Play areas in Yorkshire

There are play areas to suit all ages in our woodlands and gardens across Yorkshire. Scramble over a mini version of Fountains Abbey, see how high you can soar in the Queen swing at Nostell, play in the hobbit house at East Riddlesden Hall and conquer the castle folly at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Check out these great places to play this summer.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Many houses in England and Wales have reopened, with houses in Northern Ireland expected to reopen from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.

New wooden play equipment with two slides and a rope bridge

Wilderness play at Beningbrough Hall 

Beningbrough's wilderness play area is home to a giant 7 metre pyramid tower with climbing wall, two slides and a 5 metre swing bridge. You can also fly as high as you can on the swings, practice balancing skills on the logs, and build dens in the 'den zone'.

Children playing on the mini wooden abbey

Playtime at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

Stop by the play area at Fountains Abbey - it's just a short walk from the visit centre. It has its own mini abbey to scramble over, tall towers to climb and a zip wire to whizz along. There are swings, a see-saw and a woodland play house for the little ones too.

Family walking up to the Sun Monument

Go wild at Wentworth Castle Gardens  

Tune your senses into summer as you adventure through acres of parkland and gardens. Open your ears to the sounds of nature, watch clouds and wind through a labyrinth. Keep your camera handy and look out for landscape photography top tips around the estate too. We can’t wait to see your summery snaps on social media – be sure to share them with us.

Children den-building in the woods

Woodland adventure at Nostell 

A wild adventure is waiting for you at Nostell. The brave can swing in giant cradles, scramble on nets, wobble along suspension bridges and abseil on an obstacle frame. Little ones can use the climbing cottage, horses and bouncy boards, wobble dishes and slippery slopes. There's also a whopping 30 metre zip wire for kids to fly down through the woodland.

Family playing together in the mud pie kitchen

Discover a Hobbit House at East Riddlesden Hall 

In the Discovery Garden scientists can hunt for bugs and hide in the Hobbit House, whilst budding chefs can head to the mud pie kitchen to get creative. Young wildlife experts can spy on local wildlife in the bird hide and after all that perhaps it's time to head to the natural play area.