Days Out York

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Just eight miles north of York is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens, sprawling parkland and hands-on art galleries.

Whether it’s swinging from heights or climbing the wall up the pyramid tower in the popular wilderness play area, fun and games on the lawn, borrowing a bike to ride around the gardens or dressing up as royalty in the hall, Beningbrough is a fantastic family day out.

Pick up a free explorer backpack and go hunting for bugs, bird watching or navigating the gardens with a compass. Or, head inside. The hall can be enjoyed all year round. Get creative in the interactive galleries or let your littlest one amuse themselves in the pre-school playroom.

During school holidays, there are plenty of organised activities to enjoy from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ playlist as well as artrageous workshops and interactive trails.

Children’s picnic boxes and delicious meals made from home grown and locally sourced produce are available from the restaurant. Plus ice creams, sandwiches, snacks and drinks from the Brew House during school holidays and on weekends.

“We had a fantastic day at Beningbrough this week. They now let dogs into most of the gardens (just not in the childrens play area and walled garden bit) and there is a place you can sit and have a coffee just close to the adventure playground. My girls loved building the dens and climbing the trees. A fabulous day out. And the for was lovely too!”

Mumbler EP, Jul 18

“My 2 love the adventure play area.”

Mumbler JC, Jan 18

Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

T: 01904 472027


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City Cruises Sightseeing Cruises, Self-Drive Red Boats and so much more……

Take a tour of York with the family and view our beautiful city from a different perspective.

We are one of York’s longest established visitor attractions and we have been delivering first-class experiences to our passengers and guests for over 30 years. Our cruises include Daytime City Cruises and Afternoon Tea Cruises through to our Floodlit Evening Cruise or even a Party Nights Afloat Cruise which is ideal for hen parties, birthday parties or social events.

Don’t forget our fleet of fourteen Self-Drive Red Boats, perfect for your own family outing exploring the river (25th March to 4th November, 2018).

Why not book a Private Charter to celebrate a wedding, birthday, anniversary or corporate entertainment? In fact, we can put together a cruise package for any occasion. Visit our website and start planning your cruise on the River Ouse. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

A special discount to all of our local mumblers for any of our sightseeing cruises, self drive red boats or Lunch or Afternoon Tea cruises. 10% Off when you enter the voucher code ‘mumbler’ online at the following link:

Family tickets are available.
Under 5’s sail for free.
Tickets are cheaper booked online.
Group discounts are available.

Daytime York City Cruises (3rd February to 25th November, 2018)
Sailing daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (later sailings during peak times)

The Boatyard, Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP

T: 01904 628324


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Dalby the Great Yorkshire Forest

Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including our Grand Father Oak play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and walking and cycling trails for all.

The Visitor Centre houses a café serving a wide range of locally produced snacks and meals for all the family, information point and toilets. Dalby Courtyard is home to craft & business workshops, café and bike hire centre.

Burn off some energy on the cycle trails and explore the forest. Our quality trails range from family routes to highly technical routes. Dalby Bike Barn offers high quality bikes to buy and hire suiting all ages. Visit for more details.

Go Ape’s have adventure courses, with high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees for adults and children, or Forest Segways for fun on the ground. Visit

For a relaxing stroll within the forest choose a way-marked trail, including some trails classified as suitable for all abilities, wheelchair users and pushchairs.

In the heart of the forest Dalby Activity Centre provides activities including paintballing, archery and many more. Visit

For more information about opening hours and charges visit or call 01751 460295.

“There’s a visitor centre, cafe and a really good play area, which our 2 loved.”

Mumbler GC, Feb 18

“We went to Dalby Forest.. it was a lovely day out”

Mumbler RE, July 17

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

T: 01751 460295


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National Railway Museum

What will your family discover at the world’s greatest railway museum? From Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive, to the replica of Stephenson’s world-changing Rocket, explore giant halls full of railway legends. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives and watch our engineers at work in the Workshop.

Kids can let off steam in the outdoor play area, enjoy lively science shows, take a ride on the miniature railway and learn through the interactive exhibits. With daily demonstrations, talks and a special events programme, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

Soak up the atmosphere in our Station Hall. Climb on board historic carriages and travel back in time to experience working life in a station. From the opulent carriages of Queen Victoria to the armour plated war transport of George VI, there’s plenty of incredible history and fascinating stories to discover with our stunning collection of royal carriages.

