Best Day Trips in Yorkshire

By Leeds Credit Union

The final Bank Holiday of the year before Christmas is almost upon us, which means this is your last chance to plan an exciting day - or long weekend - at one of Yorkshire's best destinations. Read on for our list of the region's five best day tips.

The Forbidden Corner

Located in a quiet corner of the Yorkshire Dales, The Forbidden Corner claims to be the strangest place in the world and is unquestionably a fantastic day out for adventurous families.

A curious collection of mazes, tunnels, dead-ends and unusual statues spanning four acres, The Forbidden Corner delights, challenges and surprises visitors in equal measures. If you haven't experienced it yet, this weekend is the perfect opportunity.

The Forbidden Corner, Middleham, Leyburn. DL8 4TJ.

The Piece Hall

For a day trip steeped in Yorkshire's rich history and culture, you could do a lot worse than Halifax's breathtaking Piece Hall.

A Grade I listed building that dates back to the 18th century, The Piece Hall is the only remaining Georgian cloth hall in the world. Originally built as a venue for people to trade pieces of cloth, the Hall now boasts a variety of museums, restaurants and shops. But the star of the show is undoubtedly the incredible architecture which transports visitors back in time and ensures they return again and again.

The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax. HX1 1RE.

Go Ape

You've probably heard of Go Ape and its incredible array of tree-top obstacle courses and ziplines, but have you actually tried it?

If the answer is 'no' then now is the time, especially if you've got kids to entertain. With separate courses for youngsters and more experienced adventurers, Go Ape is an ideal place for the whole family to get some exercise and fresh air. And, because it's situated in the grounds of Temple Newsam, there are also amazing views to enjoy and a tea room where you can refuel once you've finished in the trees.

Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds. LS15 0AE.

Thorp Perrow

For walking enthusiasts, a day trip to Thorp Perrow is just the ticket.

A stunning Victorian arboretum set over 100 acres of land, visitors could spend all day exploring the site's collection of greenery and wildlife and never get bored. With birds of prey flying displays, the Mammal Centre - which features wallabies, meerkats and pygmy goats, amongst others - a tearoom and a garden centre, you'll be planning your next visit as soon as you leave.

Thorp Perrow, Bedale, North Yorkshire. DL8 2PS.

Henry Moore Institute

For a weatherproof day trip, look no further than Leeds' own world-renowned Henry Moore Institute.

One of the most beloved attractions in the UK, the Institute is one of the largest sculpture galleries in Europe, with an ever-changing lineup of works both historic and contemporary to keep visitors fascinated for hours. And if the sculptures alone aren't enough to satisfy your appetite, the Institute also features a research centre, library and sculpture archive.

Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds. LS1 3AH.

Getting out and about again

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