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Vicki and Jeff Welcome you to West Acre- A Luxury Yorkshire Holiday Cottage

West Acre Yorkshire Holiday Cottages, is a luxury holiday cottage in the picturesque village of Wistow, close to York, North Yorkshire. Set in its own very private landscaped garden, this new build luxury holiday cottage has over 5,000 sq feet of internal accommodation it was designed by the owners to be the ideal place for entertainment and relaxation. Providing you and your party with the perfect celebration Yorkshire getaway.

Vicki and Jeff, the owners and hosts cannot wait to welcome you. West Acre can accommodate up to 16 family or friends, this home has been designed with everyone in mind, it is fitted with a lift and has an adapted bathroom for guests with mobility requirements, it is both child and adult friendly and we also welcome your 4 legged friends.

Vicki and Jeff xxx

Guest Comments

It has been an absolutely fantastic weekend at the cottage, you have just been amazing, providing us with what we wanted/needed and being on the other end of the phone at all times. The cottage is beautiful and everything we could have wished for on a lovely weekend away

Big Em’s hen weekend 
April 2018

Entertainment Galore

When it comes to luxury Yorkshire holiday cottages West Acre stands out, it was designed by your hosts Jeff and Vicki with entertaining in mind. The social hub of the house is a very generous main lounge which has three large leather sofas set around a large low oak table all facing the central stone fireplace housing a wonderfully cosy log burning stove. Perfect for getting everyone together and playing one of our huge selection of family games, or setting down together to watch the huge Smart TV with surround sound, DVD player, You View and Netflix.   


In the second lounge there is a PS4 and Xbox 360. When here why not spin one of the many vinyls supplied on the house turn table, an old school contrast to the up to date integrated Sonos music system. Operated from either the house tablet supplied with Spotify or by linking your own phone to the music system, you can play any music of your choice around the whole ground floor.  


In the dining room, when you have finished eating, why not turn the dining room into a games room by flipping over the table top to reveal a full size slate bedded pool table.


There is also a large separate cinema room with a high definition projector, cinema surround sound and a huge library of DVDs. Just pull down the blackout blinds to create the perfect cinema experience.


Guest Comments

This house suited all our needs for the weekend from partying in the hot tub, relaxing in the sauna, Twister in the games room, cooking big Sunday dinners and cooked breakfasts as well as the surround sound music system to prepare us for a fab night out.

Linzi and her Hen Party
Feb 2018


Cooking and Dining in style

Luxurious Yorkshire Holiday Cottage

With its state of the art kitchen diner at the heart of West Acre, this is a home that has everything even the most adventurous cook could wish for.

A large island in the centre of the kitchen houses an induction hob with a pop up extractor fan. Surrounding the island you will find a standard oven, a large oven, a microwave, a steam oven, warming drawers, two fridges, one of which is an American style fridge with an ice and water dispenser, a coffee machine, a boiling water tap, a dishwasher and two sinks.


The table in the kitchen seats 8, the kitchen area then opens up into the generous dining hall with a central oak table that can comfortably seat 12 adults and can be extended to seat up to 16.

For alfresco dining, on the patio we have a huge outdoor dining area that sits over 16 people; there is also covered seating in our thatched African hut where 12 adults can comfortably sit around a central table. Our large cast iron Californian smoker BBQ will be kept well and truly busy.




Guest Comments

Great facilities loved the hot tub and cinema room. Chef loved the kitchen and we kept him busy! The dogs were well catered for, they loved the garden. Beautiful house, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Can’t wait to return.

The Rhodes Family
May 2018


Relax and pamper yourself


Without doubt one of the main wow factors at West acre is the stunning and completely private large south west facing terrace, the glass panels allow you to look over open fields. We have seen an abundance of local wildlife including pheasants, owls, bats, foxes and even deer, but the highlight has to be the sunsets, at their very best enjoyed with a cocktail on a warm summers evening. 

The terrace is the perfect spot for our large 6 seater Jacuzzi hot tub, we also have  a seating area and even a couple of sun loungers. The terrace is fitted with outside lighting so it can be enjoyed both in the day or into the evening, it also has an adjoining kitchenette with fridge to keep those drinks chilled and handy.

