Places to Visit in Yorkshire where Toilets are Open

I have spent the best part of the day finding places to visit in Yorkshire and the East Midlands that have toilets open. There are a few places open with toilets still closed.

UPDATE: From the 4th July 2020 so many more places have reopened – with toilets open you’ll be glad to know. I have since written a NEW POST highlighting all these places that have reopened in Yorkshire and what safety measures they have in place. Plus what is or isn’t open. Find out more here – Attractions To Visit in Yorkshire Summer 2020 – What is and isn’t open

Most places are either stating that they are working through ways to reopen soon or will not consider opening until early July. There are however a few places open also with toilets open. This, if you are anything like us, a must when visiting somewhere.

While play areas remain closed, plus most facilities the places below all have a good deal of open space to walk, stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic. A few are even open for take-away food and drinks.

Not all places that are open have stated if toilets are or aren’t open. I have contacted them and as soon as I hear anything I will update below. Just in the space of a few hours today a few extra places announced they were opening.

I can totally appreciate that visiting somewhere is not for everyone right now. We all have to do what we feel comfortable doing. I certainly won’t be making it a regular event but if it means meeting my Mum somewhere then that would be lovely and we will take precautions to keep ourselves safe.

All these places are urging people to practice social distancing and keep good levels of hygiene.

Beningbrough Hall – North Yorkshire

National trust are reopening the car park, garden, parkland and toilets from Wednesday 3 June and you’ll need to book tickets before you visit.

Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven’t booked. 

We’ve reduced the number of people we can welcome to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and local communities. We ask that you book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member.

Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You’re then welcome to stay until closing time. Please book one ticket per person. Children aged 5 or under don’t need a ticket. The hall and play area will be closed.

Opening hours: 11am – 3pm

Address: Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD

Cost – Free for members of the National Trust but you must book a slot. Adults are £10.00 and children aged 5-17 are £5.00.

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Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Bolton Abbey – North Yorkshire

The Estate will be open to all, with a pre-booked ticketing system for the car parks in place to stagger arrivals. Toilets will be open and additional toilets have been put in place to ensure people are able to social distance.

The nature trails between the Village Car Park and Barden Bridge have one way systems in place to allow for social distancing. The stepping stones are now one way from the Priory to the East Bank.

Please follow the signage.
Everyone visiting MUST pre book – even season pass holders. Car parks will be locked at 5pm.

Dogs are most welcome to visit, however, they must be kept on a lead at all times to ensure we assist with social distancing. River bathing is not permitted to reduce our impact on the emergency services.
Ball games are no longer permitted.

You cannot transfer between car parks.
You cannot leave the car park and come back in again. Various outlets on the Estate are now offering a take-away service. Book your visit here.

Opening hours: 9am-5pm with last admission at 3pm

Address: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL

Cost – £10 per car

Bolton Abbey
Photo credit Bolton Abbey

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens – South Yorkshire

Brodsworth’s Gardens will open on 13 June. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. Tickets will be available to book from 10 June. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation.

Our beautiful grounds and gardens are open for you to enjoy whilst keeping to social distancing rules, a one way system is in operation to help keep visitors safe. 

A take away catering offer will be provided in our outdoor seating area. The house and play area will remain closed. Due to prior site improvement works, the toilet block is being upgraded and temporary facilities are being provided.  

Opening hours: 10am until 5pm

Address: B6422, Brodsworth DN5 7XJ

Cost – Entrance is free to members of English Heritage but you must pre book. An adult non member standard ticket is £10 and £6.00 for a child aged 5-17. Under 5’s are free.

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens – Photo credit English Heritage

Burnby Hall Gardens – East Riding Yorkshire

For customer safety, numbers will be restricted and, from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st June, booking access is restricted to MEMBERS ONLY, with cards to be shown on arrival.

From Monday 22nd June, entry is extended to Members and the General Public.

There will be three daily slots which can be booked:
1000 x 1215; 1215 x 1430; 1430 x 1700.

