Things to do in Yorkshire
Looking for ideas for days out in Yorkshire that won’t break the bank?
Keeping the family entertained, particularly during the school holidays can be a challenge and can come with quite the price tag too. But it doesn’t have to. There are so many great things to do right here in Yorkshire. You don’t have to travel far and you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time. In honour of our Yorkshire roots we've pulled together a list of some of the best days out.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Price: Free entry (parking is £3.50 for an hour or £12 for the day)
Where: The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is situated in Bretton, just 1 mile away from junction 38 of the M1.
About: A great place to visit on a warm, sunny day. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK’s leading outdoor art gallery. Explore 500 acres of beautiful historic parkland and 5 indoor galleries too. Grab some lunch from the café or take a picnic and find a spot amongst the sculptures.
Price: Free entry (parking is £5 to £8 depending on how long you want to stay)
Where: The Hepworth is situated very close to Wakefield City Centre.
About: One for all you art enthusiasts. The Hepworth is a fantastic gallery in Wakefield, bringing together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.
Cannon Hall Farm
Price: £38 for a family of four
Where: The farm is located in Cawthorne near Barnsley.
About: Admittedly this isn't the cheapest of our listed days out but you'll get your money's worth as there's so much to do. A trip to the farm is the perfect family day out in the Pennine hills with countless animals, an amazing adventure playground, indoor play area, farm shop, restaurants and more.
Roundhay Park & Tropical World
Price: Roundhay Park: Free entry | Tropical World: £3.50-£7.00 (free for under 5s)
Where: Roundhay Park is approximately 3 miles north of Leeds City Centre.
About: Tropical World at Roundhay Park is one of West Yorkshire’s most popular family attractions. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the habitats of the tropics and other hot places from around the world without having to venture out of Leeds.
Harrogate Valley Gardens
Price: Free entry
Where: The main entrance is at the junction of Cornwall Road, Valley Drive and Royal Parade Harrogate, HG1 2SZ. The Gardens are open all year round.
About: Spend a day in a 17-acre English Heritage Grade II listed garden in regal Low Harrogate, next to the Pinewoods woodlands. The garden includes beautiful historic buildings such as the Sun Pavilion and colonnades.
National Science and Media Museum
Price: Free entry
Where: The Museum is only a 5 minute walk from Bradford Interchange with rail, bus and taxi services all available there. Forster Square station is a 15 minute walk away.
About: Visit the National Science and Media Museum and spend time exploring the science and culture of light and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. You can spend hours exploring this museum. Best of all, it’s free!
Price: Free entry (take a picnic with you)
Where: Malham Cove is a limestone formation about half a mile north of the village of Malham.
About: Spend a day exploring this beautiful area in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The cove was formed by a waterfall carrying meltwater from glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age more than 12,000 years ago. Take in the view from the large limestone pavement above the cove.
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Price: optional £6 registration fee
Where: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough make up the Yorkshire Three Peaks. You’ll find plenty of areas to park near the Peaks and there are public transport routes nearby.
About: If you’re looking for an active day out in the Yorkshire Dales you should consider taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. That’s 24 miles, three peaks and 12 hours to complete the circuit. Don’t fancy doing all three in one day? Take your pick from Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Price: Free entry
Where: Saltaire, Bradford.
About: This former textile mill is now an art gallery, shopping centre, and restaurant. It’s a great destination if you’re a fan of historical locations (and shopping!). The mill was built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853 and when completed was the largest industrial building in the world. Plan a visit if you're a fan of work by local artist David Hockney.
All quoted prices and information correct as at 31st July 2019.