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

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, 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.

  1. Boys on a Spy Mission Treasure Trail

    Skipton Spy Mission Treasure Trail


    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Super spies at the ready! The Skipton Spy Mission Treasure Trail has a devilishly tricky series of clues that only you can decipher - can you handle...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 38.1 miles from York
  2. Sculpted tower at The Forbidden Corner in Coverham

    The Forbidden Corner


    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    ‘The Strangest Place in the World’ is calling for recruits! Conceived by landowner, C.R.Armstrong, The Forbidden Corner was originally a private foll...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (3 reviews)

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 38.2 miles from York
  3. Canal boats at Skipton Boat Trips

    Skipton Boat Trips


    Railway and Transport AttractionsRailway and Transport Attractions

    Skipton Boat Trips offer a great way to explore the longest canal in Britain at 127 miles (204km)! The canal was originally used to transport stone,...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 38.2 miles from York
  4. Notice board at Camelot Play Castle in Rotherham

    Camelot Play Castle


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    If you’re looking for the dream day out for your little prince or princess Camelot Play Castle is the place for them! Let them reign free and go on a...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 38.3 miles from York
  5. Kids playing in splash pad at Clifton Park in Rotherham

    Clifton Park


    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    Clifton Park is certainly beautiful, but once they're done looking at it (for about 30 seconds if they know what else is in store!) head over to the...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 38.4 miles from York
  6. Bowling pins at Superbowl 2000 Rotherham

    Superbowl 2000 Rotherham


    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen Pin Bowling Alleys

    Superbowl 2000 Rotherham has classic tenpin bowling including kiddie assists like gutter guards and ramps to give them more of a chance, arcade games...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 38.4 miles from York
  7. Staircase at Grimm & Co in Rotherham

    Grimm & Co


    Arts and CraftsArts and Crafts

    If you have a taste for the mystical world, then Grimm & Co is the place for you! A magical apothecary selling potions, spells & magical esse...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 38.4 miles from York
  8. Model village with gardens in Bondville Model Village in Bridlington

    Bondville Model Village


    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Bondville Model Village has over 200 individual and unique buildings, working harbour and train, set in an acre of landscaped garden! Visitors of all...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (2 reviews)

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 38.5 miles from York
  9. Bowling alleys at Matrix Superbowl in Skipton

    Matrix Superbowl


    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen Pin Bowling Alleys

    Matrix Superbowl welcome families and have 8 modern tenpin bowling lanes offering gutter guards, ball ramps and light balls the give the kids more of...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 38.5 miles from York
  10. Empire Cinema screen

    Empire Catterick Garrison


    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas and Theatres

    Experience the latest blockbuster films across 7 different screens and in the best way possible at Empire Cinema in Catterick Garrisons. With awesome...

    Suitable for Indoor 38.7 miles from York
  11. Segway obstacle course at Swegway Park in Sheffield

    Swegway Park


    Ice Skating and RollerskatingIce Skating and Rollerskating

    Find out what all the hoverboard hype is about with a day out at Swegway Park. It’s the first and only hoverboard park in the UK and is specifically...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 38.7 miles from York
  12. Boy in ball pit at Wacky Warehouse - Kingstown Hotel in Hull

    Wacky Warehouse - Kingstown Hotel


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Wacky Warehouse at the Kingstown Hotel offers children up to 4ft9 a day of adventurous exercise and excitement negotiating fun obstacles and interact...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 38.7 miles from York
  13. Outside view of Colne Valley Museum in Huddersfield

    Colne Valley Museum


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Colne Valley Museum is an 1850s revival exhibit and features a recreated period kitchen and other historical elements that add great atmosphere to th...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor 38.8 miles from York
  14. Ball pit and slide at Coulby Farm

    Fuzzy Eds at Coulby Farm


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Your kids love soft play? Well then head on over to Fuzzy Ed’s Coulby Farm in Middlesbrough for endless amounts of fun for your under-12s.  Offering...

    5 star rating Rating 5/5 (2 reviews)

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 38.8 miles from York
  15. Boy on zip wire at Raven Tree Top Adventure in Skipton

    Raven Tree Top Adventure


    High Ropes CoursesHigh Ropes Courses

    Have a little daredevil at home? Take them to Raven Tree Top Adventure where they’ll have to work their way around a woodland treetop high ropes cour...

    Suitable for 9+ Outdoor 38.8 miles from York
  16. Race track at Raceway Kart Centre Ltd in Gainsborough

    Raceway Kart Centre


    Go Karting and DrivingGo Karting and Driving

    Feel the thrill of the race at the awesome outdoor karting circuit at Raceway Kart Centre Gainsborough. Both adult and kids (min 130cm tall) experien...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 38.8 miles from York
  17. Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Jungle Monkeys in Sheffield

    Jungle Monkeys


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Jungle Monkeys is a safe and fun environment for the little ones to play, explore and interact with other kids their own age. The main play area has...

    Suitable for 0-8 Indoor 38.8 miles from York
  18. Girls dressed as Edwardian at Sewerby Hall and Gardens in Bridlington

    Sewerby Hall and Gardens


    Children's FarmsChildren's Farms

    Sewerby Hall and Gardens, a historic country house and estate set in 50 acres of stunning parkland, has plenty to offer visitors of all ages, includi...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor 38.8 miles from York
  19. Indoor soft play frames and cafe area at Big Apple Play in Rotherham

    Big Apple Play


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Big Apple Play So often the theming is so light in these places it's almost unnoticeable, it's just bright colours, but this place has epic theming w...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 38.9 miles from York
  20. Slide at Mini Monsterz in Whitby

    Mini Monsterz


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    Mini Monsterz is ahuge indoor play area, and a fantastic party venue, with some of the biggest slides in North Yorkshire! The catch is you have to ca...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 39.1 miles from York

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