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Lightwater Valley Theme Park

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.

Forbidden Corner - Coverham

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.

Howstean Gorge Outdoor adventure centre

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.

Mother Shiptons Cave - Knaresborough

 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 - the invention of iron ships, Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada... and even the end of the world!

White Scar Cave

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.

Ingleborough Cave

The passages are floodlit with well-laid concrete paths, the usual walking or outdoor clothing will suffice and there are no steps so the Cave is accessible for pushchair's.

Stump Cross Caverns

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.

York Dungeon

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.


Jorvik Viking Centre - York

Jorvik Viking Centre was built on the site where archaeologists found the well-preserved remains of Viking Jorvik (York). The centre is part museum with 800 finds and interactive displays and part disney style ride where visitors are taken back to 975 AD to present a glimpse of what a reconstructed Viking settlement would look like.

The ride uses various techniques such as Viking voices in old norse, aromas and 'life-like' animated figures generated by laser technology from skeletons found on the site, to enhance the display.


Creepy Crawlies Adventure Playsite - York

Creepy Crawlies Adventure Playsite - York is a great centre for young children. The centre has an indoor play centre with the biggest four lane Astra slides in the country, baby and toddler areas, Sports Arena, disco area, and a huge play frame for over fives with Spooky Caves and Mirror Maze. There is also an adventure park with over an acre of fun that includes a huge sand and water play area, netted climbing forest, rides for little ones, a den building construction zone, landscaped gardens, jungle bridge, wacky swings and a mini animal farm. A recent additions is wired high ropes next to creepy crawlies and ideal for slightly older children.

National Railway Museum - York

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.

Scenic Railway Trips

Settle - Carlisle Railway

Settle - Carlisle Railway The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging in to the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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.

See also

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Scarborough North Bay Railway

Wensleydale Railway

Brewery Tours

Black Sheep Brewery Tour

Theakson Working Brewery Tour

York Brewery Tour

Cropton Brewery Tour

Learn the science behind the brewing process. Brewery tours generally take 1 -2 hours and at the end you can reward yourself with a glass of your favourite ale at the bar. The tours are very popular and it is essential to book in advance.

Places to visit in York

York Minster

This is the largest gothic cathedral in Europe.

The Shambles

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.

York Walls

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.  

Medieval Castles

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle - is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. The 900 year old Castle is fully roofed and has an early Tudor courtyard with stout towers at the gatehouse. In medieval days visitors would have crossed a bridge over a moat then passed under a portcullis and through the main doors before reaching the inner courtyard.

Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. Visitors are also able to see great views from the watch tower, tour the Banqueting Hall, Kitchen, Bedchamber and Privy and descend into the Dungeon.

Other Castles:

Ripley Castle

Castle Howard

Helmsley Castle

Spofforth Castle ruins

Knaresborough Castle

Bolton Castle

Middleham Castle

Pickering Castle


Scarborough castle ruins

Sightseeing in North Yorkshire

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

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

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.

Rievaulx Abbey

Newby Hall

Newby Hall has 25 acres of award winning gardens to explore. For younger children there is an adventure playground.

Beningbrough Hall


York Racecourse

Thirsk Racecourse

Redcar Racecourse

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.

Sealife Marine Sanctuary - Scarborough

Sealife 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-on rock pool and the centres new attraction - an Octopus Garden. Throughout the day staff are available for feeding demonstrations and to answer your questions.

Terror Tower - Scarborough

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!!!

Scarborough Opera House Casino

The Opera House casino is a state-of-the-art casino for table gaming with a global food menu until 2am every night of the week. The casino offers all the favourite casino games, such as American Roulette, Blackjack and 3 Card Poker along with Electronic Roulette Terminals, £10,000 Jackpot Machines and Texas Hold’em Poker Tournaments.

Theatre and Concert Tickets

Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Royal Hall

Georgian Theatre Royal - Richmond

York Barbican Centre

York Theatre Royal

York Duchess

York Fibbers

York Grand Opera House

Stephen Joseph Theatre - Scarborough

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

The Mart Theatre - Skipton


Things to do North Yorkshire

Go Ape - Dalby Forest

Go Ape - Dalby Forest, near Pickering - is a network of rope bridges, trapezes, tunnels and some new zip wires that stretches for roughly 1000 metres through the tree canopy. This is a fantastic experience where you will be trained in the use of harnesses, pulleys, carabineers and various safety methods by qualified instructors. You will then safely navigate through a tree top obstacle course to eventually finish on a brilliant zip-wire descent.

Walking, Cycling and Riding in North Yorkshire

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.

Flamingo Land - Malton

Flamingo Land is a great family theme park and Zoo in Malton. The theme park has a mixture of white-knuckle, family, kids and scenic rides. The park also has a 4d cinema (3d plus animated seats) with regular showings throughout the day. The zoo contains a mixture of animals but as the name suggests there is a large colony of Flamingos. There is a holiday resort here with lodges, camping and caravans ideal for short breaks.

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