Days Out York

Museums, Attractions & Gardens


Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a small, friendly wildlife park based at Askham Bryan College, York. The park includes a range of awesome animals, from monkeys and meerkats to spiders and snakes.

The park is set in a beautiful arboretum, full of fascinating trees, and is a lovely place for a picnic in summer.

The nearby Hive café serves coffee, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

– Daily Keeper Talks programme
– Play Park
– Free Parking

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


01904 772270
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Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse, once home to the Lord Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of an office block. Only when the building was going to be destroyed was the amazing medieval building discovered and its history revealed. Now lovingly restored to its original splendour, Barley Hall boasts stunning high ceilings, exposed timber frames, and fascinating exhibitions.
During your visit, explore the Magic & Mystery exhibition to discover the fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval society.
Pre-booking strongly advised. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.


01904 615505
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DISCOVER YORK’S HIDDEN MEDIEVAL HALL

Tucked away behind bustling Goodramgate lies one of York’s true hidden treasures.
Once the dining hall of the medieval Vicars Choral of York Minster, Bedern Hall is now open to share stories from an eclectic mix of over 700 years of history.

From songmen to squirrels, priests to pork pies, you can discover them all in our hidden medieval hall!

  • Learn about the lives of the Vicars and during your visit see the things the archaeologists discovered.
  • View our amazing scissors beamed roof – the reason the Hall became a Listed Building and was saved from demolition.
  • Join Stanley the Squirrel on our kids activity trail
  • Learn about Guild life in the City
  • Visit our Cafe. Our courtyard cafe and covered garden terrace provide tranquility in the heart of the City. We also indoor seating. Enjoy coffee and cake or a glass of wine with a savoury treat.
From 2nd March
Open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am to 4pm
Admission to hall: Adults £3.50.  Children £1.50
Entry cafe free
Free admission to the Hall if you spend £10 or more in the cafe in a single transaction.

We will be closed on the following dates for private events:
May 29th;  July 1, 9, 10, 17, 24; August 6, 14, 21, 26, 28; September 3, 4, 18, 25; October 2, 16, 23, 30; November 6; December 2, 18

Bedern Hall, Bartlegarth, YORK, YO1 7AL


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Located in the Yorkshire countryside between York and Harrogate, the glorious National Trust gardens are a popular place for families to explore and relax together.

First stop for many is the wilderness play area, all ages can swing from heights with traditional and bucket swings on offer. Test your nerve on the clamber stack and pick which slide suits your size and for the smallest visitors make a home in the wendy house.

If you prefer creating your own adventures the den zone is prepped to get building and the only limitation is your imagination. Build a den is just one of the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ – tick off many more from the popular play list when you visit.

During the holidays expect new trails, often nature focussed and other activities to help fill those days away from school. There’s space on the south lawn for ball games, flying a kite or watching the clouds go by.

Children’s picnic boxes and delicious meals made from home grown and locally sourced produce are on offer from the restaurant, with seats indoors and out. Grab a takeaway to head into the garden and ice creams are for sale to finish off your picnic.

The hall and galleries are currently closed for a 2.3 million infrastructure project and due to re-open in summer 2023.


01904 472027
beningbrough@nationaltrust.org.uk
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Distance from York: 15 miles

Generations of the Howard family have welcomed visitors to Castle Howard, one of the great palaces of Europe, for over 300 years and today we extend this warm welcome to your family.

There’s acres of fun to get lost in and lots of wildlife to discover. If the kids want to let off some steam, they can escape to Skelf Island, our legendary Adventure Playground named after the historic site Castle Howard sits on, Henderskelfe. Throughout the school holidays, they might encounter the faerie-like creatures that live in the canopies and crooks of Skelf Island. Known as Skelves, they’re a friendly and curious bunch that loves to play!

The whole family can explore history at Castle Howard, whether that’s through the meandering corridors and great halls of the House or outside in the beautiful eighteenth-century Walled Garden, or in the many monuments you’ll uncover on your walks around the Grounds.

Mums, dads, grandparents, and carers can take a breather in our café outlets, with the Boathouse Café situated next to Skelf Island, meaning you can still keep an eye on the kids! Or seat yourself in the Fitzroy or Courtyard Café for a delightful lunch. You’ll also find our Farm and Gift shop and Garden Centre on-site too – there really is something for everyone!

“One of the top 10 buildings you must visit in your lifetime” The Telegraph, 2018

Castle Howard is open every day, please check our website and social media for the latest updates and opening times.

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA


01653 648333
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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 between February and November.

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.

Group discounts and Family tickets available, under 5’s sail free and tickets are cheaper booked online.

