York, in all its glory and splendor, is everything you need on a family vacation. Once you step into this walled city, your dreams of love and adventure immediately come true. There are many things for you to do along with the kids. We’ve selected some of the best options for you to consider.
This magnificent castle is on the list of the must-visit destination in York for adults, and it’s also good for the kids as well. From the exterior, you can witness the awe and wonder, and kids will have a great time wondering the magnificence. Inside the cathedral, there is so much for them to discover, including ancient paintings, statues, and architectural design of immense proportion. There is also the undercroft where you and the kids will learn everything about the building, from Roman times until the present.
York City Walls
You can’t visit the city of York without exploring the great walls, which were a symbol of defense in the time of war. The kids will definitely enjoy walking on the wall’s remaining 3.4km length. By far, the most interesting points on the wall include the bars e.g. Walmgate Bar and Micklegate Bar, and of course, the gates. While on the wall you’re also going to enjoy plenty of panoramic views which you won’t forget in a hurry. The walls are open for exploration from 8 am in the morning until dusk, and there are different routes you can take to get to your destination.
The National Railway Museum
Kids won’t have enough at this amazing museum that tells of the transport mode that changed the world forever. The National Railway Museum has more than 100 trains, some of which have been around since the 19th century. For some trains, all you can do is look through the window and see the intricate interior décor, while for others, you can even take a ride. For the toddlers, there is a train-themed play area where they can play with toy trains they like, with other kids.
Go See The Jorvik Viking Centre
You can’t talk about the history of York without mentioning the Vikings. About 1,000 years ago, York is known as Jorvik, offering visitors the very best of what this amazing world has to offer. Here, you and the kids will discover houses, backyards, and workshops from the Viking era. With about 22 animatronic characters, there is no better way to feel and experience the lifestyle of the Vikings who explored this place many years ago. There is also the part of the center called the Jorvik Dig where the kids can have a hint of the science of archeology. This incredible place that allows children a practical approach to a very important scientific practice should never be missed. Boys and girls from as little as the age of 5 will be given tools to dig into the replica archeological site to try and unravel what’s beneath. It’s a great experience that kids will learn from in so many ways.