Attractions in and around York

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Attractions in and around York
– April 2017

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Beningbrough, York

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD. Tel 01904 472027 Email beningbrough@_;

Magnificent house celebrating its 300th anniversary. The architectural grandeur of the rooms is a perfect backdrop for the many important portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. They feature people who made British history and influenced its culture at the time the house was built. Garden with formal borders & lawns. Walled garden and a play area where children can let off steam. Plenty of garden seats. Children welcome. Wilderness playground. Bring your own games to the south lawn or jump on one of the bikes and trikes provided. Accessible. Full disabled access with lift in hall. Wheelchairs and electric scooters available from the stable block. Audio guide for the hall. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Deidre Brown Travel

The Landings, Beningbrough, York YO30 1BY. Tel 01904 471142 Email enquiries@_;

Escorted coach tours, 2 days to 7 days.

Dunnington, York

York Maze

Elvington Lane, Dunnington, York YO19 5LT. Tel 01904 607341 Email info@_;

Created from over one million living, growing maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it’s an award winning fun filled, day out in the country. Children welcome. Accessible. Dogs welcome

Elvington, York

Yorkshire Air Museum

Elvington, York YO41 4AU. Tel 01904 608595 Email museum@_;

Based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command Station, the largest of its type open to the public. Many fascinating exhibitions within the wartime buildings and boasts an impressive collection of 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, covering the birth of flight to the supersonic age. Attractive Memorial gardens. For all the family an interesting and educational day out. Children welcome. planes, vehicles Accessible. Large open air museum, good disabled access Dogs welcome with conditions.

Huntington, York


Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, Huntington, York YO32 9JS. Tel 01904 642111 Email york.enquiries@_;

Gym, swimming pool, group exercise classes, leisure pool including three slides, wave pool, lazy river and a health suite. Children welcome. Large wave pool, lazy river, slides, toddler pool Accessible. Access to changing rooms but no hoist

Great Ouseburn, York

Experience Adventure

Aldwark activity centre, Boat lane, Great Ouseburn, York YO26 9SJ. Tel 01423 331595 Email info@_;

Courses in canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and navigation to name just a small selection. We are a team of enthusiastic instructors who are passionate about the level of service we provide. Not only do we provide instruction in outdoor pursuits for adults, we also provide fun and safe outdoor activities for children.

Murton, York

Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Murton Park, Murton Lane, Murton, York YO19 5UF. Tel 01904 489966 Email s.lofthouse@_;

Children welcome. Children's playground and activities. Animals on site for visitors to see (please note - not a petting farm). Accessible. Accessible toilet. Lift available to upper floor in main display building. Most of the site is accessible by wheelchair but much of the outdoor area is grass and gravel path. Dogs welcome with conditions.


York Minster

Deangate, York YO1 1HH. Tel 01904 557200 Email info@_;

Children welcome. Free trails, children's chapel, workshops, story chest, explorer backpacks, interactive activities in the Undercroft. Accessible. Ramped access & lifts, Dogs welcome with conditions.

Pocklington, York

Wolds Gliding Club

The Airfield, Pocklington, York YO42 1NP. Tel 01759 303579 Email office@_;

Modern two seater glider fleet for training and single seater for club member use. A motor glider is also available for training. For glider launching we have an ultra modern winch together with a backup winch. We own our own airfield and have both grass and hard runways as well as an impressive clubhouse. Children welcome. Accessible.


Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard, Stonegate, York YO1 8AR. Tel 01904 615505 Email barleyhall@_;

Children welcome. Restored medieval house, Visitors can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects

City Screen Picturehouse

13/17 Coney street, York YO1 9QL. Tel 0871 902 5726 Email cityscreenyork@_;

Cinema with riverside cafe-bar and basement live music and comedy club. Children welcome. Wed morning big screen club for parents and babies. Accessible. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Clifford's Tower

Tower Street, York YO1 9SA. Tel 01904 646940 Email cliffordstower@_;

Children welcome.

