50+ Animal Days Out in Yorkshire | Farms & Zoos

One of our favourite days out is to a zoo or farm park. Yorkshire is packed full of great attractions where you can see and even meet animals. In this post, I will cover all the main places you can see animals across the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

There’s plenty of ideas to keep you busy. Some of the ideas below aren’t just for farm parks, wildlife parks and zoos. Some may just have a few animals with other main things to do. I will cover all the information you need.

Please note that not all of the park’s animals will be listed below. The lists are there to give you an idea of what to expect. There is an admission cost to all places listed below.

East Riding of Yorkshire – Where to see animals

Bridlington Animal Park

Address: Covert Lane, Carnaby, Bridlington YO15 3QF

What animals do they have? Wallabies, zebra, racoons, birds of prey, meerkats, goats, rheas, sheep and macaws.

What else is there to do? You can purchase food to feed some of their four-legged animals, you can even help feed the wallabies. They have a bird of prey display or owl handling sessions, reptile handling and a small wooden play area for the kids. * Animal experiences are available including meet the meerkats, owl experience and small carnivore experience. Our review

Bugtopia Hornsea Freeport

Address: Hornsea Freeport, Rolston Rd, Hornsea HU18 1UT

What animals do they have? Butterflies, macaw, reptiles, spiders

What else is there to do? Bugtopia is an indoor tropical rainforest which you can walk around, there is usually a trail for kids to take part in. You can also book on one of their experiences. These include a macaw experience, photography experience and a zoo keeping experience. * You can also book a 30-minute experience for up to 6 people to meet lots of different reptiles and also a tarantula. Experiences are at an additional cost.

Burnby Hall Gardens

Address: 33 The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF

What animals do they have? Fish and doves

What else is there to do? That doesn’t sound particularly exciting but we love to visit Burnby for a couple of hours. A must for your visit is to purchase some fish food. There are literally hundreds of hungry fish to feed, I’ve never been anywhere quite like it.

They also have some doves which are super tame and like to come up next to your feet to pinch the fish food. There are some beautiful gardens with lilies and a children’s playground. There is also a small museum. Our review.

East Park Hull

Address: Holderness Rd, Hull HU8 8JU

What animals do they have?  Alpacas, deer, wallabies, sheep and a walk through aviary.

What else is there to do? This is a large park with a playground, boating and fishing lake, splash pad opening in 2021, Wickstead boat ride, crazy golf in the summer and more. Our review

Honeysuckle Farm

Address: Bewholme Ln, Hornsea HU18 1BY

What animals do they have? Horses, cows, sheep, pigs, donkeys, goats, small animals

What else is there to do? They have daily horse and cart rides. a straw barn play area, outdoor play areas with play forts, den building. They have fish you can feed and you can also feed their animals. There is also a maze you can get lost in and nature walks.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Address: Cliff Ln, Bempton, Bridlington YO15 1JF

What animals do they have? Wild birds

What else is there to do? At Bempton cliffs you can walk along the top of the cliffs. There are various platforms along the way that offer you spectacular views of the cliffs and the birds that nest on the side of the cliffs. The best time to visit is between April and July. At its peak the sound of the nesting seabirds is like nothing else, you may even spot a puffin. There is a visitor centre. Our review.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Address: Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED

What animals do they have? Penguins, lemurs, birds, pigs, goats, sheep, alpacas and racoon dogs.

What else is there to do? The animal area is relatively small but always lovely to look around. They have a playground, a house you can explore and some beautiful gardens plus a woodland walk. Our review.

Sledmere House and Gardens

Address: Sledmere, Driffield YO25 3XG

What animals do they have? Horses, pigs, sheep and chickens

What else is there to do? Although the animal area is relatively small at Sledmere there is other things to do. There is an playground and gardens. The house is open in peak season and you can walk around the estate which has a deer park.

The Deep

Address: Tower St, Hull HU1 4DP

What animals do they have? Huge aquarium with over 3000 creatures, including sharks, penguins, jellyfish, tropical fish, loggerhead turtle, pufferfish and sawfish.

