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Family Days Out in York If you’re bringing the whole family for a visit to York you’ll be impressed by the wealth of child-friendly accommodation and activities on offer. Volunteers in York set up a Child Friendly York Scheme to ensure that families have as much opportunity to sightsee as everybody else.

There’s a range of accommodation ranging from bed and breakfast to self-catering so that kids can run around to their heart’s content without waking anybody else up. There’s also some great hotels that prove just because you’ve got children doesn’t mean you don’t still require style.

Right at the heart of the city The York Viking Moat House [map] is a chic hotel that offers high quality child-friendly accommodation. Located at North Street and with views across the river, this provides an exciting base for children of all ages.

Away from the city and where a farm once stood is The Appletree Court Hotel [map]. This delightful hotel is located close to the Moors at Kirkbymoorside and is highly regarded for its commitment to being family-friendly.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat Melton’s Too [map], Walmgate, is a child-friendly café bar that serves a range of delicious food that’s easy on mum and dad’s purse strings as well.

One place children won’t want to miss is The Jorvik Viking Centre [map], Coppergate. One of the most “hands-on” museums in the country, Jorvik invites kids to get involved in the sights and sounds of an often brutal era. Jorvik also runs a Saturday morning club and an explorers club for children between the ages of six and 11 years.

Scare them silly with a visit to The York Dungeon [map] on Clifford Street. Discover the history of the dark damp prison and see those unfortunate enough to commit a crime rot before your very eyes. Of course, this isn’t for those of a nervous disposition but kids flock there to wallow in the gruesome gore without being told off.

Continuing the theme of ghosts and ghouls The Treasurer’s House [map] just two minutes walk from the city centre has won awards for its child-friendly attitude. The 16th century building is owned by The National Trust and is a great place to do some ghost hunting.

Any youngster who dreams of being a train driver when he or she grows up should pay a visit to The York Railway Museum [map] on Leeman Road. This is the largest rail museum in the world and gives visitors the opportunity to climb aboard a range of transport.

Continuing the theme why not take a ride on a steam train in action on the North York Moors Railway [map]. During the summer months a service is operated from Pickering to Grosmont and passes some breathtaking scenery where Yorkshire TV’s Heartbeat is filmed.

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