Trail Length – 2km
A Very Magical Adventure Presents… Knights, Dragons and Princesses
Make magical memories with the whole family this summer in York’s historic city centre. A live, interactive, theatrical quest where King Arthur needs your help to save the kingdom!
Looking to make some magical memories and keep the kids entertained over the summer holiday season? ‘A Very Magical Adventure’ presents an all new, unforgettable experience that will enchant children and adults alike this summer!
Calling all aspiring heroes and heroines….King Arthur and Merlin need your help! The eggs of the Mighty Dragon Guardian Teregarth have been stolen and are hidden somewhere in the medieval city of York. Join the quest to solve the clues and find the eggs, battle foes and discover Merlin’s secret porthole to the domain of the noble King.
Our quest will take place in the beautiful Museum Gardens in York city centre where you will meet your guide, a Knight of the Sacred Order of the White Rabbit. You will begin your quest to find the magical dragon eggs, visit Merlin’s Magic Shop, where you will learn how to cast spells, before advancing to the Knights Hall. Here you will train to be a knight and should you be successful, be welcomed into the elite Knights order.
You’re sure to meet the King and Queen during your quest, along with some amazing special effects and a fiery dragon surprise! During your experience you will be served a home made cake, sweet treats and refreshments to reward your hard work and efforts along the way.
Knights, Dragons and Princesses is an immersive interactive experience suitable for all the family. The experience offers originally written scripts which showcase the history and magic of York. Think Black Adder meets Horrible Histories and you know this is sure to be a treat for the whole family.
Knights, Dragons and Princesses will be running on selected dates throughout the summer holidays from 31st July to 3rd September. The experience is suitable for kids of all ages from 2 – 99 years and dressing up is encouraged!
The full quest will last around 2 hours. Tickets include an outdoor and indoor interactive theatrical quest, magic school, knights hall training, home made cake, sweet treats and refreshments.
Tickets start at £16.95, book your place at our online booking office.
Mumbler 10% discount code Mumbler01
Prebooked entry only. 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. Take away only and limited opening times.
– Daily Keeper Talks programme
– Play Park
– Free Parking
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
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-book only. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.
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!
Opening times 2021
19th May to 31st August – Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.30am to 4pm
1st September to 30th November – Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10.30am to 3.30pm
December – 10th to 17th -Christmas Market, Carols & Crafts
We will be closed on the following dates for private events:
May 29th, July 9, 10, 17 August 6, 14, 21, 26, 28 September 3, 4, 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 November 6, December 2, 18
5-15 year old £1
Under 5s Free
Bedern Hall, Bartlegarth, YORK, YO1 7AL
The gardens, galleries, restaurant, shop and play area are open. The rest of the hall remains closed. National Trust members and under fives are free, all other prices and opening details can again be found online. Please check the website for all the information you will need to plan and enjoy your visit.
A place of reinvention; evolving gardens and changing art exhibitions.
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Distance from York: 15 miles
Grounds and Skelf Island are open with restrictions in place. You must BOOK ONLINE prior to going
Castle Howard is a magnificent historic house in the north of England, the 18th century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breath taking landscape in Ryedale.
The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland (with children’s trails) as well as formal walled garden and children’s adventure playground making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.
The Boathouse is a lovely place for an ice cream, tea and cake – near the playground too!
Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
SERVICE UPDATE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES, OUR SERVICES RESUME AS FOLLOWS:
EXTENSIVE CLEANING AND PLENTY OF ROOM FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING HAVE EARNED US THE VISIT BRITAIN ‘WE’RE GOOD TO GO’ AND AA ‘COVID CONFIDENT’ ACCREDITATIONS.”
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 (Feb – 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.
Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DP/ King’s Staith, York, YO1 9SN
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
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
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.
Dalby Forest, Dalby Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering YO18 7LT
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-book only. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.
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!
After a magical 9 hole adventure you can relax in our Wizard pub with a Wand Dog, Uni-pop-corn or GrobbleNachos 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 Inn.
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-book only. For ticket prices, opening times and information about our Covid-19 procedures please visit our website.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Murton Park this Spring.
The outside areas of Murton Park will open on 12th April*
Get fresh air walking around 16 acres of parkland which includes stepping back into the past in the Viking village and Roman Fort, outdoor museum collection such as tractors, meet the animals and burn of energy on the playground. There will also be a range of outdoor events and the café serving takeaway food and drink.
The inside areas of Murton Park will open on 17th May*
All of the above as well as being able to visit the museum galleries, go inside the recreated historical buildings and full café.
To ensure everyone stays safe we ask that people follow the rules of the government ‘Roadmap’. Including: 2m social distancing at all times, adults to wear face coverings when inside (unless exempt) and use the onsite sanitising points.
*These dates are subject to change inline with the government easing of restrictions.’
Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
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.
OPEN Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.
MAY HALF TERM – Open Monday 31st May and Tuesday 1st June 2021 during half term as well as normal days.
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.
Limited pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
Aptly named an adventure farm, explore the farmyard trail and meet lots of furry friends including ponies, alpacas and of course curly tailed pigs!
You can enjoy our beach and even rent your own beach hut! Why not play a game of crazy golf or reach for the sky on our Bouncing Pillows? And don’t forget to visit the Animal Barns to see The Piglets Maternity Ward!
There’s plenty of food on offer at the Piggy Pizza Parlour as well as our Ice Cream Parlour. We have plenty of outdoor space for picnics too.
Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
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!!!!
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.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Just of the A64 between Malton & Scarborough
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.
