommend

olaide oshodi — Google review

Amazing walk today on these walls will definitely recommend to do as you get to feel history of city trough times

Dada ZD — Google review

Medieval walls and it's free to walk this pathway, a great way to feel the history and enjoy the overall view of the city. Just be aware, some of the path had no barrier and narrow without handrail. With ancient steps on the windy day it can be hazardous.

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York Minster is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in England and is a must-visit for anyone looking to explore Yorks medieval past. The cathedral, which was first built in the 7th century, was destroyed in a fire in 1069 but has been rebuilt many times since then. The building is vast, decorated with intricate stained glass windows and features interactive exhibits beneath its Undercroft exhibition.

Absolutely exquisite 😍😍 The workmanship! The craft! The detail. The light. The atmosphere. A must visit if anywhere near York! Don't forget to walk up along the boundary wall for a different view. Of the city and the Church. And an absolute MUST, at least for the experience, (bonus/reward is the view) is climbing up the winding stairway of the towers. Not for the faint-hearted or claustrophobic sufferers tho. Stairway and stairs extremely narrow and steep. All 275 steps!! But it's so worth the effort!

nyree jameson — Google review

An absolutely amazing experience. Incredible staff. Area is kept incredibly well. Walking throughout the structure feels surreal. Regardless of your religious background, you will find this visit to be incredibly rewarding. One can easily spend an entire day here. But even 90 minutes will provide a wealth of views. Ornate architecture and some of the best stained glass in the world. The size of the interior is overwhelming.

John Kadavil — Google review

From the moment you step inside and for many hours after, this cathedral is truly spectacular. The acoustics, the stained glass windows, the intricate carvings in the masonry and the massively high roof line just take your breath away.If you're in York, even for a short break, York Minster is an absolute must see.

Richard Gardner — Google review

One of the main things to see and visit whilst visiting York. Absolutely awesome and stunning building! Takes your breath away. The history of the building is incredible and has an underground museum, showing how its changed throughout the years and how they've saved and reconstructed it throughout the years. Give yourself plenty of time to see everything as it's a big building and you can easily get lost in it's history for 3-4 hours. Didn't climb up the tower, (275 steps) although would of liked to for the amazing views as there was a bit of a queue and its time allocated. But it was a fantastic and amazing experience and highly recommended.

Amrit Dubb — Google review

Beautiful imposing building on a mammoth scale. Well worth a stroll around and through the grounds. Undergoing renovation works so some areas are scaffolded but you can watch the stone masons at work preparing and carving stone for replacement. We didn't enter the building on this visit but it's top of the list for next visit!

Alan Bell — Google review

Initially I did not want to go inside due to the cost of £16pp entry.Tickets last a 12 months so you can visit multiple times and offer you lots to do inside, museum, gallery, free tours inside, etc turned out to be well worth the cost as internally it's magnificent and would now highly recommend this if you're in York.Beautiful cathedral with lots to see and do once Inside.

Che86 — Google review

What a breathtaking building....inside and out!I love York and its abundance of History and shops.All the years we've been going to York and never actually went to have a look at York Minster....until today. We're so glad we did and wondered why we'd left it so long, the exhibits and sights are really amazing, the Roman exhibit and the Crypt were exceptional. So much more than what we thought.Well worth the money.

Dterra 0x — Google review

Stunning to see. We were lucky that our group was permitted to tour York Minster alone, while the choir was warming up for a BBC special. They sounded heavenly and it really set the scene for our group as our guide gave us a wonderful tour.York is very walkable, with plenty of stores and cafes. Take time to walk the city walls near the Minster, as there are some awesome views of the Minster. Clifford's Tower is also within walking distance and worth a visit.

B Schmidt — Google review

The building's architecture and history was fascinating. The Tower Challenge (275 steps up two narrow spirals staircases) was well worth it for those who can do it.The underground museum was old and musty. My allergies prevented me from being there too long.

Buff Maniscalco — Google review

Huge queue to entry, buy ticket online, ignore time slot allocated, just go and gain access with the ticket. Beautiful church with high sealing and ornaments. Gladly wasn't destroyer in the WWII

Krzysztof Zakowicz — Google review

The exterior was superb! The interior as well. We went on a Saturday, and you can buy tickets on the day. When we entered, there was an ongoing mass (wish we had known sooner; we could’ve attended it as well -not sure if it’s free to enter if you’re going to attend the mass). The cathedral was huge, and every detail inside was lovely, from the portrait glass windows and many more. Make sure to roam every corner of the monster to immerse yourself in history fully.

Jamie Marie — Google review

Visited October 2023: breathtaking, even though I didn’t go inside the outside is beautiful. There’s an area where you can observe the stone masons repairing parts of the building too

Sophy Norman — Google review

No visit to York is complete without seeing the Minster. It's a beautiful cathedral, but what I was most excited to see (and hear) was its recently restored Grand Organ. I attended an organ recital here and it was incredible. This mighty instrument has over five thousand pipes and dates back to the 1830s. I was chuffed I finally got to experience it at its best!

Small Gordy — Google review

Such a beautiful place! Worth the money! My friends and I went right after it opened and there was no wait time. We bought tickets there and got a student discount. It has such a beautiful history and so many rooms to go into. Worth stopping in for sure.

Emma Moore — Google review

Of course if you are visiting York then you must visit the York Minster. It is truly magnificent from the outside and in! As you are paying, id 100% recommend joining the talking tour where you get a 1hr 45min detailed and informative tour of the cathedral and get to learn so much about the history of the cathedral and details you'd miss if not joining!

Despina — Google review

Had a great time at the York Minster. The staff are friendly and helpful. They give you information about the church if you ask them. The crypt of St Williams is beautiful and serene. The whole church is just stunning. 😍 Do check out their astronomical clock, their eastern window. The stained glass art is gorgeous. 😍 Definitely recommend and will go again.

Jaison Joseph — Google review

A very nice and beautiful Place of worship. Very pretty glass windows and lots of things for the eyes to gaze upon. Didn't manage to make it up to the top of the tower but as the tickets last 12 months I will visit again sometime and explore again. There is a very fine Astronomical Clock which I found particularly fascinating

Jonathan webmonkeyuk — Google review

Great tour of the Minster (not a cathedral...more!). If you are reasonably fit, take the tower climb...TOTALLY worth it. I think the stained glass tour would be incredible too. York was awesome as was the Minster.

Dr. DarkSky Marty — Google review

Absolutely awesome building. The history of the building is incredible. Well worth the visit. Give yourself plenty of time to see everything as it's a big building. I didn't climb up the tower as 275 steps up a spiral staircase gives my vertigo the wobbles! But it was a fantastic experience even without the climb.

Louise Thompson — Google review

First time visiting York Minster, so I chose the guided tour, I found this really informative and well worth the money. The Minster was great to see in all its glory. There was refurbishment work being carried out mostly outside, so it didn't interrupt the visit. I had a great time here if you go to York and have the time it's a great few hours we'll spent.

Anthony Beddis — Google review

We were lucky as a choir was rehearsing, and we had a beautiful impromptu concert. Our guide was a delightful lady. We really enjoyed our tour with her.

C.E. D. — Google review

The Minster is stunning. We also did the 'Crypts of the Early Minster' tour (additional £6 per person when we visited) which was fascinating, and limited to a very small number, ours was 6 people. This meant we had a great opportunity to learn from the experienced guide and see some sections of the (even older!) churches that lie beneath the current building.

Rosie Walton — Google review

Really beautiful architecture and glass windows, we even get a souvenir in the shop next door. There are even guides available at the front desk when they scan your tickets. It's better to get tickets in prior and students can even get discounts!

Anusha Bhat — Google review

Extraordinary. Feels as if I'm thrown into the past as I'm exploring the buildings.I heard that at a certain time you can go to the rooftop and see the church bell along with the view of the whole city. Too bad I cannot go there when I visited since the wind is blowing wildly and they don't allow anyone to go up there.But definitely worth to visit. Also, don't forget to take some pictures.

Evita Cindy — Google review

One of the most stunning buildings I’ve ever visited. You can pay extra for tickets to go up to the rooftop. Beautiful views of York & the cathedral when looking down.

The G Force — Google review

Amazingly intricate cathedral, especially on the outside. The inside is also fantastic but nothing that much more special than other major UK cathedrals and abbeys, which makes the entrance price slightly expensive for what it is. Still a must see site if visiting York! Queue to get in on weekends and holidays, but worth ‘pre-booking’ a slot as this makes it slightly quicker to get in.

Matt Ward — Google review


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The National Railway Museum in York is a great place for kids to explore train-related artifacts from all over the world. There are huge locomotives, royal carriages, and miniature railways to enjoy, as well as play areas and exhibits on the history of rail transport. Pre-booking is required for some activities, but this is a great museum for families to visit.

I would say this is the best museum I visited in my entire life.The museum is Free to enter, but before you go you have to book tickets online. (Donations welcomed)There is a car park on the ground, you have to buy tickets from the museum, if you have a blue badge the parking is free.The museum is huge. You probably going to spend around 2 hours in the museum. The collection of trains and carriages are remarkable.If you you are visiting York, this is the place you should not miss, especially if it’s raining outside, you will be covered.

Ross Malickis — Google review

A must visit for any train enthusiast, but also interesting for anyone who has an interest in social history or 'days gone by.' The trains really are the centre piece, but there are also lots of items from railway stations displayed around the trains: trolleys with luggage, posters advertising destinations for holidays and many enamelled advertising and information signs. These items create a context for the trains and this helps to bring them to life, it's easy to imagine who would be travelling and what their experience would have been when you see earthenware ginger beer bottles left on a seat or a sack barrow with suitcases and tennis rackets on the platform. The turntable in the second hall is a good reminder that the site of the museum was a working maintenance shed. The archive hall is full of items associated the all aspects of trains, railways and stations. Some are quirky - the packaging from the last microwave cheese burger served - and other show how railway staff were trained or equipped. Everything you could possibly imagine associated with railways can probably be found here. There is almost too much to take in in one visit.The site is wheel chair accessible although one life was out of use when we visited. There is one lot of toilets located near to the entrance, these are modern, clean and well maintained.As a non-train enthusiast engineer, I found plenty to look at and found the hall housing the railway associated items really fascinating. We spent four hours here, but I can imagine those who are truly interested in trains could easily spend a whole day taking it all in. Small children and teenagers may not find much to engage them as the displays are factual with little to interact with or try out.There are cafes in both of the train display halls and they offer a nice choice of snacks and more substantial meals and the prices are not overly expensive. Book ahead as the number of people that can enter is limited by time slots and just turning up may result in a wait before you can enter.

Jnib — Google review

Always a great place to visit when in York. Free entry(donations welcomed) and a great place for any train or history enthusiast! We last visited in 2014 and although not much has changed, a new display of locomotives and a revamp in a few of the halls are a welcome change.A side note, the station hall and gallery are currently shut due to extensive new development so our visit was slightly cut short but the main engine shed is still impressive.

Luke Murray — Google review

Every boy's dream - and their dad's too! Great selection of locomotives, mainly steam, and lots of other railway-related items too. Good information displays and helpful staff. I particularly enjoyed the 20 minute talk on how a steam engine works, which was free, as was the entry. You just have to book ahead of time, although I think you can just turn up and wait if it's busy.

Dave Ashford — Google review

I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting the National Railway Museum in York, and it was an experience that completely exceeded my expectations. As a history enthusiast, I was already captivated by the incredible charm of the city of York itself, but the museum took my appreciation of this historical gem to a whole new level!From the moment I walked through the doors, I was struck by the grandeur of the museum. The vast collection of old trains and its rich history effortlessly transported me back in time, igniting a deep fascination for the world of railways. The museum's ability to connect visitors with the past is truly remarkable.The displays were meticulously curated, and I was in awe of the range and variety of locomotives showcased. The attention to detail and the preservation of these beautifully restored trains made it evident that the museum's staff and curators are passionate about their work. It was truly a visual feast!One of the highlights of my visit was the chance to explore the famous Flying Scotsman locomotive. The awe-inspiring size and elegance of this iconic train left me standing in awe. Being able to marvel at its craftsmanship up close was an extraordinary experience that I will cherish for a lifetime.Moreover, the museum did an exceptional job of incorporating interactive exhibits that engaged visitors of all ages. From simulators that allowed me to experience the thrill of being in the driver's seat to informative and entertaining presentations, there was never a dull moment during my visit. It was educational and enthralling, catering to both enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.The National Railway Museum not only serves as a hub for train aficionados but also as a comprehensive educational resource. The museum's commitment to preserving the rail heritage and sharing knowledge with visitors is truly commendable.Beyond the museum's impressive content, its location in the historically rich city of York adds an extra layer of charm and allure. Exploring the vibrant city before or after the museum visit enriches the overall experience and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the fascinating history that permeates every cobblestone and building.I highly recommend the National Railway Museum in York to anyone seeking a captivating, educational, and memorable experience. Whether you're a railway enthusiast, a history lover, or simply someone looking for a unique and adventurous outing, this is an absolute must-visit destination. Trust me; you won't be disappointed!Thank you, National Railway Museum York, for the outstanding journey through time. My visit was truly unforgettable, and I can't wait to return for another incredible adventure!

Abdulrabi Alawi Abdulla — Google review

Really loved this musuem, I'm not particularly interested in trains but this was just great! So much to see and do, you could spend hours in there. Loved the cafe, coffee was tasty and loved the merchandise you can buy. Each train was really well signed and its completely free to enter as they rely on donations! It is advised to get tickets in advance on the website but you definitely don't need to!

Rhian Jones — Google review

A great experience for adults with so many amazing trains to look at and read about.Could be better for younger children with more for them to do. Perhaps the museum could ask youngsters what they'd like to see / do - here's our son's suggestions 🤣- Upside down model railway- Mini railway (or individual robot trains) inside which tours around the trains- Mallard experience (simulator) where you can push a button and choose which virtual train you'd like to ride- A big picture of the railways showing where trains are, tunnels etc.- Learn how to drive a train- Big blocks puzzle where you can make the shape of Mallard- Have models of each train going around that trainThe cafes are pricey, but well stocked ... and you don't pay to get in so we're more than happy to pay a surplus for food to help museums like this keep running their fantastic services.

O Ozmeister — Google review

Overall a good museum, plenty to see here if you've an interest in trains or just need ti keep the family entertained for a couple of hours. In June 22, it was still advisable to book online so as to regulate how crowded it gets.Whilst you can get free tickets on the website, it seems to ask for a donation ticket price of £5/adult.It is a big space and split into three main halls. One an old station layout with a cafe & plenty of seating. Interesting to see the old royal carriages and some eclectic rolling stock.In another hall (short walk), there are a range of nationally important & impressive engines including a Bullet train, The Evening Star and Mallard.There is also a steam engine here with massive sections cut away & painted so you can see how it works. Sadly there is no real meaningful explanation. Indeed explanation sheets/boards are minimal throughout the museum, which kind of lets down the whole experience somewhat.A 3rd hall has a really impressive load of old junk (memorabilia) all catalogued and stacked onto shelves. Again this could have more explanation of what has been collected/displayed. This is after all a National railway museum.

David Rees — Google review

The National Railway Museum provides a really fascinating day out, even if you are not a train fanatic. It contains not only locomotives and carriages showcasing the 200 years of railway history, from the Rocket to the bullet train, but also station signs and equipment (far more interesting than it sounds) model trains, insignia, personal stories and general memorabilia.The section showing royal trains from the Victorian era onwards I found particularly engrossing. It shows what was regarded as essential for travelling royalty but also encapsulates the development of railway carriages from their horse-drawn equivalent to the rather less ornate version we are familiar with.Refreshments are available and there is also a gift shop.

Gillian Pearson — Google review

Great for family’s. Old trains or modelling fans would be delighted here. Can touch a lot of old decent trains models here. Food, souvenirs, books. Can stay half of a day. Free entry. Must go if you re in Yorkshire.

Jack Kwong — Google review

First time visiting the museum. It is free entry and there is parking opposite the museum at £10. A good collection of trains inside but mainly for viewing. Probably 1 hour experience. You can get a car/train to the centre of York which is around £3 per person.

EI Loonat — Google review

The museum has real engine pieces, maintained at the highest standards. If you are a train nerd, it's got a lot of history and information and can even take up a whole day if you go into the nuances. Nevertheless, the visual imagery of the engine parts are nothing alike in the photos that you see. Perfect place to go with your family, as they've got a kids' play section.Toilets well maintained, cafe ✅It's free and can be booked online.

Karthikesh Baskaran — Google review

Excellent 3hrs well spent, have not been for years...enjoyed every minute.Good for all the family especially if you like trains and their history.Plenty of memorabilia to see, goes from the start of the railway to today.A good display of Flying Scotsman's history.Possibly 3hrs is not enough to take it all in.

Martin Fenn — Google review

Loved this museum. Flying Scotsman, Mallard and many more famous trains displayed in their glory. Amazingly it's free entry. Great for all ages. Good food courts too. Only gripe is that in the main hall it is too dark to see inside the drivers cab footplates and passenger carriages, despite stairs up to them.

M Hurst — Google review

A wonderful muesum, with really history, which you can up close and see. The staff were lovely and the exhibitions stunning. My wife and I booked on line, very easy, and we hadn’t been since we were children (a few years ago!) so it was great to go back after a number of years (quite a few!) and revisit both our past and the muesum. Sadly we missed the Flying Scotsman…. But that’s life.If you are in York and have time don’t miss out on a wonderful place.

CSB — Google review

Super fun and interesting museum, lots of neat things to see and information available. Definitely plan to spend about half a day here and book ahead. When you get there, book tickets for the mini railway, they sell out quick! Food options were mediocre but the cafe in the main station and the Countess of York were awesomely set up. Unfortunately, the steam rides and the hands-on exhibits were closed when we went, but we'll look forward to visiting them in the future. Shockingly good for a free museum and a must-visit for anyone who likes trains!

Abigail Carey — Google review

Enjoyed our visit. Good selection of locomotives and rolling stock on display.Entrance is currently free with boxes for any donations.You are advised to book your entrance ticket online, prior to actually arriving at the museum.Car parking onsite with a disabled parking area closer to the main entrance. At the time of our visit, parking was £10 for all day.A lot of areas currently undergoing refurbishment/redevelopment, but this did not distract too much from the overall experience.

Paul Wright — Google review

What a wonderful museum! We gladly gave a donation and couldn't believe admission was free for such a large place to visit. There is the Royal trains, steam trains, Euro train and even a carriage over one hundred and seventy years old. You don't have to be an train enthusiast to enjoy this museum. A must see! You can pay £10 to park all day until 18.30, which allows you plenty of time to visit other attractions within walking distance.

Beverley Grant — Google review

It's one of the best Railway Museum I have ever seen. I visited the same museum last year November month and last week this year and to my surprise the whole museum is totally changed. Before it was direct entry but now free entry via a time slot which can be Pre booked on the website. Now the Museum is divided in to multiple parts. It is having very good collection of so many types of Railway engines. Now it is having multiple washrooms, multiple cafes with variety of food items. Good place for kids to spend time in so many toys & mini railway models. It is now have multiple souvenir coin machines also installed. It will take couple of hours to complete the museum now. A very good place to know the full history of Railways.

Rohit Patange — Google review

Free to visit but book tickets online beforehand. We used their car park opposite which was £10 all day. You have to pay in the museum, you get given a ticket with a code on it so you can get out. We spent a couple of hours in the museum then walked into York Centre which was about a 15 minute walk depending on how fast you walk. Get in the car park as early as you can as there are very limited spaces.

