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Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

Posted by on Thursday, 3 July, 2014 in BDT goes large, Farms, Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Soft play, Sporting Events, Sunny day

Inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire: family days out in York

The Tour de France sets off from Yorkshire this week with Stage 2 starting in the historic city of York. We spend a lot of time in York visiting family, so we have put together our favourite York family days out. Whether you are there this weekend for the Grand Départ, or taking a break in York over the summer, there’s plenty to do…

National Railway Museum

One of the UK’s best museums, the National Railway Museum has a vast collection of trains and carriages. Look out for the Japanese Shinkansen bullet train and the high-speed Mallard, climb aboard carriages to see how people (including royalty) used to travel, visit the huge warehouse of railway artefacts, see the workshop where engines are restored and have a go at the interactive exhibits. Plus, enjoy the playground, model railway, miniature railway and tourist train running a shuttle service to York Minster. Oh, and did we mention that entry to the NRM is free. www.nrm.org.uk

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York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is located in the centre of York, on the site of the former York castle and opposite the only surviving part of that Norman edifice, Clifford’s Tower. Highlights include Kirkgate, the Victorian Street featuring recreations of real-life York businesses, a schoolroom, police station and more; York Castle Prison (the Museum is housed in former prison buildings) featuring famous inmates such as highwayman Dick Turpin; and a gallery devoted to life in the Sixties. Entry costs £9 for adults (under 16s free). Tickets are valid for a whole year, so if you live nearby you can come back as often as you like. www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Walk the walls

A great way to spend an hour is to walk along part of York’s ancient city walls. We like the section between Bootham Bar and Monk Bar best – it overlooks the back of the Minster and has railings all the way along if you have small children (other parts of the walls do not!).

Piglets Farm Park   

If you want to see a bit of countryside and pick up some local produce, head to Piglets Farm Park outside York. There is a lovely farm shop and café, with a farm park at the rear. There are lots of farm animals to meet, feed and pet; as well as jumping pillows, pedal tractors and go karts, farm-themed crazy golf, sandpit with big diggers, play area, tractor and trailer ride, barrel train ride, picnic areas and more. Look out for extra events and attractions (such as pig racing) during the school holidays. Tickets cost £6.95 (child aged 1 to 16), £5.95 adults – reduced rates apply on weekdays in term time.  www.pigletsfarmpark.co.uk

Creepy Crawlies, Web Adventure Park

Need to burn off some energy on a rainy day? Check out Creepy Crawlies at the Web Adventure Park on Wigginton Road, to the north of York. Your entrance fee gets you access to a large indoor play centre with soft play cages for over and under 5s, baby area, a sports arena, disco zone, inflatable obstacle course, ball canons, dressing up areas and more. You can also visit the outdoor petting zoo with a whole host of animals including alpacas and chipmunks. You’re not allowed to take your own food, but there is a café if you get too peckish. Tickets cost £5.25 (1 to 3 years), £6.25 (4 to 16 years), £1.50 (adults), £1 babies (or free with paying sibling). www.webadventurepark.co.uk

Piglets Farm Park

Piglets Farm Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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