Local Attractions So much to disccover

Types of places to visit

  • Area of Natural Beauty and the Great Outdoors
  • Adventure and Play
  • Historic Buildings and Ruins

Culture & adventure

If you're using Rudding Park as a base you won't be short of things to do. Within a few miles you'll find a cathedral city, historic market towns, a World Heritage Site and beautiful countryside.

Nidderdale AONB & Yorkshire Dales
If you enjoy walking the Yorkshire Dales offers a huge variety of landscapes to enjoy. See wildlife, waterfalls, reservoirs, viaducts, rock formations and peaks.
If cycling is your passion, why not ride the route of the Tour de France which started in Yorkshire in 2014. 

Stockeld Park & Lightwater Valley Theme Park
For a family-friendly adventure, you'll find hours of entertainment for children at Stockled Park. This seasonal attraction creates an enchanted garden for a magical experience. Lightwater Valley has rides for children of all ages, including Europe's longest roller coaster.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden
This National Trust property has been designated a World Heritage Site and features the ruins of a Cistercian abbey, an elegant Georgian water garden and a medieval deer park, providing diverse entertainment.

Bolton Abbey
The appeal of this ruin lies not only in its architecture, but its situation on the banks of the River Wharfe. Riverside, moorland and woodland paths run through the estate. Looking for a challenge? Take the 60 stepping stones across the river.

Ripon Cathedral
This ancient church has a history reaching back to the 7th Century - with a Saxon crypt built in this period still surviving. The medieval woodcarvings that decorate the choir stalls feature beasts and birds from nature and fantasy and are believed to have inspired Lewis Carroll. Along with the cathedral's stone gargoyles, children will love exploring this bestiary.

Knaresborough Castle
To visit the ruins of Knaresborough Castle you'll need to climb up a hill, but you'll have fantastic views overlooking the River Nidd. A former military stronghold and royal residence, the site also features a Tudor courthouse museum with an original interior.

Brimham Rocks (Nidderdale) images on this page and previous kindly supplied by Welcome to Yorkshire.