Gary Read — Google review

This was our first visit to the National Railway Museum in 20 years. We found the display of locomotives and carriages strikingly impressive, and there was a charming toy railway, a railway turntable and signal box with a video on operating signals.On the other hand we missed some of the highlights of earlier visits: Queen Victoria's carriage; social history montages explaining how railway travel opened up the possibilities of market gardening and holiday making; illustrated histories of the gradual development of a) steam and b) travel by rail; a children's section allowing visitors to experiment with the physics of rail travel (involving gradients, stopping times etc).Whereas the 'old' Museum offered enough to captivate a whole family, of varied interests and ages, for an entire day, the present Museum would primarily be aborbing to an avid railway enthusiast.

Katy vdB — Google review

Great place to visit especially if you love transport or trains, Such a variety of historical steam engines diesel and electric locomotives, some amazing royal carriages lovely cafe on the platform. The great hall is impressive and facts can be found everywhere, The Ellerman lines cutaway give a great understanding of how steam engines work. If you're in the area definitely worth a visit, I have been many times

Ed Rocksteady — Google review

An awesome railway museum to visit.The Flying Scotsman is in presently (past few times I've visited, she has been out on tour).The VR experience is worthwhile. Pretty popular, so may be useful to book the VR in advance. Overall museum arrival was easy - free entry.The lab section was very well put together, teaching some excellent railway based scientific concepts.

Robbie Cannings — Google review

A real gem in the North of England.The National Railway Museum is a brilliant place to experience and learn about Britain's railways, and some international railway history as well.The main exhibition hall has numerous locomotives, including a few famous ones.The other halls and sheds have other marvellous sights as well.Very handicapped accessible, and also a great place for children.Multiple cafes and areas to play on site.Conservation hall is excellent.Renovations happening throughout 2024 so check the website before visiting.

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Event venue

Temple Newsam is a restored Jacobean mansion in the city centre that offers a scenic day out with a working farm. The mansion has been filled with valuable art and antiques, as well as a tea room, gardens and woodlands to explore.

What a fantastic park with lots of different attractions. There is a beautiful house, cafe, farm and GoApe. Great scenery, lovely to walk with either with a family or a as a couple. Plenty of parking nearby! Would recommend to anyone. Went during a weekday and it was so peaceful. Lovely kept grounds in Leeds.

M S — Google review

Good disabled parking for the walled garden. The herbaceous border and Delphinium collection is brilliant at the moment.Disabled parking too by the house but cobbled areas make for uncomfortable riding/walking.Courtyard cafe is great with nice food and cheerful helpful staff.

Martin Lappage — Google review

Lovely house, grounds, farm and cafe. Very popular place so parking near the house goes quickly, so get there earlyor parkon the road up to the house or on field. Cafe is well worth a visit and food is lovely.

D Teb — Google review

Historical building with an interesting past. Henry the XII slept here. The manor is kept in very good shape and has a lot to look at inside and out. It is well furnished and you can get the feeling of the period. The staff was very informative and enjoyed sharing their knowledge. There are play stations and dress up for children. A wonderful place to spend some time and to take children. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Todd B — Google review

Visited here for the Christmas Light Trail event, which was fantastic and fun for the whole family! Cheaper than similar events too, although not as much to do. The drinks and food stalls were a nice touch, along with the toasted marshmallows over the fire! Definitely recommend!

Slingers — Google review

Beautiful stately house. Owned by Leeds Council. Part of Historic Houses and free to members of Historic Houses. Orginally Tudor it had gone through many changes of ownership and alteration.Beautiful interiors and interesting historic pictures elevate this lovely house. Once known as the Hampton Court of the North. So much to see. We didn't have time to explore the garden and lake. Nice cafe and gift shop.

Christopher Watkins — Google review

Temple Newsam Gardens is a great place to visit for a day out. The gardens are beautiful, the atmosphere is peaceful, and there are plenty of things to see and do. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or just want to relax and enjoy the outdoors, Temple Newsam Gardens is the perfect place for you.Here are some additional details about Temple Newsam Gardens:Admission is free to the gardensThe gardens are open from 10am to 4:30pm, Tuesday to Sunday.There is a cafe on site, as well as a number of picnic areas.Temple Newsam Gardens is located just a short drive from Leeds city center.I would highly recommend Temple Newsam Gardens to anyone looking for a beautiful and relaxing day out.

William Joynson — Google review

Beautiful countryside estate only 15 minutes drive from Leeds city centre... Magnificent house which you can spend hours in walking around looking at all of the different rooms. Staff are really knowledgeable about answering questions and know all the history of the place.Amazing grounds to walk around and have a picnic with miles of open space.

Charles — Google review

Beautiful venue.Some parking is free and some is charged.There is the main house, a farm, lots of green space, Go Ape and a cafe. Today we went to the farm.4.50 per adult and you can buy tickets online or on site. Under 4s free.Really nice interaction with farm animals and examples of historic farm equipment.Very pleasant day topped off with an excellent park.HIGHLY RECOMMEND.See my photos.

PBD — Google review

A really great day out.There's something for everyone, a quirky great house, huuuge parkland, formal gardens, a farm(with animals), small amphitheatre, play areas, a really good cafe and some very friendly knowledgeable staff. All this at a reasonable cost a stones throw from Leeds.GREAT.

Paul Partington — Google review

Great area to take the dogs. Plenty of open space to let them run free, or woodland to explore. Enjoyable in all weather. Toilets available and free car park near the go ape activity area

Kirstie Anderson — Google review

A great place for children & big kids!! A wonderful nature trail, a beautiful lake, and a garden lover’s paradise. A stunning walled garden with a breathtaking glass house. The geraniums & rare breeds of flowers growing inside simply take your breath away. A small clean farm and playground to keep the children busy. A lovely tea room with delicious home made food. The house must be seen from inside. My grandson loved to explore the grand staircase and the dressing up play rooms. My favourite floor was the first floor grand master bedroom with its rich decor and drapings. Something for everyone to enjoy. A must visit. An absolute great value for money.

Fatma Khan — Google review

Went during Halloween and it was SO MUCH fun. Temple Newsam house was so much bigger than expected. Easily spend 2 hours in there looking at each room.The walk from the nearest bus stop to Temple Newsam is also so scenic. In the evening, you see people walking their dogs and hiking. Green areas are very vast and the dense vegetation looks particularly pretty in autumn! Definitely worth a visit (or many) :)

Sharon — Google review

Period house on the outskirts of Leeds with extensive grounds and woodlands. Small pet farm, café and shop. We don't live too far away and pop along with our dog on occasion. Loads of free carparking (except the one next to the house) There's also a GO APE Ariel course on site. The grounds, parkland and Woodlands are all FREE to roam.

Andrew Harrison — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place. I got the impression that not a lot of people know of its whereabouts, but it truly is a wonderful place, worth visiting. We were a group of 4, booked a tour - it was only us and another person for the whole tour. I believe our tour guide was named Tyler - a charming lad, who explained many things in details, which was absolutely wonderful. The park is also marvelous - I wish I could go there every day. We would definitely visit again in summer.

Ralitsa Georgieva — Google review

Beautiful indoors and outdoors. We've visited the house previously, but went back on a Monday (house closed) to explore the grounds. Absolutely beautiful to walk around, a gorgeous garden in good bloom even in mid September and a nice friendly cafe with lots of vegan options. We enjoyed our morning.

Ra Ra — Google review

Lovely day out at this historic stately home and farm. Was terrific fun for the whole family and it includes a nice playground for the little nippers to blow some steam.There is limited free parking on the road just before the roundabout

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Sights & Landmarks

Castle Howard is a beautiful and extravagant stately home with stunning landscaped grounds. It is one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire, and it is easy to see why - its a great place to visit for anyone who loves history, scenery, and relaxation.

A stunning location with beautiful grounds and surrounding parklands. The landscaping makes for incredible views and stunning vistas. The Christmas at marina even is possibly my favorite Christmas event of all time, and certainly the most enjoyable stately home exhibition. The farm shop is superb and highly recommend the sausage rolls and pate

Christopher Kelly — Google review

What a great day out! A tour around the castle proved really interesting and included an exhibition of films and TV shows set at the castle. A delicious lunch in the café and then a walk around the wonderful park, by the lake and through the woodland. Some great follies to investigate. The walled garden is stunning and peaceful. All in all, a great destination.

Kevin Newton — Google review

Stunning estate! Being from the U.S., we don’t have anything so grand—so you can safely ignore reviews that say it’s not as fancy or fabulous as another castle in England. If you’re a foreigner, you’ll find it amazing nonetheless!The rooms available to tour are beautiful. There were friendly guides in each area to share a little bit more detail—helpful if you’re not using the audio guide. In addition to touring a portion of the home, you can also walk around the gardens and grounds. To get the most out your visit, I’d definitely recommend staying for the day.If you’re coming from York like us, you can take the Transdev Castle Line bus. We caught it at York Station Avenue (stop RM), which is across the way from The Grand York hotel. It goes directly to the Castle car park (parking lot) and will return there a couple times throughout the day (check the current schedule though). So easy!

Erika Madden — Google review

We went to the Christmas Neverland experience, and was brilliant, the place was adorned with Peter Pan Christmas decorations , loved it, although we gave a 5* rating, there was one small disadvantage, we wanted to book afternoon tea on their website at the time of booking tickets, but there was nowhere where you could book, well disappointed, we were told when we arrived in the day that afternoon tea was sold out, so why wasn't it shown as sold out on the website even though it was advertised that you could book? Bad point...but apart from that the whole experience was brilliant, even real fires were burning.

John Huckle — Google review

Purely magical at Christmas. I have been in all seasons and love it here. Book early on line and you won’t be disappointed. The Christmas afternoon teas are always fantastic. The walks around the grounds can be enjoyed by all with lovely views. The kids play area is great and lovely to have a picnic here in summer.

Wendy Dando — Google review

We couldn't get the tickets for the house. But the walks around were amazing. Wellies preferable for a wet day. The play area is amazing. Definitely warrants a visit in better weather.

Amrita Bindukalpa — Google review

At £25 a head it is not a cheap day out although the gardens were very interesting and colourful. The house was good but would have been nicer to have seen more behind the scenes. Lunch in the cafe was tasty and not too expensive and the rest of the grounds meant you could easily pass a few hours.

Mark Hedley — Google review

Great day out. We stayed at the castle Howard lakeside holiday park & got 2 for 1 entry which was brilliant. Had lunch at one of the many cafes which was lovely. Had ice-cream at the boat house - banoffee was amazing! The kids play area was brilliant and there was so much to explore and see. It wasn't very busy which was nice. The walled gardens were amazing & I would come to visit again.

Amy Ashton — Google review

A good half-day excursion from York, just a 20’ drive.It loses its fifth star because it’s pricey (£27), but both the house and the gardens are top attractions.Don’t forget to visit the farm shop, it’s a bonus!

Rom? Jim?nez — Google review

Lovely historic house with an interactive online guide that you scan the QR code to get access to. It talks you round each room and is easy to use. There was also guides in a lot of the rooms sharing knowledge and information. The grounds are large and beautiful. Ranging from grassland to forest to lakeside. A children's play area and places to get refreshments while away from the main house. We had a lovely ice cream sat by the lake. Not the cheapest of places to visit but well worth the money.

Dawn Kirkwood — Google review

Spent a couple of hours exploring the grounds and gardens. On a sunny day would recommend taking a picnic as lots of nice areas to sit. We didn't get to explore the house as we had our dog with us so instead just bought the tickets for the garden, a bit pricey but you could spend a good few hours here on a nice day.

Sam Jones — Google review

We visited Castle Howard in the summer and it was very impressive. The house itself is utterly stunning especially the interior dome. You will not be disappointed when you venture around the grounds. Look out for the magnificent fountain.

Grantly Lynch — Google review

The house and gardens were beautiful. The history of the castle was engaging and the guides were all knowledgeable and willing to answer additional questions. Being only a short drive from York, it is well worth the trip!

Steve Wallace — Google review

A stunning stately home with wonderful grounds and surrounding parkland. The excellent landscaping makes for stunning vistas and guided viewpoints.The Christmas at Narnia event is possibly my favourite Christmas event of all time, and certainly my favourite stately home exhibition. I cannot congratulate or thank those who designed and installed it enough.The farmshop is also excellent, especially the pate and scotch eggs!

Sam Yeates — Google review

Well worth a visit. Didn't know much about it so the house condition was a bit of a surprise, but interesting nonetheless. Gardens good for wandering. Had wanted to visit last year but was closed, turns out some godawful-looking American reality show was being filmed.

Chris Bing — Google review

Absolutely lovely day out, beautiful gardens,a huge play-area for big and little kids,really nice coffee shops if a bit pricey for me.Paid for a private tour of the house wow it was outstanding and I was overwhelmed by the beauty,furniture and stories our guide told us about.💯% worth a visit and would visit again in a heartbeat

Beverly Naylor — Google review

Very cool and under-the-radar place to go and see if you're in the area, very down-home with mostly volunteers working the grounds and tour information. Great for photo opportunities and hanging about. Multiple gardens about and other things to see.

Leif Satermo — Google review

Stunning interiors with a rich history of the building. Don't hesitate to ask for more information from the employees in the many rooms. Take your time walking around the Castle grounds and (depending the season) enjoy the beautifully designed gardens.

Lotte Dekker — Google review

Delightful half day. The house is amazing with very helpful staff & interesting history to tell. The grounds are lovely too. Staff are so good especially Paul on the Kelly car ride & Linda in the house,you made our visit special. Thank you.

Kim Adams — Google review

House is beautiful,especially at Christmas. A bit disappointed with the outdoor areas however, no where to sit outside if its raining (which it was). I compared it to Chatsworth that had under cover gazebos in the courtyards. Also no christmas lights in the gardens. They could do so much more with it. But overall happy with the house

Miss Google — Google review

The long drive approach is impressive. Plenty of parking with adequate disabled spaces. The house is very disabled friendly with wheelchairs available and a stairlift to overcome the only flight of stairs. Staff were friendly, welcoming and informative. The cafe was popular with a decent range of food and drinks available. The extensive grounds could be wandered for hours but soft grounds and a lack of stoned paths limits those dependant on wheelchairs.

Arthur Jones — Google review

A rainy day visit, lovely day out with family despite the weather. We got garden tickets only and there was plenty to keep us occupied.Skelf island is perfect for kids to burn some energy and have fun.The courtyard cafe, offered a decent amount of food all of which was tasty. I recommend the buddah bowl tasted fresh and light.The grounds are dog friendly and a decent walk, which you can make as long or short as you wish.

krystle — Google review

Excellent English country manor and surrounding gardens/land. Definitely worth a visit if staying nearby or coming from York (1 hour bus ride). The house is stunning from the outside, and the inside rooms equally as ornate and interesting to wander around. Large grounds and gardens to explore too, with a few options dotted around to eat and drink at.

Matt Ward — Google review

A beautiful house and garden with a terrific adventure playground too. Though I am a bit of a Brideshead fan, you don't have to have seen the film/TV series to enjoy Castle Howard.Highlights include lots of Greek and Romany statuary, the incredible ceiling frescoes in the great hall and dome, the richly decorated rooms, the temples in the garden. Our children (4, 8 &9) all enjoyed the adventure playground too. There are a couple of rooms that are waiting to be restored (after the fire of '41, which reveal the stone walls behind the finery. Good tea rooms too.

Jonathan Pritchard-Barrett — Google review

Title: A Majestic Experience at Castle HowardAs I stepped into the grand entrance of Castle Howard, I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe at the sheer scale and majesty of this stunning estate. The moment I walked through the doors, I knew I was in for a treat. The exhibition was impeccable, with each room meticulously curated to showcase the beauty and history of the castle.The first thing that struck me was the incredible collection of artwork on display. The walls were adorned with masterpieces by some of the world's most renowned artists, including the impressive collection of paintings by Paninni. The vibrant colors and masterful brushstrokes transported me to a world of elegance and refinement, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder at the talent on display.But what truly made my visit unforgettable was the Tony Cragg sculpture exhibition that was on display during my visit. The intricate and thought-provoking pieces were a feast for the eyes, and I found myself lingering in front of each one, taking in the intricate details and marveling at the artist's skill. The way the light danced across the sculptures, highlighting the textures and shapes, was truly breathtaking.As I made my way through the castle, I was struck by the impeccable condition of the estate. Every aspect of the castle, from the lavish furnishings to the meticulously manicured gardens, was clearly lovingly maintained and cared for. It was clear that the team at Castle Howard is dedicated to preserving this piece of history for future generations to enjoy.One of the highlights of my visit was the stunning architecture of the castle itself. The grand halls and sweeping staircases were a sight to behold, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder at the history that had unfolded within these walls. From the intricate stone carvings to the ornate ceilings, every detail was a testament to the craftsmanship and skill of the castle's creators.Throughout my visit, I was struck by the sense of history that permeates every aspect of Castle Howard. From the artifacts on display to the very walls themselves, every element of the castle tells a story of the people and events that have shaped this incredible estate over the centuries. Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, Castle Howard is a must-visit destination.Rating: 5/5 starsPrice: Moderate (£28 per person)Recommended for: Art lovers, history buffs, and anyone looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Michael G (MG) — Google review

Lovely gardens. Lots of places to walk. Some stunning views. Good playground for the kids.Only let down is the cafe with average food and high prices.

Fov — Google review

A great morning at Neverland. Highly recommended. We have never been before and our adult group.of 3 all.enjoyed it.We had off peak tickets which were good value but peak prices are think would be a bit expensive. It's also a bit cheeky to ask for £6 to park the car I think, this should be part of the ticket price.Lovely mulled wine from the van outside.Beautifully decorated inside and not too busy because of the timed entry.Pretty shop and an extra marquee for food and drink. Lovely day

Dawn Abbey — Google review

A beautiful historical building and surrounding landscape. There’s a farm shop and several food options available. Lovely walks around the grounds, perfect place to bring the family and dogs are very welcome.

Holly Sedgwick — Google review


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York, YO60 7DA, United Kingdom

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Royal Armouries Museum

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Royal Armouries Museum is a museum in Leeds, England that showcases historic arms and armor from across the globe. The museum is home to more than 8,500 objects on display in six impressive galleries, and it's one of the city's most interesting attractions. Among the collections are weapons and armor from the Tower of London, as well as Indian elephant armor and fencing displays.

Such a good place to go and spend hours, either alone or with friends or families! The staff are very welcoming and friendly. A variety of interesting stories and stuff, from the west to the east, from ancient time to modern time. Some of the displays are just breath-taking - take your time to explore! The shopping area and food area are also good. The food and drink served are pretty decent. I really had a wonderful time here. It is a fantastic place that I would recommend to all of my friends!

Sheryl Yu — Google review

Outstanding. Free entry, great amenities, easy lift access onto each floor. Incredibly well set out and something for all ages. Staff were helpful. Each floor has a different theme and the displays are exceptional. The amount of time and effort put in to set out each area must be immense. Really really great time and have already recommended to many others who haven't yet been. 5*

Ashley Roberts — Google review

It's one of the greatest museum with a great collection of arms and armours of all times where I was lucky to have been! Most of the artifacts are in a good state, and you can trace the development of arms, armours, and guns too. In addition, this museum has a great collection from all over the world, and not only England.And it's free to visit, so I recommend!

Natalja Ganzik — Google review

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. It's housed in a lovely building. Staff were all very helpful. We spent a few hours walking round. Lots to see there. We went just before the school holidays so it wasn't too busy.Only criticism I would have was that there were few areas that were closed when we went. Bad timing on our part i think.Overall, it is an excellent museum. Great for young and old.

Richard Kirkwood — Google review

A fantastic museum and a great spot to visit when exploring Leeds. There is so much on display and the layout really works well. You can spend anywhere between an hour and all day in this museum and still find new things.

Matthew Harwood — Google review

Absolutely amazing place to visit, so many artifacts and information to take on board. There was a little presentation on whilst we were there (Yankee Doodle story) and it was awesome! Great for all ages, and interest levels. Would recommend if you're in the area.

