One of the best ways to get to know the city really fast is by joining a tour. But with the best will in the world, most children won’t want to wander the streets and listen to two hours of detail about York’s history. Instead, why not board a bus or boat or meet a crazy character and find out about the city in a really fun way? Here are our top tours in York for families.
Grab a seat on the top deck of one of the distinctive York City Sightseeing buses for a whistle-stop tour with commentary (in 10 languages). It covers 20 attractions but you can hop on and off for 24 hours if you don’t want to do it all at once. Visit the York City Sightseeing website
Fans of Horrible Histories will love this funny and entertaining 90-minute tour of the darker side of York’s history. Join Mad Alice as she leads you down the winding back streets and regales you with stories of torture, highwaymen, witches and more. Visit The Bloody Tour of York website
Climb aboard one of York City Cruises’ big red boats and cruise down the Ouse for a unique view of the city. There’s a full commentary and refreshments on board, and children will enjoy waving to passers-by from the top deck. Fancy captaining your own vessel? Why not hire one of the small red boats for an hour? Take a picnic and stop off for an ice cream from the ice cream boat if it’s around. Take a look at our review of a red boat drive down the river here. Visit the City Cruises York website
Two of York’s top attractions – York’s Chocolate Story and York Dungeon – run walking tours at various times of the year. They’re entertaining and very family-friendly, delving into York’s history with their own spin (York’s chocolate history for York’s Chocolate Story, and the more gruesome side of York for the Dungeon).