York the medieval city is located in the Vale of York and is bordered by the Pennines, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds.
Renowned for its architecture, quaint cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster - all reasons why it's one of our favourite days out with the kids!
York has so many different attractions it's often difficult to choose where to begin, some favourites (and more child friendly ones) are:
Jorvic Viking Centre
Where you to travel through time to a reconstruction of Viking age streets and come face to face with a Viking.
York Castle Museum
One of Britain's leading museums of everyday life shows how people used to live in the 'olden days' by displaying thousands of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets - and even prison cell!
For brave souls or slightly older Little Trekkers there is the terrifying York Dungeons where you can explore 2000 years of York’s gruesome history.
The National Railway Museum
Always a must see for us If you time it well there's usually a great event running to capture your Little Trekkers imagination. The last time we went The Hogwarts Express was visiting and we had a great afternoon riding it up and down the tracks, we then headed over to the Shambles (or as we like to call it Diagon Alley)!
Time for a Picnic
We always seem to visit York when the Continental market is in town so love to stock up on tasty treats and head over to Deans Park which is located to the north side of the Minster. This is one of our favourite spots to stop for a picnic. It offers beautiful views of the Minster and has plenty of space for Little Trekkers to run around and let off steam! Deans Park is also home to the Cathedral Library and during the summer months the park refreshment stand opens and ice creams and soft drinks are available.
Messing about on the River
The York riverboat cruise is also worth checking out on which the tour guide/captain informed us of many interesting facts as we glided over the water. The most memorable for us was seeing the birth place of Guy Fawkes, hearing tales of Dick Turpin and finding out about the York Lucky Cat Trail!
What's New Pussycat!!!
If you've been to York before you have probably never noticed it, but if you look up on to the window ledges as you wander through the streets there are cat statues sat on the window ledges. Originally they were placed on buildings to frighten away “rats and mice which can carry plague and illness”. They were also thought to ward off wandering evil spirits.
There is even a guide available which maps out where they are all located. We managed to spot three (and according to my son one badger) without following the guide but there are apparently at least 17 of them. How many will you see? Share your pictures of the lucky cats you discover on our facebook page.
Child Friendly Walks
York also has to offer some interesting walking tours most available daily, some are guided and are generally not put off by the weather. Some of the more child friendly ones are:
This is a free rubbings trail designed to help you make the most of York’s City Walls. Take a rubbing at various panels located around the walls until you have assembled a complete map of York.
The Viking Walk
An Hour's walk around Viking York, showing where the Vikings lived and fought in the capital of Viking England.
Travellers In Time
Guided walking tours that transport you back to Roman, Viking, Norman or Medieval York as well as the city walls and Minster.
York Photo Trek
A personal one hour trek around York centre accompanied by a professional photographer with the aim of providing you with lots of photos of your visit.
The Ghost Tour of York
And another for your older trekkers the Ghost Tour of York is available every night and is a theatrical ghostly experience aimed at filling the dimly-lit courtyard of old, old York with screams of laughter!
A Stones Throw Away:
- Castle Howard - Beautiful Gardens and tours of the House that include a changing programme of events; boat trips on the Great Lake and new adventure playground - suitable for children of all ages and abilities. Enjoy a choice of six shops including plant centre and farm shop, plus three cafes.
- Breezy Knees Gardens - 14 acre gardens are packed with over 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees.
- York Maze - One of York's most popular summer attractions open from July ready to baffle visitors with its' new design. Carved out of an amazing 1.5 million growing maize plants York Maze is thought to be the largest maze in the world!
- World of James Herriot, Thirsk - Explore the home and surgery of James Herriot in 1950's themed rooms. Experience hands on activities and fun in the visible farm. Try your hand in the TV studios. Investigate the variety of veterinary equipment. Evening tours and children's activities arranged.
- North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Step back in time with Britain's most popular heritage steam railway. Enjoy stunning scenery along 18 miles of railway through the National Park. Daily running from end March to End Oct.
OS Explorer 290 - York, Selby and Tadcsster
You can also download maps of the city from the Visit York website