Planning your Brimham Rocks visit

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With 400 acres of moorland and rocks to explore, there are plenty of activities for families and adventurers of all ages to keep themselves occupied. Read on to assist you in planning your visit to us, to check up on the facilities and take note of what not to miss.

When can I visit?

The countryside is open from dawn until dusk. Our refreshment kiosk, shop and visitor centre are currently only open during weekends from 11am until 4pm. We do occasionally close these early due to inclement weather.

Waiting for breakfast
Brimham Sunrise
Waiting for breakfast

How much will it cost?

Parking:

  • Cars: £6 for 4 hours or £9 per day
  • Minibuses and motorhomes (6m and over): £12
  • Coaches: £18
  • Motor cycles and blue badge holders: Free
  • National Trust members: Free. (Please scan your membership card at one of our car park machines.)

Although we do charge for parking the good news is that we don’t charge for admission so you only pay per vehicle so that helps to keep your costs down. We are a charity so the money raised from parking help us to look after this special place for future generations to enjoy. Scanning your National Trust membership card benefits Brimham too as when you scan your card you're contributing to the money we receive towards looking after the site.

Please note that all minibuses and coaches must book in with us at least 7 days prior to arrival. Click here for group visit details and call 01423 780688 to book.

If you’re a National Trust Scotland member, you also get free parking. Instead of scanning your membership card though, leave it in an observable place on your dashboard. However make sure that every member on your membership brings their card along. Unfortunately we don’t have access to the National Trust Scotland database to check your membership so if you don't bring your card you'll be asked to pay a parking charge.

Visitors at a car parking machine
Brimham Rocks parking
Visitors at a car parking machine

National Trust membership

As well as free parking when you scan your card, membership also entitles you to entry to hundreds of other National Trust sites across the country. Ask our team for details or to join at the welcome cabin in the car park. If you join at Brimham Rocks it directly benefits the site, as we receive a financial credit, which goes straight into looking after this special place.

We are a charity so the money raised from memberships helps us to look after this special place for future generations to enjoy.

Recruiting a new National Trust member
Brimham Membership Recruitment
Recruiting a new National Trust member

Is there a map?

Click here to view a copy of our site map

Can I climb the rocks?

Many visitors come to Brimham to climb the rocks. Some to tick off number 46 on their list of 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾. Although it can be good fun for many, it’s important to consider the risks before you climb. If you are new to climbing or are unsure of what you are doing it’s good advice to research and learn before you do anything else. Visit the British Mountaineering Council website for more information.

At Brimham Rocks it’s your responsibility to look after your party when climbing.

If you get into trouble and need first aid support, our team are here to help you. Staff are equipped with radios and have experience assisting in climbing incidents. Staff locations include the refreshment kiosk, shop, Brimham House and the car park. Alternatively call us on 01423 780688. The phones are usually manned between 9am and 5pm.

Have a go at rock climbing with Harrogate Climbing Centre
Rock Climbing at Brimham Rocks
Have a go at rock climbing with Harrogate Climbing Centre

Memories to treasure

Please snap away with your camera or smartphone. There’s plenty of wonderful views and quirky rocks for you to capture. You can share your photos of your visit with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using hashtag #brimhamrocks. 


While they make very unique photos, we ask that you don't bring your drone. This is to protect our visitors and the site itself.

For professional photography and filming requests (including wedding and engagement photoshoots) please contact the office on 01423 780688.

An early morning photographer
Brimham Photographer
An early morning photographer

What can I see and do when I visit?

There’s plenty of things to see and do here for people of all ages and interests. For those of you who’ve never visited before check out our Best of Brimham page below to find out what not to miss.

If that’s isn’t enough we also have a variety of events running throughout the year. Visit our What's On page for further details.

Is Brimham easy to get around?

With Brimham being a place with uneven terrain, it could be easy to think we’re off limits to those with mobility challenges. However it’s important to us that everyone feels welcome at Brimham Rocks. Firstly, blue badge holders get free parking. Once you’ve left your car we have a Tramper, a rugged mobility scooter, that you can hire free of charge. Please note this is only available during main facilities opening times and we ask that you return it by 3pm. Call us on 01423 780688 to book it or to discuss your accessibility requirements and we’ll do our best to assist you.

You can read our full access statement here

The Brimham Rocks Tramper
Brimham Tramper
The Brimham Rocks Tramper

Can I get something to eat?

If you’re feeling peckish why not stop by our kiosk for a Voaxes pie or a cup of tea to keep you going. You could also treat yourself to a scrummy Yorkshire Dales ice cream.

Can I bring my best friend?

Dogs are very welcome at Brimham and many visitors bring their dogs for walkies around the rocks.  We kindly ask that dogs are kept on leads at all times and that dog waste is either taken home or placed in our dog bins.

Dogs at Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks Dogs
Dogs at Brimham Rocks

How do I get to you?

Brimham Rocks is 10 miles from both Harrogate and Ripon, just outside the market town of Pateley Bridge. As we’re in a remote location accessing Brimham by public transport can vary from season to season. Our closest railway station is Harrogate and Harrogate bus service , number 24, stops at Summerbridge leaving you a 1.5 mile walk to us, partly uphill. Local taxis based in Summerbridge, Ripon and Harrogate also come as far as Brimham. If you’re driving our postcode for your satnav is HG3 4DW although please be aware this only gives our approximate location.

If you’re a cyclist, Brimham makes both an ideal destination or stop off on your route. Although cycling isn’t permitted on site our facilities allow you to make the most of your break. We also have a range of cycle routes close by if you want to continue your adventure. Check out our walking and cycling page for more details.

Local Harrogate bus service 24
Brimham Rocks Harrogate Bus Service 24
Local Harrogate bus service 24

What is there to do nearby?

Our closest National Trust neighbour is Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal which we’d highly recommend for a visit. However as we’re on the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we’d definitely recommend you check out their website and Visit Nidderdale for other exciting adventures to take part in close by.