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Cheap family days out in Yorkshire and the North

Woodland family fun

Top-notch museums, fabulous farms and some of the best ice-cream in the UK. What more could you ask for from a great-value day out in the North?

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

“MOSI is free but there is a charge for the 4D cinema, simulator and planetarium (about £3 each but you really don't need them, we only do one per day out if any). It's near a Roman fort, which is a nice picnic spot.” MARGUERITE18

The Ice Cream Farm- Chester, Cheshire

“Free to get in. They have farm animals you can see and pet, an outdoor playground, games room for older kids, indoor soft play (£3.50 but, once paid, you can go in and out all day). The cafe is middling, however the ice cream servery is amazing! Small kids only need one scoop – I have seen many staggering under the weight of two."__electricdreams__

Child ice cream

Gruffalo Trail- Whinlatter, Lake District

“Do the Stick Man and Gruffalo trails at Whinlatter. You can also hire bikes. The playgrounds there are fab, take a picnic and it's easily a full day. "__Runningupthathill82__

Finchale Abbey, Durham

“One of my absolute favourite places is Finchale Abbey. Toddlers will enjoy exploring and climbing in the ruins, adults the scenery and peace and quiet!” MyFirstMyLastMyEverythingBagel

Roundhay Park, Leeds

“Roundhay park in Leeds is great! It has a butterfly and animal centre which is quite cheap, too.” glenthebattleostrich

Roundhay park

Railway Museum, York

“The Railway Museum is great fun. We love it and we're not ‘train people’, if that makes sense.” Awks

“I can second the Railway Museum. We are not necessarily train enthusiasts but went there two or three years ago and loved it. Very interesting.”5foot5

“Another vote for the Railway Museum, can't believe it's free!” fizzybootlace

Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside

“We were in Liverpool last Friday and went to the brand new Museum of Liverpool, on the pierhead. The waterfront itself is brilliant for running around – it’s totally safe, and there are lots of ice cream and snack vans around. The museum is free and has a great gallery of lots of iconic Liverpudlian things (footie, boxing, music, clubs, etc) – loads to see and listen to.” breadcrumbs

Museum of Liverpool

Butterfly House, North Anston, South Yorkshire

“The butterfly farm at South Anston is great. Loads of animals to feed outdoors, plus a play barn and the butterfly house if the weather is terrible.” BigMamaFratelli