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How to Plan the Ultimate Family Break in North Yorkshire

A family break in North Yorkshire can be as active or relaxing as you want it to be and with so many high quality places to stay there’s no reason why it can’t be a holiday for the grown ups as well as the kids. We’ve put together a few family friendly tips to help you plan the ultimate break.

Plenty to do – and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune

Some of the best family days out in the UK can be found in North Yorkshire and many of them are absolutely free.

See the Trains

The National Railway Museum in York is open from 10am to 5pm daily and entry is free. There’s plenty to see including the world’s fastest locomotive, The Mallard. Check the website for details of extra family activities during school holidays.

Victorians and Egyptians

In Harrogate the Royal Pump Room Museum hosts a permanent exhibition showcasing the weird and wonderful sulphur water treatments endured by Victorian visitors to the spa town as well as an internationally renowned collection of Egyptology. There is a charge for entry but at £11.50 for a family ticket for up to two adults and three children it’s good value for money. The Valley Gardens, with its café, adventure playground and pitch and putt course, is just across the road and is the perfect place to let the kids run off some energy after a cultural trip to the museum.

Walk the Walls

York city centre is known for being family friendly and has plenty to see for free. Wander down the famous Shambles, one of the world’s best preserved medieval streets, where the upper levels of the houses almost touch each other in places. Once full of butchers’ shops and slaughterhouses, it’s a much quainter place today. Or why not walk the city walls and enjoy fabulous views over York Minster and the city?

Day at the Races

York is famous for its Vikings, its Medieval streets and its racecourse. On race days the city comes alive and the railway station, bars and restaurants are packed with well dressed racegoers enjoying the hustle and bustle. For a family day out with a difference, it’s worth knowing that under 18s go free at York Racecourse.  There are also special events throughout the season including Summer Music Saturdays which this year will feature performances by Olly Murs and Jess Glynne.

Beside the Seaside

York and Harrogate are both good bases for a family break in North Yorkshire and for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, the Yorkshire Moors National Park and the beautiful Yorkshire coast. Trains run every hour between Harrogate and York and from York there are regular trains and buses to the seaside resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington. If you have a car you’ll be able to explore seaside villages like Robin Hoods Bay where the children will be able to scour the beach for fossils.

Finding the Perfect Place to Stay

Family holidays are all about making life easy for everyone so self-catering is the obvious option. One of the drawbacks of an apartment or holiday cottage is that they are often sparsely furnished with little more than the basics in the kitchen.

Luxury self-catering in an apart-hotel like The Lawrance offers the best of both worlds for a family break in North Yorkshire – the convenience of an apartment with the extra facilities that you would expect to find in a luxury hotel. All the comforts of home are here and you still have the freedom to come and go as you please. York and Harrogate have an excellent choice of family restaurants which means the adults can have a break from the cooking and for those times when everyone prefers to eat in, you’ll have all the equipment you need.

If you need any other tips or advice on days out and places to visit while you’re at The Lawrance please speak to one of our team and they’ll be happy to help. To book an apartment or make an enquiry call 01423 503226 (Harrogate) or 01904 239988 (York).


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