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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  • Glossop
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

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  • Hartlepool
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

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  • Oldham
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

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