Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty. With amazing scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage making the perfect holiday destination for recreation and relaxation. Stretching some 680 square miles the Yorkshire Dales landscape is a haven for walkers and cyclists, for those wanting wide open spaces or a stunning scenic drive.
Real highlights of the Dales can be found everywhere but more notably Aysgarth Falls where the River Ure plunges over 2000ft in a series of fantastic falls. Buttertubs Pass offers some of the most panoramic views of the landscape. Visit Skipton known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’ which offers excellent shops and restaurants along with a visit to the Caves at Ingleton or a visit to the 12th century Bolton Abbey.
Ideas for family days out in Yorkshire Dales and Ripon
Ripon, North Yorkshire
Riverside Meadows nestles on the side of the River Ure, encircled by the beautiful rolling countryside of North Yorkshire. The Park is a few minutes’ walk from the historic market town of Ripon, with its magnificent cathedral which houses an ancient Saxon crypt dating back from Ad 672. Every Thursday, Ripon holds a market on the market square, a tradition that has been carried out for years. Stalls include: fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, fresh fish, clothes, accessories, and much more.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon
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 admist the Abbey ruins.
Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Yorkshire
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.
Ripon Workhouse Museums, North Yorkshire
With three fun interactive museums covering the age of Victorian law and order. Visit the Liberty Courthouse, the Prison or the Workhouse Museum. The kids can dress up, go on trial and learn about the harsh life of the Victorian Era! Look out for special family events throughout the year.
The Big Sheep & Little Cow, near Bedale, Yorkshire
Take a visit to the family fun farm with oodles of adventure play both indoors and out. Kids will love the play barns with soft play centres, slides and ball pools. You can meet the farm animals, take a ride on the barrel train or take a spin in the buggies. Great fun for families with younger children.
Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, North Yorkshire
With over 70 different birds and 30 different species the centre is a good value family day out. You can watch Falconry and flying displays throughout the day and experince some unique hands-on close up view of the birds. The expert handlers ensure you learn some astonishing facts along the way too!
Mother Shiptons Cave, North Yorkshire
An unsual day out and England’s oldest visitor attraction, first recorded in 1538! You can see the Petrifying Well with it’s unique mineral properties that tun everyday objects into stone! Visit the cave itself, take a wish in the wishing well or visit the castle museums. There’s some great outdoor adventure play areas for the kids and you can even buy a teddy turned to stone by the mysterious well.