Free entry
Plan your visit at

“National Railway Museum is amazing, decent places to eat as well”

AC,Sept 18

I took my dad to the countess of York at the National railway museum today for his birthday, and I can highly recommend it. Food was lovely and in an amazing setting (an old railway dining carriage) Also a bonus if eating there you get to park free at the museum car park”

KF, March 18

N.B: The outside playpark has been removed from the NRM unfortunately. However there is still plenty to enjoy for kids of all ages so don’t let this put you off!!

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

T: 03330161010

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Piglets Adventure Farm

Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun.
Aptly named an adventure farm, scramble up the Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, tackle the Olym-Pig Assault course, race friends on pedal Go Karts, bounce high on Big Pigs Pillows and jump aboard the Trailer Ride or pink Barrel Train. Not forgetting the Giant Sandpit, Bale Play Baaarn, Crazy Farm Golf and explore the Farmyard Trails.

Get close to farmyard cuties too. You might even see piglets being born in The Piglet Maternity Ward. Plus, stroke and cuddle bunnies and guinea pigs, hold the cutest baby chicks ever, brush the resident Kune Kune pigs (they love this) and even milk a cow. All in all, you’ll find a whole day of fun waiting for you.

And with so much to do you’ll need a bite to eat! Serving delicious snacks, sweet treats and refreshments, there’s plenty of choice. Little ones can even enjoy The Piggy Pen, small soft play corner in Piglets Coffee House.

The special events timetable is second to none. Over Summer there’s extra entertainers, Pig Racing, new Fairy Tale Trail, daily Foam Parties and not forgetting the amazing Pumpkin Festival for October half term. Take a ride on Santa’s Sleigh for the magical Christmas event, it’s one to remember.

Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Jan but open exclusively in December for their Magical Christmas event).

Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.

“We like Piglets for a special treat as there is so much to do there, you could never get bored.”

OP, Nov 2018

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499700


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Stockeld Park – Wetherby

Distance from York: 15 miles

Stockeld Park is a magical seasonal attraction, we open for adventures during most school holidays (and a little extra at Christmas!)

Activities include: Enchanted Forest, Roller Skating, Inflatable slide, outdoor bouncing pillow, go-karts, electric scooters and buccaneer boats, as well as additional seasonal activities.

“We had an amazing day at stockeld on sunday! Inflatables inside, crafts, ice skating and all the parks! Was great! A full day out. (Referring to Feb half term 18 events).”

Mumbler SR, Feb 18

“We had an absolutley fantastic day! I would highly recommend it.”

Mumbler NC, Dec 16

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN

T: 01937 586333


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York Art Gallery

Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery, which has reopened after an £8 million transformation.
Adult £7.50, Child (0-16) Free with paying Adult, YMT Cardholder – Free

“We are going to museum baby at the art gallery tomorrow morning at 10am, it’s free for the kids but adults have to pay unless you have an annual membership for York Museums Trust which is £11 for a year.”

HN, July 18

“I went recently on a rare child free day and I wished I’d had my 3 year old with me as she’d have loved it, I think it’s been done brilliantly.”

Mumbler HM, June 16

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

T: 01904 687687

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York Castle Museum

Walk along the cobbled streets of Kirkgate, delve in to the creepy cells of York Prison, swing by the Sixties gallery and return to the front with the First World War Exhibition, 1914: When the World Changed Forever. Brand New from March 25th 2016- Shaping the Body: 400 years of fashion, food & life.
Adult £10, Child Free (with paying adult). With YMT Card – Free. Open 9.30am – 5pm.

“‘I’d recommend the Castle Museum, especially if a few of your have a York Card. It’s really lovely and very festive. “

PB, Dec 18

“My hubbie took our four year old to the Castle Museum and they loved it”

JC, Dec 18

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY

T: 01904 687687

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York’s Chocolate Story

York Chocolate Story LogoBring your family to Visit England’s quality assured visitor attraction, and discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate. Unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. Indulge yourselves in our café, with it’s delicious chocolate menu and shop from some of Britain’s finest confections stocked in our shop.

Family tickets available. Under 4’s go free.
York residents receive 1/3 off the full price admission rate on Sundays.
Group discounts available.

