Days Out

Museums, Houses & Gardens

There are some fantastic places to take children on our doorstep and a short journey away.

Below are some suggestions for paying and free days out across our region. If you have any other suggestions for a day out that you have enjoyed, or want to feature your attraction, please contact us here

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Sledmere House

Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG. 01377 236637

The Grounds, Gardens, Stables, Café, Shops and Play Park open all year round 10am – 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. CLOSED MONDAYS (except bank holiday Mondays).
House open from March 30th to October 28th 12pm – 4pm.

The Spotty Pig Play Farm is home to some of the rare breeds kept on the estate. Staff on hand to introduce you to all the animals. Lovely adventure play ground where the kids can let off steam.

For more info please visit their website here.

FREE entry into the house and gardens to 15th February 2018.

Arctic Corsair

Rear of Streetlife Museum, High Street, Hull, HU1 1PS.

01482 300300

Open April to November on Wednesdays – Saturdays 10am-4.30pm and Sundays 1.30pm-4.30pm plus bank holidays (except Good Friday)

Free. Explore the ship moored on the river Hull. Guided tours available.

Baysgarth House – Barton on Humber

Georgian house on the edge of Barton. Staffed mainly by a team of dedicated volunteers, Baysgarth House Museum celebrates the lives of local people through permanent and temporary exhibitions. The surrounding Baysgarth Park has facilities for all the family and is the setting for summer events and plays. Free admission and parking.

March- October Thursday – Sunday & Bank Holidays 12pm – 4pm.
November – February Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm.

Caistor Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5QP. 01652 633297

Beverley Guildhall

Register Square, Beverley, HU17 9XX. 01482 392783.

Free admission. Open every Friday 10am – 4pm. Open Wednesdays from May – October 10am – 4pm and from November Wednesdays 10am – 1pm. Grade 1 listed building with stunning Georgian courtroom, plus 2 exhibition rooms with local items. Specifically for children are:

  • Explorer Kits, bags with equipment in such as a magnifying glass and torch to help explore the house and grounds
  • 5 Things to Discover – leaflet with 5 suggested activities to do during your visit

Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ. 0870 333 1181

Open weekends only to 30th March then daily (times vary for house and gardens)

Located 5 miles north west of Doncaster, Victorian country house and gardens. Also adventure playground and cafe.

Burnby Hall Gardens & Museum

The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF. 01759 307125

Open daily from March 21st 10.00-5.30

Large gardens to explore with children’s activities on the way round. Huge lake with large fish to feed. Also a museum and good cafe which has children’s toys.

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes, Driffield, YO25 4NB.  01262 490324

Cafe, shops and gardens open daily 11.00-5pm (4pm November to March), Hall open April 1st to October 31st.

Stately home, gardens, woodlands, playground and cafe

Burton Constable Hall

Skirlaugh, HU11 4LN. 01964 562400

Hall open 24th March – 4th November, Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm. Hall Christmas times 24th November – 16th December 11am – 4pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays. Grounds, cafe and shop open 1st March – 21st December 11am – 5pm.

Open daily 4th April – 25th October and 21st November – 13th December. Grounds and cafe 11am – 5pm, hall 12 – 5pm (hall closed Fridays except in July and August)

Beautiful house and large grounds and parks to explore.

Elsham Hall Gardens & Country Park

Elsham (near Brigg), North East Lincolnshire, DN20 0QZ.

01652 688698

Open every weekend 11.00-5pm from the end of March to the end of September, plus weekdays in school holidays

Approx half an hours drive from Hull over the Humber Bridge. Large walled gardens to explore, lakes where you can feed the fish, paddocks, chickens and small animals and a very good outdoor play area. Courtyard and cafe.

Feren’s Art Gallery

Free art gallery in Hull city centre. 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 children’s activities and events, Mini Masterpieces and Gallery Expedition are sessions for the under 5s and sessions are available for older children during school holidays (see our school holiday section for more information).

Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3RA. 01482 300300.

Fort Paull

Fort Paull is Yorkshire’s only remaining Napoleonic Fortress and a fantastic day out for all the family. £20 for a family ticket – cash only.

Open daily 10am-6pm from 13th April to 1st November (check website for up to date information)

Battery Road, Paull, HU12 8FP. 01482 896236

Hands on History Museum

South Church Side, Hull, HU1 1RR. 01482 300300

Open on selected Saturdays 12noon-4pm (2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month)

Free. Set in the old Grammar School where William Wilberforce studied, a history museum including the history of Hull.

Hedon Museum

Hedon Museum is located behind the Town Hall, accessible by a small alley between Watmough’s Arcade and Iveson Close Car Park. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Closes for Winter.

Museum all about the town of Hedon and it’s heritage, includes a children’s corner. Free entry.

For more info call them on 01482 890908 or email

Hornsea Museum

11-17 Newbiggin, Hornsea, HU18 1AB. 01964 533443.

Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm. Sunday 1pm – 4pm.  Open until November 3rd 2018.

Includes a farmhouse kitchen, street scene, workshops, model railway and gardens. 0-4s free.

