Explore natural history, archaeology, local history, fine art and more at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. A varied programme of exhibitions runs throughout the year in the Art Gallery, while Doncaster Museum charts the history of the town from the Ice Age to the present day.
Wednesday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-4.15pm
Monday and Tuesday – Closed
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE
Admission FREE, with free parking to visitors when you register your car at the museum reception.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme. Don’t forget your Day Plus Pass which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts and face painting at Craft Corner. See Mumbler’s School Holidays page for details of other holiday activities.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other animals and foodwebs.
The small charming garden attracts different kinds of wildlife throughout the year from tadpoles to butterflies and honeybees. The garden is designed to show how people can attract wildlife to their own gardens, and also features bee-hives and a pond.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA telephone/fax: 01274 584140
Catch a glimpse of Victorian life at this ‘conserved as found’ country house. Brodsworth Hall was built and the pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. It survived with remarkably few changes until taken on by English Heritage in 1990. The gardens have been restored, and the faded and worn interiors gently conserved, telling the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here. Wander the many rooms of the house, roam the gorgeous gardens, stop for tea in the tearoom, and discover the recently restored game larder.
Please observe, the play area is partially closed at the moment as we upgrade our play equipment. In the meantime we have garden games for you to enjoy. Please bear with us while we carry out the improvements.
Castle Hills Park is home to some iconic outdoor scenery, including the remains of an ancient motte and bailey castle.
Perfect if the kids are doing about Castles at school!
Castle Hills Park, S64 0HJ
Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard & adventure playground.
Please be aware that the house, garden, farmyard and playground are closed for winter and will reopen on 23 March 2019 apart from 16-24 February when the farmyard and playground are open for half-term.
Select shops and restaurants are open throughout this period,
This is a fabulous park, free to get in aside from parking. There are then optional extras (such as the splash pool in summer or the fairground rides).
Have to say, we have been loads of times and not had to spend a penny – there is loads to keep the children entertained without spending a penny. Play areas for big and little children, sand pit and lots of space to run around and picnic.
Clifton Park, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, S65 2BH
This romantic castle with stunning views over Conisbrough, inspired Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe and still fires the imagination today. With floors and roof restored in the lofty circular keep you can fully appreciate the magnificence of the original 12th century building. Delve into the medieval world of Lord and Lady de Warenne, and enjoy the grassy areas around the castle walls for games and picnics.
Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 3BU
Walk in the footsteps of the Ice Age hunter and enter a world of fire and flint.
Discover a legacy etched in stone with cave art 10,000 years older than the pyramids.
Explore life on the edge of the Ice Age world.
There is no charge to visit the Creswell Crags site or to walk around the lake and gorge. It is also free to visit the shop and coffee shop.
There is a £3 charge for all day parking (the ticket machines require exact change – change is available from reception).
January Weekends 10.00am-4.30pm
February 10.00am – 4.30pm
March – September 10.00am – 5.30pm
October 10.00am – 4.30pm
November – December 10.00am – 4.30pm
£3 adults, £2 concessions, children (under 16) free
Ice Age Cave Tour £9.00 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6.00 children (Includes exhibition entry)
Rock Art Cave Tour £9.00 adults, £7.50 concessions, £6.00 children (Includes exhibition entry) March to September only
Combined Ticket (Both Caves) £13.50 adults, £11.25 concessions, £9.00 children (Includes exhibition entry)
March to September only
Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre
UK S80 3LH
Often described as a jewel in Doncaster’s crown, Cusworth Hall is a beautiful Grade I listed building set in acres of historic parkland. The house was built between 1740 and 1744 for local land owner William Wrightson and recent refurbishments have transformed the Hall into Heritage Doncaster’s social history museum.
From setting up home to working and socialising, the museum collections reflect the daily lives of people in Doncaster from the 18th century to the present day.
Today, visitors can step inside the Hall’s Great Kitchen where many feasts were prepared and view the stunning paintings on the ceiling of the chapel. Admission to the museum is free. Opening times:
The historic parkland surrounding Cusworth Hall is open to the public every day of the year. It’s the perfect location for picnics, walks with the dog, or family days out.
Children’s play areas and a playing field are also located within the Park and a variety of walking trails are available from the Hall reception. Admission to the Park is free (car parking charges apply)
Situated in Cusworth Hall’s former stable and coach house, Butlers Tea Room and Bistro serves meals, snacks and drinks – please visit their website for full details including opening hours.
The newly opened Old Brewhouse is a cosy microbrewery and bar built into the original brewhouse which served the Wrightson family for centuries.
Cusworth Lane, Doncaster DN67TU
Download and print some trails to do with the kids at Cusworth Hall here
With spectacular views over Derbyshire, the fairy-tale Stuart mansion, Bolsover Castle, was designed to entertain and impress. Its reputation for revelry lives on as we now entertain you and your family. Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and delight in the views from the wall walk. Start your visit in the exhibition in the Riding House then run wild in extensive grounds (and fun play area).
Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6PR
Discover the stately ruins of the birthplace of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England. Ascend through four floors to enjoy spectacular views over the Derbyshire countryside and Hardwick New Hall. Take your time and admire the spectacular decorative plasterwork on your way up. Then learn more in our fascinating exhibition and visit Bess’s New Hall next door.
Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ
Explore the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle. From its hilltop position you can enjoy spectacular views of the pretty, medieval village of Castleton, as well as a magnificent panorama of Mam-Tor – the shivering mountain and site of a Bronze age hillfort.
