Things to Do With Kids in York

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Things to Do With Kids in York
Whether it’s a boat trip on the Ouse River, a visit to the York Dungeon, or an adventure in a cornfield maze, many of York’s attractions appeal to kids of all ages. Here are some ideas for family-friendly fun while visiting the historic walled city. 

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  • Take a journey into York’s dark history with a gruesome tour of the York Dungeons, where notorious villains like Dick Turpin and Guy Fawkes are brought to life.
  • Visit York Minster, a stunning cathedral, with free explorer backpacks for the kids, which include magnifying glasses, binoculars, and other investigative gadgets.
  • See York’s Victorian history come alive at York Castle Museum.
  • Explore the Roman city walls, and head to the top of Clifford’s Tower for a view of the historic center.
  • Climb on board steam locomotives and Japanese bullet trains at the National Railway Museum, where young rail enthusiasts can also meet Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Travel back in time to the days when the Vikings ruled England, at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
  • Delve into York’s eerie past on a ghost walk around the city’s most haunted spots.
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