Blog post written for Michael Paul Holidays, through Real Communication.

Top five family days out in North Yorkshire

Booked a North Yorkshire holiday cottage?  Make the most of your stay with Michael Paul Holidays’ top five, family-friendly places to visit:

  1. Go Ape, Dalby Forest

Adventure awaits on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park, with Go Ape at Dalby Forest.  Explore a world in the treetops with a choice of exhilarating high ropes courses to suit both adults and children, take the challenge of the hilltop zipwire or travel along forest trails on all-terrain Segways.

Useful info:

  • Parking
  • Food and drink
  • Kids’ play area
  • Dogs welcome

Prices vary depending on activity.  Visit:

  1. Pickering Castle

Who doesn’t love a castle?  William the Conqueror originally built this one.  Within its magnificent walls lies an exciting history for all the family to explore.

The castle is set in the picturesque Moors-edge market town of Pickering, a haven for traditional North Yorkshire holiday cottages and a stop on the infamous North York Moors Steam Railway.

The castle’s grounds boast extensive views from all angles and inside the chapel there is an exhibition where you can learn about its captivating history.  Families will enjoy the oodles of glorious outdoor space where kids can run wild, climb, spot wildlife or enjoy a picnic.

Useful info:

  • Car park
  • Accessible toilets
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Dogs welcome

Prices: As of 2019 Adult: £5.70; Child: £3.40 (5-17 years); Concession: £5.10; Family (2 adults, up to 3 children): £14.80.

  1. Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Nestled in the heart of the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this family-run attraction offers an adventure trail, a fort, a play park, formal gardens, an interactive sensory garden, a wild-flower meadow, ponds and a secret garden.  Children can feed an impressive collection of animals including giant rabbits, woolly alpacas, spotty pigs and miniature ponies or venture into the mysterious Worm-World or Mini-Beast Mansion.

Useful info:

  • Free car parking
  • Disabled facilities
  • Picnic areas
  • Café and gift shop
  • Toilets with baby-changing facilities
  • Dogs welcome

Prices: As of 2019 Adult (16 and over): £6.50; Student: £6; Senior: £6; Child (2-15): £5.50; Family (2 Adults and 3 Children): £26; Children under 2: FREE.

  1. Peasholm Park

Peasholm Park is a must for anyone lucky enough to be staying in sought-after holiday cottages on the Yorkshire coast.  Situated in the North Bay of Scarborough, [link to Blog 2] the park is open all year round and features an island, lake, boats, miniature golf, putting, café and takeaway.  Kids will love the dragon-themed pedaloes and be inspired by local wildlife such as grey squirrels, ducks, swans and geese.

The park is also home to the world-famous Naval Warfare show, where you can observe a truly unique miniature sea battle.

Useful info:

  • Entry to the park is FREE
  • Disabled access and toilets
  • Picnic site
  • Café and refreshment kiosks
  • 18-hole mini golf course
  • Dogs welcome

Prices: ENTRY FREE (charges apply for boating, mini golf, putting and the Naval Warfare Battle).

  1. North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway

If you and your family haven’t yet experienced the delights of a journey on a traditional steam train, then this is an opportunity not to be missed.  The railway is a wonderful way to view the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Moors and explore village stations that will transport you back in time.  The sights, sounds and smells of this historical gem are a feast for the imagination.

Useful info:

  • Car parks at Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont Stations
  • Tearooms at some stations
  • Gift shops at some stations

Prices: For fares and timetables visit:

However long you holiday in the outstanding natural beauty of North Yorkshire, there’s no doubt that there is plenty to do to fill your days.  You will want to return again and again.