Hull & East Riding Museum

36 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ. 01482 300300

Located in the Museums quarter next door to the Streetlife Museum.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, plus bank holidays (except Good Friday)

Free. Walk through various ages of history. Holds children’s events, see Events Calendar for details

Hull History Centre

Worship Street, Hull, HU2 8BG. 01482 317500

Open Tuesday – Friday 9.30 – 5.30 and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 9.00 – 4.30

Holds all of the cities archives. Also runs childrens activities (usually the 1st Saturday of the month) and family events – see Events Calendar for details

Hull Minster

Hull’s most historic church, very friendly and welcoming and open most days to have a look around inside. Hull Minster is located in the heart of the Old Town Hull. They regularly run the following for families:

  • Saturday activities
  • Regular events of music, arts, performance and markets.
  • Children’s trails
  • A Midweek Toddler Group
  • Sunday Groups

A cafe is available onsite and entry is free for all to enter.

Parish Centre, 10a-11 King Street, Kingston upon Hull HU1 2JJ

Lotherton Hall

Off Collier Lane , Aberford , Leeds , LS25 3EB.

Large parklands, play area, picnic area and aviaries to explore. Tea room, stables and often run special events. Good day out approx 1 hour drive from Hull.

Hull Maritime Museum

Queen Victoria Square, Hull, HU1 3DX. 01482 300300

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, plus bank holidays (except Good Friday)

Free. Museum of Hulls maritime past. Holds children’s events, see Events Calendar for details

National Railway Museum York

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 0844 815 3139

Open daily 10am-6pm. Located next to York Railway station so a good place to get the train from Hull to or there is a car park across the road from the museum (£9 for parking but you can park all day and get the land train from here into York city centre)

Great day out for children. Large display of trains and old steam engines some of which children can get on, historic station, activities, outdoor play area and miniature train, good cafe.

Normanby Hall Country Park

Normanby, North Lincolnshire, DN15 9HU.  01724 720588

Grounds open all year round. Farming museum open March 30th to September 27th

Approx 30 min drive across the Humber Bridge. Large parklands to explore, historic house and gardens, playground with ride on railway, good farming museum with children’s activities.

Royal Armouries Museum Leeds

History brought to life with live combat demonstrations, dramatic performances, talks and tours throughout the exhibition. Explore arms and armour from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays.

Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT

Sewerby Hall

Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 01262 673769

Open daily March 24th to September 30th. Estate open dawn till dusk, opening times of house are 11am – 4.30pm, gardens, zoo, golf and playground vary.The grounds are also open in the off-season free of charge, with a small charges for the house and zoo.

Large parklands with deer to spot, hall and gardens to explore, zoo with a variety of animals, mini golf, playground, cafe and shop. Specifically for children are:

  • Explorer Kits – bags with equipment in such as a magnifying glass and torch to help explore the House. The Explorer Kits are term-time only and designed for under 5s.
  • Dressing up for the whole family
  • A range of activities for children to engage in as they go around the House
  • 5 Things to Discover – leaflet with 5 suggested activities to do during your visit
  • Sewerby Squirrels – under 5s themed session term time on Mondays 10-11.30am.

Skidby Windmill & Museum of Rural Life

Skidby, HU16 5TF (follow the brown signs from the A164). 01482 848405

Open daily 10am-5pm. Museum inside the working windmill with children’s activities. Specifically for children are:

  • Explorer Kits, bags with equipment in such as a magnifying glass and torch to help explore the house and grounds
  • 5 Things to Discover – leaflet with 5 suggested activities to do during your visit

Also a good playground in the field adjacent and cafe in the courtyard.

Spurn Lightship

It’s free to climb aboard Hull Marina’s iconic boat – The Spurn Lightship – which guided ships safely through the treacherous River Humber for almost 50 years. Discover how it was used as a navigational aid and find out what life was like on board. An interpretation panel at the Marina explains its history and various parts for visitors when the ship is closed.

Access to The Spurn Lightship was closed in 2018 due to being moved to a different location within the Marina to allow for major bridgeworks to be completed over the A63.  It is expected to reopen in 2021 after conservation work and rejuvenated displays.

Hull Marina, Castle Street, Hull, HU1 1TJ. 01482 300300

Streetlife Museum

High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ. 01482 300300

Located in the Museums quarter next door to the Hull & East Riding Museum.

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, plus bank holidays (except Good Friday)

Free. Old buses and trams that children can climb on and scenes from olden day Hull to explore. Holds children’s events, see Events calendar for details

The Guildhall, Hull

Guildhall, Hull, HU1 2AA. 01482 300300

Free. Historic building and home of art and sculpture exhibitions including the Hull Tapestry.

Treasure House & Beverley Art Gallery

Heritage centre and museum with plenty of activities for children, including hands on interactive exhibits, historical costumes to try on, and colouring sheets. Also a great view of Beverley from the tower. Beverley Library is also in the same building. Open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am, admission is free.

Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE. 01482 392780

Wassand Hall

Located between Seaton and Hornsea, HU11 5RJ

Open on selected days from 22 May – 31 August, check their website for dates

A fine Regency House with gardens, parks and a woodland walk.

Wilberforce House

23-25 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NQ. 01482 300300

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, plus bank holidays (except Good Friday)

Free. The house is William Wilberforce’s birthplace, inside is now a museum telling the story of the slave trade and galleries about West Africa

Yorkshire Air Museum

Elvington, York, YO41 4AU. 01904 608595

Open daily 10.00-5pm. From 10th November 10.00-4pm

At the top of the A1079 just before you reach York is this great air museum, lots of exhibitions, historic planes and vehicles set on a large site