Nadine Martinez — Google review

It’s an very impressive world war history themed museum. They display armors , weapons, tools etc. What I love the most is their orientalist gallery. Expected the Japanese part. The items they have collected are quite authentic. You can even see the floral patterns in details. Make sure go check out what time they have shows. The swordsman fighting is definitely worth to see. There aren’t many museums in Leeds and this one is a bit far from city center, but it is worth going. Plus their gift shop fully of toys. Perfect for taking your kids there.

Etheria H — Google review

Absolutely amazing free museum. Extremely welcoming friendly staff. The exhibits are truly staggering..and so varied..from medieval swords and armour to American Western guns to movie props. There are brilliant demonstrations of swordsmanship and interesting talks throughout the day so to take full advantage get there early as they are hourly. The cafe - amazing value for money and restaurant standard food. Spent the whole day here. Loved it!

Dawn Dixon — Google review

My kids love this museum. We always get the water taxi which is great! Been a few times for the jousting and they put on a really good show with lots of extra activities. The sword fighting displays are on every day and are really good. The elephant and oriental armour is a firm favourite. Great shop too!

sarah berry — Google review

Fascinating, and sometimes harrowing, journey through the history of weapons and conflict. Amazing displays and regular demonstrations where history is brought to life. A few more interactive displays would make it perfect, but still thoroughly worth a visit.Nice cafe and gift shop, but also next to Leeds Docks with other places to eat.Parking at a reasonable price in the nearby multi-storey car park, just a couple of minutes walk away.

O Ozmeister — Google review

This is a really well presented venue that is very child friendly but is equally good for adults if they are interested in the military history.There are plenty of clear sign posts, parking is in an adjacent multi story car park for the Leeds Dock Complex.The museum itself is packed with interesting exhibits with lots of information, it is on a number of floors but there are great lifts that whisk you between the floors, the lifts give good disabled access to all the floors and display areas.There is lots to see and a number of places that you can sit and rest plus some very nice cafes.Toilets as you would expect in a modern building like this are really well designed, clean and fresh with good facilities and plenty of disabled facilities.If we are passing this way again we will probably make a return visit.

Alan Holt — Google review

For a free experience the royal armouries is absolutely fantastic. Huge and filled with exciting areas and lots of amazing shows that are also free to watch. The cafe is nice and the shop is great too. I definitely recommend a visit here. The staff are all very friendly and welcoming.

Shannon Baxendale — Google review

The museum was good, a few exhibits missing from the last time I went (20+ years ago). There was much less about how the items were made this time, but an abundance of arms and armour etc.The only downside was the cafe, very basic food nowhere near good enough for the prices charged.The gift shop was well stocked and well worth a visit.It's also worth going to see any shows that are on.All in all a good day.

Peter Wrightson — Google review

Loved the visit and a vast range of armoury and arms displays from ancient to modern times.Shows a new view of history and culture across the worldLoved the medieval and huge knights and elephant displaysDefinitely worth half a day here and experience different side of world history

Ullas kishore — Google review

Always a great place to visit for families, plenty of information to guide you through, fantastic gift shop. Cafe looked delicious but was busy so didn't indulge. Been quite a few times took us 2 hours to look around, if it's your first time & you visit cafe give yourself half a day, big storey car park available 5 mins away.

Gaynor Weaver — Google review

It's massive and informative! My kid loves this place, spent about 2 hours here. Show tickets run out fast, make sure you arrive a bit earlier if you want to enjoy the live show there

Zoe Chan — Google review

Fantastic museum! We travelled from Manchester for our visit and will definitely visit again. We loved how much variety there was and the fact there were interactive exhibits. It is huge too, so even though it was busy due to the school holidays, it didn't seem crowded.The staff were really helpful and friendly.

Hannah Taylor — Google review

It's so impressive to see thousands of rich, incredible and well organized guns, swords, armours... from ancient times to the present day. Most importantly, the talks and tours are educational and inspirational. There were many local students and foreign trainees visiting the museum. They were very attentive in the talks and I believed they had a fruitful learning experience there.

Daniel Chan — Google review

Amazingly well presented display that will take you on a trip through time and across continents . I could get lost in here for days and never take in all the information available , ten out of ten for the staff and the presentation . One thing made me laugh you will see a Knuckle duster Knife and Gun all in one piece of kit . That truly gives a new meaning to if at first you don't succeed , try , try and try again for me . There was a very interesting helmet with metal moustache built in vanity it would seem knows no bounds . In the hunting section I loved the hunter on his Elephant attacking a Tiger . Not nice I know but very lifelike and impressive . The Longbow Man was a bit intimidating these battles must have been terrifying . The Dragon like piece of Horse armour from Asia was cool I thought quite friendly looking in a strange kind of way and his side kick was quite handsome too . There was a live sword fighting display but unfortunately I missed this . Again 10 out of 10 another great attraction in Leeds what a great City . If you are not local I wouldn't advise trying to drive in the Park and Ride is easy and much less stress . I would highly recommend a visit .

heimdal odinson — Google review

Absolutely amazing experience, the staff were so friendly, helpful and kind and even got involved in the all around building entertainment. The cafe and toilet facilities were clean on point and all round spotless and hygienic no fault, credit to them.This place is a have to see to believe, the history it holds is phenomenal, around every corner over every step is something unreal and different, there isn't a corner where this stunning piece of history isn't covered. They really have kept an era of life and existence truly alive, highly recommended for a full fun packed day.Although it is free entry, donations are greatly needed and thanked to keep this part if history alive, so please leave a few pound if you can it truly helps. Thanks again 👍

Discover With Bailee (DiscoverWithBailee) — Google review

Outstanding. Totally worth every minute.Some of the highlight of our many visit:- A wide selection of everything you would wanna see from the past and present.- Education rooms with audio and video.- Staff are very knowledgeable and performers.- Informative brochures and flyers.- Kids friendly and wheelchair accessible.- Gift and coffee shop- Great set up, sound, video and light system.- Highly recommending visit their website and social media to attend their educational events.We have visited during the weekdays, weekend and public holidays. It never failed to amaze us.

Mo Bellamy — Google review

What an absolute stunning and free museum this is. It has got to be up there with one of the best and most interested I have ever visited. It is vast in size and has got lots of interesting collections of anything to do with war and weaponry. I would take a trip back here at some point.

Barag Dawazbag — Google review

Wow..What can i say, I have been to quite a few museums.. Must say the collection here is unparalleled, great helpful staff , stunning and a must see if you are in Leeds, you Will need a some time to get through all the floors, great Cafe and shop on ground floor, lifts for Mobility affected, would recommend taking a water taxi (£2) from Leeds train station.Wheelchair friendly and Free admission.

rudey valentino — Google review

Absolutely fantastic museum. I came when I was a kid and it has changed so much. I brought my 3 kids aged 18/13/12 and each of them loved it. The summer holiday program was really fun. The sword fighting demonstration was really fun the actors were great and made a huge effort for the audience. We watched the outdoor horse show in the arena. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Also went to the stables to meet the horses. No entrance fee which makes it a great day out for anyone. Would recommend to everybody. Fun for any age.

Tara Aydemir — Google review

Great exhibition with lots of interesting pieces of armour and weaponry from across many centuries. Good range of shows provided through the day and some interactive exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyed our day there (2 adults and a 6 year old).Just be aware that the cafes a rather expensive. Although the food is ‘homemade,’ it is quite pricey for what you get. Having said that, entry to the museum is free.

Will Davies — Google review

Very good museum, whether you like military history or not you will be entertained. I specifically enjoyed the temporary gold gun exhibition on the top floor, some gorgeous exhibits there and my personal highlight. Spent about 3 hours and didn't see everything so I'll return soon.

Daniel Volak — Google review

I have been visiting the armories for many years with my children, since it first opened.We have always loved it .The presentations, performances and jousting closely followed by the kids activity room and cross bow range were always there favorites.Today we went as an adult family of 6 adults and 2 teens.For nostalgia sake lots of displays and cabinets were still the same.Some areas such as self defense desperately need an overhaul.It was disappointing to discover the cross bow range is now closed, but they do have plans to reopen this next month. This has always had a charge.Another disappointment even though my kids are too big the childrens activities room with dressing up and craft activities is no longer there , it looks like a classroom now, probably for school visits.Jousting is a warmer month only activity and only in school holidays I believe.We watched a presentation by two people which was informative but a little dull, could do with a little audience participation maybe.For people visiting for the first time they would have a great free day outFor those who have visited before you will realize it's a little dated and needs refreshing .There was a new exhibition which we all enjoyed.We didn't eat or drink but there is a cafe on site.The shop is well stocked and reasonably priced pencils and pens from £2/£3.There are good public transport links.There is a multi story car park which has a charge.It's very accessible with lifts to all floors.

D B — Google review

A fantastic collection of weapons and armour, and put on different shoes and displays. you could easily spend hours in here, they also have cafe and toilet facilities. Entry is free, although most people give a donation. Perfect for a rainy day

El Monteith — Google review

My wife and I visited the Royal Armouries for the first time last Saturday. The museum is enormous and houses some amazing exhibitions and montages..We particularly enjoyed the Asia gallery. It was interesting to compare how things like body armour and implements of war developed in other cultures over the centuries.There was a live demonstration of two-handed sword fighting by two witty and knowledgeable presenters.Even for peace-loving people like us, the armouries is a special place.

Robert Wolz — Google review

A wonderful day out, definitely worth the visit. You can easily spend all day looking at the artifacts.We were lucky to go on the superhero event so there were plenty of shows to watch too.

Lisa Moseley — Google review

Wow, what a place! It's massive, and entry is free until June 2024. There's a lot to see. We spent around 2 hours there and didn't get to read or see everything! Very instructive and engaging. I have a lot more images, too numerous to upload. Make sure you leave enough time to see everything.

K V Meher Hruthik — Google review


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Armouries Dr, Leeds, LS10 1LT, United Kingdom

+44 113 220 1916


Flamingo Land Resort

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Water & Amusem*nt Parks

Flamingo Land Resort is a theme park and zoo with a range of rides for all ages. It's perfect for big kids and small, with plenty to offer both attractions-wise and conservation-minded activities.

Fantastic day out for all the family or friends. Plenty to do from start to finish. Kids rides plenty! adult rides plenty! Pirate show great. Loads and varied food outlets around the park although a little to strep in price but it's kind of expected really. The kids loved the meet and greet with Peter Rabbit and had an opportunity to get a photo. Handy to have the map of site downloaded to phone. large Park with a great zoo which has plenty of animals. Parking is free and it's cheaper to buy tickets to park before you go. As this was out of main holiday season it was so quiet no queues hardly for anything but from past experience gets busy peak times.Staff were generally very friendly and interactive and helpful. Easy to get most things done in a day when quiet but peak you would need 2 days to prob do all the stuff.

Bri Willo — Google review

Good place for a family day out. We were there in April and it wasn't busy so there were no queues for the rides. Rides are short but good and fast so kids loved it. Animals seem well looked after and sea lion show is worth the visit. Place is ideal for under 9 years old children as they have plenty of entertainment for them. The only downside is the quality of the food and limited options for vegetarians or vegans but you'll be fine with the slice of pizza or Chinese.

D P — Google review

We had a fun time here, but it was far from perfect. The rides were good, but the operations could be better.Sik, was the highlight, with a short queue throughout the day, however broke down frequently. Velocity, was also down for most of the day, and cliffhanger was closed at the beginning of the day.Apart from that, ride availability was good, with most rides on quite a short queue, apart from hero, which reached 90 minutes.The park as a whole felt a bit disjointed, with attempts at theming, but it lacked atmosphere and coherency.Considering we had half price tickets from black Friday, we had a great day! But at full price on the gate, would think again about coming, unless they added a big new ride, or had a big revamp.

William Bambrook — Google review

We visited here today and had a nice sunny day. The staff we encountered were friendly. Plenty of rides for all ages. We took our kids (7and 4) and they absolutely loved it. I think the longest we stood in a queue for was 20mins (kids rides). My kids loved the pirate show that was on. We took a picnic down so can't comment on the food outlets. Plenty of toilets around the site. Kids loved seeing the animals too. Lots of gift shops.

Melissa MacDonald — Google review

What an amazing day out! The resort is absolutely MASSIVE! Far bigger than we imagined.There is literally something there for everyone! We didn't expect too much in the way of rides for our young kids, but were pleasantly surprised. As a bonus, we barely queued for any ride. The kids had an absolute blast and were fearless, given it was their first time at a theme park! We were lucky enough to meet Peter Rabbit and Lily too!! 😁The zoo was equally brilliant. There are loads of different animals to see, including rhino's and hippos! We were also lucky enough to catch a few of the talks/demos, including the sea lions and birds of prey. Very interesting and fun for the kids to watch!We didn't get on any of the adult rides (due to having the little ones with us) but there looked like loads for the big kids too! We spent about 6 hours there and didn't get round everything!Well worth the money for an absolutely fantastic day out!

Mista T — Google review

A lovely holiday in a static caravan. There was 6 of us in total and all of varying ages from 4 to 60. There was lots to do and loads of places to eat and even a cooplands on site. Prices very reasonable compared to some theme parks. We stayed 3 nights and 4 days and didn't have time to be bored. There were talks and shows daily in the zoo area and there is a timed feed for the lions, the sea lion show was fantastic and had a picture opportunity at the end which my little boy loved. There are plenty of rides for the shorter members of the group under 4ft and an ample amount for the thrill seekers. Velocity is 100% recommended by me but hero wasn't a favourite for me, I even got a bruise 🤣. The night time entertainment was different on all nights, some nights were better than others. The amusem*nts are now all cashless and you purchase credits on a card.

Amanda Smith — Google review

Visited flamingo land recently and was blown away by everything! It was so good! Me and my partner were massively impressed by the resort we loved it all, the theme park was excellent very clean and fun! There are top thrill rides and medium sized rides and smaller family rides. The facilities were top notch and the prices were very reasonable! But the zoo was just amazing!! The amount to explore was awesome, the range of animals was incredible and they all seemed very happy and clean but also the enclosures were brilliant with plenty of space and good viewing. Overall we absolutely loved our time there and would definitely go back! Also the car park was free. I would put flamingo land above chessington easy! Well done guys and keep up all the good work.

Ryan Barratt — Google review

Nice theme park with friendly staff. Very suitable for young families with lots of rides suitable for little ones.There's also a few bigger rides for the more adventurous.The zoo breaks the day nicely and there are plenty of places to eat your picnic.

Carl — Google review

Theme park and zoo.Can take your dog with you in theme park but not the zoo.Plenty to do and see.Best to book tickets online as cheaper than gate.We got our tickets via kids pass and got discounted again.Definitely return again if in the area.

Gareth Sampson — Google review

Always a fun day here. Google maps are accurate and will direct you there perfectly. And there is Plenty of parking spaces.There are some amazing rides here and the kids love it. Also there are some zoo animals here including a sea lion show and bird show .there also a pirate show just near the main entrance. There are toilets and disabled toilets here. 🚻 also plenty of places to get drinks and doughnuts 🍩 and gift shops. There is rides for younger kids but some will need to be accompanied by an adult. It's a great day here ☺️

Paul Barwick — Google review

Entertainment staff excellent. Staff at food/beverage locations seem mostly to be lacking in training basic things like asking what ice cream comes with the waffles required a team leader to explain and refillable cups a pain constantly needed to show receipt great but I bought 4 cups and we are not always together. Zoo staff and ride staff friendly, helpful and informative. Ride queues very short during our trip and zoo keepers really seemed to enjoy interacting with us and answering questions.Caravan was spotless and smelled great while being very comfortable and ideal for our needs

david bartlett — Google review

Visited this resort after a good few years, a lot has changed, most rides were closed, staff seem rude at the rides and at the games stalls and shops. Some food places were shut so was difficult to find food. Weather was expecting to rain but was windy and sunny which was good, the sea lion show was nice to watch. When watching the animals, they don't seem looked after which was saddening to see and some weren't there either to see. But overall was nice day out with good weather.

Naillah Khan — Google review

A great deal to be had if you use the kids' pass app for a discount on entry to the resort. There are plenty of animals and shows to see, not much queuing for rides, but I went late April, so I guess that will vary. The only downside was food and gifts are overpriced, so take plenty spending money, overall a great day out.

Ja Reed — Google review

Absolutely fab place to bring the kids, there’s something for everyone regardless of age or ability. They also have a zoo with animals show which are fab. We stayed in a caravan for the week and the kids were entertained non stop throughout the week, the caravans are lovely and clean. The only bad point if I had to find one is the price of the food everywhere in the park, it’s so expensive to eat out and non of the food is really worth the money. I tried to get the kids a meal deal and they had run out of sandwiches and weren’t offering any replacement and no discount on the meal to have it without the sandwich which was disappointing and the staff were really rude and snappy towards my kids but that was only one shop, the other shops that I visited the staff were beyond helpful.

Claire R — Google review

Visited the Zoo only as the Theme park was fully shut,had a Fantastic time as the Zoo was not busy and all the animals were very active.Being a photographer i got some great shots of all the Big Cats which was my highlight of the day.Definitely recommended as a Visit

David Maughan — Google review

Always a great time at flamingo land. We stay for 4/5 days every October half term. I am now a wheelchair user and still find it great.Accessibility wise- you can get a pass which works as a virtual queue- they will sign your card with the next time you can ride and therefore don’t need to physically queue which is a massive help. I can stay in my wheelchair by going up through the exit and then transfer to the ride.Accommodation wise I have stayed in the caravans, a lodge, the house and also a cottage and all have been great. Obviously the better accommodations like the cottage are higher spec and therefore more expensive. Some also have hot tubs which are great for the colder nights.Entertainment wise- there’s always things going on, shows for the kids, bigger entertainment, an arcade, plenty of bars and some restaurants. The silent firework display is always a highlight!The zoo is fantastic and love spending a whole day there attending the talks and shows- definitely recommend them to enhance your experience.Overall- great family holiday every year - dress for the weather and you’ll have a great time no doubt.

Alannah Whitbread — Google review

Great family day out. Lots to do for kids big and small.A wide spread of attractions and rides mixed for kids and adults.A amazing zoo within the park too. With lots of shows from birds to sea lions.All in all a fantastic day out or stay within the resort too.

Alan Walker — Google review

Some big rides which were really exciting.Some of the big rides were closed all the time we were there and many of the others keep closing then opening again .Park looks very tired .Plenty for the very young children .There is a zoo as well as rides .The pirate show is very good. Prices for food and drinks are not too bad. A bit disappointed as when for the Halloween date as it said there were street entertainment but didn't see anything at all around the park ☹️also said it was decorated for the Halloween this was very poor 😠a few skeletons some grave stones not a lot of effort put in to this at all very disappointed.But there was a bit of a bounce as on the day we went there was a added show the Circus of Horrors ,which went a little way to make up for the lack of Halloween around the park .

Teresa Sanders — Google review

Not been in many years and have 3 kids mixed ages. You know what, I was pleasantly surprised. Despite parts being closed and areas a little run down the kids loved it, plenty for you get ones as well as older so will definitely be coming back. Don't think I'd pay full whack but loads of offers knocking around on various sites (which is what we did in half term).We took our own food but they still managed to bleed my dry with ice creams, sweets and drinks so be prepared but we all had a top day and it was worth it 😂

Mike Cosgrove — Google review

We had the best day out, weather was perfect and even with the baking heat the park wasn't too bad waiting till etc, annoyingly the boat ride where you can soak people going round only had 2 boats running so the line was huge and it's a very very slow ride so this took over an hour where as we managed nearly all the big rides in under two hours, this meant we didn't have time to do the Zoo but it definitely wouldn't put me off from going again! Great day out if a bit pricey!

Jim Cameron — Google review


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Kirby Misperton, Malton, United Kingdom

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a scenic 18-mile steam railroad that runs through a national park. It's perfect for day trips, with trains running rain or shine, and can be enjoyed for lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner. The railway is privately owned and run for 18 miles through beautiful countryside.


