5 Best Educational Family-Friendly Attractions in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire is an incredible travel destination for families. This diverse county in the north of England boasts astonishing variety, from beautiful beaches and hilly national parks to old cities rich with fascinating heritage sites. Whether your children want to get stuck into the action with hands-on activities or devote their time to outdoor play, they will love exploring Yorkshire.

During your holiday, do not overlook opportunities for learning. Yorkshire is home to a range of unique attractions that are as educational as they are exciting. Discover the five best educational family-friendly attractions in Yorkshire that are so engaging the kids will never want to leave.


First on the list is Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, based in the hills just outside Halifax. A maze of six zones come together to create a comprehensive educational experience covering everything from the human body to audio adventures. There are also live-action exhibits such as storytelling and child-friendly plays. Great for children aged 1 – 11.


Magna Science Adventure Centre in Sheffield is endless engaging. Explore four pavilions, each dedicated to a different element, before watching The Big Melt to see steelmaking brought to life in this former steelworks. With over 100 exhibits there’s plenty to keep you busy all day.

The Deep

In East Yorkshire, the highlight for families has to be The Deep. Hull is easily accessed by train and it is well-worth coming out to the edge of Yorkshire for this attraction. Housing over 3,000 sea creatures, The Deep is a major player in marine conversation both in the UK and on an international scale. Children will love spotting the many creatures in the aquarium including sharks, penguins, and sea turtles.

National Railway Museum

In the centre of Yorkshire you will find the National Railway Museum. Any children who have a love of Thomas the Tank Engine and vehicles in general will be in transports of delight at this venue. Explore unique locomotives, learn about railway engineering, and have the past brought the life with detailed soundtracks. There is also a soft play area for children aged under six.

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JORVIK Viking Centre

Also in York, a family-friendly attraction in itself, is JORVIK Viking Centre. As the name suggests, this museum is devoted to the Viking settlement that took over York over 1,000 years ago. As well as a display of fascinating objects that were uncovered during an excavation of the city, JORVIK offers visitors a ride around a model village where you can learn about the daily life of Norsemen in York. In nearby Danelaw, children have the chance to dress up as Vikings and take a more active part in this roleplay.

These family-friendly attractions in Yorkshire should keep everybody happy and entertained during your stay!

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