What else is there to do? The aquarium is all indoors. There is a small soft play area for toddlers. There are plenty of informative signs around the aquarium and there is an ice wall you can touch.

North Yorkshire – Where to see animals

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

Address: Askham Bryan, York YO23 3FR

What animals do they have? Meerkats, racoons, reptiles, otters, birds, tortoise and wallabies.

What else is there to do? There are animals outdoors and reptiles indoors. They have a playground * plus you can book an animal experience for children age 8 and over. Our review.

Beacon Alpacas

Address: Suncliffe Beacon Farm, Malton St, Husthwaite, York YO61 4PD

What animals do they have? Alpacas

What else is there to do? At this attraction, you can book to walk alpacas. Children from the age of 8 can take part and must help an adult to walk their alpacas.

Beetle Bank Open Farm

Address: Moor Ln, Murton, York YO19 5XD

What animals do they have? Goats, rheas, birds, small animals and sheep.

What else is there to do? They have petting sessions where you can cuddle their smaller animals. There is an outdoor play area, bouncy castle, ride-ons and sand pit.

Betton Farm Visitor Centre

Address: Racecourse Rd, East Ayton, Scarborough YO13 9HT

What animals do they have? Sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits.

What else is there to do? What started life as a tearoom and restaurant is now somewhere that is great for all the family to visit. You can meet their animals plus there is a play park with climbing frames, slides and ride-ons.

Big Sheep Little Cow

Address: Aiskew Watermill, Bedale DL8 1AW

What animals do they have? Chinchillas, goats, pigs, llamas, donkeys, tortoise, rabbits and Shetland pony

What else is there to do? Outdoors there is a fun tractor ride where kids are pulled around in barrels plus go-karts. Indoors is The Woolly Jumpers Play Barn. There are exciting slides, rope swings, tunnels to crawl through and platforms to climb up as well as a separate ball pool and soft play area for the under 3s. During term time they run toddler and baby sessions with plenty of interactive, hands-on, creative and fun activities designed with them in mind.

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park

Address: Scarborough Rd, Filey YO14 9PG

What animals do they have? Birds, meerkats, alpacas, pigs, goats, rabbits, racoon dogs and donkeys.

What else is there to do? The park is small compared to other farm/animal parks but there is usually a trail for the kids and there is a relatively new adventure play area. The park has some pretty gardens with wildlife areas.

Flamingo Land

Address: Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX

What animals do they have? Zebra, giraffe, red panda, birds, lemurs, rhino, kangaroo, tiger and hippos.

What else is there to do? Primarily a theme park with lots of rides for young and old Flamingo Land also has its own zoo. There are thrill rides plus family rides and daily shows. They also have themed play areas, a train, cable car and a splash pad.

Hesketh Farm Park

Address: Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6HA

What animals do they have? Sheep, cows, chickens, ponies, donkeys, tortoise, pigs and guinea pigs.

What else is there to do? They have daily animal activities including egg collecting, lamb feeding (seasonal, calf feeding, pony brushing and donkey feeding. Indoors there is a giant sandpit, pedal tractors, a straw maze and a fun play tractor. Outdoors there are a pedal go-kart track, spider’s net climbing frame, wooden agility course and tractor rides

Monk Park Farm

Address: Green Ln, Thirsk YO7 2AG

What animals do they have? Goats, pigs, birds, guinea pigs, alpacas, sheep and deer.

What else is there to do? There is a playground with a large obstacle course and a few other things plus peddle go-karts. The main highlight is feeding their huge number of friendly animals. We can never buy enough bags. You can take a barrel ride around the farm allowing you to get up close to lots of our animals including the Alpacas, Wallabies, Goats and more. Our review.

National centre for birds of prey

Address: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB

What animals do they have? Birds of prey including owls, eagles, hawks and many more.

What else is there to do? They have daily flying displays. Kids will love the ink stamp trail included with your tickets. There are also 300 acres of woodland and parkland to walk in, a playground * and they offer birds of prey experiences.