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Salts Village Bakery Ltd

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Salts Village Bakery Ltd, located in Saltaire, is renowned for its delectable Yorkshire curd tarts. These pastries are not only visually appealing but also incredibly delicious. This bakery, positioned conveniently near Salts Mill, offers an array of delightful treats curated by GrandmaWilds. With generous portions and reasonable prices, it is the perfect place to dine in Saltaire. The friendly staff ensures a pleasant experience for visitors while the menu caters to both sweet and savory preferences.

A Yorkshire curd tart is a thing of great beauty. And great taste.So just imagine two of them...I had a Yorkshire too - surely the finest pasty I have ever eaten.From Salts Village Bakery, Saltaire.Moreover, an emporium of delights from @GrandmaWildsHandily located to the right of Salts Mill as you look down onto the town, railway and allotments from the Mill.

Rod Ismay — Google review

The cafe looks lovely and quaint. Well, looks are deceiving and what befell me next is what I’d call the great baked potato tragedy. Two tiny spuds (McCain’s microwave ones are bigger), total cost. £8 with tuna and coleslaw - the spuds were burned to a crisp. I know the lady knew this as she split them to add the fillings, and she still sold them! Not sure how you turn spuds into rocks, bonfires have yielded better results - two cute small potato’s who never got to fulfil their destiny, instead they became coal. Nearly took my teeth out as I’m not one to give up without a fight, alas this was a lost battle, the poor fork also went to plastic heaven.

Faz Sh — Google review

Called in for Sausage sandwich and an egg sandwich. 1 tea & 1 cappuccino. Walked down to Roberts Park to eat. My sausage was obviously yesterday's re heated black burnt and stale. Tge cappuccino had a tea bag in it. Not difficult is it. Shan't be calling again

Paul Brennan — Google review

I love this place! The staff are always friendly and chatty and they make the best cheese sandwich in the land! Not stingy with the fillings either , very generous and you get a bowl of crisps. Their hot chocolate is 10 out of 10 with lots of whipped cream on top and marshmallows if requested ( although I'm vegetarian so I just have with the cream).

K M — Google review

Arrived at 1.40 on Saturday order 4 hot sandwiches. Was made to feel like we was putting the staff out a little due to the time as the time was mentioned before they agreed to make them. Sandwiches themselves where nice.

Davin Smith — Google review

I ordered a large turkey salad sandwich, the lady on the till used her bare hands to throw it together without any hand washing before or after. Even when she has been handling money and whatever else before she made it! The rest of the cooked food was spot on and zero complaints very nice!lovely location just let down after watching the food been made…

D C — Google review

Really helpful and friendly staff, delicious hot chocolate, affordable and cute little Halloween treats! Highly recommend!

Mia Reeves — Google review

Really disappointing lunch. This was my ham salad for £3.95!! Absolutely shocking and to be told after this was made that there was no salad for my second sandwich which still cost £3.95 for an egg and cucumber. No attempt to slightly reduce costs or offer a sincere apology

Row Pinocchio — Google review

Amazing sandwiches, freshly made to order. Also fantastic choice of buns, lovely 😍

Linda Dodsworth — Google review

Asked for a well done bacon sandwich with runny yolk. Felt like I was putting the staff out, the women anyway, a young boy was quite pleasant. Sandwich took a while to come, which I wouldn't mind if it was worth eating. The bacon was like concrete and the yolk wasn't runny but the white was 🤮. £5.85 for an inedible sandwich and drink with poor customer service.

Laura Turner — Google review

Best place to eat in saltaire! Large portions, amazing prices, both sweet and savoury options, and most importantly really lovely staff. Highly recommend if you’re visiting salts mills - skip their long restaurant queue and come here!

Nell Miles — Google review

Used to be a good spot but seems to have gone down hill. Asked for tuna mayo salad, bread was dry, small amount of filling and the only salad was 6 slices of tomato and a few scraps of red onion.If you don't have the right ingredients to make what a customer asked for then let them know and let them make the choice. Don't serve them something not up to scratch and still charge them for it!

Joe Buttrick — Google review

Small-town bakery with indoor eating area. Wonderful choice of tempting baked goods and hot/cold sandwiches and drinks. Good value and great atmosphere. Excellent.

Andrew Stopford — Google review

Five stars for the vegan sausage roll!!The best one I have eaten anywhere, ever. I don't know what's in it, but it's tastier than the piggy one! Try it! But 🤫 let's keep it quiet so they don't sell out!

Amy Juden — Google review

The Cheese sandwich was absolutely amazing and the bread roll was so soft.The atmosphere for the tables are quite small so we had to take ours to go. I definitely recommend. I will be coming back

Emilia Szopa — Google review

Had two steak bakes never again. Mine, the pastry was soggy and greasy and the steak was missing! Absolutely tasteless. My partners steak tasted and looked like cat food. We both didn't eat them. Absolutely disgusting. Overpriced. Should rename the place, the cat food bakery.

Pippa Summer — Google review

I was served by a very rude lady. She stopped listening to my order mid sentence so she could listen in to what another member of staff was talking about, I had to repeat myself and was met with very blunt replies to my questions about the product's. She used zero manners not even please and thank you when taking payment. I am autistic and was made to feel extremely awkward by a very rude member of staff. Food was very good although for obvious reasons I won't be returning.

Dave Mortell — Google review


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Saltaire is a historic textile mill in West Yorkshire that has been turned into an art gallery, shopping complex, and restaurant. It is completely free to enter, and houses a significant number of David Hockneys paintings and drawings. The complex also features excellent indie shops selling all sorts of trinkets and treasures. For a full day of fun, head to the Opera bar for some tasty treats beneath a huge handpainted David Hockey mural.

A friend recommended a trip here and I spent a good couple of hours mooching around all the floors in the building.... lots of local artisans, concession shops, art installations, museum pieces, as well as David Hockney artworks. Plenty of places to grab food or a coffee, so don't stop at the first place you come across! Free parking.

Ali Cammers — Google review

Wonderful choice of books on art and other matters.Inspirational place.The art is amazing...the gallery space outstanding.Friendly helpful staff (we asked to leave our suitcase as we were staying over and didn't want to drag it round with us).We return annually for gifts, cards etc. And always will

Marianne Roberts — Google review

What an absolutely spectacular building this is.Once used to produce alpaca wool suits, it has been beautiful maintained and is now home to art galleries, shops and a wonderful diner. Spent a couple of hours here and could definitely have spent longer. Absolutely loved it.

Stacey MacNaught — Google review

It was hard to guess from just looking at the building built in 1853, that it would have so much information about the history of Salt Mills, a beautiful gallery of paintings by the famous David Hockney, creating using an iPad, an amazing cafe & diner, antique & jewelry section, beautiful display of 3D paper cards, really showed the much appreciated “Making” culture of the folks of the Saltaire village society. I was overall very impressed with the plethora of ingenious Artwork and vintage collection, that I mostly saw in the movies, absolutely loved being here!!!Outside of the salts mill, was a beautiful park for friends & families to spend quality time in nature together:)

Shweta_3D DIVA — Google review

This place was absolutely fabulous. I had no idea about the history of Saltaire and was in awe of it. The video presentation which was roughly 40-50 minutes was hugely informative. There's something for everyone here be it art, architecture, history, eateries, antiques. Well worth a visit. My only regret is that I didn't have enough time to fully take in all the information about the production side of things. You could easily spend a full day here!

Anna Craven — Google review

Stunning grade 2 listed former textile mill in Saltaire, near Bradford. The main thing that draws visitors to here is the marvellous collections of David Hockney art, which is housed on a couple of the floors. The whole building makes for a great day out. There's galleries, shops, cafes and an exhibition about the history and working processes of the old mill. It's got plenty of free parking and toilet facilities.

John Bashford — Google review

A beautifully preserved Victorian mill building with a huge capacity. The main attraction is the world's largest David Hockney art collection, which is creatively mixed in with Victorian ceramics and artefacts from the mill, and spread over the ground and top floors. There are also exhibitions from other local artists, a room dedicated to the history of the mill, an impressive bookshop, a beautiful home store, a jewellery designer showroom, and an antiques emporium.Plenty to keep you occupied for a while then! And when you start to flag, there's a choice of two excellent quality cafes, serving hot food and wine, as well as the usual coffee and cakes, and it's table service too. There are also loos on every floor.Such a well organised space, and a well thought out visitor experience. Loved it!

Alison Payton — Google review

Had a good time at the Mill and surrounding areas with our three young children, despite heavy rain all day. The gallery spaces are fantastic, as are the art supplies and bookshop. We didn't eat at the cafes, the food looked good but we were just looking for sandwiches, which they don't really cater for unfortunately. Roberts Park has a good playground for the kids and the Half Moon cafe has some good paninis, toasties, cakes etc. at reasonable prices. Will visit again in spring to hopefully get more out of the place.

P Vincent — Google review

I wish I lived closer to this place. Went here with relatives from the area and thoroughly enjoyed it. A huge mill converted into a multi use venue with an art gallery, bookshop, food hall and upmarket shop selling designer housewares. The art gallery is fantastic with plenty of different artists but with a big David Hockney theme. Great day out for art lovers.

michael laing — Google review

What an incredible place this is!I love the history behind it all and the philanthropy is evident all around.Artworks, home furnishings and large restaurant complete the experience. You can also walk along the canal towpath to bingley ( only 3 miles away) to see the amazing five rise locks.

Woody's Allotment and Homebrew Channel — Google review

Visited on a bank holiday monday and there were a number of Hockney exhibitions open to the public. There are also a number of shops including a very good book shop. Cafe and restaurant was bustling and looked good but did not stop for food. The building is huge and I was drawn by the sheer quantity and quality of York stone slabs used to make up the flooring. Substantial!

Ashley Roberts — Google review

Beautiful place to visit. Plenty of free parking and disabled parking near to the entrance. Visited the David Hockney exhibition which was wonderful and well laid out. Plenty of opportunity to purchase souvenirs in the shop. The shop is also well stocked with books and gifts. Lift available to all floors. Restaurant is lovely but disappointed that the coffee shop was closed. Food was delicious and served beautifully. Definitely worth a visit.

C S — Google review

Fantastic venue on a rainy day.Wonderful cafe but make sure you book.The art gallery is fascinating, amazing antique curios, superb quirky, unique design shop and a bookshop to rival the best.

Tim Pilling — Google review

I adore this place, as a media person who is interested in art, then this is the place to come. It has everything shops, Cafes , I went there with my daughter and her boyfriend, who both enjoyed the experience, The Hockney gallery is amazing , if you’re in the area, then it’s the place to come ! Absolutely top-notch

Indiana James — Google review

Love visiting this place … art supplies on the ground floor, go up a level for books, resturant, art, shops and the “kitchen/home shop” which is amazing. Great for a mooch and to collect ideas , contemplate the next direction on a project. Kinda works for kids but depends on their interests … remember you can catch a train here and there is the canal … so lots to see

Spencer Hudson — Google review

Absolutely loved it here! Been saying I wanted to visit for ages, finally went and I'm glad I did! I was mesmerised by the video that was played, really enjoyed learning the history of Titus Salt and his empire and values... Well worth a visit!

Deborah Singleton — Google review

Just a fabulous space for art,shopping and eating. A must visit for Hockney aficionados. Interesting historical section as well. You could easily spend a few hours here.

BILL GARRETT — Google review

What a great experience for free. Two Hockney exhibitions, great food and interesting shops. Nice and warm and really interesting

Gwilko — Google review

The Mill is so imposing and very large, set over acres!The Hockney exhibition and crafts in the Mill hall we're also very interesting.We loved the industrial architecture.More fascinating ,for us, was the village of Saltaire. The Town Hall is grand, The United Reformed church unusual, and the Victorian terraces very quaint.We were lucky to get chatting to a local great grandmother, proud to live there, and telling us local history (thanks Betty!)

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Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3HU, United Kingdom

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Valley Gardens Harrogate

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Valley Gardens is a popular park in Harrogate, England that features a variety of beautiful gardens. The park is home to a number of Victorian-era gardens, as well as more modern attractions such as the skate park and children's play area. There is also an impressive Art Deco pavilion on the grounds. Valley Gardens is a great place to take a day trip with family or friends, especially when the sun shines.

Absolutely stunning! Peaceful, beautiful, full of flowers, shrubs and mature trees. Looked after by very experienced groundsmen and Harrogate Borough Council. The Jewel In The Crown - a garden like no other. With the natural springs coming up from here, so much history and all free, open and welcoming

Isabel Jones — Google review

Wonderful day! Lovely place. You can spend the whole day there as there is so much to see.On a warm day, children can cool off in the pool and parents can lie on a blanket in the shade. The plants are breathtaking.I will definitely come back here again

Kasia M??ykowska — Google review

Really great place to bring the children. Lots of things to do. Lovely play area with good play equipment. Tennis courts, pitch and put, disc golf and skate park. Café and toilets. Large paddling pool for the hot summer days too.

Peter Banks — Google review

Fantastic park for taking a stroll around on a nice day. Everywhere is well kept and the flowers in the summer are superb. There’s lots of different sections and things to admire with loads of benches throughout, which is great. There’s a small cafe in the centre, children’s play equipment to one end, and it’d be easy to spend a number of hours here if wanted. Fantastic spot in the centre of the town!

Steve Bintley — Google review

A lovely park close to the city centre of Harrogate, has a tiny stream, small lake, Japanese gardens, tennis courts, and beautiful plants and trees. Parking is an issue if you have never been there before as it says disc zone everywhere which means that you need to get a time disc from the information centre to display in your the time of arrival, also there are many traffic wardens around that can also give you one, if you don't display the disc they are very quick to give you a parking ticket, like we witnessed many cars getting ones, also on one side of the road you can only park for 1 hour and the other side for 3 hours.

Nas NAS — Google review

Loved our first visit to the Harrogate Valley Gardens and Park - great large established green area with very attractive trees, shrubs and planting along with children's play park with cafe area etc. Would deffo recommend a visit x

Sue Bell — Google review

Splendid, vast green space to wander about in with a myriad of paths to meander on. I visited on a sunny Saturday and it was really popular with lots of folk perambulating n promenading, picnicking, jogging, dog walking. Has large kids play area, a café, an Oriental garden, pavilions, benches, a cascading brook, interesting historical features with information boards and a large variety of mature trees. Well maintained and looked after. Definitely recommended.

Cath Simpkins — Google review

Gorgeous place to just sit and watch the world go by.Plenty of seating both in the sun and in the shade, all of which is easily accessible for prams and wheelchairs of all sizes.There are lots of beautiful and colour flowers and plants to look at and smell, the scenery is rather good, too!

Alex Hunter — Google review

Beautifully kept gardens and flower beds. Japanese garden was a pleasant surprise and a lovely tea house to have a small bite and something to drink. Saw the odd grey squirrel, who seemed more interested in us than we were of him.

David Wilson — Google review

Had a great few hours here. No charge to get in. There is I think 17 acres of garden. This includes the "Japanese garden". You can get snacks, ice-cream (delicious), teas and coffee. The crazy golf is fun, (when isn't it?) and doesn't cost much to play.If you fancy a picnic, it's a beautiful place for one.

Neil Elliott — Google review

Beautiful gardens and lots more. Right on the edge of town. Cafe, playground, paddling pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, it's got the lot and more besides. Well done Harrogate for keeping this place so special. It was still as I remember from my younger days

Val Harris — Google review

Such a lovely place to go for a walk, have a cup of coffee and people watch and admire the well groomed grass and beds with some stunning flowers. Or take the kids to the big play area which has an outdoor splash pool.There are so many benches around this place you will always find somewhere to sit, in the sun or the shade.The cafe in the middle has a great selection of light bites, drinks and ice creams.There are toilets on site and dogs are welcome with plenty of bins.

James Stone — Google review

Stunning place in the middle of Harrogate. This was a great place to go for a walk before we stopped for coffee nearby. There’s lots of different things to see within the garden and you can event extend your walk into the woods.

Jess Shanahan — Google review

Lovely gardens and parkland to wander about with the different mineral springs dotted around, very interesting and full of history. Great cafe for a cup of tea.

Carol Straughan — Google review

What a beautiful place to visit when you're in Harrogate. There is a lovely round the world tree walk to follow that takes you round helping you to identify certain trees and telling you from where they originated. Highly recommended.

Tammys Mum — Google review

Beautiful place to walk round even in January although a bit cold! Park, crazy golf, skate park, Japanese garden. although mulched over in winter, alsorts here, beautiful place to walk round.

Midge Antic — Google review

One of the beautiful parks in Yorkshire. Child and disabled friendly with restroom, cafe and play area.The tracks are well maintained for prams and wheels to slide into. The garden is beautifully designed and maintained as per the aesthetic and standards. Neat and tidy. Bins can be located everywhere.The play area has a mini golf tracks, tennis courts etc.There is a separate dog lead free area in the park for the fur babies to roam around freely.

RP — Google review

Very nice gardens. I went to see the Japanese garden for inspiration, which I got some ideas from for my own garden at home, but I went around all the gardens and they were lovely. I will come back to see them next year in the summer too.

Naomi Smith — Google review

Two sets of toilets, public ones so not the best but clean and with toilet roll and hand washing facilities.Two places to buy drinks and ice cream.A paddling pool.Huge adventure playground.Crazy golfGolfTennis courtsFlower gardensA boating lakeFountainsA Japanese garden.Dogs welcome.A band stand,A duck pond.Trees to climb.Loads and loads of benches , picnic tables and places to lay out your picnic blanket.This park is amazing!!!Parking is tricky watch out for permit holders only, the further away you park the more free parking there is.

D B — Google review


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Valley Dr, Harrogate, HG1 2SZ, United Kingdom

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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The RHS Garden Harlow Carr is one of the only 4 gardens managed and graded by the Royal Horticulture Society. It's a 30 acre site in Harrogate that is open to the public for a stroll through and has a range of different gardens reflecting the Yorkshire landscape. There are also tea rooms, boutique shops, and tours on offer.

Visiting here for the first time, I enjoyed walking around the gardens and arboretum and taking in some much needed fresh air.There is ample car parking here but it does get busy at some times of year and the queue for the main tearooms was very large.It will be good to go back as the seasons progress to see how the garden blooms. There are also a number of works being udnertaken which will enhance the experience.

Dermot Tuohey — Google review

Beautiful garden. Majority of the grounds are wheelchair/mobility scooter accessible. Lots of benches to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Ample parking, and a Betty’s on site- made the day a really special treat. The plant shop and gift shop were well stocked, and came away with a lemon tree! Just wish it was a bit closer- had a glorious day.

h baxter — Google review

Back again. Membership is truly worth it. Nothing beats this place in my eyes. The beds are to die for and your head is on a constant swivel. As soon as you walk into the gardens you feel at peace and its so good for the mind. The garden centre and shop have everything, although quite pricey and a fat rascal from the Betty's on site tops the day off perfectly.

Damian Glover — Google review

A beautiful pleasure garden within easy reach of Harrogate. Take public transport to get a significant discount on your ticket. I went in early spring and maybe didn’t see it at its best, but still enjoyed the heather display and the early bulbs. The library is also worth a visit! Avoid the main Betty’s tea room; too crowded and overpriced. I had a lovely tea plus scone at the stand in the gardens.

Will Beharrell — Google review

We had a lovely visit to this garden. Even though it was early Spring there was a lot to see. Betty's cafe is well worth a visit but be aware there are queues to get in sometimes. There is a lovely outdoor cafe though. Children are well catered for too with a nice play area & a trail to follow.

Eunice Spence — Google review

We had a fabulous day out today. The gardens were huge and had a good mix of woodland area and gardens. Our children enjoyed the Easter egg hunt and tried hard to find all 30 eggs! There's fabulous food with Betty's on site as a cafe and kiosks. There were areas to see wildlife and there were a few play areas for the children to go on as they walk round. Definitely worth a visit!