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
We have an exciting range of tours available to explore some of the most fascinating aspects of our collection and building – including one just for families!
Kirkgate Family Tour 2021
Families! This Spring, let our costumed guide whisk you back more than 100 years to walk the streets of Victorian York.
Step onto the cobbles and peer in the windows of the fine shops along Kirkgate, hearing why a Devil lurks outside the printers and how taking your “weasel” to the pawnbrokers was a weekly occurrence for many. Then head down the back alleys into York’s slums to discover how hard and deadly life was for the majority of the city’s residents as they battled against the awful conditions, where sharing a toilet with your whole street was the norm.
This tour is aimed at ages 5-16
Upcoming dates: Saturdays & Sundays in May
To find out about our other tours click here: https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/york-castle-museum-tours/
Pre-book tickets online. Open from 21st May 2021.
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: £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 25th-26th December and 1st January
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
At York Cocoa Works we source cocoa beans from farms and communities around the world and import them directly to our manufactory on Castlegate, York. We process the cocoa from bean to bar and use them in our range of innovative & hand crafted chocolates, our chocolate drinks and cakes within the cafe and cakeaway service as well as teaching a range chocolate making techniques in our Cocoa Academy.
Our workshops offer something for all ages and abilities. Drop in to make chocolate lollipops whist enjoying a hot chocolate in our chocolate cafe or book onto one of our chocolate bar making workshops and design your dream chocolate bar. Those looking for a chocolate experience at home can find a selection of make-at-home kits for all the family including a chocolate lollipop making kit. It includes everything you need to make up to 8 lollipops and decorate with a range of sprinkles as well as a video tutorial on how to create the perfect lollipop! We are also able to host school groups with our special schools chocolate workshops!
Our Chocolate Cafe is a sweet haven for all cocoa lovers, the menu offers a choice of drinking chocolates and handmade cakes served daily. Join us for an indulgent treat or drop-in to make one of our signature chocolate lollipops. Chocolate lovers are invited to enjoy an array of chocolate cakes and treats in the surrounds of our chocolate manufactory. Our Chocolate Indulgence starts with a chocolate tasting followed by a chocolate drink of your choice and a selection of our handmade chocolate cakes.
Chocolate and cakes available for local cycle delivery, royal mail and click and collect at our shop in Castlegate. Cake away to be ordered by 10pm Wednesday for post dispatches and York deliveries.
Our chocolate shop and online store retail a variety of products including our famous hot chocolates, truffles and single origin bars. Seasonal touches are added to the range throughout the year to reflect changing ingredients, occasions and to also showcase our product innovations.
Within our chocolate manufactory is where we hand make all our single origin chocolate bars, truffles and hot chocolates. We spend lots of time innovating, experimenting and assessing the cocoa beans before turning them into our chocolate creations. Through our windows you can see our chocolatiers bean sorting, roasting, winnowing, grinding and tempering our cocoa before turning them into the products you see sat in our chocolate shop.
A chocolate moment for tired parents:
Join us every Tuesday morning with your baby in our chocolate cafe for a hot chocolate or cold drink from our summer menu and add a cake for just £1.00. Toddler in tow? Don’t fret, you can also add chocolate lollipop making to your order for just £4 and we will give you a free glass of squash and a chocolate cocoa pod to enjoy whilst you wait for your lollipop to set. We have baby changing facilities on site so you can sit back, relax and have a chocolate moment!
What’s more, FootGolf is the ideal activity for current social distancing guidelines as the course is spread out over such a large area. Strict Covid secure guidelines are also in place to make your trip as safe as it is enjoyable. York FootGolf – The new way to play ball!
Prices: (Off peak/Standard)
Call or book online!
York FootGolf, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XW
As a York Resident you can take in one of the world’s most-magnificent cathedrals – with stunning stained glass and architecture dating back nearly 2,000 years – for FREE with proof of address.
The wide open areas of the Minster offer a great chance to explore and learn on your day out and you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have the Visit England ‘Good To Go’ stamp of approval, showing they are following all health guidelines correctly.
Booking slots online is required for all at the moment – even with free admission. Please visit YorkMinster.org to select your day and timed slot now. Remember to have your proof of address with you on the day (this includes YorkCard, Drivers ID, Council Tax bill, York Student Card).
Charges for non-York residents are £11.50 for Adults/Seniors and £9 for students. All under 16s are free of charge all year round.
The building is currently open for sightseeing Mon-Sat: 11am-4pm, Sun: 12.30pm-2.30pm
All are welcome to daily services held at the Minster for free. See YorkMinster.org/Whats-On for service times.
York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
Halifax Way, Elvington, York YO41 4AU
Re-opens July 9 2021!
From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe.
Don’t miss our ground-breaking exhibition Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, opened by Sir David Attenborough. Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in.
NEW! From July 9 – The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III will go on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display, in summer 2021.
The painting, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London, and will be displayed alongside the museum’s outstanding collections associated with the King such as the magnificent Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters.
Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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. There are drinks and cakes available from the terrace for takeaway only. The dining room and house remain closed.
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)
Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959
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.
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
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.
Distance from York: 22 miles
Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions.
Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
T: 01439 748283
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.
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.
Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens & Nurseries, Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP
T: 01904 728506
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.
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
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).
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
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
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
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
Offering 12-hole crazy golf (£3 adults, £2.50 kids, £10 family – 2 kids and 2 adults), foot golf, golf lessons, driving range and 9-hole course.
Towthorpe Moor Lane, Towthorpe, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499275
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
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
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
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
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