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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Harrogate

Looking for variety on your next day out with the kids? You're in luck - there are plenty of cool things to do in Harrogate.

Capitalising on its heritage as a fashionable spa town, the Royal Pump Room Museum shows what it would’ve been like to visit the spa 100 years ago. See the strongest sulphur well in Europe and look at spa treatments from the past, including the spine tingling and hair raising electric therapies!

Children are well catered for too. Borrow a backpack from reception (or bring your own) to take part in the mystery object game and complete the spa trail! Dress up as an Egyptian and have a go at writing hieroglyphics or become a super scientist and do some important testing of your own.

If you’re looking for something a little bit more exhilarating for your family day out then try Log Heights. This outdoor ropes challenge is based on the Ripley Estate and will have you jumping to catch a trapeze, scaling cargo nets, walking a high beam and climbing a giant ladder.

A couple of miles away is Ripley Castle, which has a tailor made tour especially for children that tells you all about it’s 26 generations of family history. Learn about the boar hunt that nearly killed King Edward III and spot all the priests hiding holes around the castle. Nearby is another chance to scale those high ropes at Live For Today Adventures Ripleys. You can even have a go at archery, bush craft and much more.

If the weather is poor Knaresborough Pool is just four miles from the centre and has a leisure pool with a flume and soothing bubble area where parents can sit and relax!

Travel a little bit further to discover one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have! Nidderdale Llamas is a Llama Trekking Centre based in the beautiful Dales. Come and meet these friendly animals before going out on your own llama trek!

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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...

Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

When you arrive in this friendly little pottery painting cafe you will be shown a vast array of bisque (prices start from £5). Once you have selected...

The Royal Pump Room Museum

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Royal Pump Room Museum is a small but full family friendly museum where you can discover Harrogate's spa history through fascinating displays. Yo...

The Valley Gardens

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The grass is always greener at The Valley Garden, Harrogate. Visit a grade II heritage listed garden for a carefree and stunning day out. Wander thro...

Bead Harrogate

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Arts and Crafts

Bead of Harrogate Bead is a jewellery making, art and craft boutique based in central Harrogate which is also home to the Bead Bar, a private and sep...

The Harrogate Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Forget the seven seas; Captain Heave Ho has buried his treasure right here in Harrogate! Problem is he’s forgotten where...  If you’re a family of sa...

ODEON Harrogate

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Explore outer space, deep in the jungle and really just about anywhere your imagination will take you at ODEON Harrogate. With 5 screens of multimedi...

Curious About Harrogate

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Harrogate gives an exciting glimpse into what makes this historic spa town what it is. Be challenged whilst being entertained! Walks ty...



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The Hydro

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

A good local pool is worth its weight in gold, especially if you have children! The Hydro is Harrogate has three pools altogether, which means there’...

Kidzplay Harrogate

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Kidzplay children's play area and party centre is the premier Harrogate and Yorkshire indoor play area for babies and children. Formally The Time Mac...

Harrogate Climbing Centre

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Harrogate Climbing Centre is a superb climbing and bouldering facility on Harrogate's Hornbeam Park. Catering for climbers of all abilities from 5 ye...

RHS Harlow Carr

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Enjoy a beautiful day out in Harrogate at RHS Garden Harlow Carr - the garden is family-friendly with lots of natural play features for your cheeky m...

Winkies

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

At Winkies children's play and party centre you will find: Winkies Town: a unique child sized house and shops where children can play and explore usi...

Wacky Warehouse - Squinting Cat

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Wacky Warehouse at the Squinting Cat has loads of cool adventure play equipment jammed into a giant climbing frame that will entertain the kids a...

Knaresborough Castle

  • Knaresborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

A majestic stronghold of medieval kings, even nowKnaresborough Castle towers imposingly over the River Nidd and is guaranteed to get little imaginati...

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...

Knaresborough Pool

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Knaresborough Pool arguably ranks as the local children's favourite with the emphasis very much on family and fun with its hot water bubble pool and...

Ripley Castle

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Ripley Castle, built in 1345, is full of armour, priests hiding holes and lots of great histrorical things to look at. There are also beautiful garde...

Live For Today Adventures Ripley

  • Ripley
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Live For Today Adventures at Ripley Castle is an Outdoor Activity provider near Harrogate. Do you worry that your children are always bombarded with...

Stockeld Park

  • Wetherby
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Looking for something special to do during the school holidays? Open only on special dates between February and Christmas, the beautiful Stockeld Par...

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