There are a few steps to get both up and down the York city walls. Opt for an umbrella stroller if you have young kids, as they are easy to fold up, plus a large stroller won't fit.
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If you take a stroller, expect a bumpy ride on the cobblestone streets of the Shambles.
About This Day
Looking for things to do in York with kids? Head to historic York. Take a leisurely stroll along the York city walls, the longest medieval town wall in England. The 2-mile-long wall offers scenic views of York, beautiful gardens, the Shambles and York Minster. Stop along the way and take the children for a detour of the idyllic cobblestone streets of the Shambles. Then grab a delicious pastry while you watch the street performers. Lastly, head to York's beautiful cathedral, York Minster; time the trip well and the choir will be singing. The York city walls and historic streets buzz with people, great shopping and so much more adventure and fun in York for children.
Enjoy a family walk on the longest medieval town wall in England. Stroll for the full 2 miles or enjoy just a small portion to soak in some scenic views. The kids will enjoy peeking over the wall and being whisked back in time. Be sure to wear your sneakers to keep up with them, our nuggets saw a stone path and took off for some adventure. Both sides of the walls offer glimpses of beautiful gardens, York Minster and the ruins.
DIRECTIONS Begin at the northwest entrance to the city center. At Bootham Bar, take the stairs and follow the wall around to Monk's Bar.
The twisting, narrow lanes of the Shambles make for one of the most charming strolls in England. Previously a street of butcher shops, many of the buildings date back to the late 14th and 15th centuries (around 1350-1475). Today, it offers loads of fun for children. Take a peek through the windows, stop for some delicious chocolate or get in line for the kids' favorite, The Harry Potter Shop. Also, head toward King Square to enjoy the latest street performers, a pastry and chocolate at York's Chocolate Story.
TIP The Shambles is one of the most frequented streets in England, and although there are no cars, it gets very busy. Take an early walk before 9 a.m. to enjoy the street before it's packed with people. Alternatively, you could also take a late-night stroll.
York Minster is truly one of the most magnificent, awe-inspiring cathedrals in England. Visitors can spend hours simply observing its fine details from the floors to the ceilings. The architecture, colors and choir captured the attention of my seven-year-old, and believe me, he hasn't enjoyed every cathedral we've set foot in throughout Europe.
TIP If possible, pair your visit and listen to the majestic sounds of the choir. They normally sing on Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., as well as during the week from Tuesday-Saturday daily at 5:15 p.m.