But the relaxation and pampering does not end there, with robes and slippers provided for every guest; you can move between the outdoor hot tub area to the indoor Swedish sauna or even the whirlpool bath in the master bedroom suite.

Finally after all the pampering why not curl up and put your feet up downstairs in front of that cosy wood burning stove, oyr fire is always a firm favorite with our four legged friends. 




Guest Comments

What a fantastic house! Everybody had a brilliant time, adults, children and the dog! The rooftop terrace was amazing.

Dorothy & Family
May 2018

Sumptuous Bedrooms

West Acre has 7 individually styled bedrooms. The star of the show is the master suite, a very generous bedroom which has a super king bed with an integrated TV plus a superb en-suite bathroom with whirlpool bath and walk in shower.

Also upstairs you will find a further 4 luxury bedrooms each designed in its own boutique style, all having king sized double beds, TV’s, built in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms with showers (one is our accessible bedroom which has a bath and a walk in shower).

Downstairs there are two further bedrooms, a double with a king sized bed and a large shared bedroom sleeping 4 in 2 double zip and lock beds (can be split into 4 singles). The downstairs bedrooms share a downstairs bathroom.

 All bedrooms are supplied with all linen, towels, bathrobes and slippers and hairdryers.







Guest Comments

Your home is out of this world with everything you could ever need. A home with amazing décor and finishing touches, birthday light box, Prosecco and a delicious homemade cake.

Jill’s 40th Crew

June 2018

In the Garden

Sitting on a uniquely private plot stretching to about an acre close to the centre of the village of Wistow, are the magnificent enclosed and totally secluded landscaped gardens of West Acre. As well as a the huge open lawn, just perfect for a game of rounders or getting out our 6 player croquet set, there is a large stone paved patio entertainment area. The patio is built around the centrepiece 12 seater thatched African hut looking out onto the garden area, the hut has power, lighting and even an overhead heater so it can be enjoyed throughout the day and long into the evening. 

The patio also has outdoor seating and dining facilities that cater for up to 16 people, it has a large gas BBQ and a fire pit to sit around, yet another spot for when the sun goes down. Also supplied for your entertainment is a table tennis table (supplied with bats, net and balls), a full sized basketball hoop (with basketball) and a giant Jenga set. 

There is also a play area for the kids with a climbing frame, slide, swings and a playhouse, which even contains a few toys to keep the younger members of the group happy and entertained. If requested we can set up a football net.



Guest Comments

Thank you for allowing us to come and stay in your stunning house. After taking time to find the perfect place we can certainly say that we found it!

Hannah & Friends
March 2018

The Warmest of Welcomes

Vicki and Jeff are your hosts for West Acre and they will do everything they can to ensure it is perfect for your celebration occasion. We always supply a generous hamper, a home baked cake, towels, robes and slippers, spare toiletries etc.

We will be in touch before your stay to ensure you have everything that you need, from advice about the local area and restaurants or booking local services for special treats. We live locally and always meet our guests at the welcome meeting which will ensure you get the very best out of West Acre for your stay.

West Acre is designed to be as accessible as possible with a lift and adapted bathroom available, if you have any accessibility needs please contact us to discuss what we can provide.

Close to the cities of Leeds and York west Acre is the perfect place to stay if you are visiting them. Click Here to read our blog post on our top 11 attractions for a great family day out in York.

And finally welcome to our pineapple challenge, in every room there is a hidden pineapple. The challenge is to find them all before your stay is over, in the words of one of our recent guests “Happy Pineappling”.





Guest Comments

Thank you for a fantastic family weekend. We have had such an amazing time. Your house is just beautiful! The attention to detail is superb. Fresh flowers, scrummy cake, welcome hamper, even picking our own strawberries.

