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Planning a family day in York

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Having lived in York for a number of years in my 20s I know what a great place it is for a family day out.

Of course right now, we can’t go anywhere due to lockdown regulations but if you want to start planning here’s a great blog on 11 things you can do in the city.

My two boys have such a huge age gap 15 years and almost one, it can sometimes be hard to find somewhere that suits us all.

However York has so much to offer that it is a great place to visit to keep everyone happy. So if you’re visiting York with children here are my top four favourite spots to go. We might not be able to do it now, but get planning and you’ll be organised for when the time comes.

  1. National Railway Museum
    This has always been a favourite of my bigger boy and has lots to offer little children too. It is of course closed at the moment. There is a play area for under fives along with a miniature railway as well. My teenager has a particular interest in trains so the exhibition are great for him . Also you can’t leave without a quick visit to the gift shop.

  2. York Minster
    You can’t really go to York and not visit the most iconic building in the city. While I would say it is not the first place kids are desperate to see, it is an amazing building full of history. It is breathtaking just to see the outside but I would say it is well worth paying the entry fee when it is back open to see what is on the inside too. Under 16s go free with a paying adult. 

  3. Eden Camp
    When lockdown restrictions were lifted in the summer we took a trip to Eden Camp which is near Malton on the outskirts of York. Its is a great place if you are interested in military history which my older boy is. The museum was originally a prisoner of war camp and now the 45 huts house different exhibitions relating to World War 2. It is really educational and we also loved the great gift shop and huge cafe serving some lovely food. I would also say they have great facilities for babies with a comfortable breast feeding and baby changing area.
  1. Museum Gardens
    If you need a break from the sight-seeing and shopping and the sun is shining the Museum Gardens are a great spot to stop off. There are some lovely spots for picnics and they are situated in the centre of the city so it is easy to find. 

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