Fascinating facts about Yorkshire:
- Highest mountain: Mickle Fell – 2,591 feet
- Longest river: River Aire – 88 miles
- Largest natural lake: Hornsea Mere – 467 acres
- Highest waterfall: Hardraw Force – 100 feet
- Highest earth filled dam: Scammonden – 242 feet
- Most inland port: Selby – 66 miles from the North Sea
- Highest sea-cliff: Boulby, nr Staithes – 666 feet
- Largest river drainage area: River Dervent – 758 sq miles
Historical facts on Yorkshire:
- Oldest inn (in England): Bingley Arms, Bardsey – 905 AD
- Oldest school (in England): St Peter’s, York – AD627
- Longest single-word place-name: Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe – 27 letters
Famous Yorkshire inventions and discoveries:
- Catseyes (on the road) : Percy Shaw, Halifax
- The Lock, Hydraulic Press and Beer Pump: Joseph Bramah, Stainborough
- The Glider: Sir George Cayley, Brompton
- The properties of Oxygen: Joseph Priestley, Fieldhead, Bristall
- The Mechanical Wool Comb: Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, First Baron of Masham
- Stainless Steel: Harry Brearley, Sheffield, 1913
- The Steam Locomotive: Matthew Murray, Leeds 1790
Famous Yorkshire Folk:
- Frederick Delius (1862 – 1934) composer
- Guy Fawkes (1570 – 1606) conspirator
- Dick Turpin (1706 1739) highwayman
- Thomas Chippendale (1718 – 1779) cabinet-maker
- Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) navigator and explorer
- William Wilberforce (1759 –1833) anti-slavery reformer
- David Hockney
- Sean Bean
- Jarvis Cocker
- Jeremy Clarkson
- Adrian Moorhouse
- Prince Naseem
- Gareth Gates
Places to visit
Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo
Home to over 1,000 animals, including Siberian Tigers, Grants Zebras, Bactrian Camels, Monkeys, Sea Lions, Reptiles, Humboldt Penguins and Meerkats. And of course the famous pink flamingos, the largest flock in the country. See birds of all sizes from ostriches to tiny finches.
Also, with eight coaster rides and six other nail biting chillers, the theme park is for those of you who like to be frightened out of your wits. As well as stomach-churning white knuckle thrillers, Flamingo Land offers a whole host of wonderful rides and attractions for youngsters to enjoy.
Kirby Misperton, Malton, YO17 6UX
Cannon Hall Farm
An award winning working farm set in the rolling Pennine hills in a landscape full of undiscovered charm; home to hundreds of creatures, great and small waiting to welcome you to a world of animal magic. Explore the spectacular Adventure Playground, visit the famous Farm Shop with its tremendous variety of interesting and exciting food from Yorkshire and have tea in the Home Farm Tearooms which started life as the old estate game and gunroom.
Cannon Hall Farm opens up a world of possibilities for children and adults alike and is the ideal place for the perfect family day out!
Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
Located in Hull, just an hour’s drive from York is The Deep, the world’s only submarium. One of the most dramatic aquariums in the world, The Deep is an award winning family attraction and to date has welcomed over two million visitors from all over the world.
The main attraction is a ten metre deep pool containing 2.5 million litres of water, each afternoon a show dive is performed where the dive team feeds the sharks and rays by hand. The Deep also contains Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel and a spectacular glass lift ride through the 10m tank. See also The Twlilight Zone which tells the story of the ocean depths between 200 and 1000m deep- a place of endless night and home to alien and weird life forms including Giant Japanese Spider crabs, Giant Pacific octopus, Wolf Eels and Flashlight fish.
Tower Street, Hull, HU9 1TU
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Eureka! The UK’s National Children’s Museum
A place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play. Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through 100s of hands-on exhibits. The museum is based in Halifax, West Yorkshire in the North of England and features over 400 interactive exhibits which inspire children aged 0-11 to learn about themselves and the world around them through imagination, play and discovery.
