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Attractions on the Yorkshire Coast
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Betton Farm Visitor Centre / Animal Farm - Racecourse Road, East Ayton, North Yorkshire, YO13 9HT
Betton Animal Farm in East Ayton is a great place for your children to play and learn. You'll have a great time exploring the farm and paddocks, and getting to know all the animals. Meet Henry the goat and pet the donkeys, Shetland ponies and horses. Play hands-on with rabbits and guinie pigs. They have a large selection of toy tractors, a sand-pit and play equipment for both younger and older children.
Tel: 01723 863143 www.bettonfarm.co.uk
Castle Howard - Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
Magnificent 18th century house situated in breathtaking parkland, dotted with temples, lakes statues and fountains; plus formal gardens, woodland garden and ornamental vegetable garden. Inside the House guides share stories of the house, family and collections, while outdoor-guided tours reveal the secrets of the architecture and landscape.
Tel: 01653 648444 www.castlehoward.co.uk
Country Park - Filey - Country Park, Church Cliff Drive, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9ET
Here at Country Park you are able to park your car and take a walk along the cliff top admiring the sea views. To keep the little ones entertained there is a play park.
Crescent Gardens, Filey - The Crescent, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9HZ
Filey prides itself on award winning Parks and Gardens. Stroll through the Crescent Gardens as you take in the stunning views across the bay, while listening to the summer brass band concerts in the newly built bandstand.
Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest - Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT
Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale' landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.
A 9-mile scenic drive with car parks, picnic places, waymarked walks including Habitat Trail, orienteering course. A haven for walking, mountain biking and home to adventure assault course Go Ape.
Tel: 01751 460295 www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest
Eden Camp Museum - Junction of A169, Malton, YO17 6RT
Award winning museum, housed within an orginal Prisoner of War Camp, containing extensive exhibitions and displays that tell the story of World War 2.
Housed in an original Prisoner of War Camp, a visit to our unique, award-winning museum will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. Experience the sights and sounds and even the smells of both the Home Front and Front Line in a series of expertly recreated scenes and tableaux. The Museum also houses a large display of military vehicles and equipment including tanks, artillery pieces, aircraft, mini submarines, air raid shelters and a Prefab.
Tel: 01653 697777 www.edencamp.co.uk
Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park - East Lea Farmhouse, Scarborough Road, Filey, YO14 9PG
With 5 acres to explore, you can feed the animals, have fun on the adventure trail, learn wildlife facts, or just relax in beautiful gardens whilst watching exotic birds. Whatever your age come and discover this Award-Winning Park.
Opened in 2008, this family-run park has been attractively designed to create a visitor attraction that appeals to people of all ages and abilities. You can meet and feed a variety of friendly animals in their spacious paddocks - from giant rabbits to woolly alpacas, spotty pigs and miniature ponies. Watch the ducks and geese splashing in the ponds or 'talk' to the turkeys and hear them gobble back to you!
Tel: 01723 514439 www.fileybirdgarden.com
Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo - Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
One price family adventure park with over 100 rides and attractions including the UK's only motorbike launch rollercoaster, the free falling cliff hanger and Kamali, the suspended looping rollercoaster. There is also 5 family shows plus the UK's largest privately owned zoo, home to many exotic species including giraffes, lions rhinoceros and tigers.
Tel: 0871 911 8000 www.flamingoland.co.uk
Glen Gardens - Filey - West Avenue, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9JL
Spend your time relaxing in the peaceful Glen Gardens, these fantastic gardens offer the perfect retreat for family picnics. Glen Gardens boasts a fantastic open air boating lake, as well as a traditional play park.
Mini Monsterz - Unit 5 - 8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Eastfield, Scarborough, YO11 3YS
A funtastic indoor adventure play facility for children aged 0-12. Fun and challenging play for children of all abilities in safe, clean, and secure environments, while offering parents the time to relax. 4 lane astra slide, ball cannons, ball bounce area, cargo nets, balance beam, ball juggler, large toddler village, baby area, large sports arena, dining area, cafe, smoke free zone.