Open daily from 10am, last tour at 5pm. Closed 25th-26th December and 1st January

“The chocolate story is good but it is quite busy even when you book. You have to solve puzzles, find chocolate and they made a chocolate lolly each. You get a bag at the end with a photo, your lolly and a soft toy x”

NT, Dec 18

King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD

T: 01905 541441


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Yorkshire Museum

From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. Adult £7.50, Child (0-16) free with paying adult, YMT Cardholder – Free. Open 10am-5pm.

“We went to the Yorkshire Museum today for the Feb half term crafts.. I was so impressed I knew they had the peg doll craft on so my older girls would be entertained but I was worried my 19 month old would be wanting to leave. Well they had an under 5s room right next door full of toys and crafts, we spent nearly the full two hours just in the craft area. We have had a fabulous family day out today.”

AL, Feb 18

“Yorkshire museum and then museum gardens is great for both adults and children. X”

SS, Sept 18

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

T: 01904 687687

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Out of York

If you don’t mind travelling that little bit further then don’t forget the Out of York page for Day’s out ideas that little bit further afield.

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

Have you visited a great museum, attraction or garden in or around York?  If yes, please tell us about it here so we can add it to the list.

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a brand new visitor attraction in the beautiful historic arboretum at Askham Bryan College. Daily scheduled animal talks. Café/picnic areas.
Open during weekends and school holidays.

“We went today and we were really pleasantly surprised. Lots of different animals to see including reptiles, goats, alpacas, lemurs, meerkats, parrots, wallabies and a few others. The grounds are lovely and pram friendly paths. Also a lovely little pond area with covered seating, a kids playground and an indoor craft room with lots to make and do. Finally the cafe was great. Nice food, reasonably priced and a small baby play area which is a definite bonus to be able to enjoy a coffee!  it’s not huge but perfect for toddlers and little ones to wander round. We will definitely be going back.”

Mumbler SB, April 18

“I just want to recommend Askham Bryan wildlife park for a lovely day out. I went today with my grandson and he had a wonderful time seeing all the animals and listening to the talks given by the wardens. They were all so friendly and he loved touching the tortoises. Under 3’s are free too.”

Mumbler JS, May 17

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

T: 01904 772270

Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a medieval Mayor of York.
With atmospheric high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames and possibly the only horn window in England, the house has been dressed as if it was 1483.
Adult:  £6.00
Child (5-16): £3.00
Under 5’s: Free
Conc: £4.50
Family of 4: £15
Family of 5: £17.50
Open Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm in summer and 10am to 4pm in winter.

Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR
T: 01904 615505

Breezy Knees Gardens

Situated on the eastern outskirts of York, some 5 miles from the city centre, Breezy Knees features award winning gardens, a specialist perennial nursery and cafe.
Gardens – Open every day May 1st to September 30th
10.30am – 5.00pm

“A lovely garden just outside York”

Mumbler AH, March 16

We love Breezy knees and it’s not too far out. My daughter loves the big boots!”

Mumbler GB, Mar  17

Breezy Knees Gardens, Common Lane, Warthill, YO19 5XS

T: 01904 488800

Burnby Hall & Gardens – Pocklington

Distance from York: 16 miles

Burnby hall in pocklington is lovely

SM, Oct 2018

Burnby Hall Gardens in Pocklington. Lots of woodland walks around a lake, can feed the fish, there’s a play park and a tea room.

CD, April 2018

The Balk, Pocklington, York YO42 2QF
T: 01759 307125

Can you Escape – York

Can You Escape is a live room escape game for 2-16 people in York. You and your team will be locked in a room and the countdown will begin.
Can you beat the clock?

“We have done both at Can you Escape in York, I’d say the superhero one would be good fun with an 8 year old.”

Mumbler KE, April 18

15 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JH
T: 01904 230494

Castle Howard

Distance from York: 15 miles

Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England, the 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape just outside York. The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland as well as formal walled garden and children’s adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.

“Everyone who worked there was so attentive, knowledgeable and considerate. Such a treat.”

Mumbler CV, Dec 16

“Castle Howard’s lovely to walk round, play area for kids and cafe next to the lake”

Mumbler JC, Dec 17

T: 01653 648333

Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Café – Pickering

Distance from York: 27 miles

Welcome to Cedarbarn, where we’re passionate about growing, cooking and eating fabulous food! Customers can sit and relax in the cosy café or in our beautifully landscaped outdoor herb garden, taking in the lovely views whilst enjoying good hearty fare. Miniature Railway Now Open!

“Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Cafe is nearby and is absolutely delicious for food and there is a miniature railway outside”

AS, Feb 2018

lovely little play area very age suitable plus lovely Cafe

BP, Aug 2018

Cedarbarn Farm Shop & Café, Thornton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JX
T: 01751 475614

DIG – An Archaeological Adventure

DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure allowing kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ & discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
With four special in-door excavation pits, all based on real-life digs in the city and filled with replica Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, children can grab a trowel and explore how people lived in these times. We also do birthday parties, perfect for children aged 4-9.

Admission Charges
Adult: £6.50
Child (3-16): £6
Under 3’s: FREE
Concession: £6
Family of 4: £20
Family of 5: £22.50

Open Mon-Sun 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm)

St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
T: 01904 615505

Eden Camp – Malton

Distance from York: 20 miles

Eden Camp opened as a museum 30 years ago in 1987. Since then, with the help and support of our visitors we have grown into one of the largest and most comprehensive museums covering British military and social history from 1914 onwards.

“We go every couple of years and it’s a great day out, our two really like it”

Mumbler KS, June 17

“Lots to explore and pushchair friendly”

Mumbler PM, June 17

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT

T: 01653 697777

Fairfax House

Bursting with history, Fairfax House is a great way to learn about Georgian York and those gorgeous Georgians, and a perfect visit for parents or grandparents looking for a new learning experience for their family.

Fairfax House, Castlegate, York,YO1 9RN

T: 01904 655543

Goddards House and Gardens

An intimate Arts and Crafts style family home and complementary gardens. From family fun trails to vintage games and pond dipping sessions there’s something here for all the family.

“Goddards is lovely and well worth a visit”

Mumbler EB, Dec 17

“We love Goddards House. Very laid back and now have croquet and a tennis court.”

Mumbler CM, Aug 16

27 Tadcaster Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1GG

T: 01904 771930

Jorvik Viking Centre

Visit a time when Vikings ruled the land at the world famous JORVIK Viking Centre. Explore the excavations that unearthed the Viking-Age city of Jorvik and discover what this amazing archaeology can tell us about the Vikings.
Open Mon-Sun 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm) in the summer and 10am to 5pm (last admission at 4pm) in the winter.
Adult:  £11
Child (5-16): £8
Under 5: Free
Conc: £9
Family of 4: £32
Family of 5: £36

Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
T: 01904 615505

Kilnwick Percy Hall – Pocklington

Distance from York: 15 miles

Historic Kilnwick Percy Hall is a stunning Grade 2* listed building set within 47 acres of grounds with woodland walks, parkland, lake & café. The Hall is home to Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre and is a relaxing place of peace and tranquility to rest and reflect.
Everyone is welcome and the grounds are open every day dawn – dusk for you to enjoy. Free entry and parking.

Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF

T: 01759 304832

Kirkham Priory – Malton

Distance from York: 13 miles

Beautifully placed between the city of York and the town of Malton , the riverside ruins of Kirkham Priory are set in the beautiful Derwent valley near the Yorkshire Wolds.Admission prices apply. Free Parking, shop, picnic area, toilets & baby changing. Open Wed – Sun & Bank Holidays

Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO60 7JS

T: 01653 618768

Lotherton Hall – Aberford

Distance from York: 15 miles

Lotherton is a very popular place attracting over 3/4 of a million visitors each year
(Wildlife World, House and Chapel, Grounds and Gardens, Outdoor Play, Indoor Play)

“It’s great! They have lots of play areas that your 2yr old would love and baby swings for your 10month old. Lovely to walk around for your dog. They’ve got a bird garden which is lovely to walk around but no dogs are allowed in there just so you’re aware. They house is lovely too but you can’t take a pram around it”

Mumbler RG, Jan 17

“Lotherton is great! I’ve got an annual pass and use it as least once a week!”

Mumbler BH, April 17

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

T: 0113 378 2959

Nunnington Hall – Nunnington

Distance from York: 22 miles

Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions.

“Nunnington Hall (about 45 mins from York) has lovely gardens to run around in/take a rug and have a picnic. Pretty setting by a river in the Howardian Hills.”

