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Best Things To Do & Days Out In North Yorkshire

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 621 fun things to do in North Yorkshire for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include York, Middlesbrough and Thirsk. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 418 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right North Yorkshire day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in North Yorkshire with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

Find your perfect day out

Spilmans

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Who doesn’t love a day out in the fresh country air? Well, head over to Spilmans (May - October), a pick your own farm with a play barn for little ad...

York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get out and explore a different side of York with the York Chocolate and Sweet self-guided themed treasure trail! Suitable for all ages, this trail i...

The Painting Pottery Yard

  • Thirsk
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Love doing arts and crafts with your kids? Head to The Painting Pottery Yard, no matter the weather, and enjoy a relaxing pottery painting session fo...

Twiggys Play

  • Thirsk
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Twiggy's Play is a 4000 square foot indoor play centre in Thirsk, themed on the wonderful Yorkshire Countryside. Nestling in the shadows of our own W...

Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre

  • Thirsk
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Monk Park Farm Visitor centre is one of ‘Yorkshire’s best places to visit.’ Situated in the heart of Herriot country, on the edge of the North York M...

Falconry UK5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Thirsk
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Falconry UK is set in a beautiful country garden and gives you a great chance to experience the excitement and thrills of falconry. If you have ever...

Newby Hall Adventure Garden

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Newby's exciting Adventure Garden for Children has been thoughtfully and safely designed for children of all ages, from the paddling pool, sandpit an...

Ripon Museum Trust

  • Ripon
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ripon Museum Trust has three museums with the common theme of Law and Order. At the Workhouse Museum you can dress as a Victorian pauper and play in...



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Ripon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Behind every corner and with every step, riddles are waiting to be unpicked by you and your crew of salty sea dogs… So what are you waiting for? Join...

Mother Shipton's Cave

  • Knaresborough
  • Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Behold the hidden powers of the magical water in Mother Shipton’s Cave that turns all it touches to stone! Get ready to discover the wonders of Engla...

Ripon Treetop Nets Yorkshire

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Imagine giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels - all made from netting - welcome to Ripon   Treetop Nets ! Now picture this suspended up to...

Talon Falconry

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Talon Falconry will give you a truly gripping experience that is fun for all the family. This is a great chance to see how these amazing birds are ha...

Lightwater Valley

  • Ripon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Who fancies a thrill ride on flying swings? What about meeting modern-day dinosaurs, or simply enjoying a lazy day aboard the Eagle's Creek Farm trac...

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

  • Ripon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

An amazing historical World Heritage Site near Ripon, Fountains Abbey provides picturesque wide open spaces, family guided tours, school holiday acti...

York Bird of Prey Centre

  • Easingwold
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

York Bird of Prey Centre is fantastic for nature lovers as you have the chance to get really close to these stunning birds, most of which have been h...

Middlesbrough Sports Village

  • Middlesbrough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

If sports are your thing, Middlesbrough Sports Village is the place to go! Nothing will stop you from staying active and having fun, even the tempera...

Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Wildlife Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bedale
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Wildlife Park is a mix of meerkats, falcons and the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country! Situate...

Hunt Fun Northallerton

  • Northallerton
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Crack codes and see the sights on the Hunt Fun Northallerton trail. It’s a great way to get the family outside and working together. Begin by grabbin...

Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bedale
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

For an authentic, hands-on farming experience visit Big Sheep and Little Cow Farm. Get the chance to hold and feed animals such as chinchillas, goats...

Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Knaresborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Have you got your thinking caps on? You’ll need them as the Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail is devilishly tricky and full of clues that need...

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