Newham Grange Farm

Address: Wykeham Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0TG

What animals do they have? Goats, guinea pigs, rabbits, miniature horses, sheep, cows and donkeys.

What else is there to do? The farm park has a large adventure play zone. There is plenty for kids to play on including a sandpit, ride-ons, go-karts and more. You can have a go at crazy golf and run around the mysterious willow maze.

There is also an outdoor toddler play area perfect for children under 7 with a climbing tractor, play frame, slide, swings and more. Plus there is an indoor soft play area. Older kids will enjoy the mega play zone with a giant Viking wing, 380 swing, wooden step trail course and more. You can also follow the path from here to the magical woodland walk. 

Nidderdale Llamas

Address: Kiln Farm, Wilsill, Harrogate HG3 5EE

What animals do they have? Llamas and alpacas.

What else is there to do? There is a range of experiences including both their llamas and alpacas. Some activities children age 7 and over can take part in although most are for slightly older children.

Piglets Adventure Farm

Address: Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, York YO32 9ST

What animals do they have? Pigs, cows, goats, alpacas, guinea pigs, ponies, donkeys and chickens.

What else is there to do? There are outdoor play areas, a beach play sand pit, crazy golf, indoor play area, go-karts, trails and more.

Playdale Farm Park

Address: Carr Ln, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TL

What animals do they have? Pigs, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, guinea pigs and birds.

What else is there to do? You can hand-feed the animals at this farm park plus they have guinea pig handling sessions. There is an indoor soft play area, hay play barn, two outdoor playgrounds, a toboggan ride, frisbee golf, go-karts and a zip wire.

Sea Life Scarborough

Address: Scalby Mills Rd, Scarborough YO12 6RP

What animals do they have? Penguins, otters, shark, octopus, seals, rays and fish.

What else is there to do? There is an outdoor crazy golf course. There is a small outdoor playground and they also offer seal experiences.

The Web Adventure Park

Address: Clifton gate business park, Wigginton Rd, York YO32 2RH

What animals do they have? Goats, rabbits, sheep, pigs and ponies.

What else is there to do? The animal area is small but there are plenty of other things to do. Outdoors there is a large play area with sand and water play. Plus things to climb on and more. They often have outdoor fairground rides and indoors there is Creepy Crawlies which is a large soft play area.

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre

Address: Sion Hill Hall, Thirsk YO7 4EU

What animals do they have? Birds of prey including over 70 birds with 30 species including eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls.

What else is there to do? The centre has daily bird displays. They have a range of experiences you can book on at an additional cost. Experiences range from half-day to one hour walk or flying encounters. Children from 8 can take part in the one-hour flying encounter, those under 10 can take part in the hawk walk so long as they are accompanied by an adult hawk walk follower.

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Address: Thornton-in-Craven, Skipton BD23 3TS

What animals do they have? Llamas, goats, alpacas, ponies, pigs, birds, calves and birds.

What else is there to do? They have animal petting sessions, egg collecting, farmyard tours, lamb and calf feeding (seasonal), paddock walk, pony grooming and pig brushing. There are also some fun rides at the farm (additional cost), plus play areas indoors and outdoors.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Wildlife Park

Address: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Bedale DL8 2PS

What animals do they have? Birds, wallabies and meerkats

What else is there to do? Although the animal area is small there are lots of aviaries and there is usually a daily bird demonstration. There is a playground and plenty of opportunities to walk around their gardens and woodland.

York Bird of Prey Centre

Address: Baston Ln, Huby YO61 1JB

What animals do they have? The Centre is home to over 100 birds, comprising of 45 different species including hawks, owls, eagles and falcons.

What else is there to do? There are two flying displays every day. In addition, there are opportunities to meet and handle the birds throughout the day. * You can also book an experience for an additional cost. (there may be age restrictions)

Yorkshire Museum Farming Murton Park

Address: Murton Ln, York YO19 5UF

What animals do they have? Pigs, goats, ponies, a variety of sheep, poultry and ducks.

