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Visit Harrogate?

Visit Harrogate, you say? Most definitely, we say! But just for the day….

Relax and unwind at the Turkish Baths, have a mosey round the shops, afternoon tea in Betty’s. Maybe take in a show at Harrogate Theatre or The Royal Hall, have dinner in The Ivy.

But the surrounding area has so much more to offer than Harrogate itself.

Brimham Rocks, Newby Hall, Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal Deer Park, Howstean Gorge, Lightwater Valley Theme Park, Ripon Cathedral, Beningborough Hall, Swinton Park Country Club and Spa, Hackfall Woods, The Black Sheep Brewery, The Coldstones Cut, Ripon Workhouse Museum, Ripon Market, Markenfield Hall, The Druid’s Temple, Grantley Hall Luxury Spa Hotel, Ripon Races, Jervaulx Abbey, Ripon Prison and Police Museum, the market towns of Masham and Pateley Bridge, Ripon Spa Gardens, The Seven Bridges Valley Walk, The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, Ripon Walled Garden – all of these fabulous places and attractions are actually closer to, or in, the beautiful Cathedral City of Ripon.

So why not stay in one of the many holiday cottages, hotels or B&Bs that Ripon has to offer? With plenty of fantastic places to eat and drink too, you won’t be disappointed.

Visiting with young children

Children love this area!

They can watch lambs being born at Birchfield Farm, then follow up with an ice cream.

They can play at a huge adventure playground at Newby Hall, zip wire, pedal a boat around the lake (it’s not as easy as it looks though!) and take a ride on a mini train.

They can spend hours in soft play centre The Laughing Giraffe at Roecliffe.

You can tire them out walking round Fountains Abbey whilst educating them on Medieval life. There’s also a lovely playground and a brand new wooden “watch tower”. In the school holidays there are lots of activities for the whole family to get involved in.

Speaking of tiring them out, Brimham Rocks is a favourite for all ages – who doesn’t love climbing a rock and singing “I’m the king of the Castle”!?

Oh, there are tons of Geocaches too, if that’s their thing.

Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm is also fantastic for younger children, as it’s very interactive and they can pet and cuddle small animals.

Around 40 minutes from Ripon is Billy Bob’s Diner, an American diner and ice cream parlour with amazing rope swings in big hay barns, and a fantastic outdoor play area.

We haven’t forgotten Lightwater Valley! A theme park with fabulous rides for all ages, just a 5 minute drive from Ripon.

Most of the cafes in Ripon and Pateley Bridge are child friendly and very welcoming.

There’s lots of fun to be had playing mini golf at Spa Gardens.

And not everything has to cost money! There are at least 5 play parks around the centre of Ripon to keep little ones entertained for days!

We hope you have lots of fun, whatever you get up to!