Laurence Bragard — Google review

Would have been happier if they charged less for off-season tickets. Only some parts of the garden were beautiful (like in my photo) but not the whole park. I expected to see colorful flowers everywhere but it wasn’t the case. We walked quite some distance with nothing much to see. Don’t expect too much or come later in the year. Maybe it would be more worth it if we had visited this place in Summer.

Yuki Tachaya — Google review

Visited for the glow event and it was a fun festive evening for the whole family. The gardens looked amazing, the light trail is really well done and the spiced rum hot chocolate towards the end was spot on. From four year old to grandparents everyone had a lovely time. The bubble man was particularly enjoyed and great that the shop was kept open late for the event.

Kate hughes — Google review

Very helpful staff. Used the tramper, but I think it would be good for the staff to try them out. Some of the inclines were steep, with adverse cambers. You have to experience it to understand how frightening some of it was.That said the gardens were lovely, still undergoing work. Excellent embroidery display in the library and Japanese Gallery.

Sharon Holden — Google review

What a fantastic day. Never been before and well worth the visit. Fantastic gardens lots to see, nice stroll around all the areas with all in bloom, so many ideas for home. Cafe was busy, but Betty's had stalls in the garden, food was great and enjoyable.

Paul Garland — Google review

Absolutely beautiful gardens! Been visiting for many years now and it never stands still. Always new borders and different sitings for plants. You could never get bored. Changes made every time you visit. Lots of seating for a picnic or just a rest overlooking the amazing trees and flowers and ponds. Streams running through too. Definitely worth visiting.

maxine storr — Google review

A lovely place and very pleasant for a few hours out. At the moment (August 2023) there seemed to be quite a bit being redeveloped/dug up so although that’s good in the long term there are a few bits which aren’t as nice as they could be. Highlights are the tropical garden (on the right after the entrance) and walking by the stream. Good for prams and excellent baby changing facilities. Plenty of places to sit and eat a packed lunch or food/coffee from the cafes. There’s a good size playground for children.

Elizabeth Elliot — Google review

We were really impressed when we visited. The grounds are beautiful and well looked after. There are several places on site for eating and drinking and a well stocked shop with lots of books for children in particular. We had great fun exploring the grounds, there was so much to see. The kids loved the playgrounds. Definitely worth a visit!

Adam B — Google review

Beautiful walk. I was working there so not sure of entry fee. Lovely gardens, gorgeous buildings and a wide range if plants. If it was closer to me where I live I would definitely take the Mrs there!

Dan — Google review

Such a wonderful tranquil, beautiful garden with a variety of plants, trees, shrubbery. I visited when the succulent and cactus exhibition was on by the British cactus and succulent society, it was so great to see all the various different plants including some award-winning cactuses. I would definitely recommend visiting as it's a memorable experience for outdoor lovers and UK explorers.

S B — Google review

I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the beautiful gardens today. Absolutely gorgeous with lots of flowers already blooming.

Donna Bailey — Google review

Really well looked after, have joined for the year as it looks different in every season and relaxing place to go, all staff really nice looking forward to their cafe opening soon.

Maggie Young — Google review

Beautiful gardens, offering Betty's cafe, well maintained and deserving repeat visits as the seasons change

Ken Sherwood — Google review

Wonderful place to wander round. Kids areas were busy but not too bad. Free parking appreciated. Nice to see they had taxi drop off spots too. Betty's only to eat at on site at the moment, both with a queue but good service - suggest the one inside the grounds as there are many benches to eat alfresco. Arboretum was glorious and quiet. Enjoyed the succulent and cacti show.

George Lovely — Google review

Great day out with beautiful flowers and surroundings. Walked the whole park. Great vibe. Well set out. Great for young and old. Will be back in the summer!

Talal Mansy — Google review

April / Easter was a beautiful time of year to visit RHS Harlow Carr as the vast majority of the azalea and rhoddendrons were in full bloom. We took away this beautiful plant (£10) which was like a snowdrop but from a different family, hoping it multiplies.

Dougie Stirling — Google review


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Rievaulx Abbey

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The abbey of Rievaulx was founded in 1098 by Robert de Mowbray, the first Earl of Northumberland. It was one of the most important religious institutions in Yorkshire during the Middle Ages and played an important role in the development of art and architecture. The abbey buildings are now a World Heritage Site, and the museum contains exhibits about the history of Rievaulx Abbey as well as examples of medieval art and architecture.

We opted for the English Heritage narrated guide as we viewed the abbey. This was terrific for helping explain the what we were seeing in the context of how it used to be. The historical embellishments really helped bring things to life.The little museum was interesting and provided further detail.Most importantly the ruins of the abbey are quite lovely in their way and beautiful to look at. All things considered this was a great visit.

Andrew — Google review

The route to the village from York can be renamed therapy route. It was such a scenic and dotted with cute villages all along the way. The village is quaint, green and not invaded by tourists yet. The village has a free parking area that accepts only donation. Walk around the village and you will find yourself transported to a different world. Lots of fowls flying around. Best time to go - Just after a mild rain in spring, it brings out the colors. ( haven't tried Autumn yet).

Balakumar Padmanaban — Google review

Let me just start by saying that you will not regret a visit here in the slightest.The ruins themselves are astonishing and the little museum is fantastic! I recommend visiting the museum first (on the grounds), this will simply setup the rest of the experience and as you walk around, you may not find yourself wondering what different parts of the abbey are for.On that note (if you want to skip the museum or do it last), you’ll find lots of different plaques in and around the grounds which will explain the different elements of the abbey.Overall, for £11 a head, this is a great day out if you make the most of it!

Joey Bower — Google review

Breathtaking abbey, and not one to miss. The cafe is also a lovely spot to rest for a cuppa and cake. The entry price is a little high, so might consider joining English Heritage. Overall, I'm glad I went inside. Viewing from the car park just isn't the same.

Jason Mooney — Google review

Lovely visit especially if you are a member of the English Heritage as it’s not so much as a hit on the pocket. We spent a couple of hours there exploring and learning about its history. Tranquil, quiet and relaxing.

Andy Cruickie — Google review

Lovely hidden gem in Yorkshire, building in National Heritage. Lovely surrounding, nice staff and well cared for building. Worth visit. Great trip to history.

Hynek — Google review

A beautiful place to visit, even on a rainy and foggy day. Greg gave us a lovely overview of the abbey’s history seen as it was quiet, which we really appreciated. Very informative. Highly recommend visiting at opening time in the morning (10am in October) as there were only a few other visitors at that time. The little museum was an excellent visit too!

Lauren Hughes — Google review

Wonderfully majestic place. The ruins are very well kept and setting is beautiful. There’s a little museum with lots of information along the way. There are activities for children to keep them occupied while walking around, eg: There are 8 little Monks to be found around the ruins and stone mason markings. The cafe has a lovely view and the usual butties and cakes selection. There are picnic benches outside if you prefer. The car park is adequate.Another fantastic English Heritage site.

Fiona Marris — Google review

A nice place to visit for a few hours tucked away in the North Yorkshire Moors. A huge ruin with tiny museum and exhibition space.The audio guide was really helpful and the museum was small but interesting.I think a few more seats would not go amiss, perhaps in a sheltered position for those ‘rare’ Yorkshire days when there is rain.A few more info boards illustrating daily life would have been interesting - the bus load of kids who were visited at the same time were fascinated with what a communal loo for 30 people looked like!An excellent shop and nice tea shop too!

Victoria Pearson — Google review

Interesting historical place, run by English Heritage. The Easter egg hunt was fun, while exploring the site in April. We were very lucky with the weather, open nice sky with lots of sunshine. The place opens at 10am- It was fairly quiet - it got busier 11ish. The cafe shop was nice, sandwiches and scones etc.

Hill S — Google review

Haunting and affecting spot - a ruin set within a wide historic landscape, with fine walks all around. Museum is small but full of very interesting stonework, and, currently, a separate small but effective and well-displayed exhibit on water use in Abbeys. (Connect with Byland Abbey nearby and then York Minster for an incredible contrast of what is versus what once had been….)

Sach Killam — Google review

What a absolutely beautiful place to visit friendly customer service. Plenty of parking Spaces The lady behind the counter offered us discounted entry to over 400 places across the UK to all English Heritage sites. Definitely recommend to everyone for a visit at any time of the year, you can get the map of all marked locations of where to go. I can’t wait to where we go. Next end of course revisit this beautiful place.

Wojciech Przytulski — Google review

This was an impressive site. Quite large, not too busy. There is something about standing where others had been almost 1000 years ago. If you love your photography, you will be at it for hours to get the one perfect shot........because there could be so many.

Mark Sagar — Google review

Beautiful ruins of a monastic Abbey set in lovely countryside. Well worth the trip to see them.The main church gives a real sense of scale as to the height and size of what must have been a spectacular building.There is a shop and a cafe and parking on site.

Lindsay Hague — Google review

This place is amazing! I'd heard positive messages about it before my visit, but I underestimated just how good it would be.There's still a significant amount of the building still standing, and the boards provide an insight into what it was like to live in the monastery.I'd thoroughly recommend this place to anyone.

Andy B — Google review

Lovely place to spend a few hours wandering around the plentiful ruins, followed by a bite/drink in the pleasant ‘new’ (2016) cafe. Clean toilets. Small museum displaying mainly stone carvings and some implements found on the site. Car park being improved for more parking.

Ian Bradbury — Google review

Really nice cafe with beautiful viewing area (of the abbey ruins), in case you don’t fancy the £15 entrance fee. Good sized car park (charges apply) and very friendly and helpful staff.

Ian MacDonald — Google review

This is a 5 star place to visit but loses a star due to the insanity of the suspension, tracking wrecking potholes in the car park.Sorry to the trust but sort out that car park access before someone wrecks themselves and their vehicles, imagine a cyclist or someone with walking difficulties, think you get the point hereLovely site to visit, nice little cafe clean and very tidy, we stayed for coffee and cakeThere is a little museum on site up to the right of the Abbey with lots of history of the place in itIt once must have been such a building in its heyday and thanks to English Heritage for keeping these places for us to enjoy and soak up the atmosphere of what was once something spectacularAs for that carpark.......

Hells Guardian — Google review

What a lovely afternoon spent here. The staff were so friendly and helpful, telling us all about the history and answering our questions. Just fabulous. The abbey itself is breathtaking, so beautiful. Well worth a visit.

Karen Elson — Google review

Rievaulx Abby is definitely one of the best English heritages sites we have visited so far, the site is massive. We spent hours there looking around its located next to the river and a beautiful forest. The site has a very well laid out museum,cafe with outside sitting looking over the site. It’s packed full of historical relics highly recommend doing the audio tour we will definitely be visiting again.

Richard Moore — Google review

Great place to visit especially if you are a member of English Heritage. Good car park and nice, if expensive cafe offering snacks and drinks. The abbey is very impressive and make you wonder how they were able to built such impressive building so long ago. It is also really peaceful and a great place to bring along a picnic to enjoy in the Abbey grounds

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The World Of James Herriot

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One-time home and surgery of TV/writer vet, including a re-created World War II air-raid shelter.

An amazing original collection of veterinary equipment, sometimes borrowed for filming the TV series about Herriot's life. Interactive room for children. Video about James' life and work. An insight to filming TV series. Rooms set as they were when Alf Wright lived there, including his surgery. Lift to access upper floors for those with mobility issues.

Sue Hickman — Google review

As a lifelong fan of James Herriot, this was an experience I have waited a long time to visit. It certainly was well worth waiting for, what a wonderful experience. To walk in the house where it all started really is something I will never forget. It has been extremely well curated. I hope to visit again one day. The lady at the desk was very welcoming too. Can't wait to come back!

Claire Holland — Google review

As a long time fan of both the books and also the two television series I thoroughly enjoyed the authenticity. I had not realized that Thirsk was "Darrowby" and that the museum was actually in the building represented as "Skeldale House" so I found it especially delightful. I will probably be taking more visitors back there!

Jane Bottomley — Google review

One of the best museums of it's type I have visited.The house is a fascinating time capsule showing how the vets lived and worked. It goes to show how far veterinary science has come over the past 100 years.Hands on exhibits for children of all ages, eg identify fractured bones, and various clips from the original TV series and interviews.

Joseph Green — Google review

An excellent museum full of information about Alf Wight and his work as a vet and there is a film studio area showing the filming of the original series. This is our second visit and the added interactive floor with lots of activities for younger visitors is great. There are boards explaining all of the rooms and exhibits and it is great to see how the rooms were during Alf's time there as a vet. The lady who greets you at the ticket desk is very helpful with all the information you need. Excellent value for money and definitely worth a visit.

Jane C — Google review

Terrific stroll down memory lane. Enjoyed the nostalgia & very informative about the transition vets underwent, between the wars & after as they went from old style virtual witchcraft & potions to to a more modern way of doing things, and the change from horses & large animals practice to treating more pets which was unheard of, back in the day.

Caroline Judges — Google review

Wow what a place I'll admit this was more for my other half as she watched the program but in all honesty it's a brilliant museum very factual and interesting loads on display was surprised considering it's not the biggest of places loved the interactive parts of it too as I felt it broke things up a bit because I feel it can be overwhelming at some museums or places of interest where it's one information board to read after the other. the veterinarian side of things very interesting to see how it's progressed over the years. Oh and as for some other reviews which says 8 pound is a bit expensive for what is it I don't agree with as iv said plenty there really well laid out 👍

Alex Burnham — Google review

Well worth a visit. And if you belong to the Camping and Caravan club 2 people go for 1. So much to see inside and the history of this man and family and the old Vet Instruments make you glad you was not an animal in them early days.

TREVOR TRIBE — Google review

Absolutely amazing, so interesting. I'm a huge Herriot fan, my partner not so much, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it here. I've been wanting to come here for so long and it definitely fulfilled all my hopes and dreams!

Blondie NikC — Google review

Big surprise behind the house front.Very impressive exhibits, film and interactive displays.Each room was well presented full of memorabilia.Well worth a visit

Elizabeth Oates — Google review

I read all of James Herriot's books for the first time when I was in middle school. I had a huge desire to finally be able to visit the magical places described in his books and I was finally able to make this dream come true. The house museum welcomes you with such a magical atmosphere that you have the feeling of entering the books.It was truly magical and exciting, amazing!Heartfelt thanks to those who keep this museum alive and cared for by making Dr. James Herriot come to life even for those who were not lucky enough to be able to meet him in person.

C. F. Zane (TheBorderBand) — Google review

Great place to visit, whether or not you are a fan of the TV series. The rooms are a living memory of 1940s living with the added bonus of 1940s vets practice and all the old instruments etc. Also of interest are the TV sets.

jane evans — Google review

This was better than I thought it would be, s must if you are visiting in or close to Thirsk. We spent nearly 2 hours wandering around and enjoying everything on display. Thirsk is also a great place, we had lunch in the Golden Fleece which is in the main square

Helena Cameron — Google review

Fans of All creatures great and small need to visit, from the moment you walk through the front door you're there, it's like being transported back and you can feel the atmosphere. The pharmacy room is fascinating and the kitchen was definitely the hub of the house. I can just imagine the conversations over breakfast! As a veterinary nurse I would have loved working here so James' must have thought he'd fallen on his feet especially as there were so many vets out of work or working for board and lodgings at the time. You walk through the front door and the original theme tune is playing, it makes you well up, fascinating, the whole story it's all here!

Elle E — Google review

Fantastic place! We actually met Peter Wright! So informative and interesting. The kids had a great time.

Laura Goldie — Google review

Fantastic museum we enjoyed every moment we were there, it’s totally disabled people friendly as there’s a lift to take you upstairs and downstairs, go and enjoy this amazing piece of veterinary history by an amazing man

David Fenn — Google review

Well worth a visit. It took us almost 2 hours to make our way around a really interesting variety of exhibits.

Ian Homewood — Google review

I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the house. I was expecting a modest home but the house in Thirsk is enormous and has three storeys and many rooms filled with items of interest.

Roger Fownes — Google review

Great visit lots to see and very good information about vets in general not just the TV show. Takes a good while to get around and even longer if you used the interactive displays. Very educational for children.

Angela Tingle — Google review

Such a fascinating heritage centre in the middle of a beautiful town. We had a lovely welcome from the ticket sales lady who was very informative. It was interesting and entertaining, well worth a visit!

John Hicks — Google review

Definitely worth a visit if you like All Creatures Great and Small or just are interested in veterinary care. Lots to do and read, much bigger inside than you would think

Gemma Hollingworth — Google review

Great little attraction, you could easily spend more time there. Some interactive activities, great for adults and kiddies. Good nearby parking behind the terrace opposite.

Martin Hold — Google review


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Fountains Abbey is an english national trust estate located in the dales of yorkshire, consisting of ruins from a medieval abbey and a landscaped garden with fountains. The estate is popular with visitors for its beauty, history and adventure playground.

Lovely place. Abbey ruins are very impressive. Lots of trails for walking. A little bit steep in places but lots of temples in the woods to explore. The water gardens are beautiful. The visitor centre is a very impressive building with restaurant, shop and toilet facilities. You can even borrow a lock or puncture outfit for your bike.

Steve Gascoyne — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place. Bit pricey, but if you visit on a nice day and stay for a picnic it's worth the money. There is so much more to see than the Abbey. The park is huge and the further you get into it the prettier it seems to get. There is wild deer at the far end. Dog friendly too, which is always a bonus for us.

Becki Hill — Google review

This is a beautiful place to visit. The ruins are amazing, beautiful and haunting. The gift shop is very good amd the coffee shop does a lovely range of cakes. Take your own picnic if it's a nice day.

beth watson — Google review

Great place for a family visit. Facilities near the entrance are spot on, with a good size restaurant, toilets and shop. Then there is a lot to explore, with a play park for the children, just after the entrance, then on to the abbey itself (very impressive) and walks through the grounds and formal gardens. There’s a lot of walking involved, but accessible with buggies. Lots of space for the little ones to run around.

Allan Stelmach — Google review

A truly magical place in Yorkshire. It was wonderful being able to wander the grounds. Was a bit surprised at the entry ticket price but it's definitely worth it for everything you get to see. Really great trip for families or anyone that wants a good hike.

Maya S — Google review

The scale of the place will surprise you; expansive park, grand lakes and huge ruined abbey. Plenty of toilets and cafes or bring your own refreshments. The triple decker chocolate sponge was great!

Gordon — Google review

First visit back here for quite a while and is as beautiful as I remember. The Abbey is amazing and evokes thoughts of what it must have been like in its day... very spectacular. The water garden too is a lovely walk. The lakes were a little clouded over with algae and weed probably due to all the hot weather this year but nevertheless it still looks great. Lots of walks with lots to see and do... a must National Trust place to visit.

David Taylor — Google review

A fabulous visit, easy parking, short walk to visitor centre. Excellent facilities; the cafe was superb with lots of food choices, the gift shop was well stocked. The abbey itself was an easy walk from the entrance and was amazing, much more impressive than photos can do justice. A great day out for all ages.

Isabelle Stuart — Google review

Not been here for years. All beautiful kept gardens. Plenty of walking to be done around the estate. Lots of seats about for people to sit on & if you're not very mobile you can hire a motor scooter. There's some gorgeous views from the tops through the woodland walks. The abbeys ruins are very well in tact. Continue on through to Studley Royal Deer Park. We managed to see some. St Mary's Church is worth visiting too. It opens at 1pm.The water gardens are lovely too. There's plenty of picnic areas & toilets. By the visitor centre there is a restaurant. There's a cafe too in the grounds. We were lucky enough to visit with a free National Trust Pass😉👍

Cobbydale Sue — Google review

A lovely Abbey run by the National Trust. Been a few times over the years and the area never gets boring.Loads of parking, and the route to the Abbey is direct from the A1. The Abbey itself is massive with loads to see. There’s huge expanses of lawn so during the summer it’s ideal to take a picnic.Further past the Abbey you’ll find plenty of walks with sights to see. I would highly recommend you wander and see where it takes you. There’s plenty to see with direction posts on hand at intersections.Ideal for families, dog walkers or couples who just want to walk around the grounds exploring. A brilliant day for all.

