Big adventures in Lightwater Valley theme park
In North Yorkshire, just 12 minute's drive from the cathedral city of Ripon, Lightwater Valley is an action-packed theme park perfect for kids of any age. For the under 5s, the UK's largest indor and outdoor Angry Birds Activity Park will go down a treat. Older kids will love the newly-opened Jumpin' Jacks bouncy pillow, while adults can take on The Ultimate, Europe's longest roller coaster.
Soak in Ripon's history
The cathedral city of Ripon in North Yorkshire might be pint-sized, but this 1,300 year-old settlement is sprinkled with showstopping historic landmarks. Start at the Grade I listed Ripon Cathedral, founded in the 7th century and home to a stunning nave and intricate rood screen. Three miles away, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Trust ruins of Fountains Abbey, part of Studley Royal Park, offer 323 hectares of lush parkland.
Bleak and beautiful in the North York Moors
Only half an hour's drive from the city of Ripon, the North York Moors National Park draws visitors from around the world thanks to its stunning walks and rich history. The disused Rosedale Railway is now home to one of England's most picturesque cycle routes. Planning a trip to Lightwater Valley? Travelodge Harrogate Hotel is just 30 minutes away, whilst Travelodge Leeds Colton Hotel offers superb road links to the north and south.