The ultimate places to stay in York (and beyond) with kids

Places to stay in York with children

We never need a reason to take our holiday in Yorkshire – we regularly hop down the road to Filey for a week, or pack up our tent and head to the Dales. With so much on our doorstep to enjoy, why go further, especially with kids in tow? And York city centre is brimming with things to do with kids, from world-class attractions to amazing places to eat, drink and play. With travel restrictions in place, more of us will be holidaying locally this year. It’s a great time to explore Yorkshire and support the many local businesses who have had an incredibly tough start to the year. Here are four great family-friendly places to stay in Yorkshire and what to expect.

Explore the North York Moors at award-winning Woodlands Farm Thimbleby

Woodlands Farm Thimbleby

Nestled on the edge of the North York Moors, Woodlands Farm in Thimbleby is a very family-friendly place to stay. Set in 10 acres of land, with an orchard, woodland and pastures, there’s lots of space to play, rest and think. All guest rooms are in converted stables and most have their own entrance (two even have their own cooking facilities). Breakfast in bed, lunches and picnics can be arranged, and there’s plenty of Yorkshire beer and wine to enjoy if you wish! You can rest assured that there are plenty of safety measures in place. It’s in the perfect location to explore the wonderful North York Moors too.

Escape to the woods with a stay at Jollydays Glamping

Jollydays Glamping York

There’s no better time to escape to the woods, and Jollydays Glamping near Stamford Bridge has 200 acres to explore. With woodland tents, lodge tents and woodcutter huts to choose from, there’s a choice of accommodation for families of all sizes and it’s a brilliant place to escape to (find our review on the Little Vikings website). It’s a wonderfully WiFi-free zone with plenty of unstructured, off-grid inspiration for kids, from fairy houses to places to play. Don’t forget to take advantage of the fantastic pizza oven, too. Guests can even have free access to Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary, as it’s run by the same family.

Book a Little Explorers stay with The Grand, York

The Grand Hotel York review family

Treat the family to a five-star experience in the heart of York at The Grand, York this summer. Their new Little Explorer package is perfect for families and takes the pressure off planning your stay: let your little ones’ imaginations run wild as they explore historic York, with a York Pass included in the package so that you can enjoy many of York’s best attractions for free. You will even enjoy a family afternoon tea, Yorkshire breakfast, late checkout and goody bags for the children! Bookings are flexible and you can cancel up to 4 pm the day before arrival.

Have a family house to yourselves in York city centre

109 Nunnery Lane family-friendly airBnb York

Live like a York local by renting a whole house just around the corner from York’s popular Bishy Road. 107 and 109 Nunnery Lane are wonderful family-friendly houses that include everything you’ll need for a relaxed family stay in York. Self-catering is a great option for families, with access to your own kitchen facilities, separate bedrooms and living room for relaxing after a day of exploring York’s attractions (a short walk away). Book direct for the best prices.

Other family-friendly places to stay in York with kids

Not quite what you’re looking for? There’s no shortage of family-friendly accommodation in York, from budget hotels (eg. Premier Inn) to respected international chains (Marriott, Hilton), swankier options (Hotel du Vin) and even a Harry Potter-themed apartment (The Enchantment Chamber)! If you come to stay, let us know how you got on! Wondering what to do in York when you’re here? Take a look at our guide to the best things to do on a visit to York with kids

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