Mention Mumbler – Save £5 on Self-Drive boat hire if you pre-book your hire online using the promo code mumbler5. Mid Week Bookings only.  Offer not available for walk up bookings.

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


01904 628324
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New from April 2022

City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar opens to the public this Easter! Take the kids to visit one of the historic gateways into the city – and discover 2,000-year stories involving battles, imprisonment and near destruction! Explore the history of the most intact walls of any English City, which have stood since Roman times. Meet some of the characters whose stories are intertwined with Micklegate Bar: a princess, a Royalist in the English Civil War and an early 20th-century policeman who made the gatehouse his home.

City Walls Experience, a short walk from York Train Station, is open 2nd April – 30th October.

Micklegate, York, YO1 6JU

01904615505
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Scale the steep steps of Clifford’s Tower’s ancient mound and enjoy stunning panoramic views.

From the wall walk, you’ll experience unrivalled views of the Minster and the city. In the distance you can even see as far as the Yorkshire Wolds and North York Moors.

Clifford’s Tower is the largest remaining part of York Castle. Standing on top of a mighty castle mound raised by William the Conqueror. Once the greatest royal fortress in medieval northern England, inside you’ll find centuries of history.

Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA


01904 646940
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Follow the Gruffalo Spotters trail at Dalby Forest, spot the signs and see what creatures you can find! With the amazing new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app, fun activity pack and trail, you’ll get to interact with all your favourite characters as you go in search of the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood.

1. Download the new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app

App Store
Google Play

2. Get your paws on the Gruffalo Spotter trail activity pack
Head to the visitor centre to grab your activity kit, packed with fun things to do to help you spot the Gruffalo.

To keep visitors and our staff safe we are asking that people make contactless payments when buying their activity packs and wear a face covering during the purchase (£3.50).

3. Follow the trail
The trail at Dalby Forest starts the World Cup Car Park near Adderstone Field. Complete fun family activities and learn about each animal from the book as you follow the new interactive trail.

There are also rubbings to complete and other characters to look out for as you go! Use the app to see the characters appear in the forest around you.

Grade – Easy
Accessibility
An easy and accessible route on level, surfaced ground. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Dalby Forest, Dalby Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering YO18 7LT


01751 472771
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Go on an archaeological adventure at DIG, from the people who brought you JORVIK Viking Centre! Discover only the most exciting archaeological artefacts from the 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York. Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived.

Pre-booking strongly advised. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.


01904 615505
dig@yorkat.co.uk
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Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf?

Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes.

Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?

At the end of your adventure you will find out if you have the magical powers of a Serpent, Basilisk, Unicorn or Wizard and every player will receive a magic potion gift to take home, plus hopefully find Grobblenook and maybe get a Hole In One badge!

After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard Tavern with a Cauldron Cake or Uni-Pop-Corn, and a delicious potion with poisonous options for grown up spell makers.

Wizard golf with a potion drink for every player is £6.99 per person and you can book now via the website. Minimum age is 3 and the maximum group size is 6 Wizard with wands.

Use the magic password MUMBLER to get our secret discounted Coffee in our Wizard Tavern.


01904 623505
york@theholeinwand.com
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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. 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.
At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology.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 Yorkusing the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking hosts.
Pre-booking strongly advised. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.

There is a fantastic NEW resource called ‘Discover from Home’ page on the JORVIK Viking Centre website, jam-packed full of things to keep children and adults alike amused while they are at home. This includes loads of educational activities for kids, downloads, lots of reading material and some pretty great vintage video content from the 1980s!


01904 615505
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Murton Park is a must-experience, one-stop Living Museum for those who love to create memories that can span the eons of time. Perfect for all generations and crafted to especially engage the young. Murton park is not only a remarkable open-air museum experience like no other, it is much more and also plays home, and host, to some of the best known and most accomplished historical re-enactment Societies in the North of England. Look out for the special events held throughout the year when groups like the cowboy Trail Blazers Western Re-enactment society, Jorvik Viking Re-enactment society or Jorfor’s Hall Early Medieval Re-enactment and Living History Group, take up residence at Murton Park. With our own museum, railway, animals, playground and Living History sites – we have something for everyone.

OUR AWARD WINNING, FAMILY, VISITOR AND SCHOOLS ATTRACTION IS SITUATED ONLY 4.5 MILES FROM THE CENTRE OF THE BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC CITY OF YORK.

Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF


01904 489966
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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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Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy and hobgoblin sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. The intriguing Fairy and Hobgoblin Museum displays what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy and hobgoblin artefacts.

The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.

The woodland kitchen serves organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.