Chris C317 — Google review

Great place with lots to see and many different walks to choose from. The Abbey is spectacular and has an amazing vibe thanks to the jackdaws and pigeons nesting there in nooks and corners. Well worth the money, as you'll spend at least half a day exploring!

0MissJackal0 — Google review

Super National Trust property. Grounds and ruins are a great place to spend the day. Restaurants and visitor centre are good. They had a small but good selection of healthy plants for sale.

Philip Runacres — Google review

We went in First week of September and weather was perfect. It has nice long walk if you park near information centre. Try to park near Abbey car park then it will be easy and short cut. If you are national trust member then you can save £42 for family of 4. Otherwise £17 for adult and £12 for children for entry. There are children play area. 2 cafes. Many places to explore

Travel Zone — Google review

Initially thought to be a bit pricey for entry. However, you can easily spend several hours at the Abbey and the surrounding area. The size is immense. The ruins are spectacular. Staff are welcoming. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the Dales.

Conan Cowley — Google review

Absolutely beautiful place. So historic, in fabulous grounds. Ideal for a wonderful day out. Theres the hall, then the ruins of the Abbey. Great sweeps of grassy landscape disected by the bubbling river that falls into the landscaped lakes. Plenty of car parking outside, courtious friendly staff, a great cafe overlooking the lakes and if you have one you can take your dog. Fantastic! 10/10.

bill clifford — Google review

It was absolutely beautiful!! It was misting a bit when we arrived but, it just made everything look a bit spooky we weren’t too bothered.As it cost £18 per person we decided to just join The National Trust for £120 for the year for both of us with no issues. It was an effortless process that allows us access to many site and parking areas for 365 days.We enjoyed the trails, nature, and all the pheasants around the grounds. The abbey is truly magnificent and worth visiting. We will have to come back in the summer when the weather is nicer.The abbey looked beautiful with the autumn leaves and the misty rain so, we feel like it was worth the visit!!

Tesha B — Google review

Great place for a day out if its sunny. Only fault I found was the lack of benches to sit and rest especially if you are disabled and can't walk for any great distance

J.J. P. — Google review

Great little heritage site just outside Ripon even if it is a little on the pricey side (£19 for an adult ticket).You need a whole day here even though we went for an afternoon.The Abbey ruins are well worth a visit and I'll be back to check out the rest of the park at some point .

Hamid — Google review

The Whole Abbey is well preserved. Before entering the Abbey ruins, kind staff will suggest which route to take to see more. The Abbey is well distributed, every point is very close, and it is easy to find restaurant and toilets. Walking along the map, the scenery is always beautiful. I went to take photos at places with lake views, and the photos I took seemed to be connected to the sky and the earth. The Abbey ruins are very large, you need to reserve 2-3 hours, and it is very suitable for a family. It’s an amazing place.

Maize Kwan — Google review

We visited this place in the afternoon after leaving Brimham Rocks. This was probably unwise given the size of place. The park and gardens were absolutely amazing 👏. There is ample parking in any of the 3 car parks available, even on a busy day. I recommend using the main one by the visitors centre to start. There are toilet facilities at three locations around the park, but none at the Mill Cafe. There is an amazing playground at the visitors centre for kids, the best I've seen anywhere. The Abbey, even in ruins, is a magnificent place to see. No photograph can capture its true beauty.

Barbara Cooke — Google review

Great location to lose the day. Very nice walks around the grounds with many interesting attractions to see. The cathedral and immediate surroundings were most impressive, great to explore, and access the ruins whilst learning the history of the area from the time it was built through to its dismise. The estate is much larger, with numerous pathways to choose from. There are also a few cafes scattered around, serving hot drinks and some light bites.

Nick Johnson — Google review

A huge, beautiful area to explore. Entry is quite expensive if you don't have NT membership, but you can easily fill a full day here and still want to return. The children enjoyed the craft session that was on in which they made little lavender pouches. The Abbey itself is magnificent and so much bigger than we expected. There is a lovely walk over to the water park too. There's also a deer park, but we didn't walk through there as it had already been quite a long walk for small children.There are 3 cafés on site and we enjoyed a nice lunch at one, and drinks and ice lollies at another. There were vegan and gluten free options at them.A wonderful site which we'll definitely be visiting again.

Illona Kell — Google review


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National Trust - Brimham Rocks

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Brimham Rocks is a natural wonder set in the picturesque Yorkshire countryside, with unique rock formations that make for a great day out. The area also has stunning views of Nidderdale, making it the perfect place to look out over the countryside.

A good morning, afternoon or day out, depending on how much walking and exploring you want to do. After walking through much of the area there is a nice little refreshments kiosk, where you can get a drink, snack, hot sandwich, cold sandwich or treats. Kids will enjoy it far more than they might think ("just a load of rocks???"). Great for photos.

Paul Clayton — Google review

Was fortunate enough to visit this Country Park which is run by the National Trust - spent the morning exploring not only the rock formations but also the moss gardens.I visited the park on a Thursday and it wasn't too busy, but left once a coach full of tourists arrived from across the pond.I think that you can spend an entire day at the park only to return the next day and see something new.Will I visit again? Yes. Can I recommend? Yes.

Sibella Ryman — Google review

Fantastic place. A great out door experience to just walk round and look at, or to climb over. there were lots of kids having great fun being kids and clambering about, and lots of adults enjoying acting like kids too. If you want to go for the geology, best to arrive early or late to avoid the crowds of families. There is a path around the whole park so you can find quiet areas . There is a coffee kiosk and picnic tables, and historical information in the building. We took our own food and ate on top of a rock with stunning views.

Clare Stewart — Google review

Very interesting place to visit with your kids and furry friends. One for rock climbers, too! The rock formations are impressive. It was fun, and the views were stunning. Be sure to wear shoes with grip because the rocks can be slippery in some areas. L

Barbara Cooke — Google review

A family friendly place. I'd suggest not to take stroller/pram if you have a baby, instead use carrier to carry as pavement rocks are uneven for stroller. There's a coffee and sandwich shop as well. No admission fee, but you need to pay for parking. You'll enjoy it for sure. Recommend.

Imrose Bin Muhit — Google review

Great place to visit if you want a walk and scramble up rocks. The rock formations look amazing. We've visited before to have a climb, however this time we parked here to walk part of the Yorkshire Heritage Way long distance walk and as such needed to pay for parking for one car for the full day, which was quite expensive at £9. After walking from Thruscross Reservoir to Brimham Rocks I didn't really have to much energy to clamber on the rocks but did visit the trig point behind the visitor centre!

Donna W — Google review

Nice little stroll. Be sure to find the "surprise view", which can be found along the scenic walk on the left, shortly after entering.Stunning bit of history, really interesting. Can easily be walked by all ages. Strollers should be manageable.

Brendan McIntyre — Google review

Beautiful day out for all the family.There’s plenty of parking. You have to pay at the pay machines which can be cash or online. If you’re part of the National Trust you park for free.There’s wheelchair and pushchair walkways so everyone can enjoy the beauty of Brimham Rocks.Toilets are free, clean and well maintained.There’s a nice picnic area, so carry your own snack. After all the running around and walking the snack is needed.There’s a nice little coffee shop where you can also buy snacks, drinks and ice creams, along with a nice little gift shop that also tells you some of the history of of Brimham Rocks

Nubian Queen — Google review

What a great place to get lost in!! The kids absolutely loved getting back to nature here, plenty of great photo opportunities too!Was a bit chilly as it’s winter but will revisit in the summer with a picnic to enjoy again.Although free to enter you do have to pay for parking (£6.50) which isn’t much for a days stay and all proceeds go towards maintaining the site.There is a coffee shop which did lovely hot chocolate’s with cream and marshmallows, we had 4 plus 4 choc bars and a sandwich for £20 which I few very reasonable in todays climate.Highly recommended for family days out.

Carl Hudson — Google review

The rock formations are amazing. We had a great day out, and we didn't even get around them all. My teenagers (13 and 16) climbed all over and had a great time.

diane Caldwell — Google review

Wonderful place for the family, on site amenities. Food, coffee and toilets all on site. Car park £6 -£9 plenty of staff and friendly people. Get up close with the amazing rock formations from time passed. Climb, but be careful these’s are weathered slippy rocks at times. A great walk out in a rural setting. Highly recommend a visit.

Ronald Craig — Google review

Rocks carved by nature to achieve unique shapes and formation. Ice age, water, volcano and wind have all had a hand in it, I believe. Winding path leading through the rock formations, which you can clamber about. Great for kids and for some wholly unjuatified reasons dogs have to be on lead. Great views over surrounding countryside. Good parking and cafe facilities.

Venk Sathya — Google review

Beautiful place. I have not visited since I was a child. I'm now in my 50s and still had fun climbing and enjoying the views. As did my partner and our youngest, who's 11. Highly recommended. We were also lucky with the weather.

Justine Sandham — Google review

Loved it!Our visit was amazing! A great day had by the whole family.All the different rock formations are fantastic to see and be able to climb and explore, little caves and scurry holes to have fun in and so many great picture opportunities.A real natural beauty that will be somewhere I will always come back to.A bit muddy today; there were a few people braving the muddier trail but a fair amount can be seen from the main path if preferred.

Crystal Brook — Google review

Great place for an easy outdoor activity for adults and kids alike. Beautiful rock formations and with large rocks balancing on others. Plenty to climb on for different challenges and kids will love it here. There is also a well laid out path leading to a coffee shop which makes it suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Parking is also easily available and the information hut is well staffed. Parking is free for trust members (you just scan the QR code on your card and get a free ticket). Even if you have to pay for the parking it's still worth it.

Hashim — Google review

Beautiful spot. Not a hike, a lovely stroll. Done within an hour and that was spending time in the bookshop. Rocks perfect for the kids to explore. Not a 3-4 hour hike, and hour walk.

caitlan feerick — Google review

We were lucky to have lovely weather when we visited here mid October. It is a very well kept place and is full of great rock formations. There are a few good gravelled paths that take you around the rocks and up to the cafe and toilets. The views from the top are well worth the walk up which doesn't take too much effort. It is free entry although you need to pay for parking if you're not a national trust member. Take a picnic and find one of many places to stop and admire the views.

karl Tuplin — Google review

Recommended by friends to visit this place. As we were on holiday in Yorkshire, from the South Coast. A NT site , cost of parking was £6 for 4 hours which you can pay by cash or card. Even on a dull day the views were great. Our kids aged 20,18 & 9 all loved it there . There are toilets and a cafe as well

Gary Read — Google review

Good place to visit if you're reasonably fit and National Trust members, otherwise parking is around £6. A large site with plenty of pathways and amazing views. There's toilets and a cafe with takeaway drinks and food just up from the large carpark. We were there around 3 hours. Plenty of dog walkers and children walking the pathways

Martin Hudson — Google review


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Roseberry Topping is a popular mountain peak with stunning views. The walk is quite muddy and slippery, but it's definitely worth it for the amazing views. There's a pub at the bottom of the parking lot if you need to rest or refuel on your way back down!

We parked at the carpark for a few quid for two hours. Roseberry Topping itself is a lovely walk, plenty of people walking up it and quite muddy and slippy on the way back down. Two hours was plenty of time for us to get up and down, though if you have young kids/ are a slow walker you may want to consider paying for more hours parking. Will definitely be returning to do a longer walk linking Roseberry Topping with the Captain Cook Monument

Donna W — Google review

Great walk & the view’s on a clear day are spectacular. Worth the climb.No rubbish around thankfully just sadly some dog walkers filled poo bags that they discarded instead of disposing of properly. Best to keep dogs on lead people!

Tish Prescott — Google review

Great walk out here. We arrived at about 1pm. car park wasn't full at all, was on a Thursday, and had to pay via card, no cash accepted. Toilets are here too, which is great 👍 benches to have your picnic. We were going to have our picnic at the top of Roseberry, but it was far too windy, and the rain was heading towards us. None the less it didn't spoil our adventure

lisa kirton — Google review

Great walking lovely views and a great view when you get to top. Pub at bottom car park

Gurdeep Samby — Google review

Nice place for hiking, but it can be dangerous for kids or someone with mobility issues, the place needs some kind of safety side rails at certain tracks. Take some water with you as you will get tired and thirst. I think visiting the place in winter will be a big risky challenge.

2020 — Google review

Lovely place, quite a short and slightly steep climb. Good views from the top.Get there early if you want a nearby parking place.

Tony Fitch — Google review

What a fantastic walk! We managed to get to the top and back to the carpark in less than 2 hours. Beautiful views

Ags — Google review

Lovely quick and easy walk if you're and experienced hiker, might be challenge if it's your first hike, but overall you can do a walk up the top and rpund it in about 2-3h from the parking lot

Przemyslaw Serafin (Serek) — Google review

It is a challenging ascent in two stages. The woodland part has multiple routes with parts that offer no grip. Then from the field to the top starts off calm and there are multiple routes to choose, some rock steps that are dubious and side paths that have been added by ramblers. The top is breathtaking. Allow 2hrs and be prepared to turn back if not kitted out correctly. Lots of other people hiking. Paybyphone is the parking provider.

David Aspden — Google review

Fantastic walk, brilliant views, a little steep to get up but worth it, gets really busy in nice weather,

Mark Steadman — Google review

The parking machine only offers payment for up to 2hrs and then over 2hrs. If you only want to walk up roseberry topping and then down again and are of average fitness pay for 2hrs. If you're going further pay for more parking. It took us 40 min to get up to the top on the steep route and only slightly longer walking down an easier slope route.There are no maps to let you know the direction to take for which route you might want.There are toilets but they weren't clean.

Sara Whittam — Google review

Beautiful spot for a hike. There’s loads of routes, but the most fun is the most direct route to the top. It’s a 20 minute very quick hike from the car park which is guaranteed to get your whole body fired up and your heart pumping. The views are superb all around and there’s choices of winding routes down, or the way you came, which is a little more challenging given the steepness of some of the scrambling to get up!

Al — Google review

A great walk and the fresh air is amazing. I got the train to Great Ayton then had a nice walk to Roseberry Topping . Wish I had been wearing shorts or walking trousers because it not good in jeans lol 🙃 but overall was a nice walk certainly got the blood pumping. I would recomend take a drink because there's no shops for a few miles also no toilets. It definitely is the great outdoors. Also a great place to walk dogs 🐕 😀 can't wait to do it again

Paul Barwick — Google review

Lovely Walks , Restrooms and a little pub when your finished. Parking can somtimes be a problem

Jacob Taylor — Google review

Was a gorgeous day for a hike, lots of stairs to get to the top, but ample places to take breaks if needed. Views are stunning once you get to the top, we are national trust members but the car park is run by another Trust so parking needed to be paid for. There's toilets in the carpark which were clean over all a nice day out

Jess Cottrell — Google review


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Preston Park Museum & Grounds is a tourist attraction that offers visitors the chance to step back in time and learn about local life through exhibits housed in a Georgian mansion. The museum also features a recreated Victorian street and beautiful riverside grounds where families can enjoy picnics or take leisurely walks. Outdoor activities include an impressive playground with climbing structures, slides, and a skate park suitable for all ages.

A beautiful place for a day out. Loads to see and do for kids of all ages, plus the museum is a great place for adults to visit too. The play park is huge and all of the equipment is well maintained, safe and clean. There is a skate park, cafe and public toilets, which are not the cleanest or most modern of facilities, so probably the only part that I'd suggest needs an upgrade. Further into the park there is a large waterway with ducks, swans and birds of all kinds, with a pier/jetty to sit on so you can feed the wildlife. I have also seen wild swimmers there, but couldn't confirm if it's a safe area to do that. Ample parking which is free, plus butterfly world on site which is worth a visit too.

Geoff Watson — Google review

Had a pleasant afternoon visiting the past with the help of Preston Park Museum. Extra features and attractions were in place to entice half term visitors. It was well thought out and enhanced the visit: Harry Potter Owls, pumpkin patch and ghoulish decorations, even a fairy story station. Lots to discover, inside and out. The walled garden had developed since my last visit and I enjoyed exploring the produce and floral shrubs. To complete the visit we took a woodland walk and enjoyed the Autumnal treasure of the park grounds. An excellent afternoon outing.

Adele Thain — Google review

Visited today with my 4 year old. Was a sunny September morning and was quite busy. However, there is plenty of play space for the little ones.Lots of parking space.Public toilets in reasonably clean condition. Nice little cafe on site selling ice creams and refreshments where you can take away or dine in.Would definitely visit again and go into the museum on the grounds. Would love to explore more of the open space. We only stayed around the kids play park, but it was very enjoyable for my 4 year old.

Claire — Google review

Great place . Only 3 quid a ticket for over 60s . Absolute bargain and the ticket lasts all year. Lots to see. Very interesting and friendly blacksmith. Lovely cuppa in the Victorian street. Then a nice walk along the river.

Alison Wright — Google review

Love this place. A favourite as a child and still as good as it ever was. Plenty to do and see. Great playpark and skate park for kids and these are free if money is tight. Lovely woodland and river walks. A great day out for all the family

Allie Rodgers — Google review

Xmas special evening where the staff were out in costumes and most of the shops on the street open, as was the museum. Good Xmas gift shop and museum shop. Bought sweets, drank hot chocolate and got arrested by the police. Singer on street with Xmas tunes. Guides with torches out to help get from the unlit car park. Frozen paths made it tricky and more staff needed in the cafe. Found it odd that they displayed kids work with one of them clearly a genocidal dictator. Good Xmas fun.

David Jones — Google review

Rainy day but we didn't let that stop us! Wonderful museum, such a good deal for such a low price. The Victorian street is lovely and such a fun activity getting immersed in the old shops and getting some very tasty sweets. My favourite was the gardens. Had a lovely rainy walk through here and it was so sweet - the pay what you feel produce stall too was such a nice touch. Took home some seeds and a bunch of memories 💗

jess mylan — Google review

Wonderful park and grounds, the playground is great - especially for slightly older kids with great climbing and slides. Great skate park - accessible for all ranges and the kids can always get out! Good picnic benches - we spend a few hours on one chatting and eating! Lovely walk down to the river, the museum is nice but really didn’t want to go in on such a lovely afternoon. Recommended. PS. Good overflow car park!

Charlie Terwilliger — Google review

A lovely little museum with lots to see and plenty of photo opportunities. We particularly loved the Victorian Street. The grounds provide plenty of space to explore and have a picnic. There is also a little cafe, skate park and outside playground.

Sarah Hird — Google review

Went in to go and see the butterflies at butterfly worldPros:- good warm atmosphere- good place for the butterflies to thrive and live.- decent price (£5 per adult)- good fun for the family- unexpected meerkat display- koi fish were huge and engaging.Cons:- butterfly greenhouse got very warm very quickly.

Emmanuella Udofia — Google review

Fabulous, very cheap day out, yet beautiful and unusual. Butterfly world is educational, interesting, and a different experience at a very good price👍 Preston Hall was well worth the money, and the ticket lasts all year. Fabulous gardens, added bonus was the vintage orchard, never seen one before..and got lots of ideas for our own garden. Lovely tearoom in the mock Victorian Street ( was able to get GF cake!) 😀. Museum, shop, and winter garden are worth planning another visit 👌 Will definitely be coming back. Staff were all very friendly, made for a great day out. Didn't get round everything. Grounds are huge and house a great park and skate park,cafe, toilets football field, large grassy spaces, car park and Riverside. Wow!!!!!

Nix w — Google review

We enjoyed the museum which is full of interesting items and quirky touches. The kitchen gardens are closed at time of visiting, but we loved the Victorian street with display shops and a real sweetshop and coffee shop. The staff were all lovely and friendly.

