Cheap Holiday ideas for York


Im off to York for a weeks holiday next week and im looking for ideas of things to do on the cheap! I booked the holiday ages ago and now its time to go i havent a penny to my name.

Any ideas? I have a 18mth old Son, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance


  • babitat
    babitat Forumite Posts: 58 Forumite
    York maze is good fun.

    Adults £5.50, Under 3's go free
  • elona
    elona Forumite Posts: 11,806
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    Have a look at the tourist office for York as some of the museums offer a "dig" for artifacts free and there are quite a few free things to do.

    The York "Eye" is fantastic but I had not realised that my fear of heights would affect me and spent most of the time with my eyes closed praying to get back to the ground safely.

    The railway museum is free (by the back of York station.)

    A walk around the walls is free as well.

    There are lots of ghost tours for about a fiver each.
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  • Mikki
    Mikki Forumite Posts: 160 Forumite
    We're off to York on the 15th Oct with our 3 kids - 15months, 3yrs & 7yrs.

    I'm looking for things to do, places to go, good places to eat out with kids in York.

    Can anyone help, or direct to good websites? (shame the York Maze will be closed then - it looks good!)

  • altyfc
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    I found everything to do in York was expensive.

    Parking close to the town centre cost us £9 something for 5hrs, then we were going to go in York Minster but that worked out at £5 each, so we just walked around it!, then we were going to go for a tour on a double decker bus (little boy is into buses) but that worked out at £21! for a 45min tour, so we walked again (ha). We had a walk around the Museum Gardens that was free and nice, and then we walked to the railway museum, which is free, but for £6 each you can go on the York Eye (Yorkshire Wheel), i was a bit scared to be honest and heights never used to bother me (must be old age) but it was windy and my little boy was jumping around, my partner was filming, so i just sat there and grinned hoping he wouldnt notice. I didnt know how many times we would go around and each time we got to the bottom i thought thank god and then up away we went, i think we went round about 5 times. There is a little road train that you can catch back into York for £2 each, my son really enjoyed this.

    We also went to Castle Howard, that was about £9 each, lovely grounds and nice food, not much to see in the house i thought, and i was peeved that it was ok to take wheelchairs around the house but buggies werent allowed, so i had my little boy wriggling all the way around in my arms hoping that he wouldnt touch anything!

    There was a really good Childs indoor playarea called Creepy Crawlies, £3.75 and we stayed for about 3hrs and had a sandwich there.

    Little place called Yorkshire Lavender which we stopped at on the way back from castle howard thats free and the kids can have a run around, nice little cafe and shop.

    I heard a few people mention Flamingo Land Theme Park, thats supposed to be good.

    Next year i think ill book something by the seaside, its easier with kids!
  • Penny_Watcher
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    There is a Park & Ride north east of the city centre where the York Ring Road (A1237) meets the A19. Couldn't tell you how much the bus fare into town is, but parking is free.

    In fine weather for those who don't mind the 2.5 mile walk there is a very nice footpath from this Park and Ride down the side of the river straight into the city centre.

    Edit: This form the First Bus website

    Travel to the City Centre using First's high quality, colour-coded services, which offer you :

    * Low cost return fare - travel to the City centre and return to your car park for only £2.00
    * Free parking
    * Comfortable low floor buses

    Sites located at:

    Rawcliffe Bar (A1237/A19 jnctn North of York) - GREEN LINE 2
    Askham Bar (A1036 West of York) - WHITE LINE 3
    Designer Outlet, Naburn - South of York (A19/A64 jnctn South of York) - RED LINE 7
    Grimston Bar Hull Road (A64/A1079 jnctn) - YELLOW LINE 8
    Monks Cross East of York (A1036 East of York) - SILVER LINE 9

    The Park & Ride sites are all clearly marked on all major routes into York - just off the York Outer Ring Road, A1237 / A64.

    Service runs every day, including bank holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

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  • bexsaver
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    I've seen a few mums with kids in buggies staring at the pavement looking for the Breadcrumbs trails around York

    This is what the blurb says:

    No book has ever been quite so interactive as the brilliant and original children's book York Breadcrumbs which is part art installation, part story book. York Breadcrumbs has interactivity with a twist in a modern take on Hansel and Gretel's breadcrumb trail. Throughout York, reflectors have been sunk into the pavements to create a series of trails that can be followed after dark, by torch-wielding children and their carers. The trails are each linked to the collection of magical stories that makes up York Breadcrumbs, each written and illustrated by local artists. Just read the tale and follow the trail…

    The book, published by ENDpapers, is available to order from all bookshops for £9.95. A special Breadcrumbs set, Books In Bags, which comes with its own little bag, torch, batteries and pouch (for the torch) is available from September for £11.90. To order the book, quote ISBN 0-9543 247-9-X. It also is available from and

    The book comes complete with a pull out map to make it easier to follow the trail and it highlights points of interest to look out for along the way (these correspond to special blue reflectors in the streets).

    There are four stories in York Breadcrumbs each following the same trail marked out by 228 reflectors.

    In 'Slime and Grime' you follow the adventures of a little girl called Sarah who, on a birthday visit to York with her hated stepmother Charlotte, finds herself shrinking to the size of a Barbie doll and falling through a drain deep into York's ancient sewers. There she encounters giant earthworms and rats, an undead cat called Snickel and, when she stumbles on to a buried Roman road, a ghostly Roman legion.

    In 'Little Feet', the statue of Constantine the Great near the Minster magically comes to life and takes you on a tour of the city…which you see from a child's perspective.

    'Back in Time' follows the adventures of a boy called Josh who finds himself magically carried back in time after a visit to York Minster. When he steps through the Minster's door into the sunshine, Josh notices that everybody is suddenly dressed in old-fashioned clothes. He has been transported back to 1875, where he almost falls into the hands of the vile child-snatcher Spall, who runs an orphanage from which children mysteriously disappear when they fall ill and can no longer work..

    In 'Breath and Air', the wind takes you on a journey around York's rooftops - during which you meet the grumpy wizard Old Grummety, a mischievous, troublemaking elf called Lucas and Mirabelle the air fairy. Perched up on the rooftops and hiding behind the city's gargoyles and stone cats, Lucas proceeds to cause trouble for the humans living out their lives at street level.
  • asquiths_2
    asquiths_2 Forumite Posts: 225 Forumite
    We are taking a few day trips out this summer and the kids are really wanting to go to york.

    We are planning on an over night stay and visiting the york maze 1 day and york centre the next. Going on the yorkshire wheel and railway museum.

    We are also going to have a go at the breadcrumbs trail.

    Is there any where i should look to get discount vouchers for the maze, Wheel?

    Is there any other attractions anyone could reccommend?

    Thanks in advance for all advice x
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