Families visiting York are spoiled when it comes to outdoor activities and wonderful scenery – the beautiful city has plenty of pretty green parks, as well as being surrounded by the wild beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Lots of fresh air and being close to nature is the perfect recipe to keep kids and parents happy.
BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best child-friendly Outdoor activities in York.
1. River Ouse Cruise
See the historic sights of York from a different perspective – a cruise boat on the tranquil River Ouse. Take in the city’s landmarks as your knowledgeable guide teaches you about their history – a fully stocked bar is available for drinks and snacks, plus indoor and outdoor seating. If you prefer a more private affair, choose to hire your own boat for a memorable family day out
2. York Museum Gardens
This is a wonderful, quiet spot to escape the hubub of the city for an hour or two, or enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. The former grounds of medieval St Mary’s Abbey, whose remains are still standing, feature beautiful botanic displays and over 40 species of birds. Kids will love the recent addition of a geocache garden too – happy hunting in York!
Address: Museum Street, York YO1 7FR
Opening Hours: Open daily 7:30 am – 6pm / 8pm (winter / summer)
3. Walk the City Walls
Walking the city walls must be on your list to do when visiting York. Stretching for 3.5 km, these are the longest medieval town walls in England, and offer amazing views of the city and beyond. The entire walk should take around two hours and some parts are quite steep, but there are plenty of places to stop along the way for refreshments if you get tired.
More info: www.visityork.org/explore/city-of-york-walls
4. York Maze
This huge maze attracts thousands of visitors each year, when each summer it reveals a different design, created from over one million living, growing maize plants. Past themes include Star Wars, Doctor Who and Thunderbirds… what will it be this year? As well as getting lost in the maze, kids can enjoy a funhouse, adventure activities and pig racing. A ‘must do- on your trip to York with kids!
Address: Elvington Lane, York YO19 5LT
Opening Hours: Open daily from July to September, 10am – 6:30pm
5. Castle Howard
One of the UK’s finest stately homes, Castle Howard lies just 15 miles north of York and is well worth a day trip. The magnificent estate encompasses meticulously landscaped gardens, woodland trails and an Adventure Playground complete with swings, slides, towers and bridges. Enjoy lunch at the Boathouse Café or bring your own picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
*Please note: Pushchairs are not allowed inside the House but can be stored and exchanged for ‘hip-seats’ to assist in carrying children.
Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
Opening Hours: Opening hours for the house and gardens vary according to the season, check the website for more details.
Visiting York with Kids is a great option for a family city break. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, there’s plenty to entertain all ages.
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