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As well as being a great theme park with numerous extreme, family and kids rides Lightwater Valley Theme Park also has a program of events throughout the year. The mini adventures for kids include a magic show and pedal boats. The rides include Europe's longest rollercoaster and wild river rapids. Events include Fireworks, Frightwater valley, bungee jumping and dickensian festival.
This is one of my favourite attractions and is recommended for big kids like me (58) but especially for younger children. The attraction is more like a treasure hunt set inside a maze of landscaped gardens and contains lots of follies and features. Booking is essential as it is very popular.
One amusing feature is a tunnel that is an optical illusion. Adults and children enter the tunnel thinking it is a very long tunnel and start making their way to the end. The problem is that the tunnel is not a long tunnel it is actually getting smaller and smaller. Eventually it is necessary to crawl through the exit in an undignified way. This is much to the amusement of people (usually grandparents who have been many times before) sitting outside on a park bench waiting for the next set of 'victims' to struggle out. Great fun. It takes about 2 hours to complete. Beautiful countryside and great walks to enjoy in the area.
How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone gorge in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. This steep sided chasm is almost 1 km in length and up to 26 metres (80ft) deep in places. Follow winding walkways, explore caves and tunnels or challenge yourself on the new Via Ferrata course an aerial network of beams, ladders and cables.
According to legend Mother
Shipton was born in the cave. Mother Shipton was a Yorkshire witch who prophesied
about future events in the form of poems. Her prophecies predicted the fates
of several rulers within and just after her lifetime -
White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. There is an 80 minute tour that will show you the 330 ft battlefield cavern, underground waterfalls and thousands of stalactites.
The passages are floodlit with well-
The caves were discovered in 1860 by miners. Inside the caves they discovered the remains of Wolverines and these are now on display. Although it is believed that the caves extend for 6 km or more much of this is only accessible to experiences caver's.
The York dungeon tours start every 7 minutes and last between 1 and 1.5 hours. In these tours visitors are led around a sequence of 11 shows and exhibitions which are loosely based on 2,000 years of authentic York history, historical events and practices.
York dungeon shows and exhibitions Shows include: The Great Plague show is set in 1551 with a recreation of medieval York streets; a recreation of a York pub where visitors are told ghost stories; the Judgement of Sinners where visitors are accused of various crimes; the Torture Chamber where visitors are shown demonstrations of torture devices. During the tour, actors play parts such as plague doctors, innkeepers, Vikings, judges, torturers and executioners.
Viking Centre was built on the site where archaeologists
found the well-
The ride uses various techniques such as Viking
voices in old norse, aromas and 'life-
Crawlies Adventure Playsite -
National Railway Museum has over 100 locomotives and 200 items of 'rolling stock' (carriages etc). The centre tells the story of rail history and includes a working replica of the Rocket as well as trains that have almost been cut in half to show how they work. The museum has many historic trains including Japans Bullet train.
North Yorkshire is a fantastic place for rail enthusiast and tourist alike as there are many scenic railway trips through beautiful countryside to enjoy. A few are listed below.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a heritage railway that runs through the North York Moors National Park. The train runs for approximately 18 miles and is a very popular tourist attraction.
Learn the science behind the brewing process.
Brewery tours generally take 1 -
This is the largest gothic cathedral in Europe.
This is a narrow winding street lined with medieval buildings that leads up to York Minster. In previous years this street has been voted as one of the top 10 picturesque streets in Britain.
Walking along York city walls is very popular and it is estimated that about 2.5 million people do this each year. For some it is just a small part of the wall but others complete the entire circuit which takes approximately 2 hours. You are rewarded with amazing views of the city and the chance to see the 5 bars or gateways and 45 towers along the wall.
Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive
There are several ways to have a sightseeing tour in North Yorkshire. There are a number of bus and coach tours, river boat trips and guided tours on foot. Popular tourist tours are the Ghost walks and in Whitby the Dracula tour.
Fountains Abbey is Britain's largest monastic ruin, a World Heritage site and the most complete Cistercian abbey. The site also includes a watermill, Elizabethan mansion and a wonderful water garden.
Duncombe Park is one of Yorkshires foremost historic houses and estates, and home to the Duncombe family. The house closed to the public in 2011, but the spectacular gardens remain open to visitors, as does the surrounding parkland.
Newby Hall has 25 acres of award winning gardens to explore. For younger children there is an adventure playground.
A day at the races could be a great chance to get together with family and friends and have a bit of fun. Most racecourses have restaurants and bars as well as having the chance to have ‘a bit of a flutter’ on the horses. North Yorkshire has a number of great racecourse and many horses are trained locally in the beautiful countryside.
Marine Sanctuary Combines an aquarium with a rescue centre
that has rescued, recovered and released over 350 seal pups. The centre also
has otters, penguins, 150 different species of fish, a shark tunnel, a hands-
Terror tower tourist attraction in Scarborough is a Haunted House attraction with a serious twist, combining live actors, animated scenes and special effects all inspired by the best horror movies. The attraction features eleven different scenes covering three storeys in two buildings.
After starting in Psycho's 'Bates hotel', the terrifying journey will lead you into a hotel from hell with haunted staircases, elevators to hell, film scenes from nightmare on Elm Street and the Ring, and visitors are prey to an assortment of witches, vampires, dracula, aliens, predators and cannibals.
NOT for the faint hearted!!!
Opera House casino is a state-
North Yorkshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty. About 40% of the the county is covered by National parks such as the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. The county also has beautiful coastal paths and other areas such as the Yorkshire Wolds to enjoy. There are too many routes to detail here but these links should help get you started.
Land is a great family theme park and Zoo in Malton. The
theme park has a mixture of white-
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