What & Where is open in York for families? York

What’s Open – Days Out

Dean Gardens York MinsterWe have a blog listing all of the Parks, Open Spaces and Gardens in York that are now open – we are keeping this updated with the latest information.

This Includes information on Rowntrees Park, Homestead Park, Dean’s Park, Yorkshire Museum Gardens and lots more.

You can see the blog HERE or by clicking on the photo to the right.

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

01904 615505


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.

01653 648333


Now Open for sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hire. (Re-opened 4th July)

We are incredibly proud to have now acquired the AA “COVID-19 Confident” accreditation alongside our Visit Britain “We’re good to go” industry standard.

Acquiring both of these marks mean that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we “have in place the necessary risk assessments, safety measures and staff training to reopen safely, in line with the UK’s respective government guidelines as well as UKHospitality and respective trade association guidelines, as they are published.

We have now reopened and welcomed people back onto the water, for both sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hires. If you are planning to sail with us, you can find out about the new measures for social distancing pre-boarding, and whilst on board, along with our cleaning procedures and hygiene facilities supplied on board, by clicking here.

For all other cruises including our dining and party cruises, we are awaiting Government advice with regards to indoor hospitality venues reopening, and will update regarding future operation of this cruise then.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email on infoyork@citycruises.com

Use code MUMBLER20 for 20% off daytime sightseeing, early evening cruises and self drive boat hire between 4th-31st July.

Book On-line – £35 until 12, and then £40 after that and you can now book up to 1 hour before departure.

01904 628324


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

01904 615505


Staff at the attraction have been working very hard in the recent weeks to get the park to a high standard ready for a safe opening on the 11th July.

Now, Diggerland is pleased and proud to announce that all four UK-based digger parks are ‘Good To Go’ and have been awarded the ‘Visit Britain’ seal of approval.

Tourism in Britain has been greatly affected and so the Visit Britain tourism board introduced the new industry standard to help build confidence around tourism organisations in Britain and encourage the public to enjoy days out.

Visitors wishing to make a visit to Diggerland must now book their tickets in advance and should not visit if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.

Diggerland have introduced various safety measures including social distancing, non-contact temperature checking for guests and staff members upon arrival, contactless payment options in the admissions, gift shop and food areas, take-away food options or advise to take a picnic. Guests are also advised to wash their hands regularly, use the hand sanitiser provided and wear face coverings especially for certain rides and drives. Diggerland however have had to close certain areas including the children’s soft play and Little Tikes play zones.

The number of visitors allowed into any Diggerland UK park has been considerably reduced to further assist with social distancing and ensure both customers and staff are kept as safe as possible.

A Diggerland representative said, “These are very difficult and unprecedented times indeed. We are following all guidelines set out by both the UK Government and the British tourism boards, as well as listening to our staff and customers’ demands. We believe now that we can deliver a safe and very enjoyable day out for our guests.”

Diggerland ask that any visitors read the Covid-19 statement via the Diggerland website, prior to making a visit.

Pre-book your Diggerland tickets – click here

Diggerland Yorkshire, Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW

08712 277007


Pre-book tickets here

Yorkshire’s ultimate Theme Park attraction & the UK’s most visited Zoo, plus a luxury Resort Village,
for fantastic family days out, holidays & short breaks.
Distance from York: 25 miles
Theme Park and zoo.
Open until November, from 10am. Zoo does open in Winter (Check website for daily closing times as they vary off season).

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX

0871 9118000


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.

07985 331802


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.

Discover Coppergate

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

Explore the Viking-Age City

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

Experience the Real Thing

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

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

01904 615505



Admission includes: Pixie Village Trail, Adventure Playground, Cave, Petrifying Well, Wishing Well and Gift Shop.

Visitors must pre-book an arrival slot and will be given 2.5 hours to explore the attraction. £25 per car term-time weekdays, £30 per car weekends and school holidays (max 7 people per car), including parking. Please note that minibuses and motorhomes will not be allowed. Unfortunately, pedestrians without a car will not be able to visit at the moment – this is to reduce contact upon admission.

Picnics are welcome, ice creams and drinks are also available to purchase within the attraction.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground and must be kept on a lead.

There are three sets of steps in the attraction which are not wheelchair accessible and pushchairs must be parked at the bottom of these steps – we recommend bringing a sling.

How do I book my time slot?
Admissions must be booked online in advance. We will have morning sessions and afternoon sessions, each allowing 2.5 hours from when the slot starts for visitors to enjoy the attraction. Morning sessions start from 9.30am with slots every 10 minutes until the last morning admission at 10.20am. The park will close after the morning sessions at 12.50 for our staff to thoroughly clean the facilities before the afternoon sessions begin. Afternoon sessions will begin from 1.30pm with last admission at 2.20pm. The park will close at 4.50pm. Please arrive promptly for your allocated time slot and leave by the end of your session. Each week we will release new dates and tickets until normal operation is resumed.

