There are some fantastic places to take children on our doorstep and a short journey away.
These are some suggestions for paying and free days out nearby. If you have any other suggestions for a day out that you have enjoyed, or want to feature your attraction, please contact us here
Caistor Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5QP. 01652 633297
Free admission and parking. Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 12noon-4pm.
Georgian house and parklands on the edge of Barton. The house is now a museum with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.
Minster Yard North, Beverley, HU17 0DP. 01482 868540
Open weekdays 9.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 12.00noon – 5.00pm
Walk around the beautiful Beverley Minster or ask the Welcomer about a guided tour, guides are very experienced and great with children. Roof tours also available for a charge (call to book).
Barham Road, Bilton Grange, Hull, HU9 4EE (next to Andrew Marvell Business College). 01482 783990
Admission is free to individuals and families, small charge for groups. Lots of farm animals to see plus a farm shop to buy produce from the farm (pork, lamb and eggs).
Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Closed weekends. Not open Good Friday or Easter Monday, or other Bank Holidays and close two weeks for Christmas.
Holderness Road, Hull, HU8 8JU.
Hull’s largest park. A great day out for children with lots to do. Several play areas, lake, splash boat, good animal enclosures
Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA. 01482 300300.
Free art gallery. Explore a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, plus there is a regular program of temporary exhibitions and events. Includes a very good children’s area to play in and get creative and a good child friendly cafe (Cafe Venue Hull). They hold regular childrens activities and events, Mini Masterpieces and Gallery Expedition are under 5s session and there are sessions for older children during school holidays.
Find and follow the unique pavement of fish around Hull’s Old Town
Starts from Queen Victoria Square, ends on Whitefriargate. Maps of the route are available from Tourist Information (1 Paragon Street, Hull, HU1 3NA) and certificates available upon completion
King Street, Hull, HU1 2JJ. 01482 224460
Tuesday to Thursday 11.00am – 3.00pm
Friday and Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 9.00am – 3.00pm
Hull’s most historic church, very friendly and welcoming and open most days to have a look around inside.
Informal family service at 9.30am on Sunday. Also run a toddler group at 10.00 on Fridays.
Have a walk around the marina, there’s hundreds of boats to see and the opening of the lock gates to watch.
Humber Street and Humber Dock Street have plenty of free family friendly galleries to visit, Humber Street Gallery has a children’s gallery and activities upstairs. Nibble, the cafe next to C4DI at the end of the street is a great cafe for childrens (and adults) food.
Hull Paragon Interchange combines the Hull rail and bus station.
Children can watch the trains coming in and out or, for a small fare, catch the train for a ride to Cottingham or Beverley station
All of Hull’s museums are free – Streetlife, East Riding Museum, Arctic Corsair, Maritime Museum, Hands on History Museum.
See Museums section for details
Humber Bridge Viewing Area, Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0LN 01482 647161
First Sunday of every month
Over 100 Local food and craft stalls. Combine with a trip into Humber Bridge Country Park or a walk onto the Humber Bridge
9:00am – 1:00pm
A trip to the library to choose and take out children’s books is a great activity to do for free. Below is a list of all the libraries in our area. Many libraries run Toddler Times, see Weekly Classes for listings.
Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT
Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is free.
History brought to life with live combat demonstrations, dramatic performances, talks and tours throughout the exhibition
Hull Marina, Castle Street, Hull, HU1 1TJ. 01482 300300
Free to go on board to explore Hull Marina’s iconic boat. Open on selected dates, check before visiting.
We are lucky to have some fantastic coastline in our region and a walk on the beach or cliff tops is a great day out all year round.
Spurn Head is good for longer walks and spotting birds
Withernsea and Hornsea have pebble beaches for stone skimming and good fish and chips
Fraisethorpe is a quiet and more sheltered beach ideal for children. Parking is cheap in the farmers field above but getting down to the beach with a lot of children’s things can be tricky. There are refreshment vans in the car park and nice toilets at the car park entrance. The beach is used by windsurfers and kite surfers giving children plenty to watch.
Bridlington is a great day out. Parking at South Shore park & ride is recommended, you can access the South Shore beach via good steps, or get the bus or walk from there to Bridlington’s south beach. The south beach has recently been renovated to be a lovely beach with nice toilets, cafes and a small splash stream running along the promenade. The land train also runs into town from here. From the old harbour you can watch the fishermen, take your own crabbing and fishing equipment and fish from the harbour wall or take a boat ride. Amusements and arcades are located north of the harbour. The Bridlington Spa Theatre also has some good children’s shows throughout the year.
Scarborough can be reached in just over an hours drive (or direct train from Hull or Beverley) and has loads to do for children from donkey rides on the beach to walking up to the old castle. Driving from Beverley takes you on a very scenic drive past Driffield and over the wolds ending in the dramatic drop down Staxton Hill
Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE. 01482 392780
Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am.
Free admission. Heritage centre and museum with plenty of activities for children, plus views of Beverley from the tower. Beverley Library is also in the same building.
Hull Community Church, 310 Newland Avenue (corner of Cottingham Road and Newland Avenue), Hull.
Wednesdays and Thursdays in term time, 10am – 5pm, the World of Wonder is open for families to use for free. Magical rooms with various imagination play equipment including a play kitchen, a faraway tree, a hobbit hole, sensory room and narnia props. Plus large hall with ride-ons to use. Free tea, coffee and toast and access to fairshare foods too.
Please note that only families can use the world of wonder room but anyone can come in and use the rest of the facilities. Please check times and sessions with them prior to going, different sessions on in school holidays.
Dutch River Side, Goole DN14 5TB. 01405 768730.
Open Monday to Friday all year, 9am – 4pm.
Weekends and Bank Holiday (to 11th November 2018 only), 10am – 4pm
A fun and interactive trip out for the whole family, with its relaxing canal side location, café, exhibits and boat tours round Goole’s historic docklands and beyond. FREE admission to the museum, charges for boat trips (contact museum for details of trips and charges). Various special fun activities/events at the museum.