Days Out York

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

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Barley Hall

Barley HallBarley Hall is a stunning medieval town house, a true hidden gem of York tucked away off Stonegate.

Bring the kids to explore this fascinating 15th century home, where everyone is encouraged to sit on the chairs, handle the objects and immerse themselves in medieval life.

The Magic & Mystery exhibition has lots to captivate children and grown-ups alike – try on costumes, smell the ingredients of medieval potions, interpret your dreams and be amazed by the bubbling alchemist’s table.

“H&E enjoyed it. They learnt about what the Viking’s diet was & recreated it, with brown dough & added bits. There’s also little extra bits colouring/Knitting/games/dress up. “

KL, Feb 18

“I recommend The Barley Hall”

MJ, July 18

Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR

T: 01904 615505

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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 (16th February to 3rd November, 2019).

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 (2nd February to 29th November, 2019)
Sailing daily from 10:30 a.m. until at least 3:00 p.m. (until at least 4:30pm May to August)

Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP/ King’s Staith, York, YO1 9SN

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

Dalby Forest was a good day out, it costs £9 to park but you can take picnics and bbqs, take a ball etc. Lovely play area and the stream to paddle in.”

Mumbler NR, July 18

Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT

T: 01751 460295


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DIG – An Archaeological Adventure

From the creator of JORVIK Viking Centre comes 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!

“One of the best family days out. No other experience gets you as close to the excitement of archaeological discovery.” The One Show’s Dan Snow

Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and VIctorian finds – so grab a trowel, dig up the clues and discover how people lived in the past! Once you’ve unearthed these exciting discoveries, an archaeologist is on hand to help you examine real life archaeological finds like animal bones, pieces of Roman house tiles and even a Viking-Age poo! Don’t worry, the excavation pits are filled with synthetic, mess-free mud, so there’s no need to bring a change of clothes.

“We went to DIG today for York Residents festival and I just wanted to say how nice it was for littles! There is an under 5’s little play area upstairs, which is tiny but really fun, with a tent, books, toys, dress up, a digging area, a wheelbarrow etc. There was a gate on it so you can make sure tiny tots stay in the area. Downstairs there were some nice little activity tables and for under 3’s it was free. The loos were good with changing facilities. There’s a lift and a small gift shop.”

Mumbler RM, Jan 19

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


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Jorvik Viking Centre

The Original Viking Encounter!

With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000 year old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy.

Discover Coppergate

At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. Your first experience at JORVIK is an exploration of the Coppergate Dig, with a fully immersive display taking you back to the 1970s.

Explore the Viking-Age City

Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.

Experience the Real Thing

Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even a fossilised Viking poo!

Dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts.

“I would recommend Jorvik Viking Museum as you travel around in a little cart.”

Mumbler HE, Oct 2018

“Jorvik museum has a time travel cart that you sit in and travel around the museum looking at Viking scenes.”

Mumbler FS, Oct 2018

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


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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

“My 2 year old loves it! We’ve been going for a while. Lots to do”

Mumbler GT, Jan 19

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”

Mumbler KF, March 18

N.B: The outside play park is due to reopen for Easter 2019.

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

T: 03330161010

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Stockeld Park – Wetherby

Distance from York: 15 miles

**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**

Embrace the fresh Yorkshire air and time together in this magical setting. Stockeld Park opens its beautiful parkland throughout the school holidays with fun for all the family including February, Easter, Spring, Summer, Halloween and Christmas events.

Take a walk in the Enchanted Forest and let the children (and adults!) burn off some energy in the Adventure Playgrounds. Whizz around the forest on Electric Scooters! Get lost in the big Yew Tree Maze or try out your skills on the ice/roller skating rink – now under cover so you can get your skates on whatever the weather! (Ice/Roller – season dependant). There is Interactive Play, a huge Yew-Tree Maze and a Woodland Laser Tag arena too!

Fabulous events such as the Circus, Concerts, and Interactive Themed Workshops take place throughout the year, suitable for kids of all ages. Finish off your visit to the delicious café and gift shop.

“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

“Stockheld Park is brilliant and you don’t need t book. It’s got loads for little ones to do too, that’s where we will be off x”

Mumbler LMB, Feb 18

Mumbler Offer: For an extra 10% off online prices quote: MUMYORK

Book tickets here

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

Current exhibitions include:
When All is Quiet – The Kaiser Chiefs – 14th Dec 2018 – 10th March 2019
The BFG in Pictures – 12 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
Lucie Rie: Ceramics & Buttons – 22 June 2018 – 12 May 2019
The Anthony Shaw Collection: Artist’s Choice by Per Inge Bjørlo – February 2018 – March 2019
The Burton Gallery
Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA)

“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

It’s great. Lifts wide spaces and easy access to the toilets and facilities”

MP, Nov 18

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.”