To enable as many people as possible to enjoy the Gardens, we’re asking everyone to only book one slot per day with a maximum of 5 people (adults and children) per booking. THE BOOKING SYSTEM WILL GO LIVE FROM 1000 SUNDAY 14TH JUNE.

From Monday 15th June, the Gardens will be open using a clockwise route around the Upper and Lower Lakes. All of our themed gardens (Secret Garden, Aviary Garden, Victorian Garden, Rock Garden, Stumpery and Birch Walk) remain accessible with routes marked with direction arrows.

The Lilypad Café will be open on a takeaway basis and whilst we have benches around the Gardens, please make provision for your own seating and picnic blankets.

The fish can be fed as usual, but we’re asking visitors to purchase all necessary fish food for their visit on arrival, as it will not be possible to return to the Visitor Centre once you have passed through it.

Three unisex toilets are open with a one in one out queueing system in place near the bandstand. They are checked, sanitised and cleaned regularly;

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

Address: 33 The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF

Cost – Free for memebers. A standard adult ticket is £5.80 and £3.25 for children aged 5-15. Under 5’s are free.

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Burnby Hall and Gardens

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens – East Riding Yorkshire

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that tomorrow (2nd June) we’ll open our gardens once again. Initially welcoming Burton Agnes Hall members and their guests – if you could be tempted to make here your home from home, we’d be delighted for new members.

We’re firing up the woodfired pizza oven for picnics, and have masses of stunning plants propagated in our nursery for sale. This opening feels a long time coming – we hope so much you’ll join us. Please shout if you’d like information about our safety measures, or any aspect.

Opening hours: 11am – 5pm

Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB

Cost: Initially open for members only (you can choose to become a member)

Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens
Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

Burton Constable Hall – East Riding Yorkshire

In light of the most recent Government guidelines surrounding Covid-19, we are delighted to be reopening & welcoming you all back! 

Rest assured that we are making ongoing assessments & implementing important safety measures across our premises, in order for the most enjoyable experience. In turn, this may mean aspects may be subject to change at short notice. 

Please, take the time to read through our new opening dates, times & guidelines in full, before choosing to visit. 

Initial tickets from the 17th June will be for Members & Pass Holders only. General public admissions from the 19th June. 

You can book an arrival slot at any of the times listed and then stay in the grounds as long as you want.

Initially, our focus will be on allowing you back into our wide open spaces across our Grounds. Although the Hall, Stable Blocks, Orangery, Outdoor Play and Stables Kitchen Tea Room will be closed, you can still make the most of our 330 acres and take-away food offerings. 

Our toilet facilities will remain open for our visitors. Situated within the South Stable Block courtyard, we would ask that you access them via the North Stable Block entrance (unless disabled) and adhere to the queuing systems in place.

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm

Address: Skirlaugh, Hull HU11 4LN

Cost: Free to members or £6.35 for an adult ticket without donation, £3.60 for a child.

Photo credit Visit Yorkshire

Castle Howard – North Yorkshire

Castle Howard grounds will be open from Wednesday 3rd June for Members only, and from Monday 8th June for all visitors. Please be reassured that we are doing this in the safest possible way to enable our Members and visitors to have a relaxing and enjoyable day out.

There will be some significant changes to the way we ask you to book tickets and new safety measures in place on site to help you comply with physical distancing rules.

Please do take a moment to read the important information on our website, which explains what will be open during the first phase of Gardens opening and how to pre-book admission tickets.

Please note that for now, Skelf Island, the Adventure Playground and the House itself will remain closed along with the indoor cafe outlets. There will be some take away catering on offer and of course the Farm Shop and Garden Centre remain open.

The main toilets in the Courtyard will be closed, with the exception of the accessible toilet and the baby changing facility, only available for those visitors who need to use these specific facilities.

We have installed portable toilets on the North Front (as you walk down the main drive they will be on the left by the tree line). These are individual units, allowing outdoor queuing in the open air and they will be regularly cleaned and maintained by our facilities team.

You will see additional hand wash and hand sanitiser stations around the site, which we encourage you to use. Book your visit here.

