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Sutton Bank National Park Centre
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: For a fun free day out, head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30 miles north of York. Soak up England's finest view on easy walking trails, including the popular White Horse, while thrilling bike rides set off straight from the door - there's year-round bike hire and a mix of family cycle routes, which follow the spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge, or more adventurous off-road thrills. Kids can go wild in the natural adventure play area, with stone castle and huts, swamp, tree house and mud kitchen. Inside, a fascinating hi-tech exhibition will take you on a journey through time to discover how this iconic landscape was created and the influence it's had on people through the ages. There's an Information Centre, gift shop specialising in local produce and crafts, and tearoom. We also run children's events in the school holidays. Admission is free. Pay & Display parking.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Last Saturday we arranged to meet for a family picnic, where to go ?? After pricing nearby attractions eg .Casle Howard,which would have cost £100 for our family of 6 adults and four children to use the grounds and park. One of the children aged 7 mentioned calling in at Sutton bank adventure playground ??? He had called in after a school trip.We decided to meet up there and take a chance.Fantastic facilities ,large car park, National Park Centre,adventure playground,fabulous walks with awesome views,Clean pathways,toilets ,picnic tables,all freeeeeeee.(except car park). I can't recommend this attraction highly enough.Everyone had a happy day and I will certainly be going back again soon. Did I mention,not a technological device used,just plenty of fresh air and quality time.

Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Me and my partner are walking the cleveland way so on Sunday we decided to go from Sutton bank to Rievo Abbey because months ago we walked from Helmsley to Rievo. Arriving at Sutton bank national park I was amazed how many people were around even a private bus turned up with walkers onboard. You could hire and buy bikes, toilet facilities, shop,and a cafe. We did our walk and when we got back we did the little stretch to the White horse. Finally finnishing our walk for the day we went into the cafe we ordered a sausage/egg bun and soup lovely it just FINNISHED DAY OFF NICELY.

Thank hodgson24
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Once upon a time the Park centre was just an after thought to the views all around it . But after changes over the years the centre has become a must call in site before you start any the short or long walks that look across the Vale of York one side to the Moors on the other. The Cycling aspect has brought new challenges and seems to cope with the amount of visitors looking to cycle the new routes dotted around the centre. The routes like the walking routes for all ages and ability. The café makes a good refuge for those just watching everyone else be busy or to get a hot or co cold drink and snack depending on the weather or how far you've walked.

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

My husband and I had an extremely rare day out without our children and had a lovely walk along sutton bank; the views are stunning. It was a lovely surprise to find the visitors centre - a very well stocked gift shop with unique and interesting items, a great looking cafe (we didn't eat as had already had lunch) and information area with lots of child-friendly activities. We will definitely be going back with the children as the walk is level and easy, but not least for some Christmas shopping in the fantastic gift shop!

Thank LauraTimCA
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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

On holiday staying in thirsk, so a short drive up to Sutton bank was a must, stayed most of the afternoon, walked one way from the visitor centre by the Yorkshire glider club, the runway is right next to the path, great views, then back tracked and walked the other way, get a view of a reservoir what you don't see in the car. Plenty of benches for a rest and to enjoy the view. There is a cafe there but we didn't use, a shop and information about the land and wildlife. Well with a visit. Pay parking £2.50 for 2 hours or £4.50 for all day.

Thank wilf10
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