Fun Things to do in York – There are so many things to do in York, from historical buildings to fabulous restaurants, but this list is specifically for the more fun things to do in York!


The Wizard Walk of York

The Magic Hatter is bringing his award-winning entertainment to the streets, with his NEW Wizard Walk of York.

“Magic, mystery, comedy and excitement plus a dash of York’s history…the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family!”

Public tours are running on selected evenings, starting from the bottom of The Shambles opposite The Golden Fleece. Pre-booking required. Private tours are available for birthdays, school groups, brownies, cubs and more. A wonderfully whimsical tour that wizard fans will go Potty for!

Wizard Wand Kits are also available, subject to availability. A handcrafted wand and instructions for seven tricks that young witches and wizards can learn at home. Plus a FREE printable certificate!  To check days, times and book online visit the wizarding website at

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Chocolate Bar Making

10 Castlegate, York YO1 9RG

How would you fancy making your own chocolate bar at York Cocoa Works?  We recently visited and did their Manufactory Tour as well as making our own chocolate.  It was interesting, informative and great fun!

See our review of York Cocoa Works here.

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York Cocoa House

Gin Tasting at York Gin

12 Pavement, York YO1 9UP

York Gin offer fabulous gin tastings in their shop on Pavement.  It’s a lively and sociable session where you learn all about the history of York Gin’s six types of gin and get to try each one!  The session starts with a welcome cocktail and ends with a full size G&T with the gin of your choice.

Read our review of when we tried Gin Tasting at York Gin

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Gin Tasting at York Gin


Ten Pin Bowling

Kathryn Ave, Huntington, York YO32 9AF

We have two ten pin bowling alleys in York.  Ten Pin has been in place for many years whilst Hollywood Bowl opened in the summer of 2020.  As well as bowling both have a cafe and arcade.

See our review of Hollywood Bowl here.

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Hollywood Bowl at Monks Cross, York

Puttstars Mini Golf – Fun Things to do in York

Kathryn Ave, Huntington, York YO32 9AF

Puttstars Mini Golf opened in the summer of 2020 and the first time York has had a mini-golf of this size.  It’s very modern with great technological scoring and cool holes to play.  There are three 9 hole courses, an arcade and cafe bar. It’s a great fun thing to do in York.

See our review of Puttstars here.

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Puttstars Mini Golf


Play it VR – Virtual Reality Games

50A York Rd, Acomb, York YO24 4LZ

Play it VR is a virtual reality games venue in York.  Up to 6 people can play at once, we’ve tried it and it’s great fun, especially as you can play together and ‘see’ each other in the virtual world.

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Play it VR in Acomb, York

Challenge Yourself with an Escape Room

Here is a fun idea to try something different.  York has several escape room companies now and each one has several different themed rooms you can try, from the fun sounding Ministry of Wizards to the spooky sounding Boneyard Cemetery.

Have a look at our list of Escape Rooms in York.

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Lockedin Games


York Dungeon

12 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD

York Dungeon is great theatrical (though gory!) fun.  Definitely one for the older kids this one, there were some younger kids on the tour I did and they didn’t look comfortable.  You are the best judge of what will be ok for your own kids, but I would say over 10’s would be better.  It’s a memorable day out though and the actors are brilliant!

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York Dungeon on Clifford Street, York

The Hilt – Axe Throwing Fun in York

57 Goodramgate, York YO1 7FX

The Hilt say “We’re proud to be the first indoor axe throwing venue in York, offering 10 lanes for friends and family to come together for an experience unlike any other. With the help of our amazing axe throwing coaches, you’ll be throwing like a Viking within minutes!”



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