Things to do in Yorkshire

by Leeds Building Society

  

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

Website: http://www.ysp.co.uk/

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.

The Hepworth

Price: Free entry (You have to pay to park but there are lots of other ways to get to the gallery, including a free city bus from Wakefield) 

Website: http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/

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 ticket (for four)

Website:  http://cannonhallfarm.co.uk/

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: prices start from £3 (Free for under 5s)

Website: http://tropicalworld.leeds.gov.uk/Pages/default.aspx

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.

St Ives Estate

Price: Free entry

Website: http://www.visitbradford.com/

Where: St Ives Estate (Country Park), Harden, BD16 1AT

About: Woodlands, open moor and a wildflower meadow can all be found in this wonderful Country Park. The Adventure Playground is a fantastic feature for the children, with Coppice Pond offering both fishing opportunities and a chance to feed the ducks. A beautiful park to explore.

Harrogate Valley Gardens

Price: Free entry

Website: http://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/things-to-do/valley-gardens-harrogate-p1205921

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

Website: https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/

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!

Malham Cove

Price: Free entry (take a picnic with you)

Website: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales/

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

Website: https://www.threepeakschallenge.uk/yorkshire-three-peaks-challenge/

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.   

Salts Mill

Price: Free entry

Website: http://saltsmill.org.uk/

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 24th April 2017.