15 Things To Do In York With Toddlers

things to do in York with toddlers

York is geared up for toddlers. It is relatively small in size, and there are plenty of things to do in the centre of York for the whole family, and not just small children. Read on for a guide about the best things to do in York with toddlers.

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#1. National Railway Museum

The Mallard at the National Railway Museum

A must day out for transport loving toddlers, or toddlers who like seeing ‘big things’. The National Railway Museums houses a magnificent collection of engines, plus a mini railway which will mesmerise toddlers and an Under 5’s play area.  The NRM is situated just next to York Train Station but you can get a little NRM road train into the centre of York.

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#2. The York Chocolate Story

York Chocolate Story

Did you know that chocolate has been made in York for over 300 years? Find out more about the history of chocolate making in York at the York Chocolate Story. Visitors start off with a tour which involves lots of moving from room to room, and eating chocolate samples before giving you the chance to make your own chocolate lollipop at the end. Don’t miss a trip to the chocolate café afterwards.Learn More – York Chocolate Story

#3. The York Maze

The York Maze (Thunderbird theme!)

For an a-maze-ing day out in the Summer, head to the York Maze. More than just a Maze, the York Maze has a fantastic water and sand play area, giant pillows, outdoor painting and much more. The highlight of a day out at York Maze is the Crowmania tractor ride where you are taken on a ride looking for pesky crows – without giving too much away, the ride is full of surprises!  Most of the Maze is outside, so try and visit on a sunny day.Learn More – York Maze

#4. DIG

DIG at York

Become a mini archaeologist and dig for treasure at this toddler friendly attraction near to the Shambles. Visitors start off with a short tour where a guide explains the types of things that you might find in the excavation pits, before you are let loose to do some digging and exploring yourselves. There are 3 pits to dig in, and the sand and mud is fake so toddlers won’t get dirty.  There is an Under 5’s play area upstairs.

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#5. The Museum Gardens

These lovely riverside gardens are a great spot for a picnic in the summer, or for a run around at any time of the year. There are plenty of ducks to feed on the riverside as well as boats to watch on the river.

#6. A Boat Cruise On The River Ouse

York Boat Cruise

Take a rest from the hustle and bustle of York and enjoy a boat cruise along the River Ouse. At just 45 minutes long, this cruise is perfect for a toddler’s short attention span. Commentary is included and there is a snack bar and toilets on board too.

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#7. Visit The Ice Cream Boat

Two Hoots Ice Cream Boat

A must for the summer months! Head along the river and find the Ice Cream boat which moors up along the River Ouse serving delicious, home made ice cream. Don’t miss the salted caramel one!

#8. Have Afternoon Tea

Lady Betty Afternoon Tea
Betty’s Tea Room is a Yorkshire institution, and people queue for ages to experience their afternoon tea. The good news is that they also have a special afternoon tea children full of kid favourites like milkshakes, jam sandwiches and mini cakes. A real treat for anyone visiting York!

#9. Rowntree Park

Rowntree Park in York was gifted to the city of York by the Rowntree family in 1921, and was designed in memory of the Rowntree workers who lost their life in the First World War. The park is next to the River Ouze, and is easily walkable from the city centre. There are are 2 playgrounds, tennis courts, bowling greens and lots of areas for picnics. There is also a fantastic, family friendly Reading Café where you can read books and chill out over good food on the balcony overlooking the park. A great trip out of the city whatever the weather!

#10. York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum
Step back in time to learn about the history of York at the York Castle Museum. The museum takes you on a tour about how people used to live by displaying loads of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets and even prison cells. Just opened is a new exhibition about chocolate making in York – a must for any chocolate lovers! There is also a Toy Gallery where there is a whizzing and fizzing sweet making machine and a Chocolate Factory, you can find out what it was like to work in York’s famous chocolate factories. The highlight of the York Castle Museum is the Victorian cobbled street, complete with a sweet shop which children can explore.

#11. Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park
Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is a small wildlife park set in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College. Outside the park there are monkeys, meerkats and a Wetlands Zone where you can go pond dipping. The indoor Wildlife of the World section is home to a variety of creatures from clownfish to civets, raccoons, monkeys and wallabies.  There is an onsite café and small playground.

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#12. Yorkshire Museum

The Yorkshire Museum is the home to some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, and is located in the beautiful Museum Gardens. In March 2018, a new dinosaur themed exhibition called Yorkshire’s Jurassic World opens bringing dinosaurs and sea monsters that once roamed our earth to life. Unmissable for dinosaur loving toddlers!

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#13. City Screen

The City Screen is the name of the cinema in the centre of York, just off one of the main shopping streets. There is a regular Saturday morning kids club, as well as Toddler Time sessions which show films and programmes specifically for preschool children. Recent showings include Everything’s Rosie, Timmy Time and Rastamouse. A great place to curl up on a rainy day.

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#14. Piglets Adventure Farm

Piglets In York

For a bit of fun on the farm, head to Piglets Adventure Farm on the outskirts of York. As well as plenty of animals to see, there is also an indoor playbarn, jumping pillow, outdoor playground and go karts.

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#15. The Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

This independent air museum has loads of beautiful aircraft from World War 2 and before. You can’t go in many of the planes, but they are impressive to see, and the NAAFI system café is worth a visit. A great day out for toddlers who like planes and ‘big things’

Learn More – Yorkshire Air Museum

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