Child friendly places in the Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales – October 2023
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Child friendly places to go
Bedale Heritage Trail Bedale DL8 1AA. Tel 01677 424604
Child notes Beckside walk with ducks.
Big Sheep & Little Cow Bedale DL8 1AW. Tel 01677 422125
Child notes Children's farm, play barn
Bolton Abbey Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6EX. Tel 01756 718000
Child notes Special events for children, see website.
Bolton Castle Castle Bolton, Leyburn DL8 4ET. Tel 01969 623981
Child notes Maze, archery, falconry, dressing-up in medieval costume, toys, games and trails. Wild boar feeding.
Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW. Tel 01423 780688
Child notes Climbing, geocaching, tracker packs, orienteering
Brymor Ltd High Jervaulx Farm, Masham, Ripon HG4 4PG. Tel 01677 460337
Coldstones Cut Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5. Tel 01423 711356
Constable Burton Hall Gardens Constable Burton Hall, Leyburn DL8 5LJ. Tel 01677 450428
Child notes Specially designed garden trail.
Craven Museum & Gallery Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH. Tel 01756 706397
Child notes Museum trails, feely boxes, hands-on interactives and audio-visual games.
Dales Countryside Museum Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT. Tel 01969 666210
Child notes Hands on fun and explorer packs for children throughout the Museum, outdoor trail, 'creation station' and interactive displays in the railway carriages.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AF. Tel 01756 710614
Child notes Steam traints and events.
Empire Cinemas Princes Gate, Richmond Road, Catterick Garrison DL9 3BA.
Forbidden Corner Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4TJ. Tel 01969 640638
Child notes Play area. Under fours free Some dark areas to be warned about
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate Office, Ripon HG4 3DY. Tel 01765 608888
Child notes School holiday trails, craft areas, children's acitivities - see website.
Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve Ava Road, Catterick Garrison DL9 3PZ. Tel 01748 830045 / 07754 270980
Child notes A range of activity sheets available which are also downloadable from the website. Pre-booked school and group visits welcome. Please do not attempt to remove any birds that you see in the mist nets. Trained bird ringers check the nets every twenty minutes, no harm comes to the birds and they are released.
Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel 01423 565418
Child notes Family trails, Natural Play Features, Logness Monster, Craggle Top Treehouse and buggy friendly paths. Activities during school holidays.
Harrogate Climbing Centre Hornbeam Park Avenue, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate HG2 8QT. Tel 01423 815024
Child notes Kids activity clubs, daily during school holidays.
Harrogate Paintball Centre Paintball North Ltd, York Road, Flaxby, Harrogate HG5 0XJ. Tel 01423 860606
Child notes Laser Combat (6+), Low Impact Paintball (for 9+), 11+ for regular paintball.
Harrogate Theatre Oxford Street, Harrogate HG1 1QF. Tel 01423 502116
Child notes Harrogate Youth Theatre
Hesketh Farm Park Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA. Tel 01756 710444
Child notes Children's farm
How Stean Gorge Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5SF. Tel 01423 755666
Child notes Gorge, caves, walkways and glass floor viewing area.
Ingleborough Show Cave Clapham LA2 8EA. Tel 01524 251242
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton LA6 3ET. Tel 015242 41930
Child notes Children's activity sheet available to buy from the ticket office. Take pencil rubbings at wooden posts around the trail.
Jervaulx Abbey Park House, Jervaulx, Ripon HG4 4PH. Tel 01677 460226 / 460391
Knaresborough Castle & Museum CastleYard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS. Tel 01423 556188
Child notes Selection of medieval games
Lightwater Valley Theme Park North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT. Tel 01765 635321
Lost Earth Adventures Studford Farm Activity Centre, Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5SG. Tel 01904 500094
Child notes Outdoor activities for children aged 7+.
Markenfield Hall The Gatehouse, Markenfield Hall, Ripon HG4 3AD. Tel 01765 692303
Child notes Children's sheet
Masham Riding Centre Dykes Hill House, Masham, Ripon HG4 4NS. Tel 01765 689636/689241
Child notes Learning to ride and look after a pony. Saturday morning Equitation Club for 7 years upwards.
Mother Shipton's Cave Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel 01423 864600
Child notes Play area, Free quiz for children, Petrifying Well, Cave. Museum & Shop
Newby Hall & Gardens Estate Office, Newby Hall, Skelton on Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE. Tel 01423 322583
Child notes Adventure playground for children up to 12, miniature railway, boats and Dollshouse and Teddy Bear exhibitions.
Nidderdale Llamas Wilsill, Pateley Bridge. Tel 01423 711 052
Child notes Family Llama & Alpaca Experience, suitable for children above 7yrs only. Trekking from 10yrs + Nidderdale trek, ages 12+. Sorry no babies or young children permitted.
Nidderdale Museum Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5LE. Tel 01423 711225
Child notes Normally there are question sheets in each room and a simple quiz.