Opening hours: From Monday 8th June we will be open daily 10am – 5pm for all visitors. The Gardens will close at 6pm. From 15th June we will be offering Members only entry hours from 9am – 10am and from 5pm – 6pm. The Gardens will close at 7pm.

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Cost – Adult £12,95 and child £8.50, under 4’s are free.

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Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Dalby Forest – North Yorkshire

To avoid crowds, please be aware you may need to turn around if the car park looks busy, or is full, and come another time. Adderstone Field is a large open space in the middle of the forest and is perfect for keeping your distance from other visitors so why not head further into the forest.

The car parks, toilets, and trails at Dalby Forest will be open, however, the play equipment and play areas, GoApe, our visitor centre information desk, café and bike hire will remain closed for now.

Help us to keep you and our staff safe during forests visits. Remember: Keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household where possible. Keep your dog under effective control.

Wash your hands regularly and as soon as you are back indoors. Warm weather increases the risk of wildfires, please leave the BBQ at home. Be prepared to turn around if it’s too busy.

Opening hours: 8am until 8pm

Address: Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Cost – Car parking is £9.00 until 5pm or £5.00 after 4pm.

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Dalby Forest
Dalby Forest

Fountains Abbey – North Yorkshire

We can’t wait to have you back and are reopening on Monday 8 June. To help you have a safe visit, we’re asking everyone to book in advance to access the abbey and water garden here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden

Tickets are released every Friday and sell out fast so make sure you check early.

Please note, Studley Car Park will remain closed. To open safely, we’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don’t book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member.

Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You’re then welcome to stay until closing time. Open to visit: Visitor centre parking only and toilets.

Opening hours: Timed tickets from 10am until 15:30pm. The grounds close at 5pm.

Address: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Ripon HG4 3DY

Cost – Free for members of the National Trust but you must book a timed slot. Non-member adults £13.00 and children £6.50.

Fountains Abbey

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park – North Yorkshire

 The park will reopen from Tuesday 2nd June. The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is always our number one priority. To reopen we need all visitors to follow and keep to our social distancing rules. Visitors must pre-purchase tickets online for a specific day. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance 

We are limiting visitor numbers to maintain social distancing. Season ticket holders may visit anytime. Please note that sadly the Tearoom will remain closed until further notice. There are currently no takeaway facilities, please bring your own refreshments. 

The playground is currently closed as per guidance. The toilets will be open. We have created a separate pedestrian entry and exit for the car park to avoid crossing paths.

Social distancing measures have been set up with 2 metre-queuing points guiding visitors from the car park to the entrance. We are also encouraging visitors to use our hand-sanitising stations on arrival and departure.

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm. They are closed Mondays but open bank holidays.

Address: Hutts Lane, Ripon HG4 3DA

Cost – £9.00 per person and £4.00 per child aged 5-15. Under 5’s are free.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park
Photo credit Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

Kiplin Hall & Gardens – North Yorkshire

Starting with access to the gardens and grounds we will reopen on Friday 5th June. Visitors can enjoy long walks around the lake, the open space of the parkland, and ambles along our woodland paths. Take in the quiet calm of the walled garden in the company of the birds and the bees or choose the perfect picnic spot on the rolling lawns.

Toilets will be open. With enhanced cleaning and social distancing rules in place. One-way systems will be in effect to allow for social distancing on our footpaths.

Some take away refreshments will be available from the admissions desk, and visitors are welcome to bring picnics into our grounds. BBQs are NOT allowed on site. Please take litter home with you.

Dogs must always be kept on leads to aid social distancing. Children’s play equipment remains out of bounds. The Tea Room and the Historic House remain closed for the time being, but we are working on ways to reopen them safely in the future.

Tickets must be purchased (or passes shown) at the admissions desk where staff can direct you on how best to enjoy the site during your visit.

Opening hours: Open 10am – 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Address: Richmond DL10 6AT

Cost – An adult ticket costs £12.00 and £6.00 for a child. Under 5’s are free.