Fairfax House

Castlegate, York YO1 9RN. Tel 01904 655543 Email info@_;

Visit the finest Georgian Townhouse in England, the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. The richly decorated interior reveals the elegance of city living in Georgian York. With ever-changing exhibitions, there is always a reason to return. Adult admission cost entitles you to a year's visits. Children welcome. Children no charge. Special Family events. Dogs welcome with conditions.

Grand Opera House

4 Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW. Tel 0844 871 3024

Children welcome. Regular children's shows Accessible. inc disabled toilet. Hearing assistance. Some audio-described & captioned performances.

Holgate Windmill

Windmill Rise, Acomb Road, York YO26 4TX. Tel 01904 795851 Email jenny.hartland@_;

Restored working windmill. Flour for sale. Children welcome. A Learning Destination. 4 ladders to climb to each floor. Grain to feel, quern to use. Helpful guides. Accessible. Things of interest on ground floor, including video shows, if unable to manage the ladders.

Jorvik Dig

St Saviour's Church, St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NN. Tel 01904 615505 Email dig@_;

Explore some of the diverse collection of artefacts discovered during the five-year excavation of Hungate in York. It reveals the stories of the people who lived there from Roman times to the early 20th century. 1000-year old skulls & Viking poo. Children welcome. Four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived in these times. Accessible. Fully accessible, accessible toilets

Jorvik Viking Centre

Coppergate, York YO1 9WT. Tel 01904 615505 Email jorvik@_;

With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000 year old artefacts visit the newly re-imagined Jorvik Viking Centre and discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy. Children welcome. Ride through a Viking village, costumed reenactors Accessible. Wheelchair accessible, but only one wheelchair is allowed in the centre at a time, so booking is essential

Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Haxby Road, York YO31 8TA. Tel 01904 658197 (performance times only) Email contact@_;

Beautiful art-deco theatre with full programme of musicals, drama & music. Children welcome. Regular children's shows including musicals & pantomime. Accessible. Includes disabled toilet & hearing loop. Space for 3 wheelchairs.

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Fossgate, York YO1 9XD. Tel 01904 654818 Email enquiries@_;

One of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of the City, it is open to the public as a museum, wedding and hospitality venue and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. Children welcome. Children’s audio guide and interactive computer game and quiz. Accessible. Fully accessible inc lift & toilet.

Micklegate Bar Mueum

Micklegate, York YO1 6JX. Tel 01904 615505 Email info@_;

National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ. Tel 08448153139 Email nrm@_;

Children welcome. miniature railway, playground, storytelling, science shows (weekends & school holidays) Accessible. Fully accessible, accessible toilets

Piglets, Adventure Farm Park

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York YO32 9ST. Tel 01904 499700 Email info@_;

Animals, Countryside, adventure playground. Daily 10am - 5:30pm, March 5th - Nov 1st Children welcome. Close encounters with many farm animals. Discover different fruits and vegetables growing on the farm. Pond dipping. Accessible. Disabled toilets & ramp access to all buildings.

Tenpin York

Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4WZ. Tel 0871 873 2450 Email york@_;

Tenpin bowling and Sector 7 Laser Quest Children welcome. With adult supervision. Bowling birthday parties. Accessible. Access via front door wheelchair ramps. Disabled toilets.

The Ghost Trail

The Minster (west doors), York YO1 7HH. Tel 01904 633276 Email;

The Monks of Micklegate

The Priory Church, Micklegate, York YO1 6EX.

The Original Ghost Walk York

8pm at King's Arms Pub, Ouse Bridge, York YO1 9SN. Tel 01759 373090 / 01904 764222 Email ghostwalk.ofyork@_;

Children welcome. Stories are for all ages Accessible. Access the meeting point via King Street Dogs welcome

The Web Adventure Park

Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH. Tel 01904 692221 Email info@_;

Wired high ropes, Indoor Play Centre, Outdoor Adventure Park, Mini Animal Farm & Water Play Area Children welcome. Children's Adventure Centre, Indoor Play Centre, High Ropes & Water Play area Accessible.

