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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 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...

City Sightseeing York Hop on Hop off Tour

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

York is a medieval city with stunning views and a healthy dose of Viking influence for good measure. See it all on a City Sightseeing York Hop on Hop...

Play It VR

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Make new memories in a whole new world at Play It VR, where there’s over 80 virtual reality games for you to jump into. There’s an enormous mix of po...

Puttstars York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Treat your mini putting champs to a 9-hole adventure like no other at Puttstars York. Feel the thrill of the challenge as you make your way through t...

Energi Trampoline Park York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

At Energi Trampoline Park York imagine how much fun you, your family and friends can have together in a gigantic indoor park filled wall to wall with...

York MotorSports Village

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

York MotorSports Village is a race themed indoor Go karting centre and proud winners of The Visit York Tourism Awards: Visitor Attraction of the Year...

Vue York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Young and old alike, the cinema has always been a classic day out. Jump into movie magic at Vue York, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exc...

Wacky Warehouse - Flying Legends

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The air conditioned Wacky Warehouse at the Flying Legends has plenty of colourful modern adventure play equipment crammed into a vertical climbing ma...



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Tenpin York

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Looking for something right up your alley? Discover Tenpin York, and enjoy a day out that will knock the socks off your little bowlers! Anyone can ha...

Cycle the Solar System

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

This scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles, which is a ratio of 575,872,239 to 1, which makes the speed of light just 1.16 mp...

The Web Adventure Park

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

You might think The Web Adventure Park is all about spiders, however the only thing here with eight legs is a family of four! The Creepy Crawlies her...

The Ice Factor York

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

The Ice Factor is the north of England's biggest outdoor 100% real ice rink and has been in the city for over 15 years! Surrounded by an illuminated...

Pots and Whatnots

  • York
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Pots and Whatnots Pots and Whatnots is a family friendly Paint your own Pottery Studio situated in Bishopthorpe, just outside of York City Centre. We...

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Yorkshire Museum of Farming is a great family attraction located in the 16 acre rural setting of Murton Park just outside York that covers the divers...

Derwent Valley Light Railway

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Derwent Valley Light Railway, which is also known as The Blackberry Line, is a heritage railway line running on about half a mile of the original...

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Animal lovers and science buffs alike will jump at a chance to visit Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park. All sorts of curious creatures ca...

York Maze4.666666666666667 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Do you have the sense of direction of a goldfish? Then you may find York Maze a bit of a challenge! The largest, award-winning UK maze is made from o...

York Golf Range

  • York
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Fancy a quick game of mini golf in York? Play a round at the crazy golf course at York Golf Range. Face many obstacles, including loop-the-loop and w...

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...

Yorkshire Air Museum

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum and Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, s...

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