Things to do in York with kids – York is a fabulous place to live and to visit. I grew up in York, and live just outside York now, so am very familiar with all the lovely things to do. You will find lots of reviews of things to do with kids in York on this blog, but to save you searching, here is a handy list. Do click around though as we have lots of other suggestions and reviews.
It might not immediately spring to mind as one of your top things to do with children in York – but do consider it. It is such an amazing building – awesome in the purist sense of the word. My two love it when we visit and there is so much for them to do and explore there.
York is a walled city and the Bar Walls are a fabulous place to walk around with children. They are quite high, and there are places where there is no guard to stop you falling off (less so now than when I was a child though!). But if the kids are older, or you don’t mind holding their hands over the less safe bits, then the Bar Walls are an absolute must for a visit to York. They are not complete and don’t entirely circle the city any longer, but are long enough to provide a good long walk. There is no cost to walk the walls and you get to see the city from a completely different perspective. In the spring, the banks of the walls are covered with daffodils. I recently walked the walls from Bootham Bar to Monk Bar and can confirm there are railings all the way along that stretch.
Jorvik Viking Centre is a must see place to visit in the centre of York. Travel back in time to see what York was like as a Viking settlement. Have a look at our full review here.
York Castle Museum is a fab day out with the kids and so much more than your average museum. We have reviewed York Castle Museum here.
A brilliant place for the kids to bounce and let off steam to their hearts content! See our review of Energi Trampoline Park, York here.
Things to do in York with kids
York’s Chocolate Story, York
This is a lovely visit to do if you are in York for the day. Learn all about the history of chocolate in York and make your own chocolate bars. Lots of chocolate tasting throughout the tour to keep the kids amused.
Have a look at our review of York’s Chocolate Story.
Creepy Crawlies, York
Creepy Crawlies is a huge softplay and outdoor adventure playground in York and an excellent choice on a wet day when you are looking for things to do in York with kids. See our review of Creepy Crawlies here.
National Railway Museum, York
From steam rides to storytelling, we’ve got lots of hands-on fun for the whole family.
Beningbrough Hall, York
Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit in Yorkshire.
Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do with the kids at Beningbrough Hall.
Piglets Adventure Farm Park is a fabulous place to visit just outside York. They have lots of seasonal events, play equipment, animals and theatrical entertainment. One of my favourite things for kids to do in York.
Have a look at our review of May-Hem at Piglets.
Looking for something a bit different? DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
Have a look at our review of Jorvik Dig.
Let off steam in the fields, go wild in the adventure playground, have fun in the sand pit or ride on the tractors and play with the inflatables. We predict two things: you won’t be bored and you’ll sleep well tonight! One of the many great things to do in York with toddlers.
If it’s raining there is still plenty to do! Have a look at my list of ideas for rainy days in Yorkshire.