20 Things to Do in York with your Kids

York is a stunning location for a day trip or a weekend away, even 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. 

  1. Be prepared to be well and truly scared at the York Dungeon - probably best if your kids are nearing 10 years old! 
  2. A more active thing to do here. Why not dig for artefacts at DIG: An archaeological adventure - something a bit different! 
  3. All aboard! Why not take the National Railway Museum’s road train into York? Or just find out a bunch more about trains by visiting the Museum. 
  4. 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.
  5. Mazes are always a hoot to get lost in aren't they? You can get lost in one in York too at the York Maze - please note this is seasonal. Check out when you can do it on their website. 
  6. 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! 
  7. Dinosaurs are always entertaining. You can see them at the Yorkshire Museum
  8. Visit the animals and play outdoors at Piglets Adventure Farm Park - probably best for the younger ones. 
  9. Get off the streets and get painting - be it a mug, a plate or something else at Rainbows Ceramics
  10. We should be heavily advertising the Tramble App here as the one and only way to explore York. But just walking the city walls is a great way to see the place. And the best thing? It is Free. 
  11. You may not particularly like history but you can still get stuck in to all things Viking at the JORVIK Viking Centre.
  12. Get the whole family to choose a cake from the trolley at the institution that is Bettys 
  13. Go on a ghost walk around what is reported to be the most haunted place in the country! 
  14. See the city from above at Clifford’s Tower - a nice little climb with nice views. 
  15. Why not head over to a Site of Special Scientific Interest and explore finding woodland and butterflies at Askham Bog Nature Reserve
  16. Web Adventure Park is always a good way to burn off some energy. 
  17. Play games or take part in other events at the medieval schoolroom at Barley Hall
  18. Laugh at the silly street names on a Tramble Walk (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate being one example) - The walks ask you 10 questions on the route. 
  19. Search for squirrels in the Museum Gardens and try eating at the stunning The Star Inn The City
  20. More chocolate inspired activities... visit York’s CHOCOLATE Story

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