Longshaw Estate – West Yorkshire

All Longshaw car parks open from 21 May. Spaces are limited so if the car parks are full please come back another time. The café is closed but toilets will be open from 21 May 10.00-16.00. We urge people to avoid hotspots & observe social distancing.

“Explore 1600 acres of moor, gritstone edges and extensive woods with dramatic views over the Derwent Valley. A wonderful place to discover spectacular views of the Peak District, ancient woods, meadows, parkland and heather moorland.

Explore the unusual sites of Longshaw’s past, from millstone quarries to packhorse routes.” As they don’t have any facility to prebook a parking space you may be turned away if the car park is full when you arrive.

Opening hours: 9am – 7:30pm

Address: Longshaw, Sheffield S11 7TZ

Cost – Longshaw car parks are free for National Trust members. Otherwise, the charge is £3.50 for up to 4hrs, £5 for over 4hrs. Pay at car park machines or you can now pay via mobile phone using PayByPhone – details by machines. Spaces are limited and you will need to turn around if the car parks are full.

Longshaw Estate
Longshaw Estate Photo credit Visit Peak District

Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park – South Yorkshire

We are very happy to announce that we will be opening from Monday. In line with government guidelines we will be operating a pre-booking system so please drop us an email to book your arrival date and time:
[email protected]

Or call us:0114 2630033. We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone for their support – without you our future was not looking good, and although the future will be tough thanks to your backing we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Address: Quicksaw Farm, Fulwood Ln, Sheffield S10 4LH

Mother Shipton’s Cave – North Yorkshire

We are delighted to welcome you back to Mother Shipton’s Cave from Saturday the 13th June 2020.
Pre-Booking is essential and access will be for CARS ONLY. 

𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁, 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 www.mothershipton.co.uk/reopening https://mothershipton.digitickets.co.uk 

Adventure playground closed. Museum & Gift Shop closed 13th+14th June but reopening with non-essential shops Monday 15th June.

Visitors must pre-book an arrival time slot in advance of their visit and will be given 2.5 hours to explore the park. Access to the town during your visit will not be permitted at this time. We will be charging a discounted rate of £20 per car (max 7 people per car) to control the number of vehicles and people within the attraction.

Admission includes 𝙁𝙍𝙀𝙀 Parking, 𝙁𝙍𝙀𝙀 Guidebook and 𝙁𝙍𝙀𝙀 Pixie Village trail. Visitors will have access to toilets, Pixie Village, woodland walk, Petrifying Well, Wishing Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave.

Opening hours: We will have morning sessions and afternoon sessions, each allowing 2.5 hours from when the slot starts for visitors to enjoy the attraction. Morning sessions start from 9.30am with slots every 10 minutes until the last morning admission at 10.20am. The park will close after the morning sessions at 12.50 for our staff to thoroughly clean the facilities before the afternoon sessions begin. Afternoon sessions will begin from 1.30pm with last admission at 2.20pm. The park will close at 4.50pm.

Address: Prophecy House, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD

Cost – We will be charging a discounted rate of £20 per car (max 7 people per car) to control the number of vehicles and people within the attraction. Please note that vans, minibuses, and motorhomes will not be allowed.

More about Mother Shipton’s cave

Mother Shipton’s Cave

National Centre for Birds of Prey – North Yorkshire

We are going cash free. You can pay with most credit/debit cards – contactless too. There’s no minimum spend.

To help with social distancing, we have instigated a largely one-way system around the centre. It is fully signed and we’ll give you a map to help too.

There are disinfectant hand-wash stations around the centre.

We have regular disinfectant cleans in the toilets.

As required under the legislation – the indoor flying area, Christmas Tree Cottage and the cafe are closed for the time being. However, there are hot and cold drinks in the shop and loads of picnic tables.

Opening hours: 10am – 5:30pm

Address: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB

Cost – Adults £9.00 and children 4-16 £6.50. Under 4’s are free and a family ticket is available.

