Frequently Asked Questions

Is York family-friendly?

Yes! York is a very family-friendly place to visit and live. There are world-class visitor attractions like the JORVIK Viking Centre and National Railway Museum, lovely parks and plenty of cafes and restaurants that welcome children. It is ideally located for day trips to the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and Coast and has good state schools and plenty of nurseries. York was also voted Best Place to Live by The Sunday Times.

What can you do in York for free?

The top things to do in York for free are: 

  • visiting the National Railway Museum
  • walking York’s spectacular city walls
  • enjoying a picnic in York Museum Gardens
  • walking through the ancient streets and quirky alleyways
  • doing the Little Vikings I Spy Trail or York Cat Trail
  • Ambling down Shambles, the famous medieval street that may have inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley
  • Playing at Rowntree Park
  • Enjoy York’s many festivals, from JORVIK Viking Festival to the Eboracum Roman Festival
For special offers and discounts from York businesses, why not pick up a FREE Little Vikings Family Card?

York rainy day

What are the best things in York for families?

The most popular attractions for families in York city centre are:

  • York Castle Museum
  • JORVIK Viking Centre
  • National Railway Museum
  • York’s Chocolate Story
  • JORVIK Dig
  • The Yorkshire Museum
  • York Minster

What can you do on a rainy day in York?

There are lots of things to do if it rains in York, and here are some ideas: 

The National Railway Museum is known as ‘York’s umbrella’! Also consider the JORVIK Viking Centre, York’s Chocolate Story, York Minster, the Yorkshire Museum and more (see our pick of the best attractions for details). Other good options are pottery painting at Rainbows Ceramics or Bish Bash Pot, catching a film at City Screen or Everyman York, shopping at the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (there’s a covered play area) or playing at Creepy Crawlies (The Web Adventure Park).

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