Family Days Out in and Around Harrogate

February 15, 2022

Just down the road from Harrogate is the Historic town of Knaresborough. This is one of the oldest surviving towns in the UK and is also one the most photogenic. This is the original Harrogate, which in origin is a hamlet of Knaresborough. 

Knaresborough Castle: Castle Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AS 

Built by King John, this medieval castle once dominated the Yorkshire Countryside.   You can wander around at your leisure or join one of their tours.  

There is free entry, and the grounds have remained in tact. There is a viewing platform, from which you will be able to see out for miles.  This one of the most photographed views in Yorkshire and is perfect for seeing Knaresborough and the River Nidd in their entirety. 

For more information, please visit their website: Knaresborough Castle & Museum - Visit Harrogate


Mother Shipton’s Cave: Prophecy House, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD

Situated by Knaresborough bridge, this is a great place for a day out with the children. Special events are often put on during the school holidays. 

This is a favourite for family walks with plenty of activities for children along the way. There is the famous "Petrifying Well", the magical chair, and the adventure playground all surrounded by the beautiful woodland. 

Dogs are welcome in all areas except for the playground. The park requests that all dogs are kept on a lead out of respect for other visitors. 

The Park is currently closed however, it is set to reopen in March 2022. 

For more information, please visit their website: Mother Shipton's Cave | England's Oldest Tourist Attraction