North Yorkshire holds a beauty unlike any other county in the UK. Even though the landscape is relatively unspoiled by man-made structures, you’ll still find beautiful gems in historic abbeys and gorgeous manor houses dotted around. Here’s our favourite things to do in North Yorkshire for 2020.
Whether you want to stay inside or explore the grounds, Ripley Castle has plenty to do. In the sprawling deer and parkland you can go zorbing, canoe or kayak in the lake, swing from trees, learn bush craft skills and even turn your hand to some archery. In the castle itself you can join an entertaining guided tour through rooms such as the library and Knights Chamber, and they even have special ones tailored to the kids!
Enjoy stories and tales of years gone by as you take part in a guided tour of Castle Howard. One of the most magnificent stately homes in North Yorkshire, it’s nestled in the undulating landscape, not far from York itself. The Howard family have lived in the castle for over 300 years and offer a warm welcome to visitors with behind the scenes curator talks, animal workshops, photography events and even park runs too.
Shaped by the passage of time, the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect balance between nature and history. With a plethora of wildlife and heritage sites dotted throughout, you can find yourselves in ancient woodland spotting birthday of prey one moment, and then next you could stumble upon structures dating back to the Industrial Revolution or the Iron Age. As the park also meets the sea, you could stop to explore rock pools, sheltered bays and even some smooth, sandy beaches.
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With a stunning coastline on one side and never-ending heather land on the other, the seaside town of Whitby has a rich maritime history and so much to discover. Learn about the famous seaman at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and take a step back in time at Whitby Abbey. If you like, you can also go fossil hunting along the shoreline where you can find ammonite and even dinosaur footprints.
For a family day out that’s full of exciting rides and animals to meet, Flamingo Land is a must-see. For the little ones there’s a Peter Rabbit playground and Children’s Planet where they can learn about animals before getting the chance to spot lots of different animals from African lions to Californian sea lions. Adrenaline junkies will love the rollercoasters such as Cliff Hanger and Flip Flop and of course, the Lost River Ride.
Not only is Lightwater Valley home to Europe’s longest rollercoaster, The Ultimate, but it offers so much to do both inside and out, so if the weather isn’t great you won’t be missing out. Soar through the sky on Eagle’s Claw, or walk amongst dinosaurs through the Jurassic Adventure. The park has a small farm and rides for the little ones too, so there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
See the North Yorkshire dales in a different way – with a llama or alpaca in tow! Nidderdale Llamas provides a unique opportunity to take part in varying treks through the landscape, and they even provide refreshments too. With your fluffy friend by your side, it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends in a guided environment, and you can also book a family tour if you have kids over the age of 7.
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Located close to the remarkable coastline, the family-fun Wayside Park and Lakes site offers 5* comfort and wonderful base from which to explore the area. With easy access to Leeds for a spot of shopping, Harrogate for a delectable afternoon tea or even just the huge expanse of scenic landscape ready to explore, the park is a real gem.
Set inland and only 7 miles away from York you’ll find the relaxed and laid-back Weir Holiday Park. If you love nature and wildlife then this is certainly the stay for you. Not only has the won a Yorkshire in Bloom award, but it has also been awarded a David Bellamy Gold award for protecting and enhancing the natural world. With a children’s play area and riverside pitches available, this quiet park is an oasis.
The Vale of Pickering park is surrounded by beauty. With coastline, moors, dales and picturesque market towns close by, it also offers a 6-acre dog walk with incredible panoramic views. The park itself feels spacious and with great facilities including a shop, café and laundrette you’ll feel well rested in this home away from home.
A beautiful quiet setting amongst trees and woods. Allerton Holiday Park is set in a beautiful pine woodland next door to the historic Allerton Castle – England’s grandest Gothic revival stately home. The woodland oasis is a haven for wildlife and the owners – David and Christine Hind – are passionate about encouraging wildlife and natural flora and fauna within the Holiday Park. Pets are welcome at Allerton Holiday Park and there is a large field adjacent to the Park that can be used for exercising your dog.
The Lawley development boasts stunning views over open countryside and woodland, and features wildlife ponds set amongst natural landscaping. Although set in peaceful woodland, Hollicarrs is ideally located for easy travel links to York, Leeds, the East Coast, The Yorkshire Wolds and beyond. Elsewhere on the holiday park are tennis courts, a bowling green, boules terrain and a fishing lake. Cycle hire is available to make the most of the miles of easy cycling nearby, and there are woodland walks in abundance straight from the front door of the holiday homes.
With a 5-star Tourist Board rating and holders of the David Bellamy Gold Award we take great pride in the appearance of Old Hall Park where a warm welcome is assured. Our facilities are spotlessly clean and maintained to the highest standards. The thriving market town of Boroughbridge with its quaint independent shops, choice of hostelries and restaurants is but a 5 minute walk. The network of waterways and lakes close by provide excellent opportunities for boating, river excursions and all types of fishing.
Why not try one of over 140 beautiful caravan and camping parks in North Yorkshire.