5 Of The Best Family Friendly Days Out in Yorkshire

This is a guest post by Jo Addison. Jo is a Mum of 2 little boys, Yorkshire born and bred, occasional marathon runner, dreamer and once RTW traveller. She blogs about holidays and days out for babies and toddlers at Kiddieholidays

I love getting out and about in Yorkshire with my 2 boys aged 5 and 2. There is so much to do and see - from world class museums, like the National Railway Museum in York, to the wild Yorkshire coastline at the East. I've lived in Yorkshire for most of my life, and these are some of my favourite places to visit for family days out.

1. Get underground and explore some caves! Mother Shipton’s Cave and White Scar Caves in the Yorkshire Dales are amazing opportunities to explore underground. Mother Shipton’s cave has 2 adventure playground, a children trail and more importantly a tea room!

2. Get lost in York Maze – Every year the maze has a different theme and last year it was based on Thunderbirds and took over a week to make! Once you’ve made it out of the Maze try out the Cobstacle Course, jump on the Jumping Pillow or climb the straw bale mountain.

3. Have a day at the seaside. Our favourite beach is at Filey on the East Coast – there are donkey rides and plenty of rockpools around Filey Brigg and it’s really long so there is plenty of space for everyone. Have a trip to Scarborough afterwards and see the wonderful naval warfare battle in Peasholm Park.

4. Visit a theme park – Flamingo Land or Lightwater Valley are great theme parks in Yorkshire with lots of rides for big kids and smaller children alike.

5. Standedge Tunnel - As one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, Standedge Tunnel is the longest canal tunnel in Britain. Go on a family friendly guided boat trip inside the tunnel, stop for a bite to eat in the cafe, and let kids jump, climb and explore the playground and wildlife garden. If it rains, you can try the free soft play facility in the exhibition centre!


  1. This post reminds of some great family days out we've had in Yorkshire. Roll on the summer!

  2. Susan B07:53

    Excellent review. Thank you. I am particularly pleased to know about the caves.

  3. Those caves look amazing. We've been to some like that in Wales, but I'd like to visit those.

  4. These look like lovely places to visit, such wonderful scenery. x

  5. Eden Camp is also a great day out if you love a bit of history x

  6. This would have been really handy last year as we were living in yorkshire for a bit.