Travel-York For Kids: Can Educational Be Fun?

Nick is back with another great travel guest post on York and it’s potential for being educational and fun for kids. Enjoy!


Anyone who remembers being dragged around a dull museum on a school trip as a child will likely be adamant that education and fun just don’t go together. However, choose to take your kids to York this year and you’re sure to change your mind.

The long school holidays can seem to stretch out endlessly, so why not keep the kids happy and yourself sane by planning one or two mini-breaks?

Here is the inside of the Cedar Court Hotel in York

You can pick up great deals for budget York hotels, so you needn’t worry about blowing the budget. You’ll also find that many of York’s best educational attractions are free to enter, so you really won’t need that much spending money at all.

Show the kids that educational doesn’t have to mean dull by treating them to any of the following great days out in York:

The National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York

As the number one attraction in York (TripAdvisor) the National Railway Museum is not to be sniffed at. Kids can explore every kind of train, from the opulent Royal trains to a speeding Japanese bullet train.

There’s an outdoor play area that will be perfect for the summer months, and mini train enthusiasts can ride on the miniature railway.

This York attraction offers a wide programme of events and activities, so it’s worth checking the website before you choose your dates.

York City Walls

One of the York City Walls to stroll about.

Teach the kids about ancient city defences as you walk the York City Walls (or part of them) and take in examples from Roman, Viking and Medieval times, as well as the dark ages.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard Yorkshire

Located 13 miles from the City centre, Castle Howard makes for a great day out if you’re staying in York for two days or more. Set in over 1,000 acres of parkland, this stunning 17th century castle makes for a magnificent sight.

Eden Camp

If your kids are learning about the World Wars at school, a trip to Eden Camp is in order. This fantastic, interactive museum experience will transport them back in time and give them plenty to write about in their topic books come September.

York is positively packed with amazing attractions that manage to be both educational and fun. Have a look for cheap travel deals on York hotels and enjoy learning a thing or two with the kids this summer.

About the author: Nick is a travel writer who loves to help people find great deals on hotels and holidays.


Thanks, Nick, for another great post. Castle Howard really appeals to me!

How about you? What would you most like to see in York with your kids (or if childless, by your sexy single self or with nieces, nephews, etc.) Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Oh I’m a HUGE fan of museums and the like. Look at that train! (Faints from awesome)

    I’ve been too long away from your fantastic blog chica. And I came back on train day. Lucky lucky day!!! 😀 XOXO

    • I’ve missed seeing you around here, Maureen! Glad you liked the train 🙂

  2. Nick and Amberr, wonderful post and very informative. I lived in Yorkshire for many years and bought up my 5 kids in the latter part of our stay there. As Nick mentions, there is lots to do and see there and it’s a very ‘child-friendly’ city too.

    My kids loved the Yorvik Viking Museum, The Ghost Walks which are on after dark in the evenings, and visiting The Shambles, an ancient medieval street with overhanging timber framed houses. It’s been described as the most picturesque street in England. It’s certainly old as it was mentioned in William the Conqueror’s Doomsday Book!

    My personal favourite though is the stunning York Minster situated right in the heart of the city. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful Rose stained glass window!

    I LOVE YORK!! Thanks again for a great post!

    • Lottie, The Ghost Walks sound like a lot of spooky fun. So glad you loved this post!

  3. Another fabulous post! Only three hours north of me, I can confirm that York is beautiful and certainly has something for everyone. Wonderful pics too.

    • Jane, you should share a guest post sometime, too! No pressure, of course.

    • Ginger, good to know! 🙂

  4. I’ve never been to York. I will be visiting Scotland this June, and then returning to London for the third time. I don’t think we’ll have time for York, but thanks for sharing this information!

    Precious Monsters

    • Jolie, sounds like some fun times heading your way!

  5. I hadn’t heard of York. Looks like there’s lots to see and do!

    • Maria, I had heard of York but didn’t realize there were so many fun things to do.

  6. I’ve only been to New York once and it was with my husband. We didn’t go to any museums while there but I have been to several of the museums here in Las Vegas.

    • Mary, I bet the museums in Vegas are pretty interesting. Which ones have you been to?

  7. Your also has ghost tours, which teens will find fun. Many of the pubs have ruins of Roman baths underneath them – baths that pub owners insist have sounds of running water and inexplicable footsteps at random times of the day. What teen can resist a good ghost story??? :).

    • Janet, I would love to see the ruins of those Roman baths. Such interesting, spooky history. I never could resist a good ghost story, and I still can’t. 😉

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