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Girls playing in the garden of East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
Girls playing in the garden of East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Family-friendly places in Yorkshire

Head off on new family adventures in Yorkshire. Set off on a bike ride in the countryside, seek out natural play areas, spot autumn wildlife, and spend time together. And, even if it's raining, we've still got plenty to do indoors to keep your little ones entertained.

Places to visit with the family in Yorkshire

A little boy climbing a tree with a man holding his hand to help

Beningbrough Hall 

Discover the family activities and events at Beningbrough, from den building in the wilderness play area to nature spotting on a walk. Look out for new trails and activities during the school holidays.


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

There are acres of space where little legs can explore and imaginations run riot at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Become an abbey explorer and discover all the hidden corners of the ruins. There's also a large adventure play area close to the visitor centre.

children playing in the woodland play area at Nostell


Get ready for a day out that's jam-packed with fun in the gardens, adventure play area and parkland at Nostell. Bring your bikes and explore the cycle trails through the woodland.

Family walking around Nunnington Hall garden in autumn

Nunnington Hall 

There's plenty for all of the family to do on a visit to Nunnington Hall. From art exhibitions to games, crafts and more, including our Lion's Den play area.

Children racing along a path in the garden at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

East Riddlesden Hall 

From helping build a bug hotel to making the messiest mud pie ever, here are some ideas for families to enjoy at East Riddlesden Hall.

Girl in the play area at Ormesby Hall, North Yorkshire

Ormesby Hall 

Enjoy a visit with the family to Ormesby Hall, with lots to see and do inside the house and in the garden.

Children exploring the gothic folly 'Stainborough Castle' at Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire

Wentworth Castle Gardens 

What will you discover in the gardens this winter? Discover the magic of wildlife on our enchanted trail, pull on your wellies for a frosty walk in the parkland and don't forget to call into the adventure playground before you leave.

Children playing at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Family friendly things to do at Brimham Rocks 

There are plenty of ways to explore Brimham Rocks, from walking and cycling, to orienteering and geocaching. Discover the outdoor activities on offer.

Play areas in Yorkshire

There’s nothing quite like playing outdoors. Swooshing down slides, clambering over logs and letting your imagination run wild. It’s no wonder that play areas are an essential part of many family days out. Here are some top places to play in Yorkshire.

Mum bends down next to her little boy whilst dad stands behind. They are playing a skittles game knocking a ball attached to a pole via a role pushing it towards standing skittles. Some have been knocked over.

Let off steam in the play area at Fountains Abbey 

There's a huge play area just two minutes from the visitor centre where little adventurers can run wild - you'll find a wooden abbey, a woodland lookout, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman's poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire to enjoy.

A boy swings on a zip wire swing  whilst  another pulls him along

Head to the woodland adventure play area at Nostell 

Jump, swing and slide in the adventure play area tucked away in the woodland. There are climbing frames with slides, a huge fort, balance beams, swings and a big wobbly bridge. Feel the wind in your hair as you zoom between the trees on the zip wire - it's a whopping 30 metres long!

Mum and daughter look closely at a wooden stacked bug house

Discover the Wilderness play area at Beningbrough 

Unleash your wild ones on the 7-metre pyramid tower and slide, cantilever swing and clamber stack or explore the zone for smaller children, where they can climb and get creative in the Wendy house or soar to new heights in a bucket swing.

Visitors in the Little Acorns nature play space at Wallington, Northumberland

Enter the Lion's Den play area at Nunnington Hall 

Enter the Lion's Den play area where little explorers can climb up, over, and wobble along a natural obstacle course. There are tree stump steps to jump across, a rope bridge to climb across as well as a wooden climbing frame to conquer.

A girl in a rainbow striped jumper and a boy in camouflage jacket kick and throw leaves at each other

Conquer the castle at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Conquer the wooden castle, zoom down a zip-line, fly through the air on the swings, whoosh down the slide and try the new accessible see-saw as you get your muscles moving in the adventure play area.

Two children playing in the mud pie kitchen at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire

Find the Discovery Garden at East Riddlesden Hall 

Tucked away within the trees, this natural play area has lots for little ones to discover. Find the hidden entrance to start your adventure. Cook up a messy masterpiece in the mud pie kitchen, make some music with the chimes, practice balancing on the rope bridge or use the wheelbarrows to make a hedgehog house with leaves.

A close up view of a row of upturned boots with a child walking across. Only their wellies and bottom half of legs are visible

Go wild in the natural play area at Ormesby Hall 

Head to the bottom of the garden at Ormesby Hall and let the kids go wild in the natural play area. They can perform on the Willow Stage and challenge themselves on the rope walk, log stepping stones and balance see-saw.

Family adventures further afield

Discover more family days out in the North of England and Derbyshire with plenty of places to play, explore, and create memories.

A woman and small child wearing warm clothing, woolly hats and boots walk hand in hand away from the camera, down a winding flagstone path between trees. The leaves on the trees have mostly turned hues of orange and yellow; there are also fallen leaves on the ground.

Family-friendly places in the North East 

Enjoy great family days out in the North East this autumn. From colourful woodland walks to the best play areas and explorer trails through houses and castles. There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained come rain or shine.

A woman and toddler lay playing in the snow next to a frozen pond.

Family-friendly places in Cheshire and Greater Manchester 

Plan a Christmas adventure in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, with play areas, activities for kids, wildlife to spot and plenty of things to do when it rains, there's something for the whole family this winter.

A female toddler in a blue woolly hat and white raincoat handling leaves

Family-friendly places in Liverpool and Lancashire 

Plan your next family day out in Liverpool and Lancashire. From the beauty of the great outdoors and amazing histories to play areas, balance bikes and even a maze, there's something for the whole family to enjoy this winter, rain or shine.

A child explores the outdoors with their family in autumn

Family-friendly places to visit in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

Explore the Peak District and Derbyshire with your family, including outdoor play areas and a country house designed specially for younger visitors.

Family walking through autumn leaves on Lady Lucy's Walk

Discover more in Yorkshire

Home to abbey ruins, houses, gardens and stretches of coast and countryside including the Dales and the North York Moors.