North Yorkshire County Show Camp Hill, Kirklington, Bedale DL8 2LS. Tel 07787 387831
Child notes Lots of animals and other attractions.
Nosterfield Nature Reserve Nosterfield, Bedale DL8 2QZ.
Child notes Wildlife. Dipping pond. Deep water on site - must be accompanied by an adult.
Richmond Castle Riverside Road, Richmond DL10 4QW. Tel 01748 822493
Child notes Interactive displays, children's books and a great place to run around.
Richmondshire Museum Ryders Wynd, Richmond DL10 4JA. Tel 01748 825611
Child notes Experience life in Victorian Richmond through dressing-up, playing shop. Sight, sounds, smells. Toy gallery & play area.
Ripley Castle Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY. Tel 01423 770152
Child notes Children's castle tour, garden activities & trail.
Ripon Museum trust Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE. Tel 01765 690799
Child notes Trails & some hands-on activities at all three sites. Events in school holidays.
Ripon Prison & Police Museum Marygate, Ripon HG4 1LX. Tel 01765 690799
Child notes Interactive displays, prison uniforms to try on.
Skipton Boat Trips Wharf Office, Waterside Court, 3 Coach Street, Skipton BD23 1LH. Tel 01756 790829
Skipton Castle Skipton BD23 1AW. Tel 01756 792442
Child notes Historical interest particularly for schoolchildren studying castles at school.
Details of why and how the castle was built.
St Gregory's Church The Old Grammar School, North End, Bedale DL8 1AF. Tel 01677 425985
Child notes Children's toy & book corner.
Studfold Adventure Trail Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5SG. Tel 01423 755228
Child notes Discover the secret world of Studfold fairies and pixies . Find treasure and the answers to Clues. Explore the Magical wood with fairy houses and a story. Giant animals. Play area with sand pit, ride on go-karts, tractors and den building.
Stump Cross Caverns Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5JL. Tel 01756 752780
Child notes Underground caverns
Swaledale Museum The Green, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6TX.
Child notes Accompanied children 12 and under Free, trails, hands-on exhibits, mystery objects
The Frazer Theatre Off High Street, Knaresborough HG5 0EQ. Tel 07759 053804
Child notes Annual pantomime
The Georgian Theatre Experience Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4DW. Tel 01748 823710
Child notes Family trails
The Georgian Theatre Royal Victoria Road, Richmond DL10 4DW. Tel 01748 825252
Child notes Many shows are for families or younger audiences and the guided tours are suitable for all ages.
The Green Howards Museum Trinity Church Square, Richmond DL10 4QN. Tel 01748 826561
Child notes Children under 10 get free admission
The Himalayan Garden The Hutts, Hutts Lane, Grewelthorpe, Ripon HG4 3DA. Tel 01765 658009
Child notes Woodland Playground, Fairy Doors Trail, Discovery Activity Booklet and school holiday activities.
The Station Cinema The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD. Tel 01748 823062
Theakston Visitor Centre T&R Theakston Ltd, Masham, Ripon HG4 4YD. Tel 01765 680000
Child notes 10yrs and older only.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum Thorp Perrow, Bedale DL8 2PS. Tel 01677 425323
Child notes Animal Encounters, Flying Displays, Birds of Prey, Mammal Centre, Play Area, Childrens' Trails, Children's events - see website.
Wensleydale Creamery Gayle Lane, Hawes DL8 3RN. Tel 01969 667664
Child notes New interactive experience - drive the milk tanker, see how a cow makes milk, play the truckle roll game and more. Clips of Wallace & Gromit films. Plenty to keep them entertained, including colouring kits, quizzes and puzzles - including a new truckle trail!
Child friendly accommodation
Akebar Park Wensleydale, Akebar, Leyburn DL8 5LY. Tel 01677 450201 ext 1
Archway, Granary and Byre Cottages West Leas Farm, Galphay, Ripon HG4 3PB. Tel 01765 658416
Child notes Happy to show children round the farm especially to see young calves or lambs
Bainbridge Ings Country Park Hawes DL8 3NU. Tel 01969 667354
Brompton on Swale Caravan Park Brompton on Swale, Richmond DL10 7EZ. Tel 01748 824629
Child notes River, play park, games room.
Camp Kátur The Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale DL8 2LS. Tel 01845 202100
Colman's of Aysgarth Town Ends, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3AQ. Tel 01969 662666
Child notes Play park
Dower House Hotel & Spa Bond End, Knaresborough HG5 9AL. Tel 01423 863302
Holiday Home Yorkshire Unit 3, Reeth Dales Centre, Reeth, Richmond DL11 6SP. Tel 01748 900420
Jervaulx Abbey Park House, Jervaulx, Ripon HG4 4PH. Tel 01677 460226 / 460391 (evening/day)
Kings Head Market Place, Masham, Ripon HG4 4EF. Tel 01765 689295
Child notes family rooms
Lindale Holiday Park Newton Le Willows, Bedale DL8 1TA. Tel 01677 450842
Child notes No children's play area but lots of wild birds to observe.