I took my 7 year old granddaughter and 3 year old grandson to Northwood during the school holidays on one of the days that I was looking after them. It was such an easy day out – a nice drive through the countryside and straight forward to find from the instructions, easy to park and find our way in and I felt very safe and relaxed going around the trail with the two of them. The woodland was absolutely magical, both of my grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed it and so did I. It was lovely to go around together and spend the time making memories in somewhere so peaceful and enchanting.

I’d highly recommend this as a day out for other grandparents to do while looking after their grandchildren.

Mumbler User who visited Easter 2022.

Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP


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Join us again on the farm for a new season of farm filled fun and play!

What will you do first?

Visit our wonderful animals in the animal barn, the Piglets Maternity Ward is a must see to get up close and watch the new born piglets nestling into mum!  Listen to our animal handlers talk about how we look after all our furry friends!  Jump for joy on the bouncy pillows, we have a dedicated bouncy pillow just for the under 5’s that all toddlers love!  Find where the fairies live down the Fairy Tale Trail.

Take a tractor and trailer ride up to our re-vamped Indoor Play Barn.  Adults can grab a coffee and a snack whilst the children get to play on our super new play equipment.  The Indoor Play Barn is perfect for when the weather is a little chilly.  Scramble over our Olym-Pig Assault Course or take a swing at mini golf.  For all the budding little farmers there is the tractor driving area and Dig and Play sand construction zone.

There is so much to see and do here during the week at Piglets!

Don’t forget to look out for our special events during the school holidays also!

Book on line

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, Strensall YO32 9ST 


01904 499700
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York’s Premier Trampoline Park, Winner of the Small Visitors Attraction of the year 2020 by Visit York.  Bounce, Flip and tumble over 100+ trampolines. You can test yourself on our assault course or jump off the heights of mount Enzo into the giant Air Bag.

Family Packages available, for the whole family to enjoy the park together and Toddler Sessions now for ages 1-5 yrs. Don’t forget the ever-popular fitness session on a Wednesday evening, where you can bounce yourself fit.

On Thursdays at 5pm the Park is transformed into a haven for individuals with additional needs, we have designed a session in partnership with local charities, professionals and parents to ensure each individual’s needs are met.

Parties now available for ages 1- 101!!!! Build your own Party package including 1 hour of trampolining madness where the party can go wild in the ultimate house of bounce. Followed by a delicious selection of food from our 5* Refuel Café.

Bespoke packages available for corporate events and team building activity days. Email  for details.

Look forward to seeing you soon!!!!


01904 360500
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Sewerby Hall and Gardens offers a great mix of heritage, interactive trails, play features and best of all, the zoo. Be entertained in the zoo with the friendly penguins, pygmy goats and Eccy the parrot, who is always keen to chat. Relax in the Walled and Rose Gardens and be amazed by the giant monkey puzzle trees in the Pleasure Gardens. Check out the new events with Rusticus during school holidays on our website. Don’t miss a freshly baked scone and cup of tea from the Clock Tower Café – it certainly is a great day out for the whole family. Book your tickets today and find out more on our website.

The world-renowned exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will be on display at Sewerby Hall and Gardens between 7 May – 17 July 2022, to accompany the exhibition there will be lots of extra family events. Find the full list and details on Mumbler here.

Dogs welcome in most of the outdoor areas, but must be kept on a lead.  There is a designated section in the cafe for dogs.

Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 01262 673769


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Distance from York: 15 miles

In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!

Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.

Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!

In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!

Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!

Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!

For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit www.stockeldpark.co.uk

Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.

BOOK TICKETS HERE

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


01937 586333
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The Georgian house hiding a big secret…

Since 1686, the goings on at 17 Blossom Street have been York’s best kept secret. A secret that remained hidden for hundreds of years, until its residents felt safe enough to reveal it.

To the outside world, this house was York’s first school for girls. To those in the know, it was hiding an illegal convent.

The English Reformation saw Catholicism banned, but this group of brave and determined women built a Convent, including an entire Chapel, under the watchful eyes of all of their suspicious neighbours. Today, more than 300 years later, it is the oldest active Convent in England.

Discover this remarkable story of survival through stunning artefacts and engaging interactives in our fascinating exhibition.

With special activities for our younger visitors, a café and garden, the Bar Convent is a unique experience for the whole family to enjoy. 

No need to book.


01904 643 238
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Distance from York: 41.5 miles

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!

Tickets are now on sale, all visitors will need to book a date and timeslot for their visit (including Day Plus Pass holders). We will have reduced visitor numbers in order to adhere to Government guidelines. Please follow the instructions at the top of the ticket page on our website.

Find out more at www.thedeep.co.uk 

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000.