What do I need to bring with me?
Upon arrival, please display your booking confirmation barcode. You can print this or show it on your phone. You will not be allowed admission to the attraction without a valid pre-booked ticket.

Can I arrive without a car?
Pedestrian access will not be allowed at this time and bookings will be for cars only.

What Safety Precautions are in place?
Signage – to show where to space out and leave a 2m distance – demonstrating effective hand washing – warning of narrow passages – showing one-way systems.
Staff will be continually cleaning throughout the attraction.
Staff will have protective face masks and access to hand sanitizers.
Limiting the number of tickets per day to avoid overcrowding.

Can we visit the town of Knaresborough while we are here?
Parking is for the attraction only, if you wish to visit the town of Knaresborough there are town car parks, but you will not be allowed re-entry to the attraction.
The only entrance will be on High Bridge, the entrance on Low Bridge will be closed.
Visitors will not be able to leave through the Museum entrance and we will not be giving wristbands that allow re-entry at this time.

Will the playground be open?
The adventure playground will be closed until further notice in line with government advice.

Will your toilets be open?
Yes, our toilets will be open for our visitors to use. They are located at the main gate and port-a-loos in the middle of the park. As always, we will be cleaning these regularly.

Will the Museum and Gift Shop be open?
The museum and gift shop will be not be open until the 15th June when non-essential shops can reopen. When the museum and gift shop reopens, we will ask that you pay by contactless card payment where possible. There will be a limited capacity of visitors allowed in the Gift Shop at any time.

Will there be refreshments available?
No, there will be no refreshments available. Cold drinks and ice lollies will be available from the Gift Shop when it reopens.

Can I bring a picnic?
Yes, you can bring a picnic, but you should bring your own picnic blanket and put your rubbish in the bins provided.

Can I bring a barbecue?
No, barbecues are not permitted.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Can I use my Complimentary/Open ticket?
You will need to book a time slot, if you have a complimentary or open ticket and you would like to visit us at this time, please contact us at info@mothershipton.co.uk

I’m an Annual Member, do I need to pre-book?
If you are a member, you will need to book in a time slot to visit us. Email us at info@mothershipton.co.uk and we will arrange this for you. You will need to bring your membership barcode upon arrival.

Is the park pram friendly?
Due to maintaining social distancing, you will not be able to access the Cave, Well and Museum/Gift Shop with a pram. There are 3 sets of stairs that will be out of bounds to prams, but there will be a shelter for prams to be parked before the steps if required.
We would recommend bringing a sling if possible, instead of a pushchair.

Is the park accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters?
The park is not suitable for people with mobility issues due to steps and uneven ground.

01423 864600


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

01904 489966


Summer 2020

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

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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.
Open 10am-5pm
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

01904 687687


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

01904 687687


Open from 25th June

Gardens will be open everyday 10:30am-6pm. The Trust are looking forward to welcoming you back as the gardens come into summer bloom. We ask everyone follow social distancing guidelines.

York Museum Gardens are botanic gardens in the city centre situated next to the river Ouse and house the former grounds of St Mary’s Abbey.

Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR

01904 687687


Allerthorpe Lakeland Park (Near Pocklington)

Opening 14th July

Distance from York: 14 miles

“We went to allerthorpe lake at the weekend and kids really enjoyed it. Bit muddy in places but should have dried out after this week. I paid £4 for me, a 3 year old and a 2year old. Nice little cafe, walk round the lake, a sandpit (that was full of water when we went) and a park. I’m 38 weeks pregnant and it was ideal.”

HT, April 18

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, it’s lovely.. there’s a cordoned off bit for you to have a little paddle in (not deep and no fish!) also water sports to enjoy from paddle boats to stand boards, it’s a lovely day out especially in this weather! Xx”

HG, June 18

Open Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm & Sat – Sun 9am – 5pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays & during school holidays.

£2 per person or £5 per family for the woodland walks and play area. Water sports extra.

Melbourne Road, Allerthorpe, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL
T: 01759 301444

Bebra Gardens – Knaresborough

Distance from York: 19 miles

All-day parking at Waterside Car Park, HG5 8DF, the gardens are sign posted from there.
Bebra Gardens is open all year round, 24 hours a day. The paddling pool is open from Spring Bank Holiday (at the end of May) to the first week in September.

