Five places to take the kids in York for under ten pounds

Todays Guest Post is all about affordable days out in a beautiful city

With its fascinating history and beautiful architecture, York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the north of England. It is also an incredibly child friendly place to visit, with plenty of attractions that have been designed to delight the younger generation with the city’s rich cultural heritage.

There are plenty of places to take your kids in York. Even better is the fact that the vast majority of these attractions cost less than £10 per person to visit. From fun adventure parks to fascinating, hands on historical sites, here are the top 5 places to take the kids in York for less than a tenner.

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One of the top attractions for kids in York is the Jorvik Viking Centre. It costs just £8.95 per adult, £6 per child and entry for a family of four will set you back just £26.

This is exceptional value for money, as the wide range of exhibits and 1000 year old excavations are displayed in a fascinating and interactive way that will not fail to delight and intrigue kids of all ages.

The Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the most astounding and important discoveries in modern archaeology. This full audio-visual tour of the Viking age city of York will create a lasting impression that is well worth the cost of the entrance fee. It’s an absolute must see!

Another great way for kids to really interact with the history of the city is to take the York Viking Walk. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see how the layers of the past blend with the modern day.

Tours depart every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6pm, with extra walks on Mondays and Wednesdays in July and August. The walks cost just £5 for adults and £3 for kids, so they are exceptionally good value for money.

Be warned, though. The York Viking Walk is not for the faint hearted. Graphic descriptions of the bloody battles that took place are all part of the fun and are a gruesome yet entertaining way to get the kids fascinated with the past.

You can take the historic activities one step further with a visit to DIG, which is home to four excavation pits from the Roman, Viking, Mediaeval and Victorian eras. Kids can get really hands on with archaeological finds as diverse as 1000 year old skulls and even Viking poo!

Dig is a fully interactive exhibit that includes discovery labs, holographic guides and even a 3D cinema experience. The opportunity to try out different archaeological techniques costs just £5.50 for adult, £5 for kids and a family of four pays just £18.50 for all the experiences.

For the opportunity to splash about with a full range of slides, rivers and even a wave machine, then York Water World is well worth a visit. There is a fantastic choice of activities from toddler pools and bubble pools to exhilarating flumes that are daringly named ‘The Edge’, ‘The Tornado Tube’ and ‘The Rapids Descend’.

Adult entry to York Water World costs just £4.25 for kids and £5.30 for adults. Kids under 3 go for just £1.30 and family tickets are available from just £14.40

Another great place to visit in York for under £10 is the Creepy Crawly Adventure Playsite at The Web Adventure Park. It is the largest indoor playspace in York, with over 11,000 square feet of exciting places to play.

The Creepy Crawly Adventure Park features one of the largest four lane astra slides in the country. There are also four different play zones in addition to the indoor play centre, adventure park and a mini animal farm. Activities include a mirror maze, sports arena and plenty of time for creative play such as dressing up, crafts and den building.

The Creepy Crawly Adventure Park offers exceptional value for money, with peak prices being just £4.95 for the under 3s, £5.95 for kids under 16, adults at just £1.50 and babies’ entry at just £1. It is even cheaper if you visit off peak. For the amazing amount of activities on offer, this is a fantastic place to spend the day.


The city is a great option for a short family break, with affordable accommodation options and plenty of places to take the kids in York for under £10. Many museums are free and there are also a number of outdoor activities where they can run around, get some fresh air and have a whole load of fun.



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