Yorkshire Week - Things to do in York and Leeds with Kids

Today's Yorkshire week post comes from Jen who blogs at Mum in The Madhouse which is one of the top family blogs in the UK and definitely worth following (especially for lots of fantastic home-craft inspiration). Over the Jen:- 

We love living where we do in the North East  - York is only an hour away from us and Leeds an hour and a half making them the perfect destination for a family day trip.
Things to do in York and Leeds with Kids


York is a beautiful city and is one of those places that is perfect for a leisurely stroll 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 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 museum is free to enter and has something for everyone including model railways, steam engines, special events and over 10000 railways items. Find out more about what we think of it here.
Built on the site of a preserved Viking Village,  Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the most visited attractions in the UK and a trip around their Viking village is interactive and always raises a few giggles.


Leeds is a fantastic city 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.
Our family loves the Armories, which is home to Britain’s national collection of arms and armour and is also free of charge.
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 if your children are of an inquisitive nature.
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. It also has a wonderful play park for children should they need to let off steam!
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.

Thanks Jen -  a really comprehensive guide to some fab family days out it York and Leeds. Can't wait to visit The Thrackway Medical Museum!

1 comment

  1. What a great list! We really love a visit to Harewood House & Temple Newsam. We still haven't visited The Thackray Medical Museum but as my oldest is now 4 I think we'll have to plan to go soon.


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