Grace Sarfas — Google review

First time my husband and i visited this place it was a fabulous day out family friendly nice coffee shop the museum was very informative interesting though time . Good walks around the park altogether a good day out . The butterfly house was one of the best i have been in lots of variety small and large a beautiful fish pond lot's of koi carp .

Yvonne Copeland — Google review

Preston Park always a nice stroll out with the kids. Easy to get to and plenty of parking spaces here. There's toilets near the cafe and toilets in the old street. A couple of cafes also on. Great museum and victorian Street. The kids love it here. Also butterfly world is on site 😁

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Yarm Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3RH, United Kingdom

+44 1642 527375


The Forbidden Corner

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If you're looking for an unusual day out, The Forbidden Corner is perfect. It's filled with quirky sculptures and buildings, making it a fun family attraction.

Amazing place to visit for all ages, we were a group of adults and found ourselves having as much fun as the kids! Hard to put into words what you can expect here and pictures really don’t do the place justice as I found the real experience to be even better. Make sure you go round a few times as you will almost certainly come across something new. We will definitely be coming back when we get the chance and I hope there is plans for expansion. A true hidden gem!

Harry Cook — Google review

Such a wonderful day out lots for the children to explore!! You definitely need a good few hours to get around and see everything!! There could be more signs to indicate small tunnels or 1 way systems to help prevent traffic, we went during the school holidays and it was quite busy but we still had lots of fun !!

Josie Anslow — Google review

Been meaning to visit here for years and when i eventually did, it was everything i hoped it would be and more!Loved all the quirkiness and some bits of adult humour too 😊 Great day out , cafe had a good choice of food & drinks as well.

Zed B — Google review

Great place to visit. Brought our daughter in 2006 then oldest grandchildren 2019 and just brought all 3 of the grandchildren. Every visit was fab and saw parts we hadn't before. Definitely planning a return trip.

Donna Sheavills — Google review

Took the family for an adventure, and boy, was it!! My 2 are 4 and 8 and loved it!!There are so many hidden features!! We all loved exploring, getting lost, and going in circles!! There are a couple of scary bits for younger children, the mausoleum, it has the haunted house vibe!!!We had a great time and probably missed bits!!There is a cafe near the entrance serving hot/cold food with ample seating and a snack shack in the attraction.There is a play park too if the kids have a bit more energy!!You can walk around with a pram, but if taking very little ones, i suggest a sling to explore the best bits!!A great time!!

MegaBornlucky — Google review

We weren’t really sure what to expect from the forbidden corner as we tried to find out as little about it as possible before we went, and we were really pleasantly surprised.This is a charming attraction that is greater than the sum of its parts. From the size as viewed on a map you’d be forgiven for thinking there wouldn’t be much to hold your attention, but it does an incredible job of taking a small plot of land and making it feel much larger! The paths are cleverly laid out to give you choices of where to go at every turn, and glimpses of things to come.Overall I cannot recommend the forbidden corner enough. It’s great for families, children, and adults.

Leah Newton — Google review

The Forbidden Corner is a fantastic experience with a lot to explore. My group had two kids and 6 adults, and we spent around 6 hours exploring the gardens.There is so much to find and there is exciting hidden passages.My favourite was the underground rat bar!

Alex Maddison — Google review

My family and I had a great time at The Forbidden Corner. There was so much to see and do that we had to go around a few times to make sure we didn't miss anything. We even got lost a few times, which was part of the fun!The gift shop was a bit expensive, but there were some small toys that were more reasonably priced. We collect magnets from places we've been, and we found some that were a good price. Overall, we had a great day at The Forbidden Corner and would definitely recommend it to others.

Joshua Westoby — Google review

Always an adventure when we go to forbidden corner. A nice day out with plenty of fresh air. The place is packed with curiosities which makes it simply amazing. But kids and adults will love this place. There's plenty of parking so that shouldn't be an issue. You will have to pre book your tickets online which is fair enough. There are toilets there and a cafe but we took a picnic and just chilled. 100% recomend this place

Paul Barwick — Google review

Awful! Far too busy even though you buy a pre booked timed ticket.In a place like this, there needs to be a one-way system and clearly marked route to make the experience enjoyable.It was absolute bedlam in some of the confined areas, i would go as far as saying it's a big health and safety risk. No staff managing the routes.Good views from the high points though.

Andrew Bickle — Google review

Very busy was Bank Holiday MondayQuite a drive for us just over 2 hours . Lovely place but not much information of what we actually should be doing. You get a leaflet but it's not much of a map to find the hidden features. I understand its a find what you find but we just found our selves getting frustrated walked round n round and ended up at the end missing half of it xx

Krystyna Bolton — Google review

Great experience for old, middle and young! We went during Halloween and my 4 year old loved it. Loads to explore and enjoy, even on a miserable afternoon. We will definitely be going back

Hannah Allen — Google review

Fabulous day out, all the animatronics are brilliant, the little water features that try to squirt at you are fun, gorgeous gardens to get lost in, really lovely sense of adventure about the whole thing, even when it's busy everyone is focused on their own explorations which leads to a great time. The little secrets and hunts are amazing, the cafe and gift shop are quite large and the food on offer is a good price and decent quality, couldn't have asked for a better day

Aaron Reville — Google review

It's always exciting to visit here. We love coming to the Forbidden corner. On this occasion we had to try and find santa so it was extra special for our 5 year old daughter. This was our 2nd visit and there was so much we hadn't seen on our 1st visit. We still haven't found all the coin letters either. Looking forward to going back again in the spring time. The weather wasn't the best on this visit but it really didn't matter, in fact it added to the experience. One thing to note is that most people don't get any phone signal here so make sure you inform anyone that you'd probsbly be uncontactable. For me it personally it was bliss

S Steele — Google review

Lovely day out. Lots of adventures for small kids and big kids alike. Mazes indoor and outdoor exciting things to see and do along the way through a magical and mythical adventure. Loved it as did the little one. Has a cafe food outlet on site ample parking toilets and gift shop. The views of the area are stunning from certain vantage points. Don't want to give too much away with the photos so it's a suprise for you all.

Bri Willo — Google review

Unique. Great place for all ages, odd thing to see, great view. Interesting and just something unique around every corner. Found all the gold coin. Have fun.

Koi-Ko Withers — Google review

We last visited 2019 and we're looking forward to coming back. The forecast was a little grim however we got lucky. Had such a great time. Lots to see. Trying to impress 2 teenagers isn't easy but they loved it.Staff were all great and I love how well priced everything on site is. Honestly so refreshing when everywhere else seems to take advantage of a captive audience. We used the cafe twice, nice and clean with a good variety of sandwiches etc. Ate ice creams by the frogs.Toilets were all immaculate too.So much to see. We'll be back next year.

Sym Tomlinson — Google review

This place was so much fun! Anyone who thinks this is for kids must not be able to enjoy themselves. It was quirky and amusing and so much to see. Loved it!!! ❤️

Megan V. Walker — Google review

The best place to take kids - went when I was a kid & then took my kids recently & it was just as amazing as I remembered it. Kids absolutely loved it & had the best time. Suitable for all ages with food & drink available to buy on way round aswell as a decent restaurant at the start

Vikki A — Google review

Incredible, like a fever dream this folly (a nonsensical place of beauty and purposelessness) is absolutely amazing. If you like puzzles you'll love getting lost here trying to explore every route, path, tunnel, staircase, door... Brilliant for the family!

Richard Thomas — Google review

Such a cool, unique fun place too visit.So much too see, suprises round every corner.You can easily spend a day here. Theres a cafe and Play area at the end too to extend your stay!Theres a Picnic area, food is available on site but limited, they do proper, 12 inch hot dogs in a bun for £6 which was good enough for us but not loads of choices (hot drinks on sale too)The Maze, trail, i dont even know what too call it has some really awesome sights. Just be warned its not wheelchair friendly, or for the claustrophobic.A lot of dark, narrow, underground tunnels.We loved it, just giving a heads up.Theres lots too see and do outdoors too, and some great picturesque views.Cant recommend the place enough.

M-Acculate — Google review

Absolutely charming place, gives a bit of fantasy and adventure for any age. Highly recommended following the checklist on the brochure or downloading the app for extra interaction. Would have loved to come as a kid and play pretend for hours!

CJ Gahagan — Google review

Absolute gem! This place is just as much for adults as it is for kids - the Forbidden Corner makes for a brilliant, different, and memorable day out. Utterly charming, I can’t recommend enough.

Winnie — Google review

Wow. What a wonderfully strange place!!! My whole family enjoyed the day... mum dad and two boys age 7 and 4.

vanessa hirst — Google review

Utterly charming. I have wanted to go to The Forbidden Corner for years. I was not disappointed. It is clearly a labour of love, a kind-of piece of outsider art. A chaotic gardens with surprises and clever twists and turns. The Forbidden Corner really comes alive once you discover the network of tunnels, cleverly designed to disorientate and delight you in equal measure. There are moments of suspense, shock, hilarity and pleasure to be found. It made me feel like a little kid. Fortunately my actual kids loved it also. A total gem of a place.

Aimee Morris — Google review


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National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

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The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool is an attractive quayside destination that offers visitors a glimpse into Nelson's time with a costumed guide and a 1817 warship. The museum provides numerous educational side attractions, making it an underrated day out for families. One can explore the oldest real warship in Europe, imagine battles and confined spaces while engaging with interactive exhibits.

What a fabulous day out, please find the time to go, it's amazing and such good value for the entrance fee paid.Transported back 200 years when you walk through the doors onto the dockside with the magnificent HMS Trincomalee taking centre stage surrounded by individual authentic architectural shops of the period where you can walk in and be informed of the past.A tour of the ship is a must, to think it was manned by 240 people, to see the hardships of daily life they endured when they set out to sea.Well stocked warm cafe, toilet facilities and wheelchair friendly.Also there's a museum of informative visual and tactile educational displays of the local area which children will really love.There's such a lot to see, believe me it's worth going, we're so lucky to have this on our doorstep.(To add, our tour guide, dressed in period costume on the ship was fantastic, such a pleasant patient man, he answered so many of our questions -thank you so much)Allow a good few hours to get round it all, so much to see !

Andrew Oggleton — Google review

This is a must for our family when we visit the U.K.!The Historic Quay is a wonderful attraction to visit. We always have a lovely time. The one small blip on this visit was the entire system that runs their system wouldn't allow for cash transactions! Weird right? But that's what happened 🤷🏽‍♀️. Anyway, this was the first time my 10-year-old visited Hartlepool, and he loved it! For my teenager, it was his 3rd time visiting, and he still enjoyed himself. They had a Horrible Histories exhibit which was such fun with all the activities! The history of the tall ship and everything else is always worth reading up on, we learn something new every time we visit. For me, it brings such lovely memories. The actors that reenact a cannon fire are great! We stopped to have a coffee and dessert, the kids loved the iced cream! You can get sandwiches and other yummy treats! We found games we cannot find at home (🇨🇦), and so many reference books, but we didn't have room to bring them all back! A wooden sword however still has pride of place in our lounge, one of the kids fave toys. And the tall ship is 100% the best attraction of them all. So much to see and understand about how life was on a tall ship. There's so much to see, so much to read and explore. You will not be disappointed!

P. Graham — Google review

It was ok to spend an hour or so. Slightly disappointed as some of the display cases lighting wasn't working.The little shops/different trades were good but would benefit from more information being put in each section where people were shown working to explain who they were and what they did as it seemed there was one general information part but this could be made more interactive.

Ian King — Google review

What a great day out this is, big ol' boat, tones of history to read up on. The boat is excellent but watch your head. And the buildings round the outside give you a feel for the docks, with some very life-like mannequins on display. There's a cafe kids play area and playground. Really enjoyed it, ticket valid for 12 months so you can come back and use it again 👍😁

Dylan Brandes — Google review

A wonderful experience!Fighting Ship experience was presented in a very nice way!Insightful visit inside the battleship.Definitely worth a family trip!

L R — Google review

Lots to see and do here for all ages. Really enjoyed going on board the Trincomalee. Plenty of information boards to explain what you are seeing. Some hands on items were a bit worn. There is a Horrible Histories exhibition for younger family members and plenty of outdoor activities to take part in. Nice shop, good cafe and lots of toilet facilities. Would recommend for a nice half day trip.

Susan Willco*ck — Google review

It was a bright and breezy day in Hartlepool. We entered lots of buildings on site, learned about how ships navigated their way in the oceans, the supplies that were required on voyages, how the sailors dressed and equipment used. The displays, staff and the friendly pirate who answered our questions, were all amazing. Loved the visit and would definitely go again.

Jacqui Wrennall — Google review

Very, very underrated day out! Great staff and lots to do! When you get in, you can't help but stare at the majestic oldest real warship in Europe, and it just gets better as you can go in and look. You can imagine the battles and the confined spaces as you explore, and plenty of side attractions educating you all the way along. And I haven't even mentioned the museum! Unlimited use for 12 months is like the icing on the cake!

Del Brown — Google review

Absolutely loved our visit to the museum. The Trincomalee is fantastic, well maintained and very original. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and there are loads of things to do to keep adults and children entertained. We'll worth a visit.

MrMagicJackson — Google review

Went in on a drizzley day, Really enjoyed our visit! Plenty to see, liked the old shops set up as they would have been. The Ship was interesting, just mind your head the further down you go! Your entry ticket lasts 1 year too! The staff in the Tea Rooms are very friendly and helpful, worth a visit!

Graeme Dixon — Google review

Absolutely love this museum great exhibitions and a very educational environment for all age's. Beautiful shop and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend a visit and the tickets last a full year .

Military Explorers UK — Google review

Visited during the Tall Ships weekend and saw an amazing display of ships and small boats as well as music, entertainment, stalls and a temporary beach which the children loved! We ate a picnic along the canal and visited the Maritime Museum which was a great opportunity for the children to dress up and get a feel for the area's history. To top it off the museum has a large ship which you can board for a fee (we chose not to) and an adventure playground that we couldn't tear the kids away from. Lots of walking so wear flat shoes 😊

Abigail Thomas — Google review

Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised and engaged by the exhibits and the ship itself. Really enjoyed the weapon demonstration, as well as the 'Fighting Ships' exhibit. Very informative. There is also a small kids playground on site. You can spend a good 2-3 hours here. Would certainly return.

Ryan Abram — Google review

This is an excellent little museum well worth the visit. We enjoyed wandering around the exhibits and listening to the commentary in each of the houses around the dock. It provided an excellent insight into the life at sea in the early 1800’s.The ship was interesting to explore as well and it’s history was well documented and easy to follow. We also enjoyed the demonstrations of firing a musket and a small cannon.The tea room is also worth a visit their scones were excellent.

John Kurton — Google review

wot a great place to visit..i thought £10 on the day price was very reasonable ...although we didnt have any young children with us ...the play area for children sounded great judging by the noise coming from it ..would be happy to visit again

Jeff Young — Google review

A fabulous museum featuring a huge ship. Quite a lot of things to see here. Really enjoyed my visit and will be returning again.

John Hunt — Google review

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is an incredible recreation of the past. You can climb aboard a real warship, the HMS Trincomalee, and feel like a pirate setting sail. The recreated 18th-century port is really immersive, and the cannon demonstrations are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. This place is perfect for families with kids. Theres a play ship, and there's so much other cool stuff to see that they won't get bored. Plus, it's way less crowded than your average museum. This could be the best thing in Hartlepool.

Ali Graham — Google review

Great interactive exhibitions. Love the ship, but parts of it were closed for maintenance and so inaccessible for us...hence losing a star

Peter Gaven — Google review

Great place to learn abit about the history of the Royal Navy. And we were allowed to get in the ship to see what it was like on sail… Super experience

OSEGHALE EBEWELE — Google review

Absolutely brilliant. All extremely well done and very smart. Well worth the entry fee. Very interesting and we really enjoyed the arms demonstration. Be sure to explore the ship below decks. We intend to return soon as our tickets are valid for 12 month's.

Robin Gower — Google review


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This fascinating museum features some of the world's most majestic steam locomotives, as well as interesting period rolling stock. It is one of the largest railway museums in the world, and is based in a former steam-train depot in downtown York.

Locomotion is a free museum. The donations are not mandatory. You can book your free ticket online and if you are happy to donate you can do it at the end of the visit.If you a train lover you are going to enjoy the museum. There is a lot of trains to see. Because of the covid, some exhibits are closed and you won’t be able to see them inside.On site there is plenty of free parking spaces. As the other section of the museum is closed for reconstruction the visit time will be around two hours.I would definitely recommend it, it is free so you have nothing to loose.

Ross Malickis — Google review

An excellent way to spend a couple of hours. The museum is lovely and the exhibits are well placed for good viewing. Lots of interesting facts and a chance to see the working bits close up. Train wheels are seriously scary! The Royal Carriage is beautiful.In addition there is a well stocked shop (filled with memorabilia that is a train enthusiast's paradise) and a lovely little cafe so you can round off your visit with a cuppa and a snack.I'm amazed this interesting little museum is FREE TO VISIT but we were more than happy to make a donation.Worth a visit and 100% recommended.

Barbara Wilson — Google review

Very good free museum with some interesting trains and a challenging little train ride. We only had a couple of hours here but enjoyed looking at all the trains. The ride on the Rocket involved more flying ash than I'd anticipated but still worth doing (once would have been enough though - they didn't need to take us twice).

Richard — Google review

Brilliant free museum for young and old. Good selection of trains & rolling stock. Easily visited by train but quite a walk from the station. Especially worth visiting when they have events as I did. You can make a no obligation donation as you leave.

Paul Cochrane — Google review

Great museum with some important British rail history within. It's not super big but you can spend 2-3 hours there if you have a proper look at everything.Cafe is quite good too.Only real negative is that reading online you used to be able to get more access to some of the locomotives and on this visit there was a lot of signs blocking things off.There were also some rolling stock in the middle of the place that you couldn't get a good look at sadly.I hope one day APT is more accessible as it would be amazing to see inside.Had a great day here though, well worth a visit

Aidan H — Google review

Ample parking 🅿️ next to working railway too so train station nearby. The examples they've got on display have been restored and cared for beautifully. In particular I enjoyed looking at the royal train and carriages of the 1900's and queen Alexandria's personal carriage. I'd say the night ferry was really interesting too, and the Winston Churchill locomotive is huge! Great place especially with free entry. Make a donation when you visit. Keep the heritage alive!

Tara Linkowska — Google review

This is a fantastic museum to visit. An absolute gem. It is just right for a family day out. Not overly long yet xaptures imagination and enables visitors to learn something new. It goes from strength to strength and new developments will engage and encourage future visits. The renovation works are exceptional. It us a must. The cafe is reasonably priced, comfortable and serves as a little treat following the visit. Love Shildon!!

Adele Thain — Google review

Fantastic afternoon at Locomotion. There was so much for us to see and do. Our 3 year old loved everything about it including the outside play park and the activities within the main shed. The staff and volunteers were friendly and helpful. A highlight was standing at the controls of an engine and the knowledgeable volunteer (Bob I think his name was) providing a very detailed talk.We also had lunch there which was very tasty and reasonably priced. All in a great day out.

Michael Moody — Google review

A splendid museum full of some of the most amazing locomotives and stories. The staff were very helpful and friendly. We wondered round for about an hour and then had a cuppa. The disabled facilities are the best. I would heartily recommend a visit it seems to be very children friendly including a playground

Paul McCullock — Google review

Lovely place. Free entry donations only. Don't be shy. Good day out for the family. There's a gift shop, cafe, outside hot drinks stand. We'll worth a visit. Staff are very hopeful and knowledgeable

nigel ETHERIDGE — Google review

Brilliant little gem. Lots for train enthusiasts and very kid friendly. The park is lovely and the Easter themed activities were great. Also, the cafe was lovely and the best food I've tasted.

