You’re never very far from a rainy day in the UK, but you won’t be stuck for things to do – in Yorkshire at least – if you take a look at some of our favourite outings below. We’ve scoured the county to find family-friendly activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained, and the adults too!
For the explorers
If you like to get out and about but you’d rather not get wet, we highly recommend White Scar Caves in Ingleton. Around 350 million years old, they were discovered in 1923 and have been explored by intrepid cavers ever since. With a state-of-the-art visitor centre complete with cafe, your visit will consist of a tour by an experienced guide. A large cave complex with lots of amazing underground scenery to explore, it’s a great place to visit if you’re in the Yorkshire Dales.
For arty types
One of Yorkshire’s little gems, Richmond Station is a wonderful surprise for those visiting the area. The old station – platforms included – has been converted into a modern art exhibition space complete with cafe, cinema, shops and even a micro-brewery. There’s plenty to keep families entertained, and of course Richmond castle is just around the corner.
You can’t get much more Yorkshire than Wensleydale cheese, and at the Wensleydale Creamery you can watch it being made. With a cheese museum, cheese tasting and a brand new ‘cheese experience’ for kids, there’s plenty to see and do on a rainy day.
Shopping is always a good rainy day out, but if you’re a bit fed up of the usual out of town shopping centres, Salts Mill in Saltaire is well worth a visit. As the name suggests, it’s a converted mill packed full of shops, galleries and a cafe. Easily accessible by train from Leeds or Bradford, it’s a great day out when you don’t fancy driving.
For animal lovers
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of our favourite places to go, but we have to admit it’s mostly outside, so if you’d like an indoor wildlife experience you can’t get much better than The Deep in Hull. One of the world’s most amazing aquariums, it has over 3,500 fish including sharks, rays, turtles and even a colony of penguins. With interactive exhibitions galore, there’s plenty for all the family to do.