Tel: 01723 586665/58 www.minimonsterz.co.uk
North Bay - Scarborough, YO12 6PF
North Bay is a sandy beach with rocky outcrops to the north which become isolated at high tide and provide rock pool areas at low tide. To the south, there is a flat sandy area which leads onto rock armour and continues around the headland to South Bay. The main road around the headland runs parallel to the beach with ample parking provided. The beach is used by a wide range of users, from families through to recreational water sports.enthusiasts, with there being a number of beach chalets available for hire.
The beach is patrolled by an RNLI qualified lifeguard service during the summer season
North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ
Step back in time with Britain's most popular heritage steam railway. Enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the National Park. Daily running from end March to End Oct 2010. Also Pullman dining services operate at evenings and weekends throughout the year. Voted Best Visitor Attraction winner 2007 & 2009 by the Moors & Coast Tourism Partnership.
Tel: 01751 472508 www.nymr.co.uk
Peasholm Park - North Bay, Scarborough, YO12 7TR
Peasholm Park is an oriental themed park offering a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges and mystical gardens. There is a vast array of wildlife including an abundance of tame grey squirrels. Don't forget your peanuts!
Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake and in the summer months people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water at close quarters. Boats include traditional rowing boats and canoes but pedaloes with dragon heads are available too. Peasholm Park is a haven of tranquillity in our North Bay – unless the battle ships are taking pot shots at one another! At times during the summer season, war breaks out on the Lake when 20ft replica boats recreate the tensions of a battle at sea.
Pesky Husky Trekking - The Meeting House, Staintondale, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0EL
Pesky Husky Trekking is your chance to become an integral member of that team. With our expert instruction on our purpose built circuit, you can become a "musher" for a few hours. You will also learn about the breeds' history.
Prices include hire of safety equipment, and supervised trekking along our training circuit and public right of ways, where permission is given. Also available, if you have a husky or two of your own hire the circuit and equipment and try them out yourself. Prices from £20.
Tel: 01723 870521 www.peskyhusky.co.uk
Playdale Farm Park - Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3TL
This attraction is a must for everyone come rain or shine. Get to know all our animals up close & personal, we have rare & unusual breeds including pigs, alpacas, chinchillas, hens, ducks, geese, cows, rabbits & Guinea pigs.
Outdoor playground including a straw maze and undercover picnic area, huge indoor play area with ball pool, tractor zone, adventure trail & toddler area, gift shop, cafe.
Tel: 01723 586351 www.playdalefarmpark.co.uk
Rotunda Museum of Geology - Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2NN
A great all weather attraction. Interactive displays offer a fascinating insight into Scarborough’s Dinosaur Coast, the town’s history and the story of William Smith, ‘the father of English Geology’.
The Rotunda is the 2nd oldest purpose-built museum in Britain. The museum has been a focal point for geology and local history enthusiasts ever since. The first floor Shell Gallery focuses on research and 21st century developments whilst the Dinosaur Coast Gallery offers bright, colourful and family friendly hands on experience of our coastline and its treasures.
Tel: 01723 353665 www.rotundamuseum.org.uk
RSPB Bempton Cliffs - Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington, YO15 1JF
One of England's top wildlife attractions. Over 200,000 nesting seabirds, including gannets and puffins, from April - September. Visitor Centre, shop, refreshments, toilets, nature trail and spectacular cliff top walks throughout the year.
On a visit to this wonderful site, you are guaranteed grandstand views as an amazing wildlife story unfolds and the birds nest and raise their young. From the cliff-top path and our special viewpoints, you'll experience the sights, the sounds - and the smells - of life among one of the UK's largest and most important seabird colonies.
Tel: 01262 851179 www.rspb.org.uk
Scarborough Art Gallery - The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW
The Gallery tells the story of Scarborough through art: its history, the influence of the sea, and portraits & fashion. The 2012 Fears, Foes & Faeries exhibition explores English folklore & charms.
Scarborough Art Gallery, an Italianate villa built in the 1840s as part of The Crescent, houses Scarborough's fine art collection. The Gallery has a lively temporary exhibition programme that features contemporary work by professional artists. Our programme also includes talks and holiday activities for families.
