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Family Fun in Harrogate & District

Harrogate District has family friendly attractions and activities all year round meaning there is always plenty to keep the whole family happy and young ones entertained come rain or shine!

Many of our attractions offer great family fun you won’t want to miss, from adventure playgrounds to nature trails that offer discovery and learning, a theme park and several castles! 

You’ll also find children’s play areas across ours towns and city, the usual swings and slides mixed in with climbing structures and zip wires.
When the weather is kind – the garden town of Harrogate really comes into its own.  Between them the Valley Gardens and the Stray extend to 217 acres bringing the wide green spaces right into the heart of town.

The Valley Gardens is especially suited to families, offering an amazing adventure playground, skate park, pitch and put and crazy golf. 
The delightful market towns of Ripon and Knaresborough offer similar Games in Parks that will entertain the whole family.

Struggling to entertain the children during the School holidays?  It’s a perfect time to plan a family break.  Our popular heritage attractions always make sure they have programmes of family activities to engage their younger audience, often with an emphasis on fun whilst learning about our past, agriculture, and the natural world.

You don’t need to travel far in any direction to find stunning countryside to explore and we are blessed with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on our doorstep – offering paths and trails through woodland, pastures and uplands for families to re-connect with the natural world.

Cycling has never been more popular and is a great way for all the family to have fun together.  Check out our family-friendly bike trails and paths.
Whether you are just here for a day – a week – or longer, come and find out why Harrogate has been welcoming families for generations.

Hungry after all that activity?  Gone are the days when children were “seen and not heard” and you’ll find cafes and restaurants welcoming little ones with excellent facilities and great menus to suit all tastes and budgets – picky eaters definitely catered for here.

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  1. RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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    RHS Garden Harlow Carr

    Type

    Garden

    Harrogate

    One of Yorkshire’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, RHS Harlow Carr is a showcase of horticultural excellence all year round!

    Wonder through the tranquil surroundings of this stunning 58 acre garden and gain ideas for your own borders, or simply relax...

  2. Skipton Castle

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    Skipton Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Craven

    The remarkable 900 year old Skipton Castle became a major stronghold by the late C13th.

    Owned by the powerful Clifford Lords, it saw them participating in all the major battles, from Bannockburn to Crecy; Agincourt to the Wars of the Roses.

    The Tudor Wing was added in 1536, when Eleanor Brandon,...

  3. Newby Hall & Gardens

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    Newby Hall & Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Ripon

    Newby Hall, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton, is one of England's finest houses, an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration.

    Built in the 1690s in the style of Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr and subsequently Robert Adam....

  4. Museums

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    Ripon Workhouse Museum & Gardens

    Type

    Museum

    Ripon

    The Ripon Workhouse Museum and Gardens are a truthfully recreated representation of life for the least fortunate of19th century Ripon.

    As well the displays in the museum, housed in the old Gatehouse of the larger workhouse site, the Workhouse Kitchen Gardens have also been carefully recreated...

  5. Lightwater Valley Theme Park

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    Lightwater Valley Theme Park

    Type

    Theme Park

    Ripon

    Lightwater Valley is a full day adventure for the whole family; we offer great value for money, with a pay once and ride all day entrance and FREE parking!

    We have an exciting range of family friendly events for 2017 including Andy Day's Prehistoric Raps Show and Mister Maker Live! 

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  6. Brimham Rocks (NT)

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    Brimham Rocks

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    The Wonder of Nidderdale

    Brimham Rocks is an amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations, sculpted over centuries by ice, wind and rain.

    It makes a great day out for families, climbers, walkers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent...

  7. How Stean Gorge

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    How Stean Gorge

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Pateley Bridge

    A Natural Wonder. Carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, the Gorge is a spectacular limestone ravine in the Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km (just over ½ a mile) in length and up to 20 metres (80ft) deep in places. Armed with hardhat and torch, you’ll love scrambling...

  8. Knaresborough Castle & Museum

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    Knaresborough Castle & Museum

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Knaresborough

    A stronghold of medieval kings, Knaresborough Castle is beautifully set overlooking the River Nidd.

