I know the weather has been beautiful in the UK recently and I really hope it lasts a little longer, but soon enough it will rain and rain some more!
So I thought I would put together some places to visit around Yorkshire ready for the colder months. Whether you are on holiday in Yorkshire, visiting family/friends or you are lucky enough to live in this beautiful county, here’s a guide to some great places to go even on a rainy day.
The Deep is a huge aquarium with over 3000 fish from sharks to penguins. Some tanks go from floor to ceiling and there’s an underwater viewing tunnel where the animals can swim all around you and over your head. When you walk around the aquarium they have different sections, The Kingdom Of Ice, Cool Seas, plus Bugs and The Lagoon Of Light. They have daily dive shows where you can watch the divers feed the animals. Around the aquarium there’s interactive things to do which the kids love, we have also been on a couple of home education days at The Deep which were very good. There is a well priced cafe to go for lunch and a gift shop. Prices are all on the website, you get 10% off if you book online and the best part is when you buy your tickets you can visit as many times as you like for a whole year for free.
Eureka The National Children’s Museum, Explore, Discover, Learn, Play is what is says on there website. It is for children aged 0-11, they have six zones within the museum to discover, from all about the body and what we are made of, to learning about the world around you. All through interactive exhibits, it is so much fun for all the family, they have things to do specifically for the under 5’s too. Take a look at the website for full details. They also have a cafe on site and gift shop. Prices are all on the website and also with Eureka you pay once and get in for free for a year.
Xscape is a massive indoor leisure complex with so much to do inside for all ages. You could take the kids for a fun day of 4D crazy golf, gravity aerial adventures where you are suspended 70 feet from the ground, trampolining, rock climbing, Laser Zone, bowling and much much more. Or you could take your other half for a date to the cinema, a meal at one of the restaurants or for a few drinks in one of the bars. You could also go with your pals for a fun day out. All this and more all under one roof. Plus right next to the Xscape there is a shopping centre called Junction 32 so you can also go shopping, win win. Obviously prices differ depending on what activities you will be doing.
Magna Science Adventure Centre. This is a fab day out for all ages, this is a hands on centre with lots of interactive exhibits and displays. It explores Science and Technology through Air, Earth, Fire and Water. See the five experiences, The Big Melt, Air Pavilion, Water Pavilion, Earth Pavilion and Fire Pavilion. The five metre fire tornado is brilliant and you can get wet and have some splashing fun in the Water Pavilion. All prices are on the website and again you pay once and you get in free for a year.
I couldn’t do this guide without putting in somewhere from my home town Doncaster. The Dome is an indoor complex and within it you can go Ice Skating which always seems to be popular with the kids, you can even hire the rink out for parties too. Also there’s swimming, I haven’t been since they refurbished it all but it was good before with all the slides and the outdoor whirlpool area etc so it could only get better. Corben and the girls love swimming at The Dome. Corben also loves the soft play area there too, it’s only small which is great if you dislike soft play like me (it’s my worst nightmare) but I actually like this play area. They have a gym and lots of indoor sports like netball, volleyball, squash etc. The Dome also hold events and concerts. You can eat and drink in the icebreaker bar too. If you fancy Bowling or the Cinema they’re just over the car park where you can do that too. Prices vary.
This Museum tells you the History of Medicine. I will take these words from the website which best explains about this museum,
“Travel back to the dirty streets of Leeds to explore life among the grime and the bedbugs. Take a trip to the Victorian quack doctor, will the prescribed cure make you better or worse? Enter the frightening world of surgery before the discovery of pain relief. As you travel forward in time, explore scientific discoveries and innovations that have changed all our lives for the better”.
How great does that sound? Corben would love this and it’s definitely on our list to do very soon as I’ve heard so many people say how good this place is. They have a cafe and gift shop too. Prices are very reasonable and also like many of the places on this list once you have paid once you can return as many times as you like within 12 months. 10% discount if you book online.
Eden Camp is a large Second World War related museum. It opened in 1987 in the building and grounds of a real World War 2 Prisoner of War Camp. This is a must if you are learning about or are interested in the War. It is entertaining as well as educational. They have a cafe and gift shop. All prices are on there website and you can return for free within 7 days of your first visit.
This is an indoor and outdoor play park. This is soft play on steroids haha! I have to be honest this place gives me the jitters but that’s just me as I’m not one for soft play, but I figured lots of people love it so I had to mention this place. They have a massive indoor play centre with one of the biggest four lane astra slides in the country, also ball canons, disco area, sports area and lots more. They have a baby and toddler area and a huge play frame for over 5’s. The bit that I love is that they have a role play village called Bugginton with a shop, a vet, some houses, dress up and lots more. Also if the weather is good they have a Outdoor Adventure Park and a Water Play Area plus an Animal Zone. Check online for Prices.
The world’s largest joint 999 museum showing an insight into all our emergency services. You can go inside the ambulances and climb on fire engines. It shows you all emergency service vehicles over time. There’s lots to see and do including vehicles, uniforms and equipment, plus lots of hands on stuff for the kids. Just a note when planning your visit that it’s shut Mondays and Tuesdays, when I was researching the museum the website wouldn’t work so I couldn’t find the prices but they do have a Facebook page. They have a cafe on sight.
3 in 1 as I couldn’t decide which one to be my last place, plus they are all within walking distance from each other in the city centre, so I guess you could do them all in one day if you were taking a trip to York. I will start with the Dungeons, we love the Dungeons we have been to the Blackpool one a couple of times. Corben and the girls have also been in so if you have a child that doesn’t scare easily they will love it too. I won’t give anything away, you have to go and see for yourself.
Jorvik Viking Centre, we have never been as a family but the girls have been on school trips and they loved it. This museum contains lifelike mannequins and life size dioramas showing viking life in the city. Please checkout the websites for full details and prices for both of these attractions.
Lastly The National Railway Museum. After spending your hard earned cash on the entrance fees of the Dungeons and Jorvik, the National Railway Museum is FREE YAY! Go check out all the locomotives and see the past, present and future of the railways and lots more.
I hope this has given you some ideas on where to go even on a rainy day.
Where do you go when the weather is rubbish? Let me know in the comments 🙂
Thanks for reading,