OYO The White Horse 61 North Street, Ripon HG4 1EN. Tel 01765 603622
Park House Keld, Richmond DL11 6DZ. Tel 01748 886159
Ripon Spa Hotel Park Street, Ripon HG4 2 BU. Tel 01765 602172
Child notes Croquet club
Riverside Meadows Holiday Park Ure Bank Top, Ripon HG4 1JD. Tel 01723 584311
Shaw Ghyll Farm Simonstone, Hawes DL8 3LY.
Studfold Holdings Studfold, Touring Park & Adventure Trail, Lofthouse, Harrogate HG3 5SG. Tel 01423 755228
Child notes Studfold Adventure Trail nearby - suitable for pre-school and primary aged children. Lost Earth Adventures - a range of pre-booked activities for older children
Swaleview Caravan Park Reeth Road, Richmond DL10 4SF. Tel 01748 823106
Child notes Play park, river, woods
Swinton Estate Swinton, Ripon HG4 4JH. Tel 01765 680900
Child notes Games, nature trails, swimmings & extensive grounds.
The Buck Inn The Village Green, Thornton Watlass, Ripon HG4 4AH. Tel 01677 422461
Child notes Childrens play area in the beer garden
The Crown Hotel Crown Place, Harrogate HG1 2RZ. Tel 01423 567755
The Jonas Centre Redmire, Leyburn DL8 4EW. Tel 01969 624900
Child notes Animals and children's play area. Family friendly accommodation.
The Old Deanery Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS. Tel 01765 600003
Child friendly clubs, societies & organisations
Aysgarth Falls Visitor Centre Aysgarth Falls Nat Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn DL8 3TH. Tel 01969 662910
Child notes Woods and waterfalls.
Bedale Community Library Bedale Hall, Bedale DL8 1AA. Tel 01609 534573
Child notes Fri 2.15-2.45 story time for pre-school, toddlers & babies
Bedale Golf Club Leyburn Rd, Bedale DL8 1EZ. Tel 01677 422451
Child notes In restaurant & junior competitions.
Cathedral Concert Society Holy Trinity Church, Ripon HG4 2EY. Tel 01765 635244
Catterick Golf Club Leyburn Rd, Catterick Garrison DL9 3QE. Tel 01748 833268
Child notes Junior Membership, Junior Lessons.
Craft & chat group Village Hall, Thornton le Beans, Northallerton DL8 3SN. Tel 01609 774325
Child notes Age 6+ who are able to do crafts.
Grassington Information Centre National Park Centre,, Hebbden Road, Grassington BD23 5LB. Tel 01756 751690
Child notes Colouring table
Harrogate Golf Club Forest Lane Head, Harrogate HG2 7TF. Tel 01423 862999
Child notes Learning to play for free. Free junior membership for children aged 7 - 11
Masham Golf Club Swinton Rd, Masham HG4 4NS. Tel 01765 688054
Child notes Junior Lessons available
Ripon Choral Society Ripon Cathedral, Ripon HG4 1QS.
Child notes Young people (with parents) are welcome to join - please make enquiries in advance to the Secretary
Ripon City Golf Club Palace Rd, Ripon HG4 3HH. Tel 01765 603640
Child notes Families welcome. Junior golfing.
Ripon Library The Arcade, Ripon HG4 1AG. Tel 01609 536623
Child notes Board games, a Monday young people's art club, weekly storytimes, Bookstart Bear scheme, young people's council, regular activities for children & families, Saturday coding club.
Settle Information Centre Town Hall, Cheapside, Settle BD24 9EJ. Tel 01729 825192
Child notes Things to do in the area, quiz sheets.
Child friendly shops & services
Catterick Caravan and Camping Centre Ltd Gatherley Road, Brompton on Swale, Richmond DL10 7JB. Tel 01748 818391
Hello Coopers 8A Market Place, Bedale DL8 1EQ.. Tel 01677 424252 / 01609 772295
Leisure Resorts Westholme Estate, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3SP.
Child notes Play Area. Yorkshire Dales Restaurant.
Middleham Antiques Corner House, Kirkgate, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4PF. Tel 07917 571180
Child notes Former Early years Teacher interested in sharing knowledge of antiques with children.
Roper's Leisure Gatherley Road, Catterick Bridge DL10 7SL. Tel 01748 818666
Child notes Family holidays. Some accessories specifically for children (chairs, crockery etc.).
Tennants Auctioneers The Auction Centre, Leyburn DL8 5SG. Tel 01969 621146
Child notes Art, Exhibitions and Events. Family friendly Cafe & Bistro.
York House Gifts 60 Market Place, Richmond DL10 4JQ. Tel 01748 850338
Child notes An Aladdin's cave on three floors with outside area.