Helmsley Castle sits in the middle Helmsley, a picturesque market town on the North York Moors. It’s a great place to let the kids run free, and the town itself has plenty of shops, tea rooms and pubs. Helmsley Castle is just under an hour’s drive from York city centre but there’s lots of lovely scenery along the way. If you like medieval ruins, then check out nearby Byland Abbey and Riveaulx Abbey.
Popular with families, the Yorkshire Museum of Farming brings farming throughout the ages and seasons to life. There’s an exhibition dedicated to the Women’s Land Army, you can see animals being fed, groomed and shod, learn about livestock and much more.
Are you a constant thrill-seeker? If you crave adventure, discovery and the opportunity to put your adrenaline limits to the test, then Lightwater Valley Theme Park is your number one must-do destination. Whatever your age, height or heart-racing limits, Lightwater Valley has something for you.
A magnificent estate and stately home, Castle Howard is about fifteen miles outside of York. It hosts year-round exhibitions events (including The Proms) and has a garden centre, farm shop, gift shop, adventure playground plus all those grounds to be explored. It’s no exaggeration to say there is something for everyone at Castle Howard.
What was once RAF Elvington is now home to the Yorkshire Air Museum and a living memorial to the allied air forces. Here, you can learn about the history of aviation, discover what life was like at a typical wartime bomber station and see original aircraft from pre-WW2, WW2 and the Cold War.
Look no further than Premier Inn. We've got plenty of hotels in York to choose from. Premier Inn Blossom Street North and Premier Inn Blossom Street South are both in the city centre and a five-minute walk from York train station. Our York North hotel is about a mile from the city centre, with easy access to the A19, A64 and the businesses in and around Clifton. To be within striking distance of the York Designer Outlet, or to get to the A1(M) quickly, Premier Inn York South West is the ideal place to stay. Premier Inn York North West puts you 3-4 miles from the train station and city centre, and is close to handy road connections.