Newby Hall & Gardens – North Yorkshire

It is with great relief that we can welcome visitors back to the gardens at Newby.  The lockdown has put tremendous pressure on the business, and all at Newby.  I hope you are able to enjoy some safe and relaxing time here at this first stage and then return as we open the railway, adventure gardens, house and the rest of our attractions later in the year.  Thank you for your support and patience during these difficult circumstances.

We can’t allow people in who haven’t pre-booked a ticket, so please follow the instructions and pre-purchase or validate your ticket.

Ice Creams, snacks and drinks will be available from our Railway Shop and visitors are welcome to picnic on the grass area adjacent to the Restaurant.

We have taken additional measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and visitors.  These measures have been taken following Government guidance and following Public Health England recommendations.

  • Assistance in following social distancing rules
  • Additional toilet facilities
  • Intensive cleaning regimes
  • Protective screens and signage
  • Limiting numbers on site
  • Staggered arrival times

Opening hours: 11am – 5pm

Address: Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE

Cost – Free to HHA members but you must book online. Otherwise, it’s £12.00 for an adult or £8.00 for a child

Photo credit Newby Hall

North Yorkshire Water Park

We’re reopening our Water Park from this weekend with limited activities!
Following social distancing guidelines, limited times and spaces will be available to book online for Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking and Open Water Swimming. Visit our website for more information about the activities available, our safety measures and to book! 

Our grounds will be open daily 8am – 8pm for cyclists, runners and walkers to enjoy our 2.5km track with beautiful lakeside views.

Our Cafe is open serving a limited menu of takeaway hot and cold drinks and cold snacks. However, our floating AquaPark will remain closed for the time being, and until we receive further Government advice and instruction. We have limited toilets open.

Opening hours: Grounds are open 8 am until 8 pm.

Address: Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Rd, Wykeham YO13 9QU

Cost – Activities are charged. Parking I believe is free. I will update asap

Photo credit North Yorkshire Water Park

Nostell Priory – West Yorkshire

Most of Nostell continues to be closed. Our car park has reopened for you to enjoy some of the wider parkland. You will need to book in advance to secure a parking space. These are currently released every Friday and book up quickly.

We’ve reduced the number of people we can welcome to our car park to ensure the safety of our visitors. We ask that you book your car parking space in advance. Sadly if you don’t pre-book, you’ll be turned away, even if you’re a member.

You can enjoy a walk in their 300 acres of grounds. It is maintained and run by the National Trust. They have toilets now open in the courtyard.

Opening hours: 10am until 5pm

Address: Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wragby, Wakefield WF4 1QE

Cost – Free for National Trust members and £5 per car for anyone else.

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Nostell Priory
Nostell Priory

RHS Garden Harlow Carr – North Yorkshire

They will reopen on 1 June at 10am under a pre-booking system. Due to high levels of interest you may experience delays in the online booking process; please bear with us.

Our foremost priority remains the health and safety of our members, visitors and staff and we will do everything possible to ensure all Government social distancing measures are followed.

All visitors will be required to pre-book a timed entry slot in advance of their visit and the number of visitors entering the gardens will be limited each day. Additional safety measures have been implemented and areas within the gardens where it is difficult to maintain social distancing will remain closed.

One set of toilets will be open at the entrance. To maintain appropriate social distancing, a maximum number of people will be allowed in at any one time and visitors may have to queue at busy times. Enhanced cleaning protocols will also be in place. Play areas will remain closed.

Opening hours – 10am – 4pm

Address: Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB

Cost – Tickets are timed. RHS members are free. Adults are £12.15 and children £6.10.

RHS Harlow Carr
Photo credit RHS Harlow Carr

Ripley Castle – North Yorkshire

The gardens and grounds will be reopening again, initially on a limited basis from Tuesday 2nd June 2020. To ensure social distancing and safeguard the well being of both our visitors, staff, and the village residents, for the moment, to enjoy the Castle’s Gardens and Grounds you will need to pre-book your visit.

