Our guide to the best 50 things for families to do in York

Railway Museum York

Day trip, weekend break or holiday, York is a city that’s ideal for children. It’s full of fantastic attractions, family-friendly places to eat, hotels that welcome children and things to do for free. Here’s our 50 top things to do with kids in York and just beyond (CLICK HERE to take a look at our curated list of the best quirky things to do in York). What are you waiting for? Come and see us! Oh, and keep these handy guides to the best of York for kids up your sleeve too…

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Without further ado, here are 50 fun things to do in York with children

Walk York City Walls with Children

– Dig for artefacts at DIG: An archaeological adventure

– Walk York’s city walls (free!)

– Get lost in one of the UK’s biggest mazes at York Maze (summer)

– Go wild in the adventure playground at Castle Howard

– See how many things you can spot on the Little Vikings I Spy Trail (Free!)

Skelf Island Castle Howard

– Have a sugar mouse from the recreated Victorian sweet shop at York Castle Museum

– Borrow an Explorer Backpack from York Minster and see what you can discover

– Do the York Cat trail – grab a free map and see how many cats you can spot on York’s buildings

– Be scared silly at York Dungeon (age 10+)

– Learn about dinosaurs at the Yorkshire Museum

Kirkgate York Castle Museum

– Do your own still life at York Art Gallery

– Paint a plate, mug or anything else at Rainbows Ceramics

– Do the Wizard Walk of York

– Hire a bike and embark on a family cycling adventure (Get Cycling is a good option for bike hire)

– Have a round of wizard golf at The Hole in Wand

The Hole in Wand

– Have a picnic in one of the many parks: York Museum Gardens, Rowntree, Homestead and West Bank Parks are our favourites

– Watch the horses thunder by at York Races (Family Race Day in September is the best bet for children).

– Take a trip around a Viking village at the JORVIK Viking Centre

– Visit the animals and play outdoors at Piglets Adventure Farm Park

– Search for Roman ghosts at Treasurer’s House

– Choose a cake from the cake trolley at Bettys

– Go on a ghost walk – we like The Bloody Tour of York

– Treat yourselves to a movie at Everyman York or City Screen York (or Vue or Cineworld!)

– Fly a kite on the Knavesmire

– See the city from above at Clifford’s Tower

Bloody Tour of York review

– Have an ice cream from the Two Hoots ice cream boat (summer)

– Count butterflies at Askham Bog Nature Reserve

– Amble down York’s Shambles, one of the prettiest streets around (and possibly the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley)

– Make a potion at The Potions Cauldron on the Shambles

– Visit the National Railway Museum for engines, hands-on activities and much more (free!)

York Theatre Royal

– Enjoy the street entertainers: musicians, escapologists and more

– Do the ninja warrior course at Agility York (there’s a little soft play area for kids too)

– Bounce off the walls at Point Zero Trampoline Park

– See where Guy Fawkes was born

– Enjoy a children’s show at York Theatre Royal

– Grab an ice cream, milkshake or fish & chips at one of the lovely cafes on Bishy Road, winner of the Great British High Street Awards

– Run, climb and jump off some energy at The Web Adventure Park

– Search for tansy beetles (free!)

– Play games in the medieval schoolroom at Barley Hall

– Laugh at the silly street names (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate anyone?)

York Boat

– Go for a family walk – here’s our guide to the best walks in and around York

– Go wild in the aqua park, hire a pedalo or have a go on a kayak at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park

– Search for squirrels or have a picnic in the Museum Gardens

– Learn about York’s chocolate history at York’s Chocolate Story

– Marvel at the ice sculptures on the York Ice Trail (February)

York’s Chocolate Story review

– Visit the UK’s smallest LEGO shop, Minifigs & Bricks

– Visit Dick Turpin’s grave

– Try new foods, get hands-on at workshops or do kids’ activities at York Food & Drink Festival (September)

– Take a guided boat trip or drive your own with City Cruises York

Visit Father Christmas at Beningbrough Hall, Castle Howard, York Castle Museum, Eden Camp and lots of other lovely places during the festive season

And keep your eye on Little Vikings – in print, online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – for the best of York for families throughout the year

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