Hayley Nunn — Google review

Free entry, donation made! Some lovely ages. The Winston Churchill locomotive is spectacular. As is the royal carriages from 1900’s.

aleksander linkowski — Google review

Took my friends son for a couple of hours last week, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. A very informative chat about the workings of a Black 5 while sat in the cab was the highlight. Living my childhood again, with the youngster living his first time around 😁👍

Jon Shaw — Google review

Best train museum I’ve ever been to! Amazing selection of engines and rolling stock. Helpful guides and a huge gift shop. Not much more to say, it’s the ideal railway museum to go to this year. Especially since they will release a new engine shed in spring! It’s going to have 27 new rail vehicles and be the world record holder for historical rail vehicles in a museum in the world! Truly an icon of the area, with the oldest standing station just down the road. Any enthusiast should come down here!

General Tauntaun CIS — Google review

Great, free museum to while away a couple of hours. Knowledgeable volunteers. Lovely open atmosphere. Reasonable cafe.They are in the midst of a massive expansion programme which will be amazing when finished. Personally, I don't get so excited by the engines themselves but enjoy the social history that surrounds them. Would have appreciated a little more story telling - hopefully that's coming in 2025.

B B — Google review

Went on 29th Dec to see the Flying Scotsman with my two sons and we had a brilliant day out. Locomotion is an excellent place to visit and the exhibits are superb. I think it's being extended as well for the future.Obviously the Flying Scotsman was the star but there was so much else to see including Stephenson's Rocket and some great history.The wait to go onto the FS footplate was up to two hours though.

Lee Morris — Google review

We visited today as a family with a very excited little boy who was desperate to see The Flying Scotsman.Parking was rather frustrating. In the website it advised using the car park at the ‘collection building’ as there main car park is currently under construction. The only problem was: we had no idea where that was as never been before and it wasn’t highlighted on the map…We queued for a good 20mins before we got to the gates of the main car park where a member of staff was managing cars in and out. We asked him about the additional car park and he said he had been told nothing about it. I feel this is maybe something that could be looked at.When we did get parked and we squelched through the mud bath of a car park we were not disappointed. (Don’t wear your best shoes!)The Flying Scotsman was there right out the front in all its glory. Thankfully the 90+ mins to step onboard was inside the museum otherwise we would have got rather soggy.A really nice laid out museum with lots to see and different activities for little ones to get involved in.The gift shop was great…. Could have spent a fortune in there!Cafe looked nice but after spending a fair amount of our visit queuing to get on TFS we didn’t fancy the long queue for refreshments.Overall a nice visit.

Crystal Brook — Google review

Visited to view the Flying Scotsman on tour,Spent 3 hrs queuing to experience the footplate. Amazed to see how many people including very well behaved kids queued for so long for this experience.

John Lonsdale — Google review

Fantastic day out. Free entry but we made a donation anyway. There was a lego workshop on which my children LOVED. plenty to see and interactive stations dotted around as well as various activity stations of knex, lego, mega blocks etc. Cafe is awesome with train chairs and tables to eat at!

Sam Carter — Google review


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Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, DL4 2RE, United Kingdom

+44 330 058 0058


Raby Castle, Deer Park & The Plotters' Forest

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Raby Castle Park and Gardens boasts a striking medieval fortress complete with art treasures, tapestries and scenic deer park surroundings. Built in the 14th century, this dramatic castle features a grand hall that can hold up to 700 knights as well as an impressive gateway and nine towers. Its opulent rooms showcase intricate architecture, exquisite furnishings and rare artworks. The castle hosts enchanting events such as Fireside Stories with Santa and the Enchanted Forest.

How beautiful! Although the castle is closed until Easter, the grounds are lovely and the dog was exhausted. There are a huge amount of deer and they were not shy at all, the shop is very pleasant and the coffee good from the cafe yurt.

Matt English — Google review

The (working) Castle is WOW, just WOW. You can take photos of the outside and show how impressive it is but the inside is so impressive, a camera will never do it justice. The staff are all friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable. Blue Badge holders can park the car very close to the Castle and all footpaths are "accessible friendly". This is a (working) Castle , not a ruin and it is definitely one for the bucket list, there is so much to see. The "Yurt Cafe" is amazing and again lovely staff. We didn't get chance to explore the Deer Park but it looks lovely. Will hopefully visit again.

Jeff Deveaux (HG) — Google review

The Castle was really interesting. Guides helpful . Plenty to look at. Note, gardens are being remodeled so none to see. So if not visiting castle you are paying a lot just to wander a large field (with, if you're lucky some deer in the distance.

George Beattie — Google review

Lovely day out. We were lucky enough to see the deer. The castle is beautiful and worth a visit. The plotter’s forest is great, just wish it was bigger! Food was delicious in the teepee. Will definitely be visiting again ☺️

Shuks — Google review

We visited for Fireside Stories with Santa and the Enchanted Forest. It was a really lovely experience and well worth the money. Felt magical from start to finish. Plenty of hand sanitiser points. The castle itself is stunning and the deer just add that special something. Plenty of toilet facilties and a good system for the cafe. Only slight issue we encountered was no soap in any of the dispensers in the toilets. Can't wait to visit again throughout next year

Stacey Dixon — Google review

Lovely day out with my 2yr old grandson. Plenty parking, picnic tables, seated areas, and a great treasure hunt for the older children. All the walkways were clean and suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Never visited the gift or coffee shop as we took our own picnic, but will be returning to try the Afternoon Teas very soon.

Angel M — Google review

Went for the seasonal market and stayed for the deer park and castle, both of which are simply stunning! Granted it was a perfect May Day, but walking in the grounds is peaceful and restorative. The castle is absolutely worth a visit, with some stunning rooms, beautifully presented and staffed by the most friendly and knowledgeable volunteer guides I've ever had the pleasure to talk to. Just delightful. Add to this, good and easy (free) parking, cafe and shop, and an entrance fee that doesn't leave you feeling violated, this place is HIGHLY recommended.

Tim Holmes — Google review

Very reasonably priced attraction. Nice estate with deer roaming that are pretty tame so you can get close. Castle was also lovely with very knowledgeable staff. Nice cafe.A word of warning: if you have limited mobility the grounds can be quite uneven and you may have to walk 15-20 minutes to get to the deer. There are also no benches outside of the immediate proximity of the castle itself.

Will Lamb — Google review

Fun place, the plotters is a great place. We went Halloween. All lit up and loads to walk around with a cafe at the top. Be prepared, if with young children to do a bit of climbing and lifting. Really well decorated..

James Robinson — Google review

Entrance fee including castle is £13. Well worth the price. Lovely walks around the grounds with herds of deers to look at. The castle is very interesting with very knowledgeable staff explaining different aspects of each room. Grounds are dog friendly.

Michael Cook — Google review

Good day out if a bit on the expensive side. The Plotters Forest was fun but smaller than I'd expected though the kids had a lot of fun. Castle and deer park were beautiful and the staff were lovely and very helpful to my wheelchair using mum.

Louise Moir — Google review

Honestly one of the most amazing castles I’ve ever visited. Still in tact and a lot of rooms open to the public to see. Lovely deer park as well, enjoyed a nice walk round before the house opened.

Massi Kelly — Google review

There is separate parking to the left of the main car park for disabled parking, as you drive in you should see the diversion notice!If you're a wheelchair user and wish to look around the castle, there are a few lower floor sections that you'll be diverted to by the stewards that you can look through!This does take you out of the building and having to enter around the back, there's not many rooms to see, but there are some interesting things, I personally enjoyed the carriage room with the armoury display and the open fire crackling away in the hearth.The grounds are huge and we didn't see the deer on the day we visited, as the weather was a bit damp and dreary the deer had likely found a nice dry spot in amongst the wealth of trees! The gardens were also closed as they were being updated, but from what we could see from the castle grounds, they looked very interesting and would be worth walking around when open!There was a little gift shop to have a poke around as well.

S S — Google review

Our first visit & we loved it! Beautiful grounds to walk around (a bit muddy in places) & the deer were stunning. The castle is amazing, such lavish interior, lovely art & ceramic collection. Will definitely return!

Alison Cox — Google review

I'll start with the good. Lovely grounds and a wonderful, magical castle with knowledgeable and friendly guides positioned in each of the castle's rooms with some great history to tell. The not so good? The new plotters forest was limited. Few places to sit for adults and the kids will almost definitely not use their allotted 2 hours. Will definitely go back to see more of the grounds and revisit the castle.

Daniel McNamee — Google review

Superb place to visit. Amazing 13th century ( altered over the years ) castle, fully furnished with a fascinating history. A must see if you are in the area and great day out destination if within travel reach. It’ll occupy a full day if you walk the deer park alsoHad a quirky, excellent, cafe in a yurt and a lovely craft shop. Guides are very welcoming and Knowledgeable. Other staff also very welcoming.Great little 30 min video that is hugely informative and interesting.Easy parking and thoroughly enjoyed the day there. Would be good if they opened the walled gardens to the general public visitors.Also, really quirky, has a cricket pitch with oak tree and huge lime trees inside the boundary rope - must be som obscure local rules/laws 🤔

Gerry McAuley — Google review

Wonderful place to visit. The new Plotters Lodge is a must for the kids. It's a magical woodland adventure for all the family. The castle and grounds are immaculate. Food and drinks are a little on the expensive side, but it's well worth it to round off a great day out, because you will definitely work up an appetite walking around the 200 acres of woodland and deer park.

Roy Blyth — Google review

A great place to walk your dog, and very reasonably priced. £5.50 (over 60s) this doesn't include visiting the castle. Lovely cafe also, lots of new things opening the end of April. I highly recommend if you are in the area.

Chris Mcgoff — Google review

What a hidden gem I visited in February so it was nice and quiet, castle wasn't open yet but I enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the ground, lots of free roaming deer to see and I enjoyed getting the camera out for some shots with family. I will definitely be back when castle is openTop tip, pay online only, no cash on gate

Ady Hattersley — Google review

Absolutely fabulous day out. We often drive past and never been before today. Amazing and informative castle visit and the kids were kept busy with the trail inside the castle and deer park. Got up close with the deer too. Took advantage of a kids go free inside the castle offer as well. Visited the plotters forest and kids had a fab time

victoria mitchell — Google review

Not a good place for us on the day. I had 3 hungry children and all that was available was sausage rolls with no ketchup. There were no indoor tables available and the weather was windy and wild so a picnic was not very pleasant... I am sure if you visit in the summer it would be lovely.On the up side the toilets were very clean.and the baby change was well equipped.

Trudi Mitchell — Google review

Excellent place for the kids to explore. Staff are really helpful. Could do with better signage though but they are still busy with the place. Very interactive and safe and we definitely will be back

tom stephenson — Google review

If you are in the area it's definitely worth a visit anytime of year, see the stunning castle and grounds with herds of deer and longhorn cattle. Nice food in the cafe with lots of new features coming soon!

Si — Google review


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Staindrop, Darlington, DL2 3AH, United Kingdom

+44 1833 660202


Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

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The Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens offer a unique blend of historical architecture and natural beauty. The unfurnished hall is reminiscent of ancient Greek temples and medieval ruins, while the heritage and quarry gardens provide a tranquil escape. Visitors can easily spend a full day exploring the stately pile, castle, rock gardens and dog-friendly grounds. There are also events suitable for both children and adults alike.

A very nice attraction to visit, the house is currently undergoing a roof renovation, the outside of the house is covered in scaffolding. You can still explore the house inside. The house is big with plenty of spacious room although passes of the entrance and hallway have been boarded up for protection.The garden is spectacular and very different to what you would see in a normal house/castle garden, it’s definitely worth the visit. It’s a long walk through the garden to the castle. You will get grants views of the area from the top of the castle. Will visit again one day when all the renovation has completed but it was still a good day.

Pravin Mistry — Google review

Belsay hall is currently undergoing a roof renovation but can visit and look inside of this massive hall. There is no furniture inside. Scaffolding tours and full site tours are available. It was fun to try out the tall slide next to the hall and even an adult could easily fit and move in it. The castle is well preserved and could easily see almost all the ancient rooms,spaces,design and architecture very clearly. Can climb to the top of the castle to get a panoramic view. The garden is impressively large in extent and it gives a feeling of a tropical rainforest. This garden extends across a quarry, which creates some magnificent walkways and nature's wonders.Parking is free for English heritage members. Can easily drive close to the site. Washroom facilities are really good. There is a tea room, a souvenir shop and a second hand book store at the site.

Mahesh Bandara — Google review

Lovely walk around the grounds amazing gardens , like the land before time. Well worth a visit . It has a nice cafe plus loads of picnic tables. Staff are lovely.

Mister Robot — Google review

It is such an amazing place to visit. Belsay Hall is timeless. A grecian feel when you walk through the entrance, the cold basem*nt, and many rooms to explore. A walk through the gardens, which change with each season, the quarry and large arched gate are a sight to see. The small children's park is a delight for children with a cafe on site and very friendly staff on hand to help.The castle is small, with rooms to venture in, and the long narrow stairs that lead to the roof show the amazing scenery all around.Belsay hall, castle, and gardens will take your imagination to a place where you never want to leave.

tracy royal failes — Google review

Great day out for the family. Events for children and big kids alike. Hall of residence, rock gardens and castle all well kept. Held back one star as the floral displays could have been better especially for the time of year. Hopefully the new awakening project will see a change and more staffing.

Richard Timson — Google review

We visited on a rainy day. But still the site delivered a lot of fun and things to see. We hoped to visit the playground and the tower of the castle but unfortunately it wasn't open on our day of visit, and the playground wasn't ready. Perhaps with that open and better weather, since there is a lot to see in the garden in the quarry it had so much to see. The hall was fantastic and even the kids liked it and were amazed by the architectural design. The staff are friendly and the tea room had a great meal after being soaking wet from the rain. Also there's a second hand book shop, remember coins, a lot of great books.

Erika Sard?n Olausson — Google review

We visited during the summer holiday. The hall is in a poor state of repair but still interesting, they are trying to sort damp and that can be seen. The castle is a ruin but good to see and the playground (still under construction) looks brilliant. The surprise to me was the Quarry Garden as it was stunning. They plants are impressive but the scenery was beautiful - I can imagine that photographers can have fun get artistic shots in the garden.We had food in the cafe at the end, it was late so the selection left was limited and my children were a picky nuisance but, the lovely staff there were still polite and tolerated them.

Lee Willshire — Google review

Had such a wonderful day out at Belsay Hall, Castle and gardens. The new play park was a particular highlight. Staff were all lovely and so helpful. The grounds and buildings were gorgeous and everywhere was clean. Really impressed

Kate Reilly — Google review

Impressive hall with a varied and interesting history. The work on the gardens has been well worth it. From the more formal gardens to the quarry garden, there's so much to enjoy. Level underfoot, the gardens are easily accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. Fantastic adventure playground is a very recent addition. Lovely coffee shop with a variety of snacks, cakes etc. A really lovely day out.

Frances Orchard — Google review

Enjoyable day out and very dog friendly. Loved visiting the Quarry Garden and seeing the snow drops. Need to come back in Sping / early summer when everything is in bloom.

Sarah Bullock — Google review

well worth a visit. There’s a lot to see and do. Undergoing some major improvements at the time of writing so it can only get better. They have made it accessible to wheelchair users too. With lots of picnic tables scattered about it’s a great family day out.

Phil Rodgers — Google review

Lovely day out at an English Heritage site. The children's park is going to be amazing once it is finished (hopefully the end of the summer). The walk through the Quarry gardens is like waking through something from Jurassic Park, it's so beautiful. Great to pack a picnic and so somewhere along the way. We will be going back.

Arielle Moore — Google review

Great place to visit and even more so once they have finished the play area and cafe etc. The Hall even though empty you can see it has great character and is surrounded by beautifully kept gardens which then leads you through to the almost hidden castle. Great looking castle from the outside and whilst the tower look in tact, it was sectioned off due to poor light and therefore unable to venture up.Please be aware and make sure you are not in need in using the toilets. The only ones are outside by the car park and quite a walk if you are down by the castle. The staff do make you aware when you enter and maybe additional toilets have been taken into account within the renovations?

Lisa Falkowski — Google review

So much work has gone into updating aspects of the hall and estate, with the new play park and coach house cafe being brilliant additions. We had a lovely walk through the quarry gardens and explore of the hall and castle

Jimbob Lowrie — Google review

Quaint place with nice surroundings… a different take on gardens with rock formations. Castle is a nice ruin with a nice play area for kids beside a simple cafe. Hall is a change to scenery when you go in. Ample parking and well placed toilets. All in all a good place to go for a 3 hrs trip.

Tarun Tangar — Google review

Visited on a quiet day between Christmas and New Year. House very bare, but decorated for Christmas which was nice to see. Quarry gardens impressive, and nice touch having the cartoon style history of the castle. Would be worth visiting again on a Summer's day to get another perspective as the estate has a lot to offer.

Sue Williams — Google review

Lovely place to have a walk. There was a break in the weather in January, and my Mrs looked for somewhere around an hour away that we can have a walk, but also quite flat.She found Belsay Hall. It is an English Heritage place, so you know it will be safe and well organised.We got parked no problem and as we already paid the previous day, entered quickly. It’s worth noting, you get a discount on pre paid tickets.The place is huge, the quarry is definitely our favourite bit, but the hall and everywhere is really nice.The time of year will probably make a difference on the plants, January isn’t the best time, but we enjoyed our visit.The old castle was interesting, and there’s a fantastic play area for the kids.The cafe was really good too, very nice food. I would stay away from the main door if it’s cold. The auto door closing didn’t work, and nearly everyone didn’t close the door.Definitely going back, almost a hidden gem.

Jason Peaco*ck — Google review

Went today and the staff were very welcoming. Plenty of parking spaces. Actually spent a lot more time here than I imagined I would clocking in around 2 hours including the café visit which has a varied selection of food and drinks. What a beautiful place, very eery in places like the basem*nt but many a photo opportunity and the two main buildings are fairly well preserved. Well worth the visit.

random User — Google review

Well I hadn't expected quite so much in one visit !! English Heritage (£14 if non members). Motorhome friendly carpark, with toilets at the entrance as well as on site. Secondhand books and small gift shop at entrance. This is an empty property - other than an art installation - huge hall with rooms downstairs, upstairs and cellars to wander round. I'm sure the art sculptures interest a few visitors, but they are often beyond me !! As it was this time - I'd far rather a display that recognises an era in the house, or maybe depicting the time when the house was commandeered during the war and pretty much vandalised with damage/graffiti and damp. Or let's have interactive games and models for children enticing them to look and enjoy their history ... But ..... back to our visit !! There's a fair few steps in the house but very much worth doing. Outside, the gardens are gorgeous. Currently spring flowers everywhere . Most stunning is the quarry garden. Beautiful camellias in full bloom. It's about a half mile walk from the hall to the castle and well worth every step. There are two routes, one directly through the quarry, the other around its edge. Then there's an amazing outside play area - for adult's and children !! No age limit, no height limit !! Outside seating area, inside modern cafe. Don't forget membership offers 10% discount on all buys (Inc food and drink). And, as if that's not sufficient, you've got the castle to visit !! With a very funny, great little animation show on entry. Views from the tower, plenty to see and explore - again, as you would expect, lots of uneven floors and stairways. On a sunny day there is enough here to keep a family entertained for many happy hours. Friendly and informative staff on hand, chatty gardeners and yet another property steeped in history. Highly recommended.

Polly Wainwright — Google review

Really enjoyed our trip here. Beautiful gardens and walks - not what I had expected and was thoroughly impressed. The castle was definitely worth the 59 steep steps (views were amazing). Enjoyed the animated history on the walls, it was really well done. Cafe was warm and welcoming. Menu quite limited (cake, sandwiches or butties). Nice gift shop, well stocked with something for all budgets.

Alison Spedding — Google review

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