    Explore Knaresborough Castle independently or join a tour to discover the history of the King’s Chamber, visit the dungeon and scurry through the secret underground exit (sallyport).

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  9. How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

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    How Stean Gorge Activity Centre

    Type

    Adventure Sport Centre

    Pateley Bridge

    How Stean Gorge’s activity centre offers professional high quality outdoor experiences onsite in this natural wonder and at other exciting locations in the Yorkshire Dales. This special place is a spectacular limestone ravine carved out over thousands of years by waterflow, making it the perfect...

  10. The Valley Gardens of Harrogate

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    Valley Gardens, Harrogate

    Type

    Garden

    Harrogate

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, are known as The Pinewoods cover 17 acres.

    The Valley Gardens Harrogate contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place - visit the area...

  11. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

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    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

    Type

    Abbey / Priory

    Ripon

    Set within the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site offers a great day out for all the family.

    Hidden within the Skell valley, you’ll find the magnificent ruins of the once great Fountains Abbey and a Georgian pleasure ground to delight your senses.

    This...

  12. Stockeld Park

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    Stockeld Park

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Harrogate

    Stockeld Park – where magic is made and adventures begin... perfectly located between Harrogate and Leeds and just off the A1. Join us in our beautiful Yorkshire Parkland and have an adventure for all the family whatever the season. In Spring and Summer enjoy outdoor and indoor fun whether rain or...

  13. Hackfall Woods

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    Hackfall Woods

    Type

    Forest

    Masham

    Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to explore stretching along the banks of the River Ure.

    There is something about the wild splendour of Hackfall Woods that simply inspires creativity.

    Nineteenth century writers...

  14. Ripon Prison and Police Museum

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    Ripon Prison and Police Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Ripon

    At the Ripon Prison & Police Museum, visitors can sit in a prison cell, hear the door slam shut and imagine the harsh conditions of Victorian prison regimes.

    Try on prison and police uniforms, imagine the horror of being set in the pillory, strapped in a restraint chair or hung in chains.

    You can...

  15. Coldstones

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    The Coldstones Cut

    Type

    Viewpoint

    Pateley Bridge

    The sculpture functions as an array of platforms from which visitors can view both the spectacular quarry hole and limestone quarrying operation, and the landscape of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty and beyond.

    The sculpture also functions as an interpretive medium for the...

  16. Nidd Gorge

    Nidd Gorge

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Nestling between Harrogate and Knaresborough, the woodland, which dates back to at least 1600, is actually made up of five woods, Coalpits Wood, Bilton Banks, Spring Wood, Scotton Banks and Gates Wood.

    A local conservation site, the valley woodlands and the surrounding agricultural land are a...

  17. Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

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    Games in the Parks - Conyngham Hall

    Type

    Crazy Golf

    Knaresborough

    From 23th March Conyngham Hall park is open for games including putting & Crazy Golf.

    Tennis courts also available, pre booking advised.

    Refreshments are available at nearby Kiosk.

  18. Live for Today

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    Live for Today

    Type

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    Harrogate

    Here at Live For Today Adventures we follow the philosophy that life is for living and boy do we LIVE it!

    We offer an extensive range of exhilarating site based and offsite adventurous activities across Yorkshire. Whether it's a fun packed family day out, or a corporate team building day you're...

  19. The Giant Hedgehog

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    Studfold Adventure Trails

    Type

    Nature Trail

    Pateley Bridge

    Studfold is superbly situated in the heart of beautiful Upper Nidderdale; ‘one of England’s hidden gems’.

    Set amongst the dry stone walls of hill farms near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire and with our own camping and caravan park.

    Fun for the whole family and the chance to experience...

  20. Ripon Courthouse Museum

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    Ripon Courthouse Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Ripon

    The Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830 and you can stand in the dock to hear your fate or sit at the magistrates’ bench to deliver the verdict. Our displays tell the story of the courthouse and the people who have passed through it.

    Three Museums, one great day out...

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