A family day out in Yorkshire doesnt have to involve packing the car up, strapping the kids in, booting up the sat nav and battling the weekend traffic. Why not give yourself and the environment a break by hopping on the train with these five fun family days out in Yorkshire?

Eureka! Children’s Museum – Halifax

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Suitable for ages: 3-11

Cost: Adult and child aged 3 and over £12.95, ages 1-2 £5.25, under 1s free.

Venue Type: Indoor

Want to walk around inside a giant human body? Go for it. Build an igloo? Sure. Wake up a sleeping polar bear? If you really want!

With six different interactive hands-on learning zones, a cafe (packed lunches allowed – winner!) and a baby feeding room, Eureka! has everything needed for a fun day out under one roof. Whats more, once youve paid your entry fee youre automatically entitled to unlimited visits for the next 12 months! Whats not to like?  


York Dungeon – York

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Suitable for ages: 10-16

Cost: Adult and child – starting from £10.

Venue Type: Indoor

Come face to face with historical characters like Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin and hear all about their gruesome antics as you discover Yorks dark history in this spooky but lighthearted experience. With 10 different stages and special effects, youll laugh (and maybe scream) your way back in time!

Unfortunately, there arent any childcare facilities on-site but while the recommended age is 10 and upwards, younger kids who are feeling brave can enter the Dungeon at the discretion of a parent.


The Rainbow Factory – Leeds

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Suitable for ages: 0-9

Cost: Adult £2, child £8 peak hours, £6 off peak.

Venue Type: Indoor

Step out of reality and into a fairytale as childrens books are brought to life through theatre, music and craft. Theres more than enough to keep under-10s entertained here. Messy Play’ is aimed at 0-2 year olds with fully edible mess-making materials, whilst older kids can take part in Hero and Princess Training. With a secret gardenas well as a cafe, baby changing room and buggy park, The Rainbow Factory covers all bases for a family day out.

Special themed events – previous themes include Harry Potter and Roald Dahl – take place from time to time, so keep an eye on their events page.


Magna Science Adventure Centre – Rotherham

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Suitable for ages: 2-16

Cost: Adult £11.95, ages 4-15 £9.95, ages 2-3 £4.95, under 2s free.

Venue Type: Indoor/Outdoor

Located in a disused steelworks, this adventure centreis the perfect place for children to discover science and technology. Visitors can operate JCBs (well, the digger part!), explore a virtual quarry face and even see a five-metre high fire tornado; fear not – its well out of reach! Dont miss The Big Melt: a full pyrotechnic and audio recreation of the earth-shaking steel making process – minus the nasty hot bits!

A change of clothing is highly recommended as the water pavilion truly lives up to its name!


Roundhay Tropical World – Leeds

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Suitable for ages: 0-12

Cost: Adult £6, ages 5-15 £3, under 5s free.

Venue Type: Indoor/Outdoor

Hosting the largest number of tropical plants in the U.K. outside of Kew Gardens is just one thing Tropical World can boast; its also home to a group of baby meerkats as well as three crocodiles! Theres no shortage of things to explore here; a humid tropical island, butterfly house and creature corner (for the more daring visitors!) are three of many attractions.

Wind down the day in the cafe overlooking the canal gardens, where highchairs are available as well as outdoor seating for those warm summer days.

All of these fantastic Yorkshire days out are accessible via public transport, meaning that leaving the car at home is much easier than you might think! If you have any suggestions for great days out in Yorkshire then be sure to leave us a comment below.

Featured image via Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. 

Jack Oldham

Jack is an Englishman living in Tokyo with permanently itchy feet. He can often be found daydreaming about his next trip, teaching English and eating far too much sushi for one man.
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