Our top 10 tourist attractions in Yorkshire
We all know what it’s like: One minute it’s a beautiful blue-sky day with glorious sunshine and the next it’s lashing it down with rain. When you’ve got kids to entertain you need somewhere to go to keep them occupied. The solution? Head to one of the many popular tourist attractions in Yorkshire, of course!
From theme parks and historic houses to world-class museums and experiences, there’s so much to see and do… and it’s all right on your doorstep with a stay at Flower of May Holiday Parks! To help inspire you, we’ve put together a mini guide to some of our favourite tourist attractions in Yorkshire….
1. York Minster Cathedral
One of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history. Explore one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals, Marvel at the stunning architecture, climb the central tower or explore York Minster’s Undercroft – revealing a 2000 year historic journey through time!
2. National Railway Museum
Don’t miss the heritage and discovery at the National Railway Museum. With FREE ENTRY and over 1,000,000 artifacts that changed the world we live in – from the infamous Flying Scotsman, The Mallard 75 or magnificent Royal Carriages. Kids and adults alike will love exploring the collection.
3. Jorvik Viking Centre
This world famous family attraction is a must-see for visitors to York. Explore the streets of an ancient Viking Age village as they would have been over 1000 years ago. Discover real artifacts and remains from the Viking City of ‘Jorvik’ or as we now know it York!
4. York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum provides a look back into history. Stroll along Victorian streets and shop fronts or explore the many artifacts in the museum’s collection. There are temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year so see the website for details of what’s on when you visit.
5. North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Take a steam train ride through the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors, with magnificent steam trains and rural traditional train stations you will visit along the way. The railway extends from nearby Pickering to Whitby on the coast and takes in many of the Moors towns and villages including Goathland, famous setting of the TV series Heartbeat.
6. Castle Howard House and Estate
The magnificent Castle Howard labelled as one the ‘Top 10 Greatest Mansions in the World’ offers a spectacular step back in time. The splendid house and estate offers something for the whole family. Browse the 18th Century stately home, explore the extensive gardens or visit the museums and temporary exhibitions. During the summer months look out for special open air events and music concerts featuring many famous acts.
7. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
A National Trust property offering beautiful countryside, the 12th century abbey ruins and extensive grounds of the Studley Royal Water Garden or the 800 acres of the medieval deer park. The National Trust hold many family activities throughout the year and look out for special open-air family theatre shows amidst the Abbey ruins.
8. Lightwater Valley
If you want to seek a hair-raising day of fun for the whole family then a visit to Lightwater Valley is a must. With Europe’s longest rollercoaster, water rapids or the new Angry Birds activity park you can be assured of a wild time whatever the weather. Lightwater Valley has suitable adventures for all age groups and offers a full day of fun.
9. Flamingo Land
From white-knuckle thrill-a-minute rides to a great range of attractions for smaller children and even an extensive zoo, Flamingo Land is a great day out for the whole family – and only a short distance from our holiday parks. This theme park also has a range of amenities, including cafes and restaurants. shops and toilet facilities, so you’re guaranteed a stress-free day out!
10. Scarborough Fair Collection
The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a ‘Mighty’ Wurlitzer Organ in our spacious ballroom. The collection is set within the grounds of Flower of May Holiday Park in Scarborough, so you’re only a short walk from the attraction!