The city of York is packed with so many things to see and do, whether it’s a day trip for the whole family, or an attraction to keep the kids amused for a couple of hours in between shopping.
York has some of the most spectacular Roman, Viking and Medieval architecture alongside a maze of quaint cobbled streets, creating a stunning backdrop amongst its many things to do.
If you’re looking to keep your children entertained during a Weekend break in York, there are so many attractions geared towards children and families, that the little ones are sure to enjoy the city just as much as the adults.
The National Railway Museum has free entry for all visitors and is very family friendly, with lots of fun, interactive activities for everyone to enjoy.
Visitors can enjoy the largest railway museum in the world, with a fantastic collection of trains, carriages, interactive displays and learning centre, daily demonstrations, workshops and a miniature railway.
Jorvik Viking Centre is another must see attraction. This archaeological site brings to life 1000 year old Viking homes, workshops and objects that once stood in the city.
Travel in time capsules and marvel at the audio visual displays recreating the Viking age. A family ticket for four costs £26.00, with adults’ tickets at £9.25 and children’s at £6.25. Children under five go free.
York Castle Museum is a hidden gem of everyday life showing how people used to live through the ages. The Victorian street with authentic shops and stock is a highlight.
To enter the museum, tickets for adults cost £8.50 and children under sixteen are free. Tickets are valid for twelve months, so you can visit many times in that year.
Dig is a great place for children to pick up a trowel and rummage around to find archaeological artefacts from the Viking, Roman, Victorian and Medieval eras, showing how people lived.
There are four excavation pits and three discovery rooms to explore, with tours accompanied by real archaeologists. Pre-book with adults costing £5.50, children £5.00 and family of four, £16.00.
York Dungeon is for older children and families, as the setting is a dark cellar full of atmosphere and intrigue. With dark and gory attractions, there are eleven shows, with seven of them actor led.
The Dungeon features 2000 years of gore, from paranormal and frightening ghost sightings to the gladiator arena and bloodshed. On the door prices are £15.60 per adult and children £11.40.
York Maze is situated just outside of York and has lots to do. The actual maze is made from 1.5 million maize plants and thought to be the largest anywhere.
As well as the maze, there is a quad bike track, crazy golf, a climbing zone, tractor rides and sand and water play. Prices are £9.50 for adults, £8.50 for children and £34.00 for family tickets.
York is full of excitement, action and adventure for families of all ages and offers something for everyone. Whether you want to find out more about the city’s history or explore the surroundings, York is great for family fun.