Sally and Family
June 2018

Accomodation Facts

  •  Sleeps 16
  •  7 bathrooms
  •  7 Bedrooms
  •  Hot Tub
  •  2 living rooms
  •  Accessible Accommodation
  •  Child Friendly
  •  Cinema Room
  •  Sun Terrace
  •  Internet access
  •  Large Dining Room
  •  Large Private garden
  •  Modern Kitchen Diner
  •  Near York
  •  Outdoor play area
  •  Patio area with Gas BBQ
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Pool Table
  •  Sauna
  •  Secure parking - 8 cars
  •  Shops within 2 miles
  •  Table Tennis
  •  Village Location – local pub
  • Wood burning Stove’


Bedrooms and Bathrooms

  • Sleeps up to 16 people
  • 1 upstairs master en-suite with super king bed
  • 4 upstairs king sized en-suite bedrooms (one accessible)
  • 1 downstairs king sized bedroom
  • 1 downstairs shared bedroom with 2 double/ 4 single zip and lock beds
  • 1 downstairs bathroom with additional separate toilet

Cooking and Dining

  • Kitchen with 2 ovens, 1 microwave, 1 steam oven, large hob, extractor, 1 American style fridge, I standard fridge, 2 warming drawers, dishwasher.
  • Kitchen table seats 8
  • Dining table seats 12

Other Amenities

  • Large lounge with wood burning stove.
  • Second Lounge/ den with games consoles
  • Dining room/ games room
  • Cinema room
  • Upstairs kitchenette (serving terrace)
  • Utility room with washing machine, dryer etc

Parking and Location

  • Secure parking for up to 8 cars.
  • Nearest town (Selby) 3 miles
  • Village of Wistow
  • Village location with Pub and Chippie
  • 13 miles from York
  • 24 miles from Leeds

Entertainment Facts

Viewing and Sound

  • 52”” Smart TV in main lounge with BT vision, Netflix and DVD system with surround sound
  • 32”” TV in every bedroom, kitchen and second lounge
  • Cinema room with Projector, screen and surround sound. Full library of DVD’s
  • Sonos system in 4 separate downstairs rooms controlled via house tablet.
  • Record and CD player with selection of CD’s and Vinyl records
  • Sound system includes one portable speaker

Inside Entertainment

  • Sauna, seats up 6.
  • Dining table converts to full sized pool table
  • Library area with a selection of books to read
  • Numerous family board games
  • PS4 and Xbox 360 with selection of games
  • Wi-Fi


Outside Entertainment

  • Hot Tub
  • Seating area and sun loungers on sun terrace.
  • African hut (seats 12)
  • Garden table and chairs
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Croquet, rounders and Giant Jenga
  • 6 Burner gas BBQ
  • Children's play area and playhouse

Booking Details

For our full booking terms & Conditions please click here

Booking Payments and Deposits

  • A one third deposit taken at point of booking.
  • Balance payable three months before booking
  • Refundable £500 deposit is required, £1,000 for stag and hen parties.


  • Up to two well trained dogs sleeping downstairs.
  • House is accessible with lift and accessible bathroom, please contact to confirm accessibility requirements and suitability.
  • 2 high chairs, 2 cots and stairgate available for toddlers and babies.

What is Included in the package

  • Linen
  • Towels
  • Towelling robes and slippers
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury welcome pack
  • Selection of condiments, sauces, spices, tea, coffee etc
  • Washing up liquids, bin bags, dishwasher tablets, essential toiletries etc.
  • Gas for BBQ
  • Logs for wood burning stove and firepit

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9.8 / 10

Based on 18 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at West Acre.

Entertainment, Amenities & Comfort
Host Support & Welcome
Value For Money
Overall Rating
Out of 10

Getaway/'celebration of life'

The personal touches that Vicki and Jeff incorporate are outstanding- the hamper, the fresh flowers and the cake; also the tour of the house, and the level of contact from the start.I hope they can keep that up when they have more properties because they are on to a winner.

The attention to detail is amazing.

We did a lot of looking around for houses that catered for large numbers and West Acre was better value than most.

Any Suggestions?
Mum is 94 and her knees are arthritic. We found the seats were too low for her. The tub seat in the cinema room was perfect.

Suggest patio heaters- by the BBQ area and one by the hot tub. Mum only went in the hot tub once but it proved difficult for her. She would have sat outside while others were in the hot tub but it was a bit chilly.

