20 Best Things To Do In York Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In York

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you'll find this list of awesome things to do in York to be quite the treat!

You won’t need a golden ticket for a tour around York’s Chocolate Story, where you can learn all about how the local chocolate is made and make some of your own. Here’s a video review of a family day out at York’s Chocolate Story to help you imagine the experience. 

More chocolate-themed excitement awaits along the York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail where you need to follow the clues and discover more delicious morsels on the way!

With all that sugar running through their system, your little ones will have plenty of energy to run around and explore Web Adventure Park - an action-packed indoor and outdoor play area, it’s one of the best family attractions in York. 

Budding archeologists will love DIG, which is the ideal place to master those fossil brushing skills and learn all about what it takes to excavate ancient artifacts from York’s 2,000-year history. Speaking of York’s history, did you know that York used to be a Viking land once? 

Go on a time-travelling adventure on your next family day out in York and find all about the ferocious Vikings at JORVIK Viking Centre. Hungry for even more trips back in time? Check out York Castle Museum or enjoy a FREE day out in York at the award-winning National Railway Museum. It’s a multiple Family Favourites Awards winner! 

York is a great place for seasonal fun too. In the summer, we love getting lost in York Maze, the UK’s largest maize maze, while in winter, we can’t wait to put our skates on at The Ice Factory, which by the way, works as a funfair the rest of the year. 


Want even more ideas? Here are 5 free things to do in York, 15 things to do in York with kids and 10 hidden Yorkshire gems, all suggested by our team of Trusted Explorers.

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York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail

York Chocolate and Sweet Treasure Trail

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Get out and explore a different side of York with the York Chocolate and Sweet self-guided themed treasure trail! Suitable for all ages, this trail i...

Street on Curious About York trail

Curious About York

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Discover York in a new way, with two unique walks of discovery. Have fun finding answers to clues and matching pictures, whilst reading short tales a...

Tudor exhibition at Barley Hall in York

Barley Hall

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the re...

Family on Murder Mystery Trail

Bingley Mystery Treasure Trail

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Wondering how to make your day out in Bingley more exciting? How about solving a murder mystery! Put on your deerstalker hats, dust off the magnifyin...

Boy looking at display at Yorkshire Museum in York

Yorkshire Museum

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Visit the Yorkshire Museum and see the bare bones of the cities past. Take a trip to a museum with fantastic exhibits about the old capital of the no...

View on huntfun York trail

Huntfun York

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Seeking adventure? Gather the family, take your treasure map and get ready to discover what lies at the end of the huntfun treasure hunt in York. Thi...

View from Holy Trinity Church in York

Holy Trinity Church

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Discover a glimpse of the medieval world tucked behind a busy shopping street. Coloured light filters through stained glass windows to illuminate une...

People looking around at Yorks Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

While other British cities were built on steel, coal or wool, York’s history is somewhat sweeter as you’ll discover at York’s Chocolate Story. Discov...

York Minster at night

York Minster

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

York Minster is a world-famous artistic and architectural masterpiece built between the 1220s and the 1470s. It offers people of all ages a wealth of...

Typewriter at Gr8escape York

Gr8escape York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you cool in a crisis? Or could you crack under pressure? You’ll find out at Gr8escape York where, as a team, you’ll have just one hour to break a...

York Codebreaking Walk

York Codebreaking Walk

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

There’s no better way to discover the historic city of York than with the York Codebreaking Walk! Gather your family and download the Tramble app to...

The Potions Cauldron

The Potions Cauldron

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Visit The Potions Cauldron in York and enter the magical world of potion making! Once you set foot in this quirky little boutique, located on the his...

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure is a unique hands-on experience that will allow your little explorers to truly feel the thrill of archaeological dis...

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Turn your next family day out into a discovery expedition back in time as you delve into York’s fascinating Viking legacy at JORVIK Viking Centre. Th...

York Dungeon guests enjoying The Golden Fleece part of the experience

York Dungeon

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Step into York’s fascinating past and journey through 2000 years of history with an immersive adventure at York Dungeon. 11 live shows and a whole ca...

City Cruises York

City Cruises York

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Set sail with City Cruises York for some family time floating above the water, and discover all the local sites. Pirates and mermaids ready? Then hop...

Girl at birthday party at Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio in York

Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio makes a perfect family activity, we can promise you a great way to keep them occupied for hours! We have a great se...

Boy doing craft at Bish Bash Pot in York

Bish Bash Pot

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Splish and splash at Bish Bash Pot! It’s the place aspiring artists and everyone who enjoys having a messy good time call home. With a team of artist...

Family on miniature train at National Railway Musuem in York

National Railway Museum

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At National Railway Museum there are big trains, bigger rides, it's the perfect platform for the biggest railway day out ever! Great for kids of all...

Displays at York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household object...

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