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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 spectactular city walls

enjoying a picnic in York Museum Gardens

walking through the ancient streets and quirky alleyways

doing the Cat Trail (pick up a leaflet from the Lucky Cat Shop on the Shambles)

Ambling down the Shambles, the famous medieval street that may have inspired Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley

Playing at Rowntree Park

York Balloon Fiesta

JORVIK Viking Festival

Eboracum Roman Festival

What are the best places 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

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure 

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. The museums are a good option: 

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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