Bizarre and beautiful – Five reasons to visit Brimham Rocks with kids

If there’s one place in Yorkshire that’s truly out of this world, it’s Brimham Rocks. What began as a large mountain range millions of years ago has been transformed into what we see today through powerful forces – erosion, incredible winds and maybe a bit of good old fashioned Yorkshire magic. This weird and wonderful spot in the Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a family day out, and here are five reasons we love it.

The bizarre rock formations are stunning

You’ll never forget your first visit to Brimham Rocks because it really is unlike anywhere else in the county (or even the country). It’s no exaggeration to say that the rock formations are breathtaking, and the peculiar shapes are ideal for sparking children’s imaginations. See if you can spot the Smartie Tube or Castle Rock, or make up your own names for them. Surrounded by Brimham Moor, it’s a beautiful place to spend a day.

 

It’s ideal for active kids: climb, jump, run, explore 

Brimham Rocks is paradise for anyone active, and children will love clambering, jumping, running and exploring. It’s guaranteed to tire them out! Beware steep drops, overconfident kids and parents shouting ‘just keep back from the edge’ every two minutes (or is that just me?!). 

It’s the best place for a picnic

Hungry after all that exercise? There’s more space to picnic than you can ever imagine – why not choose a rock with a view? Most of the time, there’s a kiosk selling hot and cold drinks and snacks, too. 

It’s free to visit – just pay to park

We LOVE a free day out, and Brimham Rocks pretty much ticks that box – you just have to pay to park (currently £6 for four hours of £9 per day). National Trust members displaying their window sticker can park for free, and the rocks are a short walk from the car park. There’s no need to pre-book, either, making it a good choice for a spontaneous day out. We would recommend getting there early, though, as the car park can get busy on peak days. 

The location’s fab, with lots of great things to do nearby

Billy Bob's Parlour

If you want to extend your stay, there are lots of great things to do in the vicinity. Our family-friendly favourites in that part of the Yorkshire Dales include Bolton Abbey (for stepping stones and great walks), Fountains Abbey (amazing ruins and scenery), Stump Cross Caverns (explore an underground world) and Billy Bob’s Parlour (an American diner in the Dales!). Don’t forget that most places now need pre-booking, whether you’re planning a meal out or a visit to an attraction, so don’t just turn up or you might be disappointed!

Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate HG3 4DW

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