01482 381000
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The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.

You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!

Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.

Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.

The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.

The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.

There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.

You can book your magical potions experience online

9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ


01904 692192
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Wired is an exhilarating high ropes adventure in York; a great place to visit with friends and family. It offers a real challenge to even the most fearless adventurers comprising 22 separate activities of varying difficulty.

Wired has state of the art safety equipment and you are attached all the way around the course. No expense has been spared to ensure that this course is using the safest and best quality kit available in the world!

We are sure that children, teenagers, and adults will have a superb, exciting, challenging experience and you will be totally safe!

Wired welcomes group bookings, whether it is families, friends, clubs or colleagues and we do offer great discounts for pre-booked groups.

Wired High Ropes Challenge is suitable from ages 7 years old and upwards.

Also wired High ropes is part of the Yorkshire activity centre in York  which offers archery, axe throwing, crossbow shooting and air rifle shooting.

Our qualified, experienced staff make it an unforgettable experience for everyone who visits and we’re open all weekend!

Can you face the challenge?

Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH


01904 692221
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Distance from York: 25 miles

Nature Themed Gardens, Trails & Play at Wolds Way Lavender & Nature Farm

Pre Booking required.

Enjoy the outdoors together at the Beautiful Lavender & Nature Farm, with seasonal activities ensuring lots to keep the family entertained.

Help Woldie Willow with his Butterfly count, bee keeping and bird spotting.

Weave through Woldie Willows Living Willow Maze.

Miniature railway, Football golf, Giant games, Timber trail, Den zone Building, Giant sandpit and much more!

New for 2021

Now serving a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes & tray bakes. Variety of Coffee’s, Tea’s & Hot Chocolates.

BOOK TICKETS HERE

Free Parking. Gift Shop & Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Tel. 01944 758641

Open DAILY (10am – 4pm)

Wolds Way Lavender
Wintringham, Malton
YO17 8HW

Just of the A64 between Malton & Scarborough


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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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Visit the award-winning York Castle Museum and immerse yourself in over 400 years of York’s past! Discover hundreds of years of York’s social history in one place – from a recreated Victorian street to Dick Turpin’s prison, it’s the perfect family day out!

Our galleries hold thousands of historic objects that bring the past to life through fascinating displays and immersive experiences.

To find out more please visit www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk


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Bring 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.

Admission Prices:
– Adult: £15
– Senior/Student £15
– Child £12.50
– Family of 4 £50
– Family of 5 – £60
— Under 4’s go free. York residents receive 1/3 off the full price admission rate on Sundays.

Open daily from 10:30am, last tour at 3:30pm. Closed 24th-26th December and 1st January

King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD


01905 541441
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Proud Chocolate Makers of York. At York Cocoa Works we source cocoa beans from farms and communities around the world and hand craft a range of innovative and fine flavour chocolates. Join us at our Manufactory, on Castlegate, for a range of family friendly chocolate indulgences and learning experiences.

Chocolate-filled Easter

Join us at York Cocoa Works for some hands-on chocolate fun including crafting your very own Chocolate Lollipop or Chocolate Bar. For those looking to try their hand at becoming master chocolatiers, book onto our Easter Egg Masterclass and create your very own Easter masterpiece.

York Chocolate Festival

This Easter sees the return of York Chocolate Festival! Between 14th-18th April, join us on St Sampson’s Square to make and decorate your own Easter Egg or Bunny treat! 

Chocolate Gifts online

Take a look at our new Easter Collection on our website, featuring a range of handmade chocolate eggs and hampers which make the perfect locally made gift for your loved ones this Easter.

MUMBLERS get 10% off Online with code: CHOCMUMS10


01904 656 731
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Come and try York FootGolf this Easter and enjoy some safe, outdoor fun that’s suitable for for all the family. No experience or equipment necessary, just a willingness to have a go! So why not come and try York’s favourite new activity.
Open 7 days a week through the Easter holidays from 10am until dusk. Visit www.yorkfootgolf.com for more details and to book your game now.
Facilities include Licensed Bar, fantastic beer garden and decking, games room and live sports

York FootGolf, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XW


01904 470549
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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 £12.50 for Adults/Seniors and £9.50 for students (non-York). All under 16s are free of charge all year round. Tower £6.

The building is currently open for general visiting Mon to Sat: 9.30am – 3.45pm, Sun: 12.45pm – 2.45pm.

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


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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! – The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III is on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display.
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


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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.

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

Breezy Knees Gardens, Common Lane, Warthill, YO19 5XS
T: 01904 488800

Burnby Hall & Gardens – Pocklington

Distance from York: 16 miles

Open 10am-5pm – prebooking only. 9 acres of land, comprising 2 lakes and a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily.

