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Posted 22 May 2016

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5 fun things to do in York as a family, on a budget.

We love bringing you the best ideas for fun and inexpensive days out around the country. Now the weather is getting warmer, there’s no reason why you can’t get out there and explore a city you’ve never visited before with the whole family. 

And the best news? It doesn’t have to cost the earth and push you over budget. In fact, there are some things on this list that are completely free.

In today’s blog we’re going to visit the beautiful and historic city of York. Let’s have a look at the top five things you can do in this great city as a family that won’t break the bank.

1. York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum really is one of the best attractions in York as there’s so much to learn and explore. 

Here you can lose yourself in the art, fashion and social history that made the Sixties such a revolutionary decade. You’ll learn what life was like during the Great War through the eyes of a soldier, as you’re sent to the recruitment office and then to the frontline.

And after all that, you can travel back in time as you walk down the Museum’s work world-famous Victorian street. 

The Castle Museum really does make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. And for what you get it’s very reasonably priced – just £9.01 for adults, while children under 16 go completely free.

2. Free guided tour

What sets York apart from other places you may visit is its varied and fascinating history. Make sure you join the two hour free walking tour to fully experience all the incredible events that took place here. 

Your tour will cover Emperor Constantine, Guy Fawkes, York Castle Prison, the War of the Roses and much more. 

And the best part is it’s completely free for you and the kids. Wear some comfortable shoes, pack a couple of snacks to keep the kids quiet and you’re away!

3. York Museum Gardens

There’s nothing quite like strolling through a beautiful garden, and maybe stopping for a spot of lunch on your day out. 

Why don’t you pay a visit to the York Museum Gardens around lunchtime? You can find these lovely grounds set around St Mary’s Abbey, a medieval ruin, and take in the vast botanical gardens as well as visit the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire. 

This relaxing, natural space is free to all. 

4. York Minster

York Minster is simply stunning – if you don’t believe us, just check it out for yourself. It’s one of the greatest cathedrals in the world, never mind the UK, and is not to be missed. 

You can explore The Undercroft - interactive underground chambers below the cathedral – or join a free tour, which is included in the price of your ticket. Or why not borrow an explorer backpack for free, a must for all younger visitors wanting to discover all the details of this impressive building. 

Admission for adults is £10, and children go free. 

5. National Railway Museum

Another completely free option is the National Railway Museum. You’ll get to wander around and see the brilliant machines that ferried passengers up and down our railways over the decades, right from the first steam trains to modern-day rail travel. 

There’s also a play area for under-fives in the Great Hall, and if you’re ok with paying £3, the kids can enjoy a ride in the simulator that recreates a record-breaking run of the world’s fastest steam train. 

So you see, there’s no reason you and the family can’t enjoy a lovely day out in a beautiful city for next to nothing. Make sure you keep checking the blog for lots more money saving ideas and enjoy your summer days out!

by Christine Walsh

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