Ripon, Nidderdale and the surrounding areas in beautiful North Yorkshire offer lots of fun and exciting things to do with the kids. From National Trust properties to museums, gardens to roam and castles to explore, from train rides to adventure playgrounds, countryside walks and underground adventures we’ve got twenty one of the best places to visit with the kids listed here.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
The abbey ruins are laid out in a grassy bowl – perfect for kids to run around in or roll down the hill into! There are small rooms to explore and a stream flows past on one side. Fountains Mill is a hands-on museum where you can try your hand at milling and see what life was like on the site many years ago. There are beautiful water gardens, follies, woodland to explore and a visit to the deer park is highly recommended. The new playground is fantastic! Built from timber it is much bigger and more beautiful than the last playground there with a zip wire, rope nets, bridges and climbing walls. After all that you definitely deserve a visit the cafe for a cup of tea! Check the website before going to see if there are any additional activities on offer such as den building or sewing and knitting.
Location: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Things to do/see: In the Spring and Summer months there are hundreds of beautiful wild flowers surrounding the abbey ruins well worth a visit to see these alone. They also have tearooms on site that provide a wonderful afternoon tea.
Location: Park House, Jervaulx, Ripon HG4 4PH
Things to do/see: Beautiful ancient woodlands with a water feature (gravity-fed fountain that spouts water about every 20 mins), ruined follies to play in and around, waterfalls, numerous footpaths, small beach along the river – great for picnics.
Location: Hackfall is at the Masham end of the village of Grewelthorpe. Nearest postcode to car park HG4 3DE
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