York is a stunning location for a day out with kids or a weekend away with the kids. It is almost as if the city is geared up for kids activities as there are so many fun things to do there.

We have spent an age researching the best things to do in York and have decided these are our top 20. That should be plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Number 1 – York Dungeon

Where is it? 12 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD


Be prepared to be well and truly scared at the York Dungeon – probably best if your kids are nearing 10 years old!


Number 2 – DIG Archeological Adventure

Where is it? St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NN


A more active thing to do here. Why not dig for artefacts at DIG: An archaeological adventure – something a bit different!


Number 3 – The York Cat Trail

Where is it? Start anywhere is York


A fun way to walk the place is with the cat trail – you can grab a free map and see how many cats you can spot on York’s buildings. Trust us, this is a fun way to look around!

Number 4 – York Cocoa House

Where is it? Start anywhere is York


Dazzle your family with your own chocolate lolly creation at the York Cocoa House – and chocolate always has that magical way of keeping kids engaged.

And if chocolate really is your thing then maybe create your own chocolate story here – York’s CHOCOLATE Story

Number 5 – Tramble Codebreaking Walks

Where is it? York Old Minster and York Station

Website: You are on it!

Yes, we have two Tramble walks in York at the moment and it really is the perfect place to explore as a family.

You can walk the city walls, see the cats, find the streets with funny names and have the chance to stop at the great attractions York has to offer. So if you are in York and wondering what to do with the kids near me… check this out!

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Number 6 – National Railway Museum

Where is it? National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ


This place is a really curious museum and well worth a visit if you have any children in tow. It is the home to iconic locomotives and a fantastic collection of engineering brilliance… so come along and get your fix of the railways.

The Railway Museum - one of many great things to Do in York with your Kids

Number 7 – A York Ghost Walk

Where is it? The King’s Arms Pub – Ouse Bridge


Apparently York is one of the most haunted places in the country. The walks are authentic and do justice to the world of folklore and legend.

Number 8 – Yorkshire Museum

Where is it? Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR


Jurassic World is the real attraction at the Yorkshire Museum – dinosaurs and kids almost always lead to excitement! There are several other exhibitions on display too and the Museum Gardens are always worth wandering around.

Number 9 – Jorvik Viking Centre

Where is it? Coppergate Shopping Centre, 19 Coppergate, York YO1 9WT


You may not particularly like history but you can still get stuck in to all things Viking at this wonderful museum. Learn who they were, where they came from and how they lived on your next visit with the family to Yorkshire.

Viking exploration - one of many great things to Do in York with your Kids

Number 10 – Askham Bog Nature Reserve

Where is it? Just off the A1036, York, North Yorkshire YO23 2UB


You will like being out in the open air at this nature reserve. And the kids are bound to like seeing the animals (Ponies!) There are plenty of walking trails to enjoy too so it can make an excellent, and free, day out for the family.

Need More?

Check out our Day Out Builder…

Obviously there are hundreds of other things to do in Devon – just check out our day out builder to see what other activities you can do as a family are just around the corner.

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