Days Out Doncaster

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

Featured Listing

The Deep, Hull

The Deep LogoTower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)  01482 381000.

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.

The Deep has its own Café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a Snack Bar half way round open in peak times. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food. The Deep is also fully accessible for people with disabilities.

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.


Featured Listing

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Doncaster is home to the UK’s No. 1 walk through wildlife adventure! You are guaranteed some family fun at the home of some of the most amazing animals on the planet, from the only polar bears in England to majestic lions, tigers, black rhino and the new Usurri brown bears.

Open from 10am-6pm, last entry to the park is at 5pm.

Having visited the Wildlife Park many many times, we always love it! It’s a full day of fun, our favourites being the giraffes and the lions! My children also love the play areas (of which there are plenty – indoors and outside).

Summer Season Pricing: 10th March – 5th November

The prices for the Summer Season apply week days and weekends from the 10th March 2018. In August, the Park will open at 09:30am (10:00am during other months) and will close at 6:00pm. Last entry will be 5:00pm. The Park may be closed as a result of adverse weather conditions. Please contact us or check this website before travelling to the park.

Individual Admission Ticket Type Summer Season
Adult £18.50*****
Child (aged 3-15)*** £15.50*****
Senior Citizen (60+) / Student* £16.50*****
Disabled Adult** £12.50
Disabled Child** £9.50
Disabled Senior / Disabled Student** £10.50
 Accompanying Official Carer**** £7.00
Children (aged 2 and under) Free

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Brockholes Lane
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Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum

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


Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN57XJ
01302 722598
Victorian Home, Gardens, tearooms and guided tours and children’s play area.


This year Chatsworth celebrates Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future. The exhibition marks the end of the largest restoration project ever undertaken at Chatsworth.

House – Explore over 30 rooms complete with elegant interiors

Garden – 100 acres of garden with surprises at every turn!

Farmyard and Adventure Playground (the important one for families!) – Lots of friendly farm animals and a fun tractor ride, plus a great adventure playground to let of steam.

Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE4 1PP

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Clifton Park

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

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Cusworth Hall (Museum and Park)

Cusworth Lane, Doncaster DN67TU
01302 782342
Butlers Tearooms
Lovely walks and pretty scenery. Good venue to stretch the legs and get fresh air.


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:

  • A great family day out
  • You pay once, then play for a year
  • It’s fun AND educational

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 House and gardens

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

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

Newby Hall

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.


Normanby Hall Country Park


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.


Nostell Priory and Parkland

Country house, gardens and parkland.

Children’s outdoor play area, walks and tours and out door activities.


Peasholm Park Scarborough

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.


RHS Harlow Carr

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.

Additional info:

• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs

Ripley Castle and Gardens

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)


Royal Armouries Museum Leeds

Opening times

Daily 10am – 5pm The museum is closed 24-26 December.


Free: some events may be chargeable.


Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT


Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire. Sat Nav LS22 4AN (About 40 mins from Doncaster)

Where magic is made and adventures begin.

Nestled in woodland , Stockeld Park is a magical seasonal attraction, open for adventures during most school holidays (and a little extra at Christmas).

The award winning Halloween Adventure opens from 25th October until 31st October. Journey by Nordic Ski on the woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated enchanted forest, travel through the maze or enjoy the real ice rink. Plus don’t miss special spooky events and new terrifying fright nights.

Christmas Adventure opens on 1st November 2018 until 7th January 2019, when visitors can experience our Enchanted Forest, fun-filled by day, illuminated at night. You can choose to buy tickets to the adventure zones, including a real ice rink, nordic ski trail, fun filled maze & illuminated enchanted forest. Santa’s Grotto opens in November 2018 too!



Temple Newsam Leeds

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.

The deep

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP  (Approx. 1 hr. 30 from Harrogate)

This is an aquarium. Mumbler review “we went to the deep today. Went with my two sons 15months and nearly 3. It was really good day out. Tickets are slightly cheaper online, £10 for an adult, under 3’s free. Your ticket doubles up as a years pass so you can go back for free for 12 months. Loads to see and do for all ages. Nice cafe with baby food available, bottle warmers etc. Lots of baby change facilities and its very pushchair friendly. We ate in the cafe which was reasonable however there are plenty of places to take a picnic too. If you’re happy with the drive then it’s a really great day out, we spent about 4 hours there in total.”


Tropical World

Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.

This is a lovely tropical garden with plenty to keep kids entertained (particularly on a cold or rainy day as it is very warm in this tropical greenhouse!) There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see as well as snakes and bats. The butterflies fly around freely and the Meer cats are fantastic. Admission (2012) is free for under 5’s, 5-15yrs is £2.20 and over 15yrs £3.30.


Williams Den

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.

For more information please call 01430 472230 or email Or you can find more info and book tickets on their website here. 

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