Family Day Trip To York

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Things To Do With The Kids In York

As the summer holidays have finally arrived, the time has come for family days out, or even holidays. As The Olympics showed last year, Britain has a lot to offer, and this series of articles looks at some great ideas of things you can do with the kids.

York is a picturesque walled city in Yorkshire, founded in Roman times and full of history and character. With great access to the rest of Yorkshire by road and rail, York is a great destination either for a family day out or a longer family trip. There’s plenty to do for all ages, along with a selection of great places for food and drink.

Where to stay:

For those wanting more than a day in York, then it is a good idea to pre-book somewhere to stay. Some of our highly recommended accommodations include the Ace hostel and the Hedley House Hotel.

Ace Hostel is a 4 star rated hostel that is ideal for those on a budget or if you’re travelling in bigger numbers. Situated within easy access of the railway station and the central attractions of York itself, Ace Hostel York is a great place to use as a base for your trip to York.

Alternatively our other pick is the Hedley House Hotel rated as one of York’s top hotels, situated in a great location for attractions and transport. The rooms and service are a great standard and being close to the sights and sounds of the city means that families can get the most out of their days in York.

What is there to do in York?


The Stunning Architecture of York Minster

York has a range of things that will keep young and old entertained alike when visiting on a family daytrip. If you have the time and the weather is nice it is recommended to have a walk around the town and take in the sights of the walled city and its historic buildings, taking in the pleasant streets like The Shambles and Mickelgate.

In terms of the attractions York has to offer, here are some of our favourites:

–          National Railway Museum – a great museum for all ages, that’s free to get in. Gives a look at the history of the railway and has regular events and attractions that are updated regularly, as well as interactive exhibits to learn about the science and technology of railways

–          York Minster – a stunning building full of history, join a guided tour around the minster and learn about its past. The minster regularly update their events and have introduced interactive exhibits to make learning fun.

–          Jorvik Viking Centre – Learn about the Viking ancestry of York with interactive activities to interest visitors of all ages. The Jorvik Viking centre makes learning about the past fun and regularly updates its exhibits.

–          YorkBoat – if you have more time on your hands and want to see York from a more leisurely setting, then take a trip on the YorkBoat. See the sights of York from the river, with audio commentary filling you in on the things you see.

–          Original Ghost Walk of York- If the trip is longer than just a family day out, then a Ghost Walk is the perfect activity to keep entertained and to learn some new things about York, as well as seeing the city from a different perspective in the night time.

What Else Is There To Do?

Of course, York has a lot more to offer and these are just a few ideas of things to do. If you’re having a family trip to York for a longer period of time, then there are plenty of activities a little further afield. Activities such as Eden Camp and The Yorkshire air museum are fun activities where you can learn about World War 2 and other events.


Use a Family Visit to York as a base camp for exploring the picturesque Yorkshire dales

If you have a car or want to make the most of Public transport then the picturesque Yorkshire dales or the Yorkshire coastline are within easy traveling distance, adding a different dimension to the family trip!