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Fun Things to Do in York: Outdoor Adventures

Last updated: 21/02/2024


Escape the ordinary in North Yorkshire! This picturesque region is brimming with things to do from adrenaline-filled adventures to captivating historical attractions and breathtaking landscapes! Planning your visit will be a breeze, with diverse attractions for all ages and interests.

Family things in to do in york

Go Ape Dalby

For those seeking adrenaline filled experiences in North Yorkshire, a high ropes adventure at Go Ape Dalby is a must.

Treetop Adventure is the perfect introduction to the trees for families and young adventurers over 1m tall.

Treetop Challenge is a true level up for thrill seekers (over 10 years and 1.4m tall) with canopy high obstacles, zip lines, and Tarzan Swings. Go Ape is the ideal activity for families and groups who love a challenge and want to create lasting memories.

Man in red on on Go Ape Dalby Treetop Challenge crossing | york uk things to do

Dalby Forest

Once you’ve completed your Go Ape adventure, there is over 8,000 acres of fierce and beautiful terrain to explore in Dalby Forest.

There’s something to keep everyone entertained with thirteen walking paths, four running trails and loads of cycling routes. Plus, there are two play areas and interactive trails for children to have fun and blow off steam.

Upwards view of trees in Dalby Forest | york uk things to do

Cultural things to do in york

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle in North Yorkshire | york uk things to do

Discover Scarborough Castle, a medieval fortress with breathtaking coastal views.

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire | york uk things to do

Explore the intriguing ruins of Whitby Abbey, the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Waters 

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Waters | york uk things to do

The historic city of Ripon houses the impressive Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. This UNESCO World Heritage Site blends natural and architectural beauty. Wander through the ruins of the abbey, stroll through the water garden, and soak in the peaceful atmosphere.

York Minster

York Minster Catherdral in North Yorkshire | york uk things to do

Did you know that York Minster is one of Europe's largest Gothic cathedrals? Marvel at the intricate stained-glass windows, towering columns, and ornate decorations. Don't forget to climb the central tower for super city-wide views.

Natural things to do in York

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Spanning over 680 square miles, the Yorkshire Dales National Park in North England is a paradise for hikers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Explore spectacular high mountain passes, ancient woodlands and even underground caves in this vast and wild landscape.

Top Tip: Consider travelling by bus, especially as there is currently a £2 bus fare cap covering all bus services in the Yorkshire Dales up until 31st December 2024.

Ribblehead viaduct, Yorkshire dales | york uk things to do

North York Moors National Park

Walk through one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in England and Wales and along miles of stunning coastline in the North York Moors National Park.

Uncover hidden gems, such as the distinctive Roseberry Topping hill and look out for a wealth of wildlife from rare ground nesting birds to dolphins.

View from the North York Moors towards Whitby | york uk things to do

Flamborough Head

North landing, Flamborough | york uk things to do

Located on the rugged white cliffs of the Yorkshire coast, Flamborough Head is a must visit for birdwatchers and nature photographers.

Marvel at the towering chalk cliffs, explore hidden caves, and catch a glimpse of diverse seabird colonies.


Nature, Shapes, England | york uk things to do

Recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Nidderdale is a tranquil location filled with rolling hills, charming villages, and picturesque reservoirs.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Nidd or set off on a hike up to the iconic Brimham Rocks.

Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Spanning over 1100 square kilometers, hike or bike along the Pennine Bridleway trail in the Forest of Bowland.

Visit charming villages like Gisburn and Slaidburn, and explore historical landmarks like Bolton Abbey.

Forest of Bowland, Clitheroe, UK | york uk things to do

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Child on Go Ape Treetop Adventure | york uk things to do