Stay on August 17, 2018 to August 20, 2018
Sally, thanks for your generous comments and a special thanks for the pictures you sent for us to use on the website, they are great. It’s a good point about the chairs and as one of our objectives is to make West Acre as accessible as possible we will look to source another suitable seating alternative for using in the house as well as the cinema room. We are putting heating into the African hut on the downstairs patio and will review what we can do on the terrace, thanks for your ideas.
Out of 10

Mum's 80th Birthday

Location- We didn't want to go back into Selby so we went to the next village for some shopping (Cawood Pickled Postie). They were very helpful and let us have some bits and pieces they had in the kitchen.

Hosts went over and above. Vicki couldn't have been nicer.

We loved the house, it's fabulous. We would have had more value for money had we stayed for 5 days, but it was our choice to just have 3 days.

It is a beautiful property. We would definitely recommend it.

Any Suggestions?

A parasol on the roof terrace would have been useful. Mum kept going to sit in the African hut for some shade when she got to hot.

Stay on July 20, 2018 to July 23, 2018
Hi Kathryn, thanks for the suggestion, the terrace is as you say a real sun trap, however when the weather changes the wind can really pick up here, we have had parasols before fly off the terrace before when not watched. Our plan is to get a parasol for the garden patio and explain to guests if they want to use it upstairs, not to leave it there, not perfect but probably the best we can do x
Out of 10

Jill's 40th Birthday

Host Support & Welcome - Jeff was amazing and the correspondence with Vicki was fantastic.
Beautiful house. The photos on the website are fantastic but they don't show just how big the house is, it's amazing.
Happy for you to use our photos. We loved playing rounders and the garden is so big there was no chance of losing the ball.
Just an absolutely ideal location. Couldn't ask for any more. Vicki was at the end the phone any time - even answering a text in the evening about hairdryers.
The cupboards were well stocked, and everything you could need for any occasion was provided, indoors and outdoors.
It's Judith's 50th next year and we are definitely going to come back. The decor is beautiful and everything is amazing.

Any Suggestions?
The sign for the house is tiny. We only found it because we knew to look for the nursery. It should have a bigger sign which would reflect what a fabulous property it is.

Stay on June 22, 2018 to June 25, 2018
Sadly we are not able to put a bigger sign at the bottom of the drive as we do not own that little bit of land, it is a problem though as whilst it is great to be tucked away, we know guests need to be able to find us !! our plans are to review our details sent out and in future include pictures of the bottom of the drive so people at least know what they a e looking for. Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks so much for letting us use your rounder’s pictures on the website x
Out of 10

Hen Party

We couldn't praise them enough. It was all the little touches, like when we realised we had forgotten stuff like shampoo, we opened the cupboard and there was everything we needed with a little note saying "help yourself".

All the information for the gadgets was there, although we still managed to put the hot tub to sleep!

None of us have ever stayed anywhere like this before and is totally "up there" in the ratings.

Stay on March 09, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Maria, Thank you so much for your kind words, we really appreciate it.
Out of 10

Family get together

We had such a fabulous time. It was expensive but we got what we paid for.
Daughter was only able to stay on the Friday night and we were given the opportunity to have a later departure on Monday but unfortunately we all had to be at work.
Hosts were so helpful. Spoke to Vicki quite a few times and she texted a lot, giving information on places to eat, even sending menus.

Just fabulous - we had house-envy.
Plenty for all of us to do, and it didn't feel as if there were 14 people in the house as some were playing pool or table tennis, or having a basketball tournament.
We have recommended it to lots of people.

Any Suggestions?
The only thing was the upstairs fridge wasn't working.

Stay on June 15, 2018 to June 18, 2018
Sally, delighted that you had such a great stay, sorry the upstairs fridge was not working when you were there, it has now been fully fixed, means no walking up and down the stairs for cold drinks on the terrace x.
Out of 10

Family get together & send-off to Australia

Location - was not so important to us because we were getting together and not really planning to go out. But we did go out to the local pub and also had a takeaway delivered to the house.

Host Support & Welcome - Amazing

Value for Money - definitely. It's a really big house.

We loved the pineapple challenge, everyone was trying to find them.

Everything we needed was there for us.

Any Suggestions?

We felt the house would benefit from a downstairs shower room - but we are aware you have already dealt with this.

Outside lighting could be brighter, although we were there in the winter and it wouldn't be as important in the summer.

