20 Best Things To Do In Harrogate Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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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 that we can share with you.

Starting with the cool and quirky things to do in Harrogate, first on our list is Brimham Rocks, an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations. What shapes can you and your kids see? And if you like unusual days out, then Mother Shipton’s Cave is definitely a place you should visit, even though it’s a bit further out. 

So, if you don’t mind a bit of travel, Ripley Castle is just a couple of miles away. It’s packed with 26 generations of family history, which means the place has a lot of fascinating stories to tell. Learn about the boar hunt that nearly killed King Edward III and spot all the priests hiding holes around the castle. 

Time for some nature play! If you fancy a carefree day in the great outdoors, surrounded by beautiful plants but also within reach of a playground for the kids, RHS Harlow Carr is your ideal destination. 

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!

Up for a day trip from Harrogate? Here are 10 more hidden gems in Yorkshire recommended by our trusted explorer Maria. 

 



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RHS Harlow Carr

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...

A Side View of Mother Shipton's Well

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...

Visitors at Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe in Harrogate

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...

Outside view of The Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate

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...

View of Sun Pavilion at The Valley Gardens in Harrogate

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...

Party room at Bead Harrogate

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...

Boys on Treasure Hunt Trail

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 Cinema room

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...

Harrogate's Royal Bath House on Curious About Harrogate trail

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...

Rubber ducks by swimming pool at The Hydro in Harrogate

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’...

Kids playing at Kidzplay Harrogate

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...

People climbing at Harrogate Climbing Centre

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...

Ball pit at Winkies in Harrogate

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...

Birthday party at Wacky Warehouse - Squinting Cat in Harrogate

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...

Outside view of Knaresborough Castle

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...

Family on Spy Mission Trail

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...

Inflatable obstacle course at Knaresborough Pool in Harrogate

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...

Outside view of Ripley Castle in Harrogate

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...

Girls listening to high ropes safety talk at Live For Today Adventures Ripley

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...

A little boy looking at a bug at Tropical World in Roundhay

Tropical World Roundhay4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Leeds
  • Indoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Summon your inner explorer at Tropical World (Roundhay) - discover tumbling waterfalls, humid rainforests and pools of exotic fish in the not-so-far-...

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