Tel: 01723 384503 www.scarboroughartgallery.co.uk
Scarborough Castle - Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
With over 2,500 years of turbulent history behind it, Scarborough Castle defends a prominent headland between the north and south bays, with sheer drops to the sea. Before the castle was built, this natural fortress was favoured by prehistoric settlers before serving as a Roman signal station and Viking haven.
This spectacular castle has also endured sieges from medieval kings and Civil War armies, and German naval bombardment during WWII. Today you can climb to the battlement viewing platforms for dramatic coastline views, and take tea in the 18th-century Master Gunner's House.
It is said that King Richard III enjoyed the view from the battlements so much so that he still walks them today!
Tel: 01723 372451 www.english-heritage.org.uk/yorkshire
Scarborough Harbour - Sandside, Scarborough, YO11 1PD
The harbour is situated under the Castle Headland in the South Bay. It is formed by three piers, the outer harbour being set aside for leisure activities while most of the port’s communal activities take place in the main or ‘old’ harbour.
Scarborough Sea Life & Marine Sanctuary - Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP
Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary will take you on a journey beneath the waves and introduce you to many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks.
Take an amazing voyage beneath the waves when you visit Scarborough SEA LIFE and Marine Sanctuary.
Also at Scarborough Sea Life:
• Rockpool Discovery - hold a crab or touch a starfish
• 150 different species of fish
• Underwater tunnel
• Meet our resident otters, seals and penguins
• Regular talks and feeding demonstrations throughout the day
• Restaurant and gift shop
• Outdoor picnic area
Tel: 01723 373414 www.sealife.co.uk/scarborough
Stained Glass Centre - Killerby Lane, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3TP
Valerie Green is the fourth generation of the Lazenby family to carry on the traditional craft of manufacturing and restoring stained glass windows. The studio specialises in design and manufacture of stained glass panels. lampshades, mirrors and gifts. The exhibition charts the history of stained glass and illustrates how a window is made.
Pre-booked tours and talks are available for groups and courses are available.
Tel: 01723 581236 www.stainedglasscentre.co.uk
Terror Tower - 21 Foreshore Road, Scarborough, YO11 1PB
Inspired by the best horror movies Terror Tower is a Haunted House attraction with a serious twist, combining live actors, animated scenes and special effects. Featuring eleven different scenes covering three storeys in two buildings. Over 12-months in production Terror Tower uses high tech Animatronic figures, special lighting and high quality sound effects to create a very terrifying experience.
This unique show brings to life some of the most famous and terrifying characters from the horror movies. Guests will begin their journey in Bates Motel, visiting the shower scene with a shocking message from mother, from there you will enter the upper floors of the Tower where the real nightmare begins…
Tel: 01723 365373 www.terrortower.co.uk
Whitby Abbey - Whitby Abbey, Whitby, YO22 4JT
Whitby Abbey with it's gaunt, imposing remains, recently named Britain’s most romantic ruin is set high on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings’ burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites. And at the interactive visitor centre your family can view archaeological finds spectacular audio-visual displays.
Tel: 01947 603568 www.english-heritage.org.uk
Wolds Way Lavender - Deer Park Farm, Sandy Lane, Wintringham, YO17 8HW
Set within ½ mile from the Wolds Way Walk, surrounded by mature woodland, on the northern edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit. The family run 12 acre site is currently planted with over six acres of lavender ranging from rich hues of purple to the purest white.
There are over 120 different types of lavenders and herbs growing which when in flower, paint an incredible splash of colour across the site. Along the borders wild flowers abound adding to the colour as does the abundance of wildlife that has made the site their home. A leisurely stroll around the site reveals the amazing differences from one variety of lavender to another.
Tel: 01944 758641 www.woldswaylavender.co.uk
Yorkshire Lavender - Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, YO60 6PB
Visit Yorkshire Lavender - the North of England's triple award-winning visitor attraction, lavender farm and gardens all set within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Visit our award-winning Gardens, The Wibbly Wobbly Way, The Lynne Goodwill Memorial Garden, Deer Park, Sculpture Park and probably the largest hillside Snakes and Ladders in Yorkshire - fun for all the family!
Tel: 01653 648008 www.yorkshirelavender.com