Famed for its castles, cathedrals and acres of awe inspiring national parks, North Yorkshire offers a wealth of family-friendly activities to while away those all-too-short summer holidays. England’s largest ceremonial county is bursting with intrigue and adventure that will capture the imagination of both young and old alike as you hit the road to explore the countless attractions contained within this rich and vibrant area. So pack up the car (and the kids) and head out to one of our suggestions for an unforgettable family adventure this summer.
It’s time to take the art of getting lost to an entirely new level as you burn the road map, ditch the SatNav and abandon hope all ye who set foot in Tupgill Park’s Forbidden Corner. This enchanted labyrinth, set in the heart of theYorkshire Dales, will bewitch and beguile even the most cynically minded as you negotiate the winding passages and perplexing puzzles in your attempts to solve the mysteries within. Packed with unique statues, sculptures, fables and follies this fantasy-filled day out should not be missed.
If the explorer within is still not satisfied, then the more traditionally designed York Maze offers far more than just privet lined passageway. This award winning, seasonal attraction will keep the whole family entertained as you feel the thrill of climbing Bale Mountain, feed your inner adrenaline junky in the quad bike trail and simply scream and shout as your pig crosses the finish line in the daily pig races. Don’t forget to stop by the Kernel’s Coffee Shop for ice cream and milkshake at the end of your fun-filled day.
Sun, Sea and Smuggling
The North Yorkshire coast offers some of England’s most beautiful coastlines and even lays claim to the world’s first seaside resort in Scarborough. With miles of sea, sand and stunning views surrounded by the quaint and quintessentially English seaside towns of Whitby and Filey, a drive out to the east coast is a must.
If all that sounds a little tame, then why not head to Robin Hoods Bay and join ‘Old Slack Mouth’ to explore the old smuggling trail. Enjoy the secret history of the area as you follow the cobbled streets and underground passages that real pirates used in days gone by.
A Day in the Dales
Established as a national park in 1954 and covering an area of 680 square miles, the Yorkshire Dales are internationally renowned as a place of exceptional natural beauty. To the north of the park you will find striking rock formations lining the stepped valleys, to the south extensive limestone caves and crags and to the west lie the Howgils, a series of rounded grassy hills markedly different to the rest of the park. With so much to see it can be difficult to decide where to go but the 180 meter drop of Cautley Spout waterfall is sure to inspire and any one of the many hiking trails will offer you a unique and changeable landscape.
With its many varied attractions, North Yorkshire is sure to inspire and delight the whole family, so why not hire a car and enjoy this wonderful part of England with all the convenience and freedom you desire. Perfect for those arriving by plane, train or coach, the best way to appreciate North Yorkshire’s idyllic rural landscape is from the comfort of your own hire car. Save money on public transport and explore remote parts of the county that would otherwise be inaccessible whilst giving your family, whether small or large, a relaxed, comfortable and, most importantly, safe summer holiday.