Mumbler FB, May 17

“Last time we went there was a mud kitchen in the gardening area ( one of the best I’ve seen ) and there was wooden outdoor games set out ,such as jenga”

Mumbler HF, Feb 17

Nunnington, York YO62 5UY

T: 01439 748283

Richard III & Henry VII Experiences

Two Kings, Two Gates, One City. Explore two of York’s major monuments: Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar, located on the historic city walls and find out the role they played in the strife and ceremony that was shaped by the Wars of the Roses. Richard III Experience at Monk Bar & Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar.

Monk Bar & Micklegate Bar, York’s City Walls (YO1 7LQ & YO1 6JX)
T: 01904 615505

Scampston Hall – Malton

Distance from York: 24 miles

Families are very welcome here at Scampston, and there is plenty on offer to keep the little ones learning about the natural world and the little creatures that live in it.Children of all ages love searching for Scamp the Mole hiding around the garden and spotting the butterflies and bees that are attracted to many of the flowers. The Garden Café is also well equipped for children.

Back Lane, Malton YO17 8NG

T: 01944 759111

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

Distance from York: 8 miles

The Gardens are the Visit York Small Visitor Attraction for 2016 and have been shortlisted for the White Rose Awards. We open from 1st April to 30th September on Wednesdays, Fridays and the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month from 1pm to 5pm.

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens & Nurseries, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP

T: 01904 728506

Univeristy of York Campus

“There are some lovely walks and cycling routes through some interesting architecture, trees, park lands and old formal gardens. The numerous ponds/lakes/bridges means there are lots of ducks to feed and the sheer variety of established planting/trees means there plenty to collect on a nature walk. There are some super picnic spots dotted about as well. Tip: If going on a weekend morning steer clear of the student halls as noisy children aren’t particularly student friendly!”

Mumbler KK, May 17

University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

T: 01904 430000

West Bank Park – Holgate

A 16-acre park in the middle of Holgate, about 30 minutes walk west from the centre of York.
(woodland walk and tree trails, meadow picnic area, rose terraces and pergola walk, two bowling greens, basketball court, toilets, two children’s play areas – for under 11 years and over 11 years old)

There is a car park for park users off James Backhouse Place, behind the park. On-street parking is available on New Lane or Hamilton Drive.

West Bank Park, Holgate, York.YO24 4NS

York Army Museum

York Army Museum is home to the collections of the Royal Dragoon Guards and the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire. Through these we tell the story of the British Army and its importance for Yorkshire in the last 300 years. Following a recent refurbishment, York Army Museum is now open as an exciting and engaging visitor attraction, with something to offer for all ages.

“We visited the museum in Feb half term with a 5 year old and 18 month old. They had extra activities on for the little ones (sword making and crafts) and had lots of other interactive parts too, plenty of opportunities for dressing up!”

Mumbler LH, Feb 18

3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB

T: 01904 731532

York Bird of Prey Centre- Huby

Distance from York: 10 miles

There’s eagles, owls and some owls to hold and stroke. Cafe, toilets and baby change.

“So interactive and you can hold a lot of the birds and watch the displays.”

Mumbler SN, Jan 18

“It’s fantastic and you can hold a lot of the birds. Our 13yr old had a great time holding the birds”

Mumbler SN, Dec 17

Burn Hall (round the back), Tollerton Road, Huby YO61 1JB

T: 01347 833214

York Canoe Hire

Find us at the beautiful riverside garden of the Watergate Inn, York City Centre.
Have an adventure in the heart of York. Canoe the historic River Foss and see the fantastic views of major York landmarks such as Cliffords Tower, York Castle and Rowntrees Wharf.
Open all day, weather permitting.

24 Walmgate, The Watergate Inn, YO1 9TJ
T: 07562 162139

York City Walls Walk

On a nice day, there isn’t a much better way to see the beautiful city  of York than walking around the walls.

Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars.

The walls go most of the way around the city, just having to get down to street level a couple of times. Not strictly buggy friendly but I know many who have managed it fine. Always a friendly visitor or local on hand to help!

“Goodramgate to Bootham is my favourite too. Often lots of different flowers to see and benches along the way to rest (but its not far). Sometimes can see squirrels as the big trees grow close to the walls. Carrier is much more suitable than pushchair though (there are steps into and off the walls and the odd one or two on the way around. It’s also very narrow).”

