Whether your family has a budding archaeologist, a Thomas the Tank Engine fan or a history buff, York has something to indulge everyone's passions. And with many activities located in the city, it's easy to hop from one to the other and keep everybody happy. Or for a full day out, it's easy to lose yourself at either York Maze or nearby Castle Howard, one of England's finest Baroque mansions and filming location of Brideshead Revisited.
York Golf Range, York - Set in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of York, York Golf Range provides outstanding facilities and exceptional value for money. Hit balls on the golf range, Putt to victory on the Crazy Golf, Play golf on the 9 hole course or kick a hole-in-one on the FootGolf, whatever you choose you'll have great fun at York Golf Range.
Stepping back in time has never been so much fun. DIG offers little ones the chance to become real archaeologists and follow clues to unearth Roman, Viking and Victorian artefacts and they may even get to meet a Roman warrior on their travels! For more hands-on history, the free National Railway Museum is packed with activities for kids (young and old!). Discover over 300 years of railway history and a collection of over 100 locomotives. You can watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse their object-filled Warehouse, or let off steam in the outdoor play area.
York is not only home to historic buildings and Vikings, it’s also home to a host of cute animals and amazing green outdoor spaces. Become one with nature and visit the Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park with animals from around the world whether it be a lemur from the forests of Madagascar or a wallaby from the Australian bush. Get hands on at Piglets Adventure Farm and Beetle Bank Open Farm, where the little ones can play in the adventure playground or get up close and personal with pigs, sheep and goats.
For a more leisurely day out, why not take to the river. There is a positive raft of boat trips along the river Ouse, giving you and your family the chance to kick back and see the sights sail by in comfort. You could even choose one of the lunch cruises and stop off at a riverside pub for a snack before you jump aboard again for the return trip.
Throughout the year York hosts an action packed calendar of events and festivals. Are you feeling brave? Go on the hunt for the hidden Ghost lamps on the Great York Ghost Search. At Easter savour the delicious chocolatey treats on offer at the Chocolate Festival. For a thrilling day out cheer on the wacky go karts that roar down the hilly cobbled street at the Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge.
For more inspiration on how to keep the kids entertained check out the Visit York family friendly pages.
If you’re looking for a city adventure with your little ones, look no further than the York City Pass with access to over to 26 attractions. If you’re looking to venture further afield you can buy the York and Beyond Explorer Pass, where you’ll have access to 50 attractions within the city walls and across North Yorkshire. The great thing about the pass is that you’ll save money giving you more to spend on extra treats for your little ones.