This means for an exclusive number of visitors a day we will be able to offer: Designated Parking area (The main village car park remains closed), Toilets (for the use of paid visitors only), Picnic Tables in the Castle Courtyard (Spaced accordingly). The Deer Park Walk, Formal Gardens and Lake side views to enjoy with a picnic

To book your timed slot click the link on the 2020 Visitor Tickets page https://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/visitor-info/ (A slot entitles you to one car with a maximum of 5 family members). The Tea Room will also be open on a take away basis serving soft drinks, tea, coffee, ice creams and snacks.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm(last admission 1.50pm)

Address: Ripley, Harrogate HG3 3AY

Cost – This ticket includes entrance for up to 5 people, parking for 1 vehicle, picnic benches(socially distanced)& toilet facilities in the Courtyard £17.00.

Rother Valley Country Park – South Yorkshire

We are following government guidlines and are open for exercise and picnics, no BBQ’s, social distancing should be adhered to. The toilets in the Courtyard are open but are being closed at regular intervals for cleaning. All other facilities and attractions remain closed.

Car parking is restricted to just these two areas and we have a limited capacity for 140 cars to ensure we are able to provide social distancing without overcrowding the car parks.

The Rother Valley Country Park is close to Rotherham’s border with Sheffield and Derbyshire. It covers 740 acre and has four artificial lakes, recreational activities and nature reserves. 

Opening hours: – 6pm, car parks will close at 5.30pm to ensure that the site can be safely closed down before locking the gates. Any vehicles left in the car park after this time will be locked in until the following morning at 8:30am.

Address: Mansfield Road, Wales Bar, Sheffield, S26 5PQ,

Cost: Car parking is £5 and we are only accepting contactless payments. We have both the main car park and the watersports car park open at the moment.

Rother Valley
Photo credit Rother Valley

Scampston Hall and Walled Gardens – North Yorkshire

The Walled Garden, Hall Gardens & Parkland will reopen from Thursday 4th June, Thursday-Sunday. Our Plant Nursery will also be open but sadly the Café and Hall will remain closed until further notice.

What to expect when you arrive: To open the gardens and parkland safely, we are putting important measures in place across the attraction:

Social distancing measures will be put in place with 2 metre-queueing points guiding visitors from the car park to the entrance.

We have created a separate entrance and exit to avoid crossing paths. We are also encouraging visitors to use our hand-sanitising stations upon arrival and departure.

When you arrive at our Ticket Office, you will be asked to communicate with our ticket officers through a Perspex screen hatch rather than coming into the ticket office.

We are only accepting card and contactless payment methods rather than cash.

Our toilets will remain open for visitors and will have anti-bacterial soap and we would encourage all visitors to wash their hands on both arrival and departure.

We have introduced additional cleaning to our routines, particularly focusing on door handles, toilets, surfaces, etc.

Opening hours: 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:30pm)

Address: Scampston, Malton YO17 8NG

Cost – I currently can’t view their webpage, I will update when I can.

Scampston
Photo credit Scampston

Shibden Hall – West Yorkshire

The Hall is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park. There are a range of features and attractions, including a cafe, lake, walking trails, orienteering course and woodland in which to roam. The miniature railway, boats, hall and play area remain closed.

The toilets that are open are located behind the cafe. The cafe is selling take-away food and drinks. There is a large car park off the A58 providing access to the park, café and Hall. From here there is a short, uphill walk to the Hall.

Limited car parking is also available off Shibden Hall Road with a short walk down to the Hall. If this car park is full then please do not park along the road.

Opening hours: The car parks are open from 9am until 6pm.

Address: Lister’s Rd, Halifax HX3 6XG

Cost – Parking is £0.50 for one hour, £1.00 for two hours and £1.50 over two hours.

Sledmere House – East Riding Yorkshire

Half day admission tickets. We have split visiting times into two sessions in order for us to be able to control how many people are on site at one time.

You can visit the Rare a reed Farm Park, Grounds and Gardens – unfortunately the House and Play Park will remain closed until further notice.

Sledmere friends members will be able to join either the morning or afternoon session without having to book as we have held enough places back to ensure there is enough places available.

Here are just a few guidelines for your visit:
New sanitising stations have been located throughout the site and we ask that you to use them as often as possible to keep your hands clean.

