Yorkshire has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to family activities. But during the long summer holidays, funds can begin to run low – so what are your options for some fantastic free days out in Yorkshire?

We’ve come up with some suggestions for day trips whilst you enjoy your stay with us in our new guide to free days out in Yorkshire.

If we haven’t offered anything that suits you here, please ask us during your stay. We love our beautiful corner of the world, and we delight in sharing it with our guests.



As much as we like to tell people the sun shines every day, the truth is that we do have the occasional shower here in Yorkshire. However, when the sky is filled with dark clouds, you don’t need to worry – it’s perfectly possible to enjoy free days out in Yorkshire under cover!

National Railway Museum

A superb destination to arrive at (for all the family). With engaging exhibitions and fascinating information about the railway and its trains, it’s a place to while away many any hour. There are always new exhibits to look at and plenty of interactive displays to keep young minds occupied.

Ripon Cathedral

This beautiful little cathedral in a picturesque city packs quite a punch. Bathe in the colour that streams through the stained glass windows, tiptoe through the small library and shiver in the shadows of the crypt. Who knows, these sights might stir your creative spirit like it did Lewis Carroll. Can you spot carvings in the choir stores that might have inspired some of the characters in Alice in Wonderland?



On the many days when the sun is shining, there’s no better place to enjoy it than Yorkshire. As well as woodland, coastline and towns to explore within easy reach of Abbots Green, there are some particular treats to be found – without shelling out a penny.

Sutton Bank

Marvellous views are on offer at Sutton Bank in the North York Moors (which should be on the ‘must explore’ list). You can walk to the top of the most northerly turf-cut white horse in England (Kilburn White Horse). Cycle routes and walking paths are separated so it’s great for everyone. The road there is wonderful to drive, too. We hear very good things about their cafe as well, so this place ticks a lot of boxes!

For the keen cyclists Sutton Bank is about a 45 minute ride away from Abbots Green. Along the way, spend some time in the spectacular Garbutt Woods which can be seen carpeted by bluebells in Spring. Fair-weather cyclists might prefer a jaunt to nearby Thirsk, birthplace of the beloved vet and author, James Herriot. A disused railway track takes you directly from Abbots Green into the town.

Brimham Rocks

Nestled deeply in the cracks and crevices of this amazing natural beauty spot can be excavated the dreams and imagined realms of generations of children, who have all been thrilled by these stunning rock formations. Enjoy the visitor centre and buy an ice cream from the hut – or just go wild leaping between the rocks. Free parking for National Trust members.


Gorgeous woods, spectacular views, even a sandy beach! Head to Hackfall for a great day out that encompasses a wide variety of Yorkshire countryside. This is one spot not to be missed during a holiday in Thirsk. Be sure to pack a picnic as you’ll want to take your time enjoying the gorgeous surroundings.


In and Out

For something a little more unusual, consider this inside-and-outside attraction in the heart of York, just half an hour away from Abbot’s Green.

York Observatory

In the Museum Gardens you can find Yorkshire’s oldest working observatory. It’s staffed by knowledgeable and welcoming volunteers, so make sure you check to see if they’re open when you might want to visit. Whilst there, enjoy ambling through the beautifully-tended gardens or explore the abbey ruins.


If you’re visiting Abbots Green, or calling in for a coffee or a delicious cake at the Old Barn Coffee Shop, there are a few options right here on our doorstep, too.

Just over a mile from us is a beautiful piece of woodland known as Bluebell Woods. Park up in the glade and enjoy the dappled sunshine across the floor, with only the sounds of nature to hear. Alternatively, right next to the Old Barn Coffee Shop is the Thirkleby loop walk, taking you through the beautiful countryside surrounding the Hambleton Hills.

If you want more details about either of these local attractions, any of the above, or anything else you need, our friendly team on site will be happy to help. Just ask!

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