Days Out York

Farms & Zoos

Days out with Animals in York – we’ve got them all listed below.

Meet our rare breeds
From Donkeys to Llamas, Alpacas to pigs, we have lots of wonderful animals for you to get to know.

Play and explore
Let off steam in the fields, go wild in the adventure playground, have fun in the sand pit or ride on the tractors and play with the inflatables.

Parties and events
If you’d like a party or meeting with adventure and animals in the mix, we’d love to host! Day and evening bookings available. Get in touch to discuss how we can develop a package to suit you.

Relax and revive over breakfast, lunch or a cup of tea in our café looking out over the beautiful grounds. All our food and produce is local, delicious and homemade.

£8 per person (under 2s free)
£6.50 Concession
Annual pass single £45
Annual pass family of three £120
Family of 4 day pass £30. Annual pass family of 4 – £140
Family of 5 day pass £35. Annual pass family of 5 – £160

Beetle Bank Open Farm, Murton Lane, YO19 5XD

01904 488796
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Are you free range at heart? We love to welcome free range kids to our farm – with acres of space and lots of animals to see, the whole family will have fun.  Come and see our hens, pigs, pygmy goats and alpacas, climb our straw bale mountain and explore the vegetable garden – all for free during opening hours!

Yolk Farm is the UK’s best spot to experience amazing eggs. The restaurant features fun swing seats and brightly painted crate light shades. The farm shop offers a wide selection of fruit and veg, locally made goods and has a zero waste station. Eggs, freshly collected from the farm each morning, are the stars of the breakfast menu and you can find them in a selection of goodies including beetroot and potato croquettes, sweetcorn fritters and pancake hay stacks!

💜 Baby Change
💜 Pram Space
💜 High Chairs
💜 Kids Activity (Colouring Sheets)
💜 Kids Menu
🐶 Dog Friendly
🕑 Mon-Fri 9.30-4pm Sat 9-4.30pm Sun 9-4pm
📍 Minskip Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, YO51 9HY

01423 329063
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Murton Park is a must-experience, one-stop Living Museum for those who love to create memories that can span the eons of time. Perfect for all generations and crafted to especially engage the young. Murton park is not only a remarkable open-air museum experience like no other, it is much more and also plays home, and host, to some of the best known and most accomplished historical re-enactment Societies in the North of England. Look out for the special events held throughout the year when groups like the cowboy Trail Blazers Western Re-enactment society, Jorvik Viking Re-enactment society or Jorfor’s Hall Early Medieval Re-enactment and Living History Group, take up residence at Murton Park. With our own museum, railway, animals, playground and Living History sites – we have something for everyone. Murton Park is now also Makaton Friendly!

Our award winning, family, visitor and schools attraction is situated only 4.5 miles from the centre of the beautiful and historic city of York.

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF

01904 489966
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Join us again on the farm for the 2024 season filled with heaps of fun and play!

What will you do first?

Visit our wonderful animals in the animal barn, the Piglets Maternity Ward is a must see to get up close and watch the new born piglets nestling into mum! Listen to our animal handlers talk about how we look after all our furry friends, at our daily “Animal Encounters” sessions. We have a special SEND session each day at 4pm also! Jump for joy on the bouncy pillows, we have a dedicated bouncy pillow just for the under 5’s that all toddlers love! At Easter our fabulous Beach and Fairy Tale Trails will re-open.

Take a tractor and trailer ride up to our super Indoor Play Barn. Adults can grab a coffee and a snack whilst the children get to play on our fabulous farm themed play equipment. The Indoor Play Barn is perfect for when the weather is a little chilly. Scramble over our Olym-Pig Assault Course or take a swing at mini golf. For all the budding little farmers there is the tractor driving area and Dig and Play sand construction zone.

There is so much to see and do here during the week at Piglets!

Don’t forget to look out for our special events during the school holidays also!

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Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, Strensall YO32 9ST

01904 499700
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Out of York

If you don’t mind travelling that little bit further then don’t forget the Out of York page for Day’s out ideas that little bit further afield.

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

ABC Wildlife Park is an award winning wildlife park and arboretum which is open to the public on weekends and school holidays.

Catering include The Hive café, a family friendly café offering hot and cold food and drinks
Opens 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

ABC Wildlife & Conservation Park,  Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

T: 01904 772270

Creepy Crawlies at The Web Adventure Park

Creepy Crawlies is the huge indoor play area with lots of activities including huge slides and climbing. There are separate Play Zones incorporating baby and toddler areas, a sensory baby area, sports arena, disco area, ball canons and a huge play frame for over 5s, plus splash park in the summer months.

T: 01904 692221

Flamingo Land – Malton

 Distance from York: 25 miles

Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & the UK’s most visited Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village, for fantastic family days out, holidays & short breaks. Open until November, from 10am. Zoo does open in Winter (Check website for daily closing times as they vary off season).

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX

T: 0871 9118000

Lotherton Hall – Aberford

Explore the beautiful grounds, gardens, historic museum, and Wildlife World zoo. Perfect for a family day out all year round with a packed calendar of events, exhibitions, and activities for everyone to enjoy. A great value membership package is available and includes entry to most events.

Distance from York: 15 miles

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EBT: 0113 378 2959

Monk Park Farm – Thirsk

Distance from York: 21 miles

Monk Park Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This wonderful Children’s Farm is one of Yorkshire’s best Places to Visit and is ideal for school visits and educational farm visits. As an Animal Park it is extensive with so much to do.

Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG
T: 01845 42 11 24

The Deep – Hull

The Deep is home to spectacular animals including sharks and stingrays, the UK’s only pair of Green Sawfish, hundreds of tropical reef fish, Loggerhead sea turtles a colony of Gentoo penguins, and much more to keep all ages entertained.

FREE return visits for 12 months with their Annual Pass.

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 1TU.

T: 01482 381000

Tropical World – Roundhay, Leeds

Distance from York: 22 miles

Greenhouses filled with UK’s largest tropical plant and animal collections outside of Kew Gardens.

“loved it! We ate at a café at Roundhay Park which I would recommend xxx”

AR, Jan 2019

Tropical World Leeds. Right next to Roundhay park which has cafe and park. It’s cheap to get in too.

GLK, Jan 2019

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER
T: 0113 237 0754

York Bird of Prey Centre- Huby

Distance from York: 10 miles

There’s a range of animals like eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. Come join us for a fun & educational day out!

Facilities: Cafe, toilets and baby change.

Burn Hall (round the back), Tollerton Road, Huby YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833214