SB, April 18

“I would recommend Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park”

HL, Jan 19

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
T: 01904 772270

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

I went last week and it was great! I’d say about 85 percent of the gardens was accessible to pushchairs and it’s got a cafe with plenty of chairs in the shade and space for pushchairs.

TW, July 18

“lovely gardens , a cafe , pretty local , wheelchair friendly”

CH, Aug 18

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.

“Castle howard lovely gardens and woods to walk round childrens play area at the bottom next to boathouse cafe toilets with changing room for 1yo”

TB, Aug 18

Castle Howard for a lovely day”

RW, Jan 19

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

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.

“I recommend. You go into all these little huts to see the different exhibits”

KW, March 18

“I recommend Eden camp x”

LM, May 18

Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
T: 01653 697777

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.

We went a few weeks back! Lovely place, very interesting!! Is had a better time outside, lots and lots of gorgeous garden to explore. Inside I was a bit wary of him touching/breaking something so u might have the same thought with La?Co would be fine tho! I would def like to go back so I can have a proper look at all the history of Terrys!! We enjoyed the cafe tho!! Oh-and he was happy when he found the trains inside! Absolutely worth a visit! Lol!!”

HP, Nov 18

“The gardens lovely if the weather’s not wet. Worth a visit if you have national trust membership as it’s so close by. X”

SS, Nov 18

27 Tadcaster Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1GG
T: 01904 771930

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)

Lotherton was fab, lots to do

LE, Sept 18

Lotherton hall, not so many activities but we had a picnic there the other day and it was raining but they have gazebos x

EM, Aug 18

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.

“We had a lovely time this weekend at Nunnington Hall (not far from Helmsley) – gorgeous gardens to run around, peacocks, croquet, outdoor games like giant jenga; and there’s a family room on the top floor of the house with dressing up, jigsaws, books etc. “

RH, April 2018

“Nunnington Hall have nice gardens and are close by”

LN, April 18

Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
T: 01439 748283

Piglets Adventure Farm

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.

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

“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

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.

Adult: £5
Child: £3
Concession: £3.50
Family of 4: £14
Family of 5: £14.50

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.

“I recommend Scampston Hall x”

HS, April 2018

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.

“There’s Stillingfleet lodge gardens which I would recommend”

KT, June 18

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens & Nurseries, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP
T: 01904 728506

Univeristy of York Campus

“University campus, both East and West. Free parking on weekends”

MN, Feb 18

“York Campus Nursery, at the University. My second is currently there, and both mine love(d) it. Really low staff turnover, which to me says that the staff like it, feel valued, and therefore do a great job.”

RR, July 18

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)

“West bank park Holgate – good open spaces with grass to path.”

KP, Oct 18

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.”

SN, Jan 18

“We spent the day at York birds of prey centre at Huby yesterday. (Not our first visit) The children had a lovely day, we were there for the 11.30 and 1.30 flying display. Lovely to watch and lots of information. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible”

LS, Aug 18

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 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).

York Maze is beautiful.”

LM, July 18

“York Maze are great for all ages. If you book in advance online its cheaper. “

KH, June 18

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.”

 RW, Jan 18

“York Minster! As a York resident you get free entry (take some proof like a york library card if you have got one) and ask for one of their little backpacks (free to borrow) to explore with. They have torch, map, magnifying glass etc to see all the nooks and crannies!! Check the website to be on the safe side there isn’t a special service on. Kx”

KW, Sept 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.

“Yorkshire air museum at Elvington, not expensive to get in, allows dogs nearly everywhere, inside and out and lovely staff. You’d have to leave the dog outside the cafe if you wanted to buy food but there’s lots of benches to sit on outside once you’ve got your food.”

KG, May 18

“Yorkshire air museum in Elvington if you gift aid your ticket is free return for a year”

AT, March 18

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.

“Would highly recommend.”

RM, Aug 18

Yorkshire arboretum at castle howard. My 2 and 4 and love running around it and they do nature trails.”

HT,  June 18

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!

“Yorkshire lavender is really nice. Not too big to walk round for little legs and there’s a maze and snakes and ladders made out of lavender. Plus a little park at the top. And it was free ! X “

RK, April 18

“Lots of open space for the kids”

GF, June 18

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)

Murton it’s amazing I went as a child and can’t wait to take my little one this year, xx”

BT, Dec 18

“It’s amazing!!!!”

NL, April 18

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966