What else is there to do? There aren’t many animals at Murton Park but there is plenty to see and do. They have reconstructed villages including Vikings and the Wild West. There is a play area, an indoor museum with a toddler soft play area and short steam train rides on Sundays.

Where to see animals – South Yorkshire

Aston Springs Farm

Address: Aston, Sheffield S26 2HB

What animals do they have? Alpacas, rabbits, sheep, birds, pigs, deer, goats and reptiles.

What else is there to do? There is a nature trail walk to see the animals, you can feed the animals. There are two small outdoor play areas and an indoor play barn. Animal experiences are available including alpaca walking, VIP tour and two others. Most are suitable for children from a young age.

Boston Park Farm

Address: Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6DS

What animals do they have? Pigs, chickens, goats and smaller animals.

What else is there to do? This is a small farm park although we can spend a few hours there. There is an indoor soft play more suited to younger children, two outdoor play areas plus a maize maze in the summer. You can feed their animals.

Cannon Hall Farm

Address: Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT

What animals do they have? Alpacas, pigs (there are loads of pigs), sheep, cows, goats and meerkats

What else is there to do? There are daily tractor rides, a wonderful reptile house and some huge play areas. The play equipment is very impressive and there’s even a massive area especially for older children. The Hungry Llama is one of the biggest indoor soft play areas in the region. It has nine slides and is also home to one of the on-site cafes. There is also a fun tube maze which is very much like a rabbit warren. Our review.

Heeley City Farm

Address: Richards Rd, Heeley, Sheffield S2 3DT

What animals do they have? Birds, goats, pig, sheep, horses and small animals.

What else is there to do? Aside from the animals it is unclear as to whether there is anything else to do.

Mayfield Alpacas Animal Farm

Address: Quicksaw Farm, Fulwood Ln, Sheffield S10 4LH

What animals do they have? Meet more than 170 amazing animals including alpaca, llama, dwarf mongoose, skunks, meerkats, reindeer and exotic birds.

What else is there to do? Aside from the animals it is unclear as to whether there is anything else to do.

Tropical Butterfly House

Address: Woodsetts Rd, North Anston, Sheffield S25 4EQ

What animals do they have? Tropical house with butterflies, lorikeets you can feed, reptiles and more. Plus goats, birds, lemurs, meerkats, otters, wallabies and small animals.

What else is there to do? You can feed most of the animals. There is a large sand and water play area, outdoor play areas, daily displays and talks, dinosaur trail and other magical things to find. Animal experiences are available including exotic animals, meerkats and lemurs. Experiences are for children age 8 and over. Our review.

Wentworth Garden Centre

Address: Hague Ln, Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7TF

What animals do they have? On the family farm animals include llamas, alpacas, pigs, ponies, sheep, goats, foxes, meerkats, peacocks and various aviary birds.

What else is there to do? There is a sand and water play area, a race track and an outdoor play area. The farm is on the site of the Wentworth garden centre where there are some pretty gardens to look around, an adventure playground and places to eat.

Wigfield Farm

Address: Haverlands Ln, Worsbrough, Barnsley S70 5NQ

What animals do they have? Meerkats, cows, goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, sheep, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and much more. There is also a rodent room and an aquatics room.

What else is there to do? It is unclear if there is anything else to do other than see their animals. *VIP animal experiences are available including reptile experience, rabbit and guinea pig plus young keeper (there are different age restrictions for these experiences).

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Address: Hurst Ln, Auckley, Doncaster DN9 3HQ

What animals do they have? This is the largest place to see animals in Yorkshire. Animals include lions, zebra, giraffe, lemur, wallabies, polar bears, tigers and camels.

What else is there to do? Please note Yorkshire Wildlife Park now has a completely new entrance. Please visit their website for further information. There are a couple of outdoor adventure playgrounds plus a large indoor soft play area. *VIP experiences are available with age restrictions. Experiences include giraffe, giant otter, behind the scenes family tour, Polar bear and more.

