Things to do in York with children

5 things to do with kids in York

  1. Rowntrees Park
  2. Monk Park Farm
  3. Murton Park
  4. Beningbrough Hall
  5. Creepy Crawlies

York has something to offer the whole family in any weather. With loads of child-friendly museums, parks, soft play centres and adventure playgrounds your kids wont be bored in York.

Rowntree Park

Just a short stroll from the city centre along the river is Rowntree Park. It’s a really lovely park with a great play area for children, tennis courts, duck pond, skate park and lots of beautiful gardens to sit and ponder in.
roman helmet photo courtesy of neil t on flickr
My top tip for visiting Rowntree Park is to enter the park via Vine Street (click here for a map) have a little browse around Bishopthorpe Road first. There are a handful of good charity shops, a great little gift shop, a gallery and the Pig and Pastry deli which serves excellent food. Grab a takeaway coffee and cupcake at the Pig and Pastry and enjoy both stretched out on your picnic rug in the park.

Monk Park Farm

Monk Park Farm is an excellent day out for younger children. This lovely little children’s farm is about half an hour’s drive from York signposted off the A19 towards Thirsk. There are indoor and outdoor areas and opportunities to pet and feed some of the animals. You can take your own food and eat it at the picnic tables if the weather is kind to you or sit inside the tea room and enjoy some home cooked food if it’s not. There are ride on toys for toddlers, a sand pit, swings and go karts (extra cost). Most of the farm is buggy friendly.

Bagby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2AG
Tel: +44(0) 1845 597730

Murton Park – Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Don’t let the name put you off, there’s all sorts at Murton to keep little ones interested including animals, a Viking village, a Roman fort, Derwent Valley Light Railway, a play area, a cafe and shop and picnic area.

They run a programme of events all year round and the Santa Special at Christmas is especially good value.

YO19 5UF
Tel:01904 489966

beningbrough photo courtesy of dodspot on flickr

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

Beningbrough Hall is an all-weather attraction and is only 10 minutes or so away from York on the 19 towards Thirsk. The grounds are lovely and in good weather there are wooden croquet sets to borrow and play on the lawn out the back of the house. There’s a great playground hidden in the trees and also plenty to keep young children occupied in the house. Very often they hold events aimed specifically at children, check the National Trust website for information.

Beningbrough Hall
North Yorkshire YO30 1DD
Tel: 01904 472027


Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies soft play centre is just off the ring road near Clifton Moor. It’s quite big and has a good selection of activities for babies, toddlers and older children. There’s an outdoor play area as well which makes it a good all weather option. Entry to Creepy Crawlies is also included in the Yorkshire Pass. Read my review.

The Arena,
Cliftongate Business Park,
Wigginton Road
York, North Yorkshire YO32 2RH
Tel: 01904 692 221