Local Attractions

Outdoor Adventures

Brimham Rocks   -   Fountains Abbey   -   How Stean Gorge

Brimham Rocks (National Trust) and How Stean Gorge for hide and seek on a grand scale – as well as gorge walking, rock scrambling, picnicking or just relaxing.

Walking through history at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal deer park.

Safe cycling for all (including small children) from Ripley on the Harrogate greenway to Harrogate and Knaresborough. Don’t forget to sample Ripley ice cream on your return.

Walking and cycling from the cottage or further afield in the Dales. There is a selection of local walks and cycle guides in the Chapel, so feel free to borrow them, but the possibilities are endless.

Children’s playground, football field, gravel bike track, bowling green and bandstand at Pateley Bridge.


Ripley Castle   -   Bolton Abbey   -   Hesketh Farm

Riverside walks, picnics and paddling at Burnsall in nearby Wharfedale.

Hesketh Farm open farm and petting zoo near Bolton Abbey is a big hit with younger children. Combine with a visit to the nearby Yorkshire Ice Cream farm with outdoor play area.

Beyond Pateley Bridge, Studfold Farm has a lovely nature walk and play and picnic area for younger children.


Indoor Fun

Be amazed by the rock formations at Stump Cross Caverns.

Indoor swimming pool at Nidderdale leisure centre, Pateley Bridge.

Cinemas in Harrogate and Ripon.


Stump Cross Caverns   -   Ripon Market Square   -   The Harrogate Turkish Baths

Beautiful restored Victorian Turkish Baths in Harrogate for a taste of the town’s spa heritage.

Wide range of cultural experiences in Harrogate and surrounding area including galleries, theatre, festivals etc.

Why not check out the Visit Yorkshire website for more ideas of what’s on.

Shopping in Harrogate – or why not take the train to York or Leeds?