York is one of my all time favourite UK cities! Having lived there in my 20s I was keen to return in my 30s but with our little in tow! There are some lovely places to stay in York and there is more than enough to keep the young and young at heart entertained for days so without further ado here at my top 10 things to do in York with kids!
Getting Around York with Kids
York is a relatively compact city which is perfect for families! Most hotels are at a walkable distance to all of the main attractions.
Most places can be accessed with either a carrier or stroller however be warned the shambles can get busy and there are lots of cobbles!
Best Places to Stay in York in with Kids
When we stay in York we always stay at
Grand Hotel York
We love this place because they have family friendly suites and also has parking, is close to the train station and all the main sites! You can read our full review here!
For mid-range options we recommend:
If you are looking for an apartment with a kitchen – then check out this option!
Top 10 Things to do in York with Kids!
1.National railway museum with kids
This is a favourite amongst all kids and is a great thing to do in York whatever the weather!
Highlights on any trip should be seeing the Harry Potter Hogwarts express and platform sign, the Mallard and the royal train! It also has great school holiday activities that make it the perfect school holiday visit!
2. Shambles and Harry Potter shop
The older shopping street in York! Kids will love finding out the origins of the word shambles (hint it was an old butcher shop street and things went out the window)! As an added bonus there is a Harry Potter shop but get there early as it does get busy!
3. Castle museum
My favourite museum in York! The Castle Museum is the perfect place to take kids! The recreation Victorian street is a sure fire hit amongst kids!
4. River cruise
In my experience there is no child who doesn’t like a boat ride! Taking a river cruise is a great way to see the city from a new perspective! It is also a great thing to do on a rainy day in York as the boats have an under cover section!
Not for very young or nervous children but for those with older kids why not do a ghost tour and learn about some of the city’s more gruesome history!
My favourite ghost tour is the original which meets nightly at the kings arms, known as the pub that always floods!
Walk the city walls
Another Great way to see the city and with the added bonus that this isnfeee!
while not on the surface the most family friendly thing to do in york – no visit is complete without entering this majestic building! For those with older children why not climb the tower to see a unique perspective on the city!
This is a family favourite – to walk around and perhaps have a picnic in the grounds! It is even great in winter when the gardens are all lit up for Christmas!
Recently refurbished the Jorvik centre helps children learn about the city’s biking past!
York chocolate story
and last but by no means least York’s chocolate story! Let’s be honest with chocolate in the title this is an easy sell to any kid! But with York’s rich chocolate history they will come away having learnt a thing or two!
What’s your favorite thing to do in York with kids?