Best Things To Do & Days Out In York, North Yorkshire

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, before embarking on 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 around your system you’ll be grateful for the chance to burn it off. Strap yourself in for a race in the fast lane at the Motorsports Village or practice those tucks, flips and rolls at the Trampoline Park. Smaller children will love the Wacky Warehouse or have a family game at Sector 7 Laser!

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 on this York family day out.

If parents are in need for a bit of tranquility, jump on board a York Boat trip where you can relax and enjoy the sights of the city, or take a walk around the Curious About York trail.

Don’t forget that if the children misbehave, parents can always threaten them with a trip down to the depths of the York Dungeon, where horrible history is brought to life on this nerve-wracking 70-minute tour!

Want to check when the next school holiday is so you can plan your family days out? We've got a handy breakdown of the UK school holidays to help.

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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...

Hollywood Bowl York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Looking for a great day out for all the family? Look no further than the Hollywood Bowl in York! You don’t have to be a pro, everyone is welcome to t...

Barley Hall

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Step into Barley Hall, a stunning medieval house that was even once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York! The building has been loving...

Piglets Adventure Farm Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Towthorpe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Get ready for an outdoor adventure; meet, pet and feed goats, cows, donkeys and of course – adorable pigs. Make sure to stop by the Piglet Maternity...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

  • 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...

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
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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...

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...

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...

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