We also ask that you keep to social distancing guidelines and stay 2m away from other visitors and staff members at all times.

Wear face coverings in any situation you feel the required social distancing may not be possible for any reason. Toilets are open and will be maintained all day by a member of staff.

Opening hours: Half day sessions are morning – 9.30am to 1.30 and afternoon 1.30pm to 5.30pm, Tuesday till Sunday.

Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG

Cost: £6.00 per adult and £3.50 per child

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Sledmere House
Sledmere House

Sutton Bank National Park – North Yorkshire

The centre at Sutton Bank National Park remains closed. However, the car park and toilets are now open. The toilets are open at a reduced capacity and on reduced hours (10am-3pm). Park Life Café is operating a limited takeaway service at Sutton Bank throughout half-term and at weekends.

Please follow their one-way system, and stick to social distancing rules and any procedures they have in place to keep everyone safe.

All other facilities are shut. Please also note that construction is underway on a new cycle trail, cyclocross track and pump track near to the National Park Centre. As a result some trails will be temporarily closed to enable this work to be undertaken safely. Please follow all site notices.

If you see lots of parked cars or people at Sutton Bank, please go elsewhere. If the car parks are full, remember do not block the narrow roads and make access for local residents or emergency services difficult, find an alternative or come back another time. The adventure play area is closed. The park has cycle and walking trails.

Opening hours: Toilets are open 10am to 3pm. The car park is open 10am to 5pm in summer with fewer opening hours in the winter.

Address: Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EH

Cost – Cars – £2.70 up to 2 hours – £4.80 over 2 hours (non-transferable). Motorbikes – £2 single rate.

Sutton Bank National Park
Photo credit Sutton Bank National Park

Thornton Hall Country Park – North Yorkshire

Something a bit different has opened at Thornton Hall Country Park. The UK’s first drive through farm safari! Yes you heard me right. Check in safely from the comfort of your car.

Our friendly staff will check you in and provide you with your goodies bags if you purchased any when booking online. Please be aware that toilets are available prior to you checking in and after your farm safari only.

Set off on your Farm Safari driving through our Paddocks. Our Paddocks are a feeding zone, so animal feed can be thrown from your window to the animals. Other feeding zones are available enroute and are clearly marked.

As well as our many amazing animals we have lots of other fun things for you to take part in on our Farm Safari. Learn about the fossils and stone in our Quarry and learn about who lives in our Pond!

You can use the intercom to order your food and our friendly staff will deliver your food to your car and leave it on your bonnet. The farm park itself will remain closed.

Please note that the people in the car should be from the same household as per the government’s guidelines. Children 18 months and under are free of charge. Please do not include them in the total amount of people in the vehicle.

Please be aware that your vehicle will be checked for the amount of people against your booking. Book here now.

Opening hours: The route will open at 10.30am and close at 5pm. 1 hour slots are available to book, each slot will accommodate 30 cars.

Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS

Cost – 1-3 people per vehicle £20.00, 4-6 people per vehicle £25.00, 7 people per vehicle £30.00

Thornton Hall Country Park Farm Safari
Photo credit Thornton Hall Country Park Farm Safari

Thorp Perrow Arboretum Wildlife Park – North Yorkshire

From Wednesday 3rd June, Thorp Perrow Arboretum will OPEN again to visitors. Thank you for your patience in allowing us to open and ensure we safely operate within the current Government guidelines.

Thorp Perrow’s Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre will OPEN again on Monday 15th June.

We are taking the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and local community very seriously, so please see below for our new operational guidelines:
– The playground will remain closed
– The tearoom will be operating a take-away service, with sandwiches, sausage baps, soups, cakes, hot and cold drinks
– Groups and guided walks are not yet allowed

We are counting on your sense of responsibility and ask you to continue respecting the current Government safety measures (keeping a 2m distance, no large gatherings, washing hands) to keep our staff and other visitors safe and healthy.

The outside Toilets will be open and cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day. You can not book in advance.

Opening hours: Open Wednesday through to Sunday (Closed mon & Tuesday). 10am to 5pm

Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS,

Cost – Adults £10.95, Children 4-16 £7.00 and they also have family and conecession prices.

