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
– Animal Arts and Crafts
– Play Park
– Free Parking
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
Reopening 11th July. Prebook only. One-way system will be in place.
Barley 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.
Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR
Gardens, parkland, car park and toilets will be open. You must pre-book tickets before arrival with tickets being released every Friday.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – 11am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10:30am-5pm
Just eight miles north of York is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens and sprawling parkland.
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Distance from York: 15 miles
Update: Castle Howard’s Gardens and Grounds is open for all visitors. All visits will need to be pre-booked using the online booking system ONLY. The much anticipated reopening of Skelf Island, with it’s rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment comes with new ‘Skelf and Safety’ measures in place to ensure that all visitors have space to play whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Please note that for now the House itself will remain closed along with the indoor cafe outlets. There will be some take away catering on offer and the Farm Shop and Garden Centre remain open.
Toilets available. The main toilets in the Courtyard will be closed, with the exception of the accessible toilet and the baby changing facility. Portable toilets will be available on the North Front.
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 gardens making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.
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.
Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP/ King’s Staith, York, YO1 9SN
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: http://booking.citycruisesyork.com/order/promo/.
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
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 www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk 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 www.goape.co.uk.
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 www.dalbyactivitycentre.co.uk.
For more information about opening hours and charges visit www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest or call 01751 460295.
Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT
Reopening from 11th July. Prebook only. Visitors will be given disposable gloves and masks when unearthing artefacts as well as other safety measures in place.
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.
St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
The Great Yorkshire Maze is a brand-new attraction for all the family nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.
We have a field full of fun with nine acres of maize plants and never-ending paths to explore in the Yorkshire Rose Maze, and for younger adventurers there’s the two-acre Scarecrow Mini-Maze.
The Vintage Funfair offers thrills for adults and children alike aboard the 1930s Speedway, Dodgems and Chair-o-plane, while the Hush Hush Train ride and Swing Boats will delight the little ones. Test your skills at the game stalls and win a prize every time!
For some competitive family fun and more prizes have a go at Football Darts, then enjoy live entertainment in our Big Top with a cuppa and cake, a Berry Best Ice Cream or a barbecued bite.
So, come and explore The Great Yorkshire Maze, just off the A64 in Sherburn, midway between Malton and Scarborough (YO17 8QL)! There’s a lot of fun to be had in the field!
The Great Yorkshire Maze will be open every day from 22 July to 6 September 2020, from 10am to 6pm with last admissions at 4.30pm.
Reopening 11th July with pre-booked entry only and safety measures in place.
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.
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 host
Ticket Prices (from 6th Jan 2020 – Subject to change)
Adult – £12.50
Child (5-16) – £8.50
Concessions – £10.50
Family 4 – £35.00
Family 5 – £40.00
Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
Visit the outside areas of the beautiful 16 acre site.
Including: outdoor museum exhibits, farm animals, nature trail, Viking village, Roman fort and railway station platform and outdoor playground.
There will be a few changes to keep everyone safe:
– Hand sanitiser points
– Cough screens
– Social distanced queuing
– Museum galleries closed
– Staff PPE
– Café open on weekends (eating outside only)
– Playground closed
– These restrictions will be loosened as soon as it is safe to do so in line with government guidelines.
– If you hold a 12 month ticket your right to return will be extended by 3 months.
During the period that only the outside areas are open there is the option to pay half price to access for the day only. The standard 12 month tickets will still be on sale as usual giving excellent value.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
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.
Plan your visit at nrm.org.uk
NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.
Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy 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. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. 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.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Please note, as car parking is limited tickets are only available online, with pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
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 offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons.
Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play as well as large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for all ages.
At Stockeld Park there’s a large outdoor, real ice rink which is covered, meaning you can ice skate in any weather! The ice-skating rink transforms into a roller blading rink in the warmer seasons – fun all year round! As well as the ice rink there is also the impressive 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 for birthday parties.
Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and a large 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 our website
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
Distance from York: 41.5 miles
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
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!
Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.
Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.
The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.
Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.
Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)
Enjoy taking the challenge on our amazing Wired High Ropes course. With 22 different activities of varying difficulty – all of which are designed to test your nerve and ability – you’ll have fun making your way around and ending in a thrilling zip wire finish back to earth! You’ll be harnessed on at all times, with friendly, qualified and experienced staff on hand to help if you need it. Our Adventure Pass is available weekends and school holidays and includes Wired High Ropes as well as entry into the indoor and outdoor play areas of the Web Adventure Park for just £12.50
You can also test your nerve and skill on ‘Summit’ a 10m high climbing wall with challenges for all abilities.
Wired High Ropes is open at the Web Adventure Park from Easter through to Autumn at weekends and during school holidays. It is suitable for children aged 7 and is an ideal shared family experience if adults want a go too!
Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH
Distance from York: 25 miles
Come and explore the 12 acre site!
NEW FOR 2019!
Complete our Quiz and enter it in our end of season draw with a chance to win 1 of 5 Season Passes for 2020
Season Tickets to enable you to enjoy the farm all season long and get 10% off in our tea-room!!!
Willow Warren – play, run, hide!
Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own play den.
Timber trail, tiny tots trail, Maze, Giant games, Giant sand pit & Mud kitchen, Mini foot golf, Nature trail, Childrens quiz, Minature railway, Wildflowers, Nature ponds, Lavender, Distillery, Picnic areas, Tearoom, Plant sales and Shop.
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8HW
Reopening August 1st
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.
Adult £8, Child (0-16) Free with paying Adult, YMT Cardholder – Free.
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
Reopening 1st August
A trip down our Victorian Street, Kirkgate, is something you will never forget. Meet the local characters, visit authentic shops and discover the weird and wonderful collections from this bygone era.
Swing by the Sixties gallery, discover toys from days gone by, venture into the original prison cells that held Dick Turpin and surround yourself with a spectacular costume collection from the past 400 years.
With family-friendly activities and fascinating exhibitions, there is something for everyone at York Castle Museum.
Adult £12, Child Free (with paying adult). With YMT Card – Free.
Open 9.30am – 5pm.
York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY
Update: Shop now open. Attraction reopening 4th July (pre-book only)
Attraction open throughout July: Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Wednesday – Sunday 9th – 12th
Wednesday – Sunday 16th onwards
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 (from Feb 2020):
– Adult: £13.50
– Senior/Student £12.95
– Child £10.95
– Family of 4 £44.95
– 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 25th-26th December and 1st January
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
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.
Adult £8, Child (0-16) free with paying adult, YMT Cardholder – Free.
Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
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.
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
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.
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
Reopening with reduced hours 10th July.
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
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
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. Open 10am until 5pm every day – Saturday 18th July until Sunday 6th September 2020.
The Easingwold Maize Maze, North Yorkshire, YO61 3NG
T: 01677 460337
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
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
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)
” 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
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
Opening 1st August, prebook tickets on sale from 10th July
Aptly named an adventure farm, explore the farmyard trail and meet lots of furry friends, explore the new maize maze, follow the fairy tale trail through the enchanted woodland, enjoy the beach, play a game of crazy golf or reach for the sky on our Bouncing Pillows.
“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
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.
Family of 4: £14
Family of 5: £14.50
Monk Bar & Micklegate Bar, York’s City Walls (YO1 7LQ & YO1 6JX)
T: 01904 615505
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
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
Opening Friday 10th July
From the team behind Thor’s Tipi comes their summer operation: Sól Ást. Situated in the gardens on The Principal York Hotel, you will be able to enjoy a refreshing summer drink alfresco as well as food from the Hog & Apple Food Co. Call for advanced bookings.
T: 07483 339119
“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
Set to reopen 4th July
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
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
We will be reopening restricted hours from Friday 10th July: 11am to 4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
There will be a limit on the number of visitors, and staff, in the museum at a time and you can pre-book your visit online.
There are handsanitizer stations at the museum entrance and exit, signage and social distancing measures are in place. There will be staff to assist you and there is a one-way route around the museum.
“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
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
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
Reopening 22nd July
Mansion House was built in 1732 as a home for the Lord Mayor of York. For little ones, treasure hunting awaits with hidden secrets to find, trails to follow and interactives in every room to bring history to life.
St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 9QL
T: 01904 553663
Update: Maze remains closed for the 2020 season
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.
“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
Back open Sat 11th July for sightseeing visits.
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
Reopening 4th July
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
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
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