Kids & Families 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
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
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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