Places to see animals – West Yorkshire

Harewood House

Address: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG

What animals do they have? Birds, penguins, pigs, alpacas and goats

What else is there to do? The bird and animal area isn’t large but it is nice to walk around. There is a large adventure playground with someone for all ages. You can also explore the house and the wonderfully landscaped Himalayan garden with stepping stones, a waterfall and a Buddha statue.

A bit further round you will find some lovely walled gardens which have calming music playing. In the summer there are often boat rides around the lake and also a boat ferry to take you from the animal park to the walled gardens. *Keeper and penguin experiences are available.

Hope Pastures Donkey Rescue

Address: Weetwood Ln, Weetwood, Leeds LS16 5PH

What animals do they have? Donkeys and ponies

What else is there to do? They also offer activities throughout the year, with Pony Days and Pony Pampering sessions in the school holidays.

Lotherton Hall

Address: Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

What animals do they have? Penguins, flamingos, other birds, pigs, tortoises, porcupines and maras.

What else is there to do? Wildlife World isn’t a large animal space but it is always nice to walk around. There is a house you can explore plus playgrounds, gardens and parkland.

Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience

Address: Manor Heath Rd, Halifax HX3 0EB

What animals do they have? Tropical botanic gardens in glasshouses housing exotic butterflies, plants, fish & small animals.

What else is there to do? The Jungle experience is situated in a park with play areas, walled garden, woodland walk, water play area and gardens.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Address: Sugar Well Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2QG

What animals do they have? Cows, sheep, goats, alpacas, chickens, donkeys, pigs and turtles.

What else is there to do? There are gardens, a playground and nature areas.

Ponderosa Zoo

Address: Off Smithies Lane Liversedge, Heckmondwike WF16 0PN

What animals do they have? Lemurs, cows, birds, reptiles, meerkats, wallabies, porcupine, goats, reindeer and alpacas.

What else is there to do? There are outdoor adventure play areas.

Posey Pacas

Address: Home farm, Tong, Bradford BD4 0RR

What animals do they have? Alpacas

What else is there to do? They have alpaca walking experiences, children under the age of 12 can accompany one adult leading the alpaca. Our review.

Swithens Farm

Address: Swithen’s Ln, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0BT

What animals do they have? Cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, emus, meerkats, turtles, rabbits and guinea pigs.

What else is there to do? There is an indoor soft play barn.

Temple Newsam

Address: Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE

What animals do they have? Pigs, cows, goats, chickens and sheep including a variety of rare breeds.

What else is there to do? Home Farm is a relatively small animal area in the grounds of Temple Newsam. This is a vast parkland great for walks with a walled garden, woods and a playground. You can also explore the hall. Our review.

The Wonkey Donkey

Address: Little Oakes Farm, Cobcroft Ln, Knottingley WF11 0AZ

What animals do they have? Donkeys, ponies and goats.

What else is there to do? They offer tours of their sanctuary.

Treeside Alpacas

Address: Moss Carr Farm, Newmarket Lane, Oulton, Leeds, Leeds LS26 9DW

What animals do they have? Alpacas

What else is there to do? Alpaca walking experiences are available. Any child of any age will be allowed to trek but children under the age of 16 will need an adult present who will be responsible for their welfare throughout the trek. Any child under 7 years old can only share an Alpaca with an adult.

Tropical World Roundhay park

Address: Princes Ave, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2ER

What animals do they have? Indoor tropical house with fish, reptiles, meerkats, birds, bats and turtles.

What else is there to do? Tropical World is located over the road from the vast Roundhay park. Here you can enjoy a walk, a ride on their land train, feed the ducks and swans plus there is a folly and two playgrounds. Our review.

Windle House Farm

Address: Lee Ln, Oxenhope, Keighley BD22 9RB

What animals do they have? Ponies, alpacas, cows, sheep, donkeys, goats, rabbits and birds.

What else is there to do? It is a family-run petting farm, small outdoor playfield, sandpit and bouncy castle. They also offer alpaca walking,

For regular inspiration please check out our Facebook page – Yorkshire to do with kids We also have a Yorkshire days out group where you can find daily ideas and ask for recommendations or even post about somewhere you’ve been (good or bad). Best Days Out in Yorkshire.

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