Opening Times & Prices – Eureka is open every day from 10am-5pm.
Admission – Adults £7.25, Children age 3+ £7.25, Toddlers age 1-2 £2.25, Babies age 0-11 months free, Saver Ticket (admits 5 people) £31.00
Eureka! The Museum for Children, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
Located four miles west of Ripon in North Yorkshire, is of outstanding historic and aesthetic importance. No other site in Europe contains such a rich variety of historic monuments set in such a beautiful landscape. See the Cistercian Abbey, Georgian Water Garden, Medieval Deer Park, Elizabethan Hall and Victorian Church. Free guided tours, wildlife walks, school holiday fun, exhibitions and special evening events including open air Shakespeare and children´s theatre and the popular floodlighting evenings on Saturdays in the autumn all make this a great place to visit whatever the season.
Fountains, Ripon, HG4 3DY
JORVIK Viking Centre
Get face-to-face with the Vikings on the very site where archaeologists discovered the remains of the place they once called home. Discover what life was really like over 1000 years ago, meet the Viking residents, see over 800 items uncovered here. Journey through a reconstruction of the actual Viking-Age streets, with sounds and smells!
The houses and shops are laid out in exactly the same pattern as they were in the year AD975, and even the faces of the people you see have been reconstructed from Viking skulls.
Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT
The National Railway Museum in York
The largest railway museum in the world, responsible for the conservation and interpretation of the British national collection of historically significant railway vehicles and other artefacts.
The Museum contains an unrivalled collection of locomotives, rolling stock, railway equipment, documents and records and offers a fantastic free day out for all the family.
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
See the Fun Kids review of the National Raiilway Museum
RHS Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr seeks to push the boundaries of design and planting styles, creating displays that are beautiful but on occasion, also provocative. Careful gardening techniques, reflecting our respect for the environment, ensure that flourishing wildlife can also be enjoyed on a visit to the garden.
Pick up the latest gardening tips and ideas throughout the seasons, and our friendly team of expert gardeners are happy to share their knowledge with you. In short, Harlow Carr is a stunning place to meet friends, bring the family and enjoy a leisurely stroll but also to expect the unexpected even if you have visited us before! We aim for visitors to leave us feeling relaxed yet inspired, de-stressed but invigorated and if you want to, ready to help improve the planet by gardening at home.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, HG3 1QB
See the Fun Kids review on RHS Harlow Carr
Founded in 1132, Rievaulx Abbey was the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England. The collection includes medieval floor tiles, stone sculpture, late medieval cutlery and other finds from the abbey.
Rievaulx, Helmsley, YO6 5LB
Founded by St Hilda in 657. The original community was destroyed by the Danes, but was refounded as a Benedictine priory in 1078. The new museum and visitor centre contains excavated finds and replicas.
Whitby, YO22 4JT
Deep in the heart of historic York and buried beneath its very paving stones, lies the North´s most chillingly famous horror attraction. The York Dungeon brings more than 2,000 years of gruesomely authentic history vividly back to life….. and death. As you delve into the darkest chapters of our grim and bloody past, recreated in all its dreadful detail, remember: everything you experience really happened. A warning – in the Dungeon´s dark catacombs it always pays to keep your wits about you. The `exhibits´ have an unnerving habit of coming back to life…..
12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
York Minster Undercroft Treasury & Crypt
York Minster is the chief church of the Church of England, also the seat of the Archbishop of York. The present building is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and is the setting for some of the finest 14th and 15th century stained glass windows in existence. Prayer has been offered to God on this site for nearly 1000 years.
The Undercroft and Crypt uncovers the remarkable history of York Minster from its early Norman foundations to the 20th century engineering that supports the central tower. The Undercroft also contains the remains of York´s Roman Legionary fortress, Viking gravestones and historic artefacts from the Minster´s collection.
York Minster, Deangate, York,YO1 7JF
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