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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Studio at The Painted Teapot in Dronfield

The Painted Teapot

  • Dronfield
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

The Painted Teapot, choose from the large and constantly changing selection of items ready and waiting to be painted or deco patched. Paint anything...

Donkeys at Seaton Carew Beach in Hartlepool

Donkey Rides at Seaton Carew Beach

  • Hartlepool
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Adorable donkeys and a day on the beach? Yee-haw! Seaside rides have returned to Seaton Carew beach after a quarter of a century, with a helping hand...

Planet Leisure

Planet Leisure5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

This exciting, indoor entertainment centre awaits you and your family. Head on down to Planet Leisure for all-weather fun, you all can enjoy. There’s...

Lake at Creswell Crags in Worksop

Creswell Crags5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Worksop
  • Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Creswell Crags is an ancient limestone gorge honeycombed with intriguing caves and smaller fissures. Cool stone tools and remains of animals found in...

Families on train at Thompson Park and Miniature Railway in Burnley

Thompson Park and Miniature Railway5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Burnley
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

At Thompson Park there is a whopping great 3 acre boating lake here plus the River Brun bisects the Park, between the 2 providing habitat for many va...

Jump 360 Hartlepool

Jump 360 Hartlepool

  • Hartlepool
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Put a spring in your step at Jump 360 Hartlepool, packed full of trampoline park fun and a giant inflatable arena. The whole family can bounce away b...

Ball pit at Fuzzy Ed's Cricketers

Fuzzy Ed's at the Cricketers

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for a soft play area in Grimsby? Why not try Fuzzy Ed’s Cricketers, a great place for your under-12s to discover this exciting soft play cent...

Bowling alleys at MFA Bowl Burnley

MFA Bowl Burnley

  • Burnley
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

MFA Bowl Burnley Classic tenpin bowling is an all weather, all age family activity that is simple to play and fun to master, where even the youngest...

Girl at birthday party at Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green in Newton Aycliffe

Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at the Gretna green Hotel provides kids up to 4ft9 a range of indoor play features spread over several floors of climbing maze, inclu...

Boy in ball pit at Wacky Warehouse - Hollywood Star in Burnley

Wacky Warehouse - The Star

  • Burnley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at The Star provides kids up to 4ft9 a range of indoor play features spread over several floors of climbing maze, including racing sl...

Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

Settle Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Settle
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Pick out a pirate name and with a yo ho ho, join the hunt for buried loot on the Settle Treasure Hunt Trail. Salty sea dogs, young and old, will have...

Boat at National Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby

National Fishing Heritage Centre

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

National Fishing Heritage Centre provides a fascinating insight into Grimsby's maritime history, so why not sign up as a crewmember and find out why...

Goats at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue in Barnard Castle

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Giving unwanted or injured creatures the gift of a home is what Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is all about. It makes it a must see for all animal lovers!...

Game arcade at Captains Cove Adventure Centre in Grimsby

Captains Cove Adventure Centre

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Captains Cove Adventure Centre Working along a piratical theme, your children will be amazed by all the different activities they can play and intera...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Withernsea Beach

  • Withernsea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Explore Withernsea Beach, a popular sandy and shingled beach in Yorkshire that stretches out for miles and miles on end. Once you’ve chosen your spot...

Lambs at Animal Quackers Park Farm in Bacup

Animal Quackers Park Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)

  • Bacup
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

A farm tour from a real farmer is just one of the things on offer at Animal Quackers Park Farm. Resident Farmer, Farmer Terry, will keep little ones...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Time 4 Play in Grimsby

Time 4 Play

  • Grimsby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Time 4 Play is a three level indoor soft play centre with a variety of obstacles, slides, sports area and ball pool, providing a safe, secure and sti...

A girl playing in woodland at Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors

Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors

  • Sheffield
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

If you love fantastic views, then you definitely don’t want to miss a trip to Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors. Create some wonderful memories...

People swimming at Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool

Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool

  • Hathersage
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Take a swim in the outdoors any time of the year at Hathersage swimming pool. Set in the village of Hathersage, with views of surrounding hills, Stan...

Make Believe

Make Believe5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Hartlepool
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Take your kids to Make Believe role play centre in Hartlepool for 90 minutes of fun in the wonderful world of pretend play. Choose one of the three d...

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