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?

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

Booking line: 0330 133 1620

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 & PYO Available in season.

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

Easingwold Maize Maze

As well as a huge maze to navigate your way through, there is also football golf, sandpits, dog walking space, outdoor games and an animal pen.

The Easingwold Maize Maze, North Yorkshire, YO61 3NG

T: 01677 460337

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.

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

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

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. Please check the website for all the information you will need plus how to make a booking for your visit. The garden is open for two days each month until September.

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

Lotherton Hall – Aberford

Partially open. Visitors can enjoy the grounds, gardens and deer park (10am-8pm) and the cafe is operating a takeaway service (9:30am-5pm). The hall, playground and toilets remain closed.

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)

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959

Love York Tipi- Thor Sol Ast

Make It York have been working alongside THOR’S tipi to introduce a new temporary outdoor space on Parliament Street.

Covered by two giant tipi’s, the bright and bold benches allow people to safely see their friends and family and will support nearby cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Home to York’s entrepreneurs for 660 years – and counting. Half price admission for York residents and free for under 16’s, come and explore its fascinating tales and awe-inspiring architecture. Also enjoy a tasty drink, freshly baked cakes & snacks at the coffee house.

Fossgate, York YO1 9XD
T:01904 654818

Mindlock Escape Rooms

A fast paced, fun experience for 2-30 players based right in the City Centre opposite Clifford’s Tower.

We have games which are designed specifically for teams of 2-6 players, and all take place in a custom-built, themed escape game room. With five rooms available our capacity is 30 players playing at one time. The recommended age for our games is 8 years and older.

9 & 10 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA
Tel: 07379 961910

Nunnington Hall – Nunnington

Distance from York: 22 miles

Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions.

Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
T: 01439 748283

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

Thor’s Sól Ást

SOL AST is THOR’S tipi’s summer offer, in Principal Hotel’s gardens.

The beautiful SPERRY tent, brings a super stylish feel to summer in York.

With outdoor fire pits, festoon lit terraces and so much more to help you have a summer of fun.

They’re a ‘rock up’ kind of place and bookings are not necessary.

 

University of York Campus

Free parking on weekends and evenings. Lots of wildlife to look at across both East and West campus.

University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
T: 01904 430000

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Explore the artist in a new way with cutting-edge virtual projection 360 degree experience. Open daily from 10am to 6pm (last admissions 5pm). Tickets must be prebooked online.

York St Mary’s, Castlegate, YO1 9RN

T: 01904 501544

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

There will be staff to assist you and there is a one-way route around the museum. Come and explore what your York Army Museum has to offer. There are high-quality educational activities for learners of all ages.

3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB

T: 01904 731532

York Bird of Prey Centre- Huby

Distance from York: 10 miles

There’s a range of animals like eagles, owls, hawks and falcons. Come join us for a fun & educational day out!

Facilities: Cafe, toilets and baby change.

Burn Hall (round the back), Tollerton Road, Huby YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833214

York Dungeon

2000 years of history are brought to horrible life at the York Dungeon; an essential part of the complete York experience. Immersive sets, incredible actors and unique stories allow you to see, hear, smell and feel York’s darkest history. Discover the TRUE terror of York’s past… if you dare?!

12 Clifford Street, York
T: 01904 632599

York Golf Range

Offering 12-hole crazy golf (£4 adults, £3 kids, £12 family – 2 kids and 2 adults), foot golf, golf lessons, driving range and 9-hole course.
Pre booking recommended by phone or online

Towthorpe Moor Lane, Towthorpe, York, YO32 9ST

T: 01904 499275

York Mansion House

The Mansion House has been at the centre of extravagant city life for almost 300 years. Now open for you and your little ones to experience the decadence of Mayoral Life, and take a peek into Georgian life, this is truly a house like no other.

York Mansion House, YO1 9QL

T: 01904 553663

York Maze

Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is the largest maze in the UK.

With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows, we offer an amazing fun-filled full family day out.

Tickets must be pre booked online.

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, North Yorkshire, York. YO19 5LT
T: 01904 607341

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

Yorkshire Activity Centre

Yorkshire Activity Centre is the ultimate in outdoor adventure activities in the Yorkshire area. We offer the very best in archery, axe throwing, air rifle shooting, quad biking and crossbow shooting. We provide the best activities at the best price.

Yorkshire Activity Centre and Clay Target Centre, Tinker Lane, Harwood Whin, Rufforth, York, YO23 3RR
T: 01904 379188

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.

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, Terrington, York, YO60 6PB
T: 01653 648008

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