Days Out York

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Free things to do with Kids in York


Are you free range at heart? We love to welcome free range kids to our farm – with acres of space and lots of animals to see, the whole family will have fun.  Come and see our hens, pigs, pygmy goats and alpacas, climb our straw bale mountain and explore the vegetable garden – all for free during opening hours!

Yolk Farm is the UK’s best spot to experience amazing eggs. The restaurant features fun swing seats and brightly painted crate light shades. The farm shop offers a wide selection of fruit and veg, locally made goods and has a zero waste station. Eggs, freshly collected from the farm each morning, are the stars of the breakfast menu and you can find them in a selection of goodies including beetroot and potato croquettes, sweetcorn fritters and pancake hay stacks!

Baby change and high chairs are available, Pre-booking for food is essential.

Minskip Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, YO51 9HY


01423 329063
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Escape the day-to-day at National Railway Museum. Hop aboard the miniature railway for a little taste of train travel and unleash your curiosity (on during school holidays). Indoor and outdoor play areas should keep children of all ages busy, while you recharge with a warm drink and some cake from one of the onsite cafés.

Discover the world-changing stories of the railway through star objects like Stephenson’s Rocket and the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard. Admire the splendour of royal travel including Queen Victoria’s ‘palace on wheels’, and marvel at the power and innovation of the Japanese Bullet Train.

National Railway Museum is open 10.00-17.00, Wednesday – Sunday during term time and every day during selected holiday dates.

The museum is free to enter but booking ahead online is encouraged and can even be done on the day (capacity allowing). There may be a few additional safety measures in place since your last visit, so check the National Railway Museum website before your visit.

Visit our website for tickets and information.


033 0058 0058
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Come and enjoy brilliant art for free at York Art Gallery!

Spot the L.S. Lowry, Turner and Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery. With a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all ages, there is always something new to see and do.

Visit our families page to download activities to do on your visit, such as our Art Heroes Fact Sheets, and the Curious Create Colour Export colouring sheets.

Or why not pick up one of our YAG Activity bags, full of ideas and activities to try while at the gallery and souvenirs to take home afterwards!  The bags are priced at £7:50.

https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/families/

Visitors will need to book their free timed tickets online at www.yorkartgallery.org.uk where they can also find out about the new exhibitions and the changes we have made to ensure a safe and relaxing visit.

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW


01904 687687
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We have an exciting range of tours available to explore some of the most fascinating aspects of our collection and building – including one just for families!

Kirkgate Family Tour 2021

Families! This Spring, let our costumed guide whisk you back more than 100 years to walk the streets of Victorian York. 

Step onto the cobbles and peer in the windows of the fine shops along Kirkgate, hearing why a Devil lurks outside the printers and how taking your “weasel” to the pawnbrokers was a weekly occurrence for many. Then head down the back alleys into York’s slums to discover how hard and deadly life was for the majority of the city’s residents as they battled against the awful conditions, where sharing a toilet with your whole street was the norm.

This tour is aimed at ages 5-16
Upcoming dates: Saturdays & Sundays in May

To find out about our other tours click here: https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/york-castle-museum-tours/


01904 687687
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As a York Resident you can take in one of the world’s most-magnificent cathedrals – with stunning stained glass and architecture dating back nearly 2,000 years – for FREE with proof of address.

The wide open areas of the Minster offer a great chance to explore and learn on your day out and you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have the Visit England ‘Good To Go’ stamp of approval, showing they are following all health guidelines correctly.

Booking slots online is required for all at the moment – even with free admission. Please visit YorkMinster.org to select your day and timed slot now. Remember to have your proof of address with you on the day (this includes YorkCard, Drivers ID, Council Tax bill, York Student Card).

Charges for non-York residents are £11.50 for Adults/Seniors and £9 for students. All under 16s are free of charge all year round.

The building is currently open for sightseeing Mon-Sat: 11am-4pm, Sun: 12.30pm-2.30pm

All are welcome to daily services held at the Minster for free. See YorkMinster.org/Whats-On for service times.

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH


01904 557200
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Re-opens July 9 2021!

From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe.

Don’t miss our ground-breaking exhibition Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, opened by Sir David Attenborough. Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in.

NEW! From July 9 – The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III will go on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display, in summer 2021.
The painting, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London, and will be displayed alongside the museum’s outstanding collections associated with the King such as the magnificent Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters.

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR


01904 687687
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Fairfax House

Fairfax House transports you to the world of 1760s townhouse living, revealing the domestic interiors in which the Georgians would have walked, and the tastes and fashions of the day for architecture, interior design, food  and entertainments. The house boasts a beautiful collection of eighteenth-century furniture and is famed for its stunning plasterwork ceilings.

Open 7 days a week, 11-4pm
Pre-booking is recommended via the website however walk-ins are welcome.

Admission is £7.50 and children under 16 go FREE.

T: 01904 655543

York University – AstroCampus

Currently closed due to COVID

The Astrocampus is open to the public once a fortnight throughout the winter months (October-March) and monthly throughout the summer (April-September). Our visits are designed to be suitable for all ages, with the earlier session timed for those with younger children. At each event, you will have a tour of our observatories and an introduction to the night sky.

University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
T: 01904 322209

YorkCard

Local Residents can qualify for discounted or free entry to a number of local places if they have a York Card. You can get them from the libraries for a small fee (or free for under 18’s)

Every member of the family needs a card but they get you discounts in lots of attractions such as the Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum, York Chocolate Story and York Sport swimming. You also get free entry to the Minster.

Find out more HERE

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