Twenty things to do for free this summer in York with children

The long summer holidays can be hard on the pocket, so here are twenty things to do in and around York with kids without spending a penny.

  1. Go squirrel-spotting in the Museum Gardens
  2. York resident? Take proof of address and visit York Minster
  3. Stroll down the Shambles and imagine you’re walking down JK Rowling’s Diagon Alley
  4. See incredible engines and get hands-on with children’s activities at the National Railway Museum
  5. Spot the butterflies at Askham Bog
  6. Climb trees and enjoy the wilderness at Hagg Wood in Dunnington
  7. Walk by the river and give the boats a wave
  8. Run around the gardens of Homestead Park and enjoy the play equipment
  9. Do all or some of the solar system cycle ride to Selby (visit itravelyork.info)
  10. Fly a kite on your nearest green space
  11. Do the Cat Trail around town
  12. Walk the city walls
  13. Take a drive out to Falling Foss near Whitby for a lovely walk and paddle in the stream
  14. Head to Rowntree Park to feed the ducks, play in the playgrounds and much more
  15. Skip along to your nearest library to browse and borrow some books (and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge)
  16. Have a picnic in Dean’s Park (by York Minster) and soak up the atmosphere of the new Heart of Yorkshire Festival.
  17. Get yourselves to Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre to experience York’s first pop-up Shakespearean theatre. It’s free to enter the village and there are free wagon shows too.
  18. Do the Junior Parkrun York – it’s on most Sunday mornings at the Knavesmire and is free, just register online beforehand.
  19. Do the York Selfie Trail (visit visityork.org.uk/explore/selfie for details)
  20. Amble down the alleyways, sneak down the snickleways and crawl down the cobbles (okay, maybe not). There’s a lot to see in York without spending a penny. Our top tip: look up!

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