Stay on January 05, 2018 to January 08, 2018
Jayne, the additional downstairs shower room has now been installed and we are absolutely delighted with the results, we totally agreed that the house really needed this. We have also installed sensor controlled outside lighting around the whole perimeter of the house, thank you so much for your suggestions x.
Out of 10

Hen Weekend

We couldn't fault it. Jeff and Vicki were so "to hand" and they go out of their way to sort anything for you. Very welcoming, and we felt really comfortable there.

We didn't expect the pictures on the website to be as real as they were.

There is so much to do, even by the Sunday we felt we hadn't used all of the facilities, like the table tennis, or used the cinema room enough.

The house lends itself to entertaining, you don't need to do anything yourself, it's all there.

Any Suggestions?


Stay on April 20, 2018 to April 24, 2018
Zoe, thank you so much for your review and kind words.
Out of 10

Mike's 80th Birthday

Location - not a real issue, but some of our younger members of the party would have liked the facility of a village shop; they went into Selby instead which was fine.

Everybody was highly delighted. Vicki advised that the garden wasn't dog-proof but we kept the dogs on long leads to begin with but when we let them off, it was fine.

Any Suggestions?

Downstairs bedroom had two double beds which were allocated to the three youngest of the family and it would have suited better if there had been the option for singles as the two younger brothers (12 & 14 years) didn't want to share.

A shower room on the ground floor is a good idea.

Stay on May 11, 2018 to May 15, 2018
an additional downstairs shower room has now been installed and we are absolutely delighted with the results. For the 2019 season we will also be replacing the downstairs shared bedroom double beds with two zip ‘n’ lock beds, so we can set out as any combination of two doubles and/or 4 singles. Thank you so much for your suggestions x
Out of 10

Andrea's 50th Birthday

Can’t fault the place.

Seems expensive but when you break it down per person it's not.

Attention to detail is amazing.

Any Suggestions?


Stay on September 14, 2018 to September 17, 2018
Out of 10

Celebration of 16th, 18th & 21st Birthdays

Location was perfect.

Host support and welcome - would give more than 10 if it was an option.

Value for money - whilst more than Centre Parcs or similar, the facilities are so much better.

Any Suggestions?

Pizza oven in the garden and some heating on the sun terrace for when guests are using the hot tub but the weather is cooler.

Stay on August 31, 2018 to September 03, 2018
Out of 10

Parents 50th Wedding Anniversary

Parents paid for it and Dad would say it was expensive but it's high-end.

Very well thought out, like the beepers on the back door and cinema room so we knew where the children were. It's things like that you pay the extra for.

The property is so well thought out, like lots of electrical points, coat hangers.

Didn't meet Jeff but met Vicki and felt comfortable calling them if necessary.

Any Suggestions?

Neice suggested a piano - but no idea where that came from, think she was just clutching at straws for suggestions.

Would have suggested a fire pit but have received an email and see that one is coming for next year.

Stay on August 24, 2018 to August 31, 2018
Out of 10

Father's 75th Birthday

Impressed with the hosts. Accommodation was spot on. Will definitely be coming back, possible for mum in May 2020.

The property was brilliant; clean, modern, cosy, things like the pool table being able to be switched from the dining table.

For how many people we had in the house it was never crowded.

Cake was a gorgeous touch, the emergency cupboard was a brilliant idea, flowers in the kitchen.

Sitting outside was gorgeous, we sat out by the hot tub the view was fantastic.

Any Suggestions?

Realise there might be safety issues but a fire pit in the garden would have been good.

Stay on October 19, 2018 to October 22, 2018
Out of 10

Family Get-Together

A lot of contact with they felt was perhaps a bit over the top until they met Jeff. When they got there they understood the reason for it, to make sure everything is right. Some cottages you get no contact at all. It was fine for them but some other people might think it's a bit much.

House is obviously a home, and is beautiful. Would definitely come into it's own in the summer.

Any Suggestions?

Nothing to add.

Stay on November 09, 2018 to November 12, 2018
Out of 10

Family & In-Laws Get Together

Issue with the broadband, but aware that Jeff did all he could to resolve.

Location good - close to York.

