hidden yorkshire gems

10 Hidden Gems of the East Yorkshire Coast

hidden yorkshire gems

For the last three years, me and my family have camped along the East Yorkshire Coast as our family holiday.  From Hull up to Scarborough we have explored this coastal region in depth, and I wanted to share my 10 hidden gems for anyone thinking about holidaying (or day tripping!) in this beautiful region of the UK.

  1. Withernsea Lighthouse – We visited this last year, and the views from the top are amazing.  It is one of only a handful of inland lighthouses, and is a very cheap afternoon at only £6.50 per family.  There were also two quizzes with prizes for the kids to help them when looking around the museum and gardens. We had a lovely picnic in the garden at the back.  www.withernsealighthouse.co.uk 
  2. Bondville Model Village – One of the highlights of this years camping trip,  Bondville Model Village is a lovely little family run attraction.  Only £10 per family and with a quiz of things to look out for around the village it is definitely worth a visit if you are near Bridlington.  Read my full review here.
  3. Mr Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour – Serving the most AMAZING ice cream, this is a great place to visit in the little coastal village of Skipsea.  My favourite flavour was apple crumble, with a stick of fudge to finish it off!  www.mrmoos.co.uk 
  4. Alpamare – Not really a hidden treasure, but this brand new waterpark in Scarborough is definitely worth checking out.  We loved the warm outdoor pools with bubble jets and the splash zone.  It is a bit pricey though, so save up or check out some special offers.  We managed to go for a 2 hour morning special which only cost us £18 for two adults and two under sixes.   www.alpamare.co.uk   
  5. North Bay Railway – I love the slightly quieter North Bay at Scarborough, and the North Bay Railway is the icing on the cake for anyone with train loving boys.  Perfect for teaming up with a visit to the Sea Life Centre and a picnic on the beach.  It is only £3.90 per adult and kids under 3 travel free. www.nbr.org.uk 
  6. Hull Fish Trail – with Hull the city of culture for 2017 you are guaranteed to find something exciting when you visit the city.  We found the fish trail was a useful way to keep the kids excited whilst walking around the city and getting to the many free museums and exhibits.  The free map and details of the trail can be downloaded here.
  7. Scarborough Sea Life Centre – I have visited both the sea life centre and the Deep in Hull, and personally I prefer the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough.  Their new penguin island, where you can walk through the penguin enclose, is fantastic, and you can go in and out all day with your tickets.  There are always offers to be found for here, so make sure you google search before you go.
  8. John Bull Rock Factory – have you ever wanted to roll your own piece of rock?  Well then the factory tour at John Bull’s in Bridlington is definitely a place to visit!  With a soft play area attached, this is a good rainy day activity.  The factory shop also has plenty of sweet treats for you to buy, and the tour is very affordable at £3.50 per adult and kids under 4 free.  It is £1 to roll rock. www.john-bull.com
  9. East Park Hull – Hull’s largest park, with plenty to explore and discover.  This has a great outdoor play area and gardens to explore.  Ideal for if you need a free fun day out with the kids.  www.hullcc.gov.uk
  10. Hornsea Folk Museum – A lovely little museum about the history of Hornsea.  There is a trail for kids to follow with little mice hidden around the museum (you can also buy on of the little mice at the end!).  Again a cheap day out as its only £3.50 per adult.  Whilst in Hornsea you could also visit the Trawlermen fish and chips shop and see photos of all the old fishemen.  www.hornseamuseum.com 


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3 thoughts on “10 Hidden Gems of the East Yorkshire Coast

  1. Winnie Andango says:

    I love this should ref to this post during the Summer. I loved Scarborough although we were only there for one weekend didn’t get to visit the Sealife. Spent a 4 days in Brindlington which is further south this Easter and yes Yorkshire coast line has great places to visit

  2. Erin Ek Rush says:

    Ohh.. the only one of these we have been to is the Scarborough Sea Life Centre. We love visiting the coast though so this list will be very useful as I think it’s time we branched out a little! Mr Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour sounds perfect! Thanks for linking with #YorkshireFamily

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