Things to do in York and Leeds with Kids 4

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Things to do in York and Leeds with Kids



York is a beautiful city and is one of those places perfect for strolling around with wonderful green spaces such as Museum Gardens. The ten-acre botanical Gardens, stretch from the River Ouse up to the back of York Art Gallery.  The gardens were planted in the 1830s and you can download a guide if you are visiting to find your way round. 

York Castle Museum has a world-famous Victorian street which reopened in June 2012.  It is the most iconic part of York Castle Museum and its schoolroom, police cell, Hansom cab and cobbled street surface all remain.

The National Railway museum is always a huge hit in this house and is UK’s largest railway museum.  This fantastic free museum has something for everyone including model railways, steam engines and over 10000 railways items. Find out more about what we think of it here.

Build on the site of a preserved Viking Village Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the most visited attractions in the UK.



Leeds is a fantastic place with lots to see and do as a family including the Leeds City Museum which is free and has four floors of interactive galleries and exhibitions.

My boys love the Armories, which is home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour and even better is it free.

The  Thackray Medical Museum is truly unique and is the only museum of its kind in the North of England. You get to explore your medical past through innovative exhibitions.  It is a real hidden gem and perfect for inquisitive children.

Leeds is proud of it’s industrial heritage and Leeds Industrial museum is housed in what was once the world’s largest woollen mill. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.

Close by is Harewood House and gardens which is one of the Treasure Houses of England and is renowned for its stunning architecture and exquisite interiors and it also has a wonderful play park for children.

The Tudor-Jacobean estate of Temple Newsam once owned by Henry VIII is home to Europe’s largest rare breeds farm. and makes a great day out for visitors of all ages.