Find out more

Thorp Perrow
Thorp Perrow

Wolds Way Lavender – North Yorkshire

Please Book your admission ticket online in advance. This allows us to carefully manage the number of visitors we have at the Farm, making it safer for you and our team.

We believe this is a key factor in allowing us to open safely.
What’s Open?

Set within our 12 Acre Lavender and Nature Farm, the following will be open for you to enjoy:

  • Woldie’s Bird Hide (New for 2020)
  • Woldie’s Butterfly Count (New For 2020)
  • Woldie’s Insect Orienteering (New for 2020)
  • All Children will receive a Woldie Willow Activity Sheet (New for 2020)
  • For parents with children not at school, we are a great outdoor educational visit!
  • Willow Maze (Over 1 mile long if you go wrong!)
  • Some of the giant games within the maze
  • Replaced any games unavailable with Puzzles and Riddles
  • Woodland Walk (1/2 mile long)
  • Den Zone
  • Willow Warren Tunnels
  • Mini Football Golf
  • Football Pool
  • Nature Ponds
  • Giant Bee Hive
  • Herb Garden
  • Physic Garden
  • Wildflower walk
  • Dogs welcome
  • Plant Sales
  • Wolds Way Lavender Gift Shop
  • Takeaway drinks, snacks and ice creams
  • And of Course our Beautiful Lavender Displays!
  • One way system for toilets

Opening hours: 10am – 5pm

Address: Wintringham, Malton, YO17 8HW

Cost – Adults £6.50 and children £5.50

Photo credit Wolds Way Lavender

Yorkshire Arboretum – North Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Arboretum will reopen from Monday 8 June. With 120 acres to wander through we feel the site offers a safe, secure and pleasant place to visit.

Our priority in reopening is to ensure the safety of all arboretum users and staff, and thereby reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. In addition to expecting everyone to observe the required 2 m social distancing and act responsibly, we have had to alter some of the arrangements for entry, detailed below.

The Visitor Centre will be closed, except for one lavatory: a temporary reception cabin has been established near the members’ gate. Our precautions have been planned to make everything as touch-free as possible.

Members of the public will be admitted after midday on a booking system to help us monitor the rate of visitation and reduce any risk of crowding around the entry point. Arboretum members do not have to book, but will not have priority access in the afternoon and may need to join a queue.

To pre-book your visit, click here:
www.yorkshirearboretum.org/admission-booking

Opening hours: 10am-4pm daily – exclusive member access 10am-12pm
General Admission: 12-4pm daily – pre-booked time slots only.

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY

Cost – Free for members. Or £7.00 for adults and children under 12 are free.

Credit Yorkshire Arboretum

Yorkshire Museum of Farming – North Riding Yorkshire

Murton Park Reopening Saturday 20th June! Visit the outside areas of the beautiful 16 acre site. Including: outdoor museum exhibits, farm animals, nature trail, Viking village, Roman fort and railway station platform.

There will be a few changes to keep everyone safe:
• Hand sanitiser points
• Cough screens
• Social distanced queuing
• Museum galleries closed
• Staff PPE
• Café open on weekends (eating outside only)
• Playground closed

These restrictions will be loosened as soon as it is safe to do so in line with government guidelines. If you hold a 12 month ticket your right to return will be extended by 3 months.

During the period that only the outside areas are open there is the option to pay half price to access for the day only. The standard 12 month tickets will still be on sale as usual giving excellent value.

Opening hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Address: Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York YO19 5UF

Cost – Adults £8.00, Children £7.00 for a 12 month return ticket. Or £4.00/£3.00 just to visit for the day.

For places reopening with toilets in the East Midlands please see Places to visit in East Midlands where toilets are open.

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  1. Thorp Arch market and carboot is on from 6th June every Saturday and Sunday free entry for buyers. On site takeaway food and drinks from the cafe and toilets are open. Lovely morning out for all the family gates open 7am until 1.30 Wetherby LS23 7FE

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