Mumbler VB, March 16

York Maze

Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country.
With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing fun-filled full family day out. York Maze is open from July – September (2018 dates tbc).

“We love it – already have our season pass. So much to do – we only really do the maze once a season but go at least 8 times. The pass is for the kids (aged 4&6 this is our third season pass!) and any adult that are with them. You don’t feel that you have to be there all day. Food good but we generally take picnics.”

Mumbler CD, July 17

“We went last year when my eldest was 5 and youngest was 2 and we had a brilliant day. I’d happily pay all that to go back this year, lots to do for both all day.”

Mumbler KT, July 17

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT

T: 01904 607341

York Minster

York Minster is a fantastic destination for family days out in York with loads of things to see and do. We have lots of activities, events and learning resources to enjoy in the Minster to make the most of your family’s visit. Visit the website for free family-friendly trails before you visit and get the most from your trip to York Minster.

“I just want to recommend York Minster as a free trip out with little ones. We’ve just been this morning and it was marvellous. Our little girl was given a little explorers back pack that you hand back in on your way out containing binoculars, a magnifying glass, torch, mirrors, colouring pencils and note pad as well as several activity cards with things to look out for, maps and information. In addition to all that there were lots of activities in the undercroft including building arches and fancy dress as well as a separate area with books, puppets and building blocks. The toilet and changing facilities are also very good. It really was excellent and is free for york residents, you only need to show proof of address and don’t need to have purchased a York card.”

Mumbler RW, Jan 18

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH

T: 01904 557200


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

Yorkshire Air Museum – Elvington

Distance from York: 6 miles

We are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We recommend that you take three or four hours over your visit to appreciate the Museum exhibits, the aircraft and vehicle displays that make up this historically accurate RAF Bomber Base.

“My daughter is 16 months and we have taken her twice now and she loves it”

Mumbler KC, May 17

“My son loves it we took him young we love it as we live in Elvington so easy trip out for us”

Mumbler ER, May 17

Halifax Way, Elvington, York YO41 4AU

T: 01904 608595

Yorkshire Arboretum

Distance from York: 15 miles

A stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds is the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world. Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows, let the children go wild in the woodland playground and enjoy the very best in seasonal, home-cooked food in the café.

“Lots of space for little ones to run round in & a great cafe to boot. Would highly recommend.”

Mumbler MR, Aug 16

“It’s a lovely place. I’ve taken my niece who is now 5 1/2 several times. We go in bear hunts, jump on mole hills, play hide and seek and always finish with a trip to the cafe!!!!”

Mumbler EP,  July 15

The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY

T: 01653 648598

Yorkshire Lavender – Terrington

Distance from York: 13 miles

Walk amongst the lavender flowers, with their stunning array of different colours, a truly wonderful experience.
Come and see our unique Lavender Maze, wander in the Parkland, sit and admire the fabulous views and watch the fallow deer nearby.
We have lavender and herbs for sale, EJ’s Tea Room, Gift Shop, award-winning lavender gardens, deer park and sculpture park. Our panoramic view over the Vale of York is said to be one of the best in Yorkshire!

“It’s a lovely place for a visit if you like a tearoom style cafe and an hour or so wandering around and playing in the grounds. Pretty gardens, good views, maze, wibbly wobbly path (toddlers love it), deer to look at and they’ve done a very small simple playground this year too. We love it and the lavender seems to calm the children!!”

Mumbler JH, June 17

“Lots of open space and activities and play area for the kids”

Mumbler CG, June 17

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York, YO60 6PB

T: 01653 648008

Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton, York

The Yorkshire Museum of Farming at Murton, a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year. Also Danelaw Living History, Derwent Valley Light Railway, Nature Trail, Livestock, Playground.
We are CLOSED FROM 1ST NOVEMBER UNTIL EASTER (Except for special Christmas/school holiday events)

“I just wanted to really recommend the Yorkshire Museum of Farming after a really lovely afternoon there today with my 2 year old. She would have been happy to just stay in the first room (toys, games, colouring, books)! The rest was great too-animals, play equipment, sandpit, train etc”

Mumbler AH, April 17

“It’s amazing!!!!”

Mumbler NL, April 17

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF

T: 01904 489966