Theatre Royal

St Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD. Tel 01904 623568 Email boxoffice@_;

Treasurer's House

Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL. Tel 01904 624247 Email treasurershouse@_;

Vue Cinemas

Clifton Moor, York YO30 4XY. Tel 0871 224 0240

York Art Gallery

Exhibiton Square, York YO1 7EW. Tel 01904 687687 Email enquiries@_;

Children welcome. Drawing, handling, games & trails Accessible.

York Barbican

Paragon Street, York YO10 4NT. Tel 0844 8542757

An 1,800 capacity live entertainment and conference venue. Children welcome. Some shows have age restrictions. Accessible. We cater for mobility scooters, wheelchairs etc. Lift access to balcony seating.

York Boat

The boatyard, Lendal Bridge, York YO1 7DP. Tel 01904 628324 Email info@_;

See York from a different perspective onboard a cruise. 45 min/1 hour cruises depart regularly throughout the year. Lunch and Dinner Cruises, BBQ party trips, private hire, self drive red boats and evening sightseeing trips also available. Children welcome. Accessible. Limited disabled access, ramped pontoon at Kings Staith Landing and 1 accessible boat. Dogs welcome with conditions.

York Bus

Exhibition Square, York YO1 7AB. Tel 01904 634296

Children welcome. Open top bus tour Accessible. Wheelchair Accessible on some tour buses

York Castle Museum

Eye of York, York YO1 9RY. Tel 01904 687687 Email enquiries@_;

Children welcome. Hands-on exhibits and activities, costumed staff, special events. Accessible. The ground floor, Victorian Street, York Castle Prison, The Sixties exhibition, 1914: When the World Changed Forever exhibition, cafe and the shop are accessible to wheelchair users and mobility scooters. One upper floor is not accessible. Disabled toilet. Free admission for disabled visitors and a carer.

York Cat Trail

York Glass Ltd, 34 The Shambles, York YO1 7LX. Email info@_;

Find out about the history and significance of the Cat Statues in York on the York Cat Trail. Can be printed at Children welcome. Follow a map to find the cat statues on the historic buildings Accessible. Dogs welcome

York Cold War Bunker

Monument Close, York YO24 4HT. Tel 01904 646940 Email yorkbunker@_;

Entrance by guided tour only, no need to pre-book. Children welcome. Baby changing facilities Accessible. Access by wheelchair lift. No prams or mobility scooters.

York Dungeon

12 Clifford Street, York YO1 3RD. Tel 0871 4232260

February 2016: Unfortunately the York Dungeon is currently closed due to the floods Children welcome. Website information - Only suitable for children age 4 and over Accessible. Accessible by manual wheelchair only, which needs to be pushed. The user needs to be able to transfer to a stair lift to go up two flights of stairs. Only one wheelchair user allowed per hour. Unsuitable for Visually Impaired Guests due to the dark nature of the attraction

York Glaziers Trust

6 Deansgate, York YO1 7JB. Tel 01904 557228 Email info@_;

York Glaziers Trust is the oldest and largest specialist stained glass conservation studio in Britain. Bedern Studio Tours can be booked via York Minster Box Office, please see Accessible. Fully accessible

York St Mary's

Castlegate, York YO1 9RN. Tel 01904 687687

A beautiful medieval church used as a contemporary visual art venue. Each year, York Art Gallery commissions an artist to create a site-specific installation or invites an artist to show an existing work. Children welcome. Accessible. Ground floor only. Disabled toilet.

Yorkshire Museum

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR. Tel 01904 687687 Email enquiries@_;

The Medieval Gallery exhibition tells how great swathes of the country were once ruled from York. In Roman York discover the real story of Eboracum and see rare Roman artefacts. The Extinct gallery welcomes us into a world of weird & wonderful creatures which have lived on our planet for millions of years. Children welcome. Accessible. Museum and 10 acre gardens fully accessible.

York's Chocolate Story

King's Square, York YO1 7LD. Tel 01904 527765

Children welcome. Accessible. Wheelchair access to all areas of the attraction. Lift to all floors and accessible toilet on ground floor. The Chocolate Bar has a wheelchair accessible counter and designated wheelchair seating.