Brewerton Street, Knaresborough HG5 8AZ

Beetle Bank Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary

Farm, wildlife sanctuary, café. Sandpit, bouncy castle and playhouse remain closed. Only 2 groups at a time with 15-minute slots to be booked with the Barn Staff. Please bring a face mask (unless you are exempt from wearing one) and gloves for feeding and handling the animals.

beetle bank farm is really good, there’s lots of animals and there’s a little petting area where you and you lo can hold/ stroke the rabbits and guinea pigs xx”

SMR, Aug 18

I’ve been it has a lovely small soft play inside perfect for her age! The horses are nice too…More to do for older preschoolers but definitely worth a trip x

JS, Aug 18

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD
T: 01904 488796

Brayton Barff – Near Selby

Distance from York: 17 miles

Brayton Barff woodland is a very popular recreation destination for visitors who head there to walk their dogs, enjoy the beautiful scenery and take a gentle stroll. The 1¼ mile circular route flows through densely wooded areas, some of which is ancient woodland. A car park is situated off Barff Lane, west of Brayton near Thorpe Willoughby.

Brayton Barff, Barff Lane, Brayton

Breezy Knees Gardens

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

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

TW, July 18

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

CH, Aug 18

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

Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Distance from York: 44 miles

Open 10am-5pm – pre-booked admission only.

“Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is amazing”

NS, Feb 18

“Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park, if you can travel is certainly worth it”

NS, Oct 18

Carnaby Covert La, Bridlington YO15 3QF
T: 01262 673653

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.

Burnby hall in pocklington is lovely

SM, Oct 2018

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

CD, April 2018

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

Dalby Forest

The car parks, toilets, and trails at Dalby Forest are open, however the play equipment and play areas, GoApe, the visitor centre information desk, café and bike hire remain closed.

T: 01751 460295

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. 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

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)

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

Monk Park Farm – Thirsk

Distance from York: 21 miles

Monk Park Farm Park Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire and is in the heart of Herriot Country and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This wonderful Children’s Farm is one of Yorkshire’s best Places to Visit and is ideal for school visits and educational farm visits. There is currently a drive-thru farm safari.

Monk park farm Deffo… we love it there xx”

VG, Jan 2019

“Recommend Monk Park farm, Thirsk x”

VS, Jan 2019


Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk, YO7 2AG
T: 01845 597730

Moorlands Nature Reserve – Near Skelton

This small woodland is part of the ancient Forest of Galtres and is ablaze with colour in spring. Snowdrop, primrose, daffodil and bluebell form a backdrop to a succession of mature rhododendrons, azaleas and maple. Fairly flat so will be suitable for most buggies – it’s a circular walk with lots of interest points like carved trees, a tree house and ponds along the way. From York, take the A19 Thirsk road for about 3 and a half miles to Skelton. Turn right off the A19, continue through the village and the nature reserve is another 2 miles further on, on the left of the road. Parking is allowed on the verge near the entrance gate. Unfortunately Dogs aren’t allowed as it’s a nature reserve.

“I recommend Moorlands. It’s out towards Shipton. Full of ancient twisted rhododendrons that make the best climbing frames x”

CD, Dec 18

“Moorlands is a lovely little walk xx”

SW, Dec 18

Moor Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 2RE

National Trust Car Parks

From Wednesday 13 May we’ll start opening some car parks in England, in line with government advice, so people can access fresh air, open space and nature. Car parks which are staffed and have facilities, will take longer.

All car parks in Wales and Northern Ireland will remain closed.

For the moment, our pay-for-entry places including houses and gardens, remain closed.

Newby Hall

Distance from York: 24 miles

From the 6th June, Newby Hall are reopening their gardens to the public. Ice-cream, snacks and drinks will be available from the Railway Shop and visitors are welcome to picnic on the grass area adjacent to the restaurant. Tickets must be pre-booked.

Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE

T: 01423 322583

Piglets Adventure Farm

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

RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Garden centre and gardens now open. Gardens open 10am-4pm. Pre-book before arrival.

Distance from York: 26 miles

Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB

T: 01423 565418

Sewerby Hall & Gardens – Bridlington

Phased reopening begins 20th June.

Distance from York: 44 miles

Set in fifty acres of stunning parkland, this historic country house and estate has a great deal to offer to visitors of all ages. A House, Gardens, zoo, shops and a café.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA.

T: 01262 673769


Open Tuesday to Sunday and you can visit the Rare Breed Farm Park, Grounds and Gardens – unfortunately the House and Play Park will remain closed until further notice.

They have put many procedures in place one being the limited ticket online booking (Click Here to Book)

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, Yorkshire, YO25 3XG

T: 01377 236637

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

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

Wolds Way Lavender and Nature Farm

Now open. Pre-booking online essential to manage numbers. Tearoom and some areas including the timber trail, mud kitchen, sand pit and some games remain closed.

Sandy Lane, Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 8HW

T: 01944 758641

York Mansion House

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

York Minster

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

Yorkshire Air Museum – Elvington

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

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Doncaster

Distance from York: 48 miles

Reopening from the 15th June. Tickets must be pre-booked.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park, commonly referred to as YWP, is a wildlife park located just outside Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in England.

Warning Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB

T: 01302 535057