Be King of a Castle
We all love castles, especially if they have a dungeon, a moat, a maze or a stick-your-bottom-out-of-the-window toilet!
- Be king of the castle at Skipton Castle and look out for the Long Drop.
- Pretend to be King Richard III at Middleham Castle
- Imagine being a Norman invader at Richmond Castle and look out for the prisoners' graffitti.
- Take a gruesome delight in the dungeons at Bolton Castle, explore the maze, watch archery displays, spot the wild boar and climb to the top of the tower for stunning views.
- Just outside the Dales you'll also find Markenfield Hall, a perfect medieval manor house complete with moat (limited opening hours)
- Ripley Castle near Harrogate even has a hidden priest hole.
Get closer to nature and enjoy being outdoors in the Yorkshire Dales
- Experience nature close up and fish for your supper at Kilnsey Park. There's a new sculpture trail, geocache and water-play area and several animals to see.
- Have an adventure at How Stean Gorge, where you can discover the thrills of the Via Ferrata and then reward your bravery with delicious meringues!
- Younger children will really love the exciting adventure nature trail at Studfold Adventure Nature Trail, while adults enjoy the glorious views.
- Solve riddles, marvel at the madness, and laugh at Forbidden Corner near Middleham - a wonderful attraction that's almost impossible to describe (book in advance).
- Meet farmer Chris and his animals at Hesketh Farm Park
- Call in at the small but perfectly formed Keld Heritage Centre to learn more about the surrounding countryside.
- Scramble, climb and play hide and seek at Brimham Rocks, where there are all kinds of curious formations and shapes. There are secret dens and hidden haunts - great place for hide and seek.
- Stage 1 Cycles in Hawes regularly offer instructor-led family and children's activities on local trails in Wensleydale. Bike hire always available for independent exploration.
- Marvel at some of our fantastic waterfalls, maybe follow the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Learn to climb, cave and navigate with Yorkshire Dales Guides or Low Mill Outdoor Centre
- Enjoy the excitement of a short trip on a heritage railway, maybe even steam-powered: choose from Settle-Carlisle, the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, and Wensleydale Railway. There are some railway events at Kirkby Stephen East station too.
- Bolton Abbey Estate has over 80 miles of paths and acres of woodland and fields where children can run free. They can tackle the stepping stones, try one of the trails or go in search of the money tree.
- Look out for the strange creatures who're said to live in Troller's Gill by Skyreholme.
- Find a folly - go in search of Druid's Temple near Masham.
Delicious Yorkshire Dales ice cream
- Treat yourself to a trip to Brymor Ice Cream in Wensleydale, where there's an incredible range of flavours to choose from.
- Billy Bobs is set in an old-fashioned diner, with a great playground for children to release their pent-up energy.
- Archers in Richmond make delicious ice cream, and then you can wander along the river to walk off the calories.
- At Birchfield in Nidderdale there are often special events on this working farm.
Be a time traveller in one of our lovely small Yorkshire Dales museums
- Go back in time at the Dales Countryside Museum, and see what makes the Yorkshire Dales special.
- Marvel at some of the quirky exhibits and historical curiosities on display at Nidderdale Museum, Craven Museum & Gallery, Grassington Folk Museum, Swaledale Museum, Richmondshire Museum and the Museum of North Craven Life at the Folly House in Settle.
- Follow in the footsteps of the monks at Jervaulx Abbey or Fountains Abbey.
- Explore a secret underground world at Ingleborough, Stump Cross Caverns and White Scar Caves looking out for stalactites, stalagmites, and hidden tunnels.