Here’s our guide to days out in Yorkshire, showcasing the beautiful area in and around North Yorkshire. From family days out in Yorkshire to dog-friendly days out in Yorkshire, there’s something here for everyone.
1. Catch a steam train
Catch the North York Moors Railway heritage steam train from Pickering to Whitby and enjoy views of the moors along the route. There’s plenty to fill a happy day out at both ends of the line and all stations in between, and this is also a dog-friendly day out in Yorkshire.
2. Explore Dalby Forest
Offering one of the best days out in Yorkshire for families, Dalby Forest has 13 walking trails, six cycling trails, two play areas, a Go Ape, cafes and lots of picnic sites and barbecue areas. It’s another dog-friendly day out in Yorkshire, which your four-legged friend will love.
3. Take a hike with dramatic views
The seven-mile circular trail from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey offers glorious views of the Yorkshire landscape. Climbing gently from Helmsley, it takes you through the woods where a carpet of bluebells greets you in spring. The view of Rievaulx Abbey from Rievaulx Terrace is breath-taking, and completes one of the best days out in Yorkshire. View more walking and hiking routes.
4. Cycle down the coastline
Take the 21-mile Cinder Track along the dramatic coastline of North Yorkshire, dropping in for refreshments at the old smugglers’ haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay or stopping for a picnic beside the waterfall in the hidden cove of Hayburn Wyke. View more cycle routes.
5. Discover Whitby’s history
With it's ancient Abbey ruins high above the town, it's 16th century buildings and alleyways where smugglers once hid, and its links to Captain Cook and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby has a dramatic and enthralling history. Spend a day exploring, then finish up with some famous Whitby fish and chips; the perfect end to a day out in North Yorkshire.
6. Visit the Vikings in York
For a great family day out in Yorkshire, visit York. Discover the city’s Viking roots at the Yorvik Centre, scare yourselves silly in York Dungeons, get the kids following the treasure trail at York Minster, then climb Clifford’s Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.
7. Experience life in a stately home at Castle Howard
Castle Howard is a magnificent baroque mansion set within 1,000 acres of parkland on the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park. For a family day out in Yorkshire, it has lots to offer, including an adventure playground where the children can let off steam after accompanying you on the house tour.
8. Spend a day at the seaside in Scarborough
Pack the buckets and spades, throw in the sun cream and head to Scarborough for a day at the seaside. This wonderfully old-fashioned beach resort has shellfish stalls and ice cream parlours, parks and gardens, and a huge beach, where you can set up camp for the day.
9. Have family fun at Flamingo Land
If the children’s idea of a family day out in Yorkshire involves a theme park, then Flamingo Land is the place to go. Enjoy the rides, visit the zoo and watch the entertainment, for a day of pure fun.
10. Learn forest survival skills
Stay in one a forest cabin at Cropton or Keldy, in the North York Moors National Park and enjoy the Ultimate Forest Survival adventure with our Forest Ranger. Learn to build a shelter, light a fire and forage for food…and then head back to your cabin to lie in a bubbling hot tub beneath the starlit Yorkshire skies. Cropton or Keldy make a great base for all your other days out in North Yorkshire too. Book your cabin today and start planning your day trips.