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.
- Go squirrel-spotting in the Museum Gardens
- York resident? Take proof of address and visit York Minster
- Stroll down the Shambles and imagine you’re walking down JK Rowling’s Diagon Alley
- See incredible engines and get hands-on with children’s activities at the National Railway Museum
- Spot the butterflies at Askham Bog
- Climb trees and enjoy the wilderness at Hagg Wood in Dunnington
- Walk by the river and give the boats a wave
- Run around the gardens of Homestead Park and enjoy the play equipment
- Do all or some of the solar system cycle ride to Selby (visit itravelyork.info)
- Fly a kite on your nearest green space
- Do the Cat Trail around town
- Walk the city walls
- Take a drive out to Falling Foss near Whitby for a lovely walk and paddle in the stream
- Head to Rowntree Park to feed the ducks, play in the playgrounds and much more
- Skip along to your nearest library to browse and borrow some books (and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge)
- Have a picnic in Dean’s Park (by York Minster) and soak up the atmosphere of the new Heart of Yorkshire Festival.
- 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.
- Do the Junior Parkrun York – it’s on most Sunday mornings at the Knavesmire and is free, just register online beforehand.
- Do the York Selfie Trail (visit visityork.org.uk/explore/selfie for details)
- 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!
Not quite free, but just pay to park at these beautiful
- Dalby Forest – Walk, cycle and enjoy the great outdoors
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park – A wonderful place to spend the day
- Bolton Abbey – Walk across the stepping stones and have a picnic by the river