We love visiting York. In fact although we tend to avoid cities in favour of quieter destinations York is one of the few exceptions. It’s cobbled streets, the river and the museum gardens mean there is a calmer feel to it than you find in most larger cities, making it an ideal place for families to explore.
If you are looking for things to do in York With Children in tow, this list will give you a starting point for your adventures:
A Walk By The River
York has a beautiful river, with large paths by either side. Perfect in the summer months for walking along and enjoying the atmosphere. The river also boasts an array of wildlife, including swans, geese and ducks. Perfect for keeping little ones entertained whilst you enjoy your stroll.
The Cocoa House
From chocolate making workshops, to a whole array of decadent treats to try out the Cocoa Hose is one of our favourite pit stops. We all love their delicious hot chocolate – think of a flavour and they probably have it – and the children thoroughly enjoy making and decorating their own chocolate lolly. Some of the activities need to be booked in advance, but even in busy days it’s usually possible to get a table with just a short wait.
York Railway Museum
Free of charge to enter and great fun to visit, York Railway Museum is a great choice for both children and adults. The Museum gives you a chance to step back in time and see how the Railway has developed over the years as well as seeing how Railways a currently developing all over the world. What’s more there’s a chance to go on your very own train ride, and enjoy some delicious cake all without leaving the museum.
York Christmas Markets
If you’re visiting during December, the Christmas Markets are well worth stopping by. Smaller than those in larger cities, the markets focus on Yorkshire produce and are perfect for buying gifts for those that live further afield. The spacious set up, means that even with a Buggy you are usually able to navigate through them, and sample the many delicious delights on offer.
The Shop That Must Not Be Named
Take a trip down the shambles and visit York’s very own Harry Potter shop. Perfect for enthusiasts of the series, this quirky little shop has things to suit every visit. Visiting as soon as the shop opens is recommended as queues build up quickly during the day. Not to worry if you have to wait awhile though, York’s very own answer to the Leaky Cauldron is just on the other side of the road, serving Butterbeer to thirsty shoppers.
York Museum Gardens
Perfect for letting off steam, the museum gardens are ideal for a picnic lunch in the warmer months. Children will love exploring them whilst checking out the squirrels. They’ll also enjoy taking a look at Space from the observatory within. There’s also a lovely stand serving ice cream and cold drinks to keep everyone refreshed.