York Priory's ideas of a kids day out in York Uk

Looking for somewhere to entertain the kids whilst you're staying in The York Priory over the summer holidays? Well look no further!

York is enriched with a fabulous array of things you can do to entertain them, and please feel free to take as many tips from this easy guide as you like!

Just 6 miles away is the ever popular York Maze attraction, which has just opened again for the season. This year’s theme marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Both the theme, and the maze are popular with children AND adults; both continue to grow every year and provide us with new forms of amusement. Towards the end of the season their Hallowe'en show (Hallowscream) is the most sort after ticket around - they usually sell out in days.

Within the same vicinity as the York Maze are the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and Piglets Adventure Farm (& Café). They both provide an opportunity for a petting experience with animals. Piglets has the wonderful Piglets Coffee House & Truffles Trough Café with sumptuous food, cakes and coffee (great for mums and dads to unwind! Haha) 

York is the home of 2 famous chocolate factories - Terry'sRowntree’s, and we have Y♡rk's Chocolate Story in the City Centre that tells the story of how chocolate is, and was made [You will have a chance to sample the chocolate don't worry!]. York is not short of green spaces, and two of these are fabulous public parks that were created by the Rowntree’s family for their workers. Homestead Park is here, just 1.5 miles west of the City Centre, in an area called Clifton. Rowntree’s Park is situated here, just south of the City Centre, and over the river from The York Priory - literally only a 10 minute walk via the millennium bridge.

New to York in 2017 and situated within the York Shambles (which Diagon Alley was loosely based on!) is an intriguing Harry Potter themed shop called "The Shop That Must Not Be Named”. Already popular, the word is spreading and there can be long queues to get in. 

Another new attraction which is new to us Askham Brian Wildlife Park  I cant give you any personal experience of it, but watch this space. I shall update it here.

A traditional favourite is the Jorvik Viking Centre which has just reopened again, after the floods in December 2015. I visited it on an open day in spring; all I can say is; it hasn't lost its WOW factor! If you choose to visit in the February Half Term, they have the Jorvik Viking Festival with an actual battle on the base of Clifford's Tower

The Yorkshire Museum in the Museum Gardens houses five galleries showcasing some of Britain’s finest archaeological treasures including the Cawood Sword, and many rare animals, birds and fossils, in exciting displays.

A particular old favourite of mine is the York Castle Museum. Owned by City of York Council it still is the best value museum to visit but not the best known. It is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Admission is £10 for adults and under 16's free with a paying adult.  I always recommend it to all our guests. It is my best tip of all. You can easily lose 2 to 3 hours in it especially on a rainy day. You can walk in 2 Victorian streets and visit Dick Turpin's prison cell.  They have also introduced from April '17 to January '18 their own Chocolate story. I  have very happy memories of visiting it as a child with my dad and sister.

The City Walls are another favourite with families and completely free. These beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England, stretching 2.1 miles around the city with 5 gates (entrances to the city) you can walk around each section taking time out to visit their little individual museums, perhaps take coffee and cakes, or just enjoy the splendid views of the city and the candid photo opportunities.

The National Railway Museum is a must for children of all ages. Discover 300 years of history and 1,000,000 objects that changed the world at the UKs largest Railway Museum. It is open from 10am to 6pm and admission is free. Throughout the summer there are a host of family activities to get involved in, such as storytelling events and science shows. Make time for a meal or snack during your visit and enjoy dining in a Victorian inspired 'dining car'. A truly memorable experience.

If  the weather is fine why not discover the historic York Cat Trail. Pick up a leaflet at the shop or online. The trail starts at The Cat Gallery shop and takes about an hour. Statues of cats have been placed on buildings in York for around two centuries.  Find the cat statues detailed on the itinerary and you will take yourself on a wonderful selfguided tour of the City. Taking in many highlights such as The Museum Gardens and parts of the City Walls.


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