Mentioned in the Domesday survey, this castle is one of England’s earlier Norman fortresses and the keep was built by Henry II in 1176.
Adult £6.50, Family £16.90
Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE
A visit to Eureka! is unique, interesting and FUN! There are lots of reasons to visit, but here are just a few to get you started:
NEW in our Spark Gallery from May
Experience mind blowing interactive digital tech from around the world.
Admission: Adults £12.95, Children 3 years + £12.95, Children 1-2 years £5.25, Children under 1 Free
Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG.
The large adventure playground is a big hit with children as are the penguins and the bird garden. There is a café and gift shop and usually some sort of seasonal activity in the eco-pods.
Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9WT
01904 615505 or visit website
Doncaster Mumbler visited Jorvik Viking Centre in 2017. My then 3 year old liked it, my then 5 year old had too vivid an imagination and wouldn’t go on the ride. Good day out to suit various ages as the Grandparents enjoyed it.
It was interesting looking around the collection of viking artifacts though and the good thing is that we could have gone again in the past year for free with our ticket.
We tend to take the park and ride when we visit York (parking at The Designer Outlet) or otherwise we have done the train before as it is so easy.
Admission: Adult £11, Child £8, Concession £9. Family of 4 £32, Family of 5 £36
Magna Science & Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX, 01709 720 002
Magna is a Science Adventure Centre set in the vast Templeborough Steelworks. Explore the wonders of science and technology in our four pavillions – Air, Earth, Fire and Water.
Admission: Adults £11.95, Child 4-15 £9.95, Child 2-3 £4.95, Under 2’s Free
The Museum is a family-friendly site, and aims to provide an enjoyable and informative experience for all family members.
There are several parent-and-child parking spaces at the Museum located near to the Museum entrance.
The Museum has baby changing facilities located near the Museum Café, and breastfeeding is welcome in all areas of the Museum. Children of all ages are welcome across all areas of the site
Our friendly team of volunteers are on hand to guide you around the Museum so don’t be shy – stop and ask for help!
Tel: 01924 848 806
Ripon, HG4 5AE
Open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swimmers (for the water fountain bit!), there is adventure play and a great little train ride.
Great, affordable day out for all the family. It is worth getting the family pass if you are likely to go a few times in the year (there is an option that covers 2 adults and up to 5 children if in the same car).
Bear in mind that during the winter months, the pass covers you for parking and entry to the house. There is no charge on the gate.
Duck pond, trees to climb, open areas to cycle scoot or walk. Great place for a picnic. They have a a brilliant splash pad and this year have two new play areas which are great for all ages, with things for under 5’s and older children alike such as zip wire.
They no also have Go Ape on site, which opened earlier this year.
Country house, gardens and parkland.
Children’s outdoor play area, walks and tours and out door activities.
Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE.
Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round.
s well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children, including the Craggle Top Tree House, Log Maze, Logness Monster and the giant Woodland instruments.
After spending some time in the garden, why not relax and enjoy coffee or lunch at the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms? Children are well catered for and Betty’s delicious organic breads, cakes and gifts are available to take away.
There are many entertaining and educational events for all the family throughout the year, including half-term activities, outdoor theatre, wildlife discovery days, and guided walks. For more information and to find out what’s on visit the Harlow Carr website.
• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs
Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park.
Within the pleasure grounds there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around.
There is a small outdoor play area in the grounds and they do run tours of the castle specifically aimed at children over 5yrs.
Normal adult admission is £6 and lids under 5 are free. Season tickets are just £20 per adult and RHS card holders are admitted for free (exclusions apply)
Beautifully set in a valley landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th Century, Roche Abbey has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, laid out as excavated foundations.
Founded in the 12th century as a monastry of the Cistercian order, Roche Abbey was once home to 50 monks and 100 lay brothers. Unlike other Cistercian monastries in Yorkshire, such as Rievaulx or Byland Abbey, Roche was modest in size which was more typical of the order.
Despite the monastry being supressed in 1538, and most of the buildings dismantled, the soaring early Gothic transepts of this Cistercian monastery still survive to their original height and are ranked in importance with the finest early Gothic architecture in Britain. The ruins are now also the centrepiece of a beautifully designed landscape.
Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8NW
Daily 10am – 5pm The museum is closed 24-26 December.
Free: some events may be chargeable.
Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT
Temple Newsam House
• March to Sunday 1 November 2015; Tues to Sun 10:30 to 17:00
• November 2015 to February 2016; Pre-booked visits and tours
Don’t miss us…The House will be restricted to pre-booked visits from November to February with the exception of our headline Christmas event. Call us to book one of our tours or special interest days now on 0113 336 7460.
Temple Newsam House, Off Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 OAE.
Tel House: 0113 336 7461. Tel Estate: 0113 336 7560
Temple Newsam Park and Home Farm opening times remain the same please see the website for further information.
Discover your inner explorer at Tropical World – an unforgettable journey through rainforest, magroves, desert and the nocturnal world. There is plenty to keep the kids entertained, particularly on a cold or rainy day as it’s mostly inside and it is very warm! There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see, as well as snakes and bats.
Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.
Children 5-15 £3.50
Under 5’s FREE
William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS. 01430 472230.
William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. A unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.
Also run lots of special events and activities both term time and in the school holidays.
Check out our review here.