Everyone was absolutely blown away; the facilities, the hot tub, welcome pack, the extras left for you to use. The attention to detail was amazing. The cake was a lovely touch, and the fact that it was gluten-free to accommodate her daughter.

Jeff and Vicki haven't missed a thing, and they wouldn't change anything.

Any Suggestions?

Jeff had already mentioned the only suggestion, which is to have more lighting on the terrace where the hot tub is.

Stay on November 16, 2018 to November 19, 2018
Out of 10

Family Get- Together

A really amazing place and fantastic for people of all ages; we couldn't fault it and the rest of the family would echo that. The property just kept on giving. Even allowing for the fact that the time of year meant the barbeque wasn't an option, the kids played football outside. Loved that they could be all together or in separate rooms to have time away from each other. Cinema room was "wow". We have never spent this amount of money before but considering the facilities, it was definitely excellent value for money. Having stayed in cottages before, we took some sharp knives, chopping boards and other bits and pieces but we didn't need any of it. Never had an ice dispenser before or a boiling hot water tap.

We would like to come back, although we can see there are a lot of bookings for next year so maybe 2020. We highly recommend it.

Any Suggestions?

The only small thing was that we couldn't find an ice cream scoop, but we might not have looked hard enough.

Stay on November 23, 2018 to November 26, 2018
Out of 10

Early Christmas Weekend

The fact that we have booked for two more tells you what we think. Jeff and Vicki will have to set a new challenge though, as there were some very competitive guests finding the pineapples.

They were outstanding in their approach on everything and their attention to detail is fabulous.

Stay on December 07, 2018 to December 10, 2018
Out of 10

Christmas 2018

In terms of the hosts building up to the visit, they were fantastic in terms of keeping you updated, and the welcome pack was very detailed. Any questions they were quick to answer. Very prompt, very efficient. Made sure everything was built around you, like the time of the welcome meeting, good communication.

The house - you could see a lot of attention to detail had gone into it, and it was useful that there were different areas; we were a family of different generations so people could go off and do what they wanted in different rooms.

We are definitely looking at opportunities to come back again.

Any Suggestions?

Dad's cousin, a 60-something year old lady, said on the last day that it was a bit cold in her room, so it may be worth checking the heating. And it was a little chilly in the cinema room, although I saw there were heaters in there.

Stay on December 23, 2018 to December 27, 2018
Out of 10

New Years & 50th Birthdays

Location depends on what you are looking for. Some of us came from Edinburgh, some from London so it was pretty central. Good.

Vlue for money - you spend the money to have a good week and we had a good week.

Hosts were absolutely first class. Jeff was just so helpful and willing, don't know how he finds the energy, doing the Jacuzzi some time in the morning and help with any issues, not that there were any.

Property excellent. what was amazing is that it's like a TARDIS; even though we were a lot of people, we didn't ever feel we couldn't drift off and find space for ourselves. Not the prettiest of buildings, but I couldn't have cared, it was ideal.

Any Suggestions?

Would have to think long and hard for any suggestions. I was really impressed, nothing to add, genuinely. If they want to go and build a swimming pool that would be great, but they have a Jacuzzi.

Stay on December 28, 2018 to January 04, 2019
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Things To Do In Yorkshire   YORK MINSTER Taking just 250 years to build, York Minster is a

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Welcome To Yorkshire


Taking just 250 years to build, York Minster is a mightily impressive building and the dominant landmark in the city. One of Northern Europe’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, it’s grand proportions are matched only by the quality of it’s craftsmanship.

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You don’t have to be a train enthusiast to enjoy the National Railway Museum. They’ve got over 200 years of rail history under one giant roof. There’s iconic locomotives, lovingly recreated stations and over one million objects.

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Officially the most picturesque street in Britain, this street of timber framed shops is high on the list of things to see in York. Dating back to the later medieval period, The Shambles used to be home to the city’s butchers and it’s sloping cobbles would’ve been awash with the by-products of their trade.


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Housed in a former prison, York Castle Museum has over 400 years of York’s history on display. The home of Kirkgate, a reconstructed Victorian street, the museum also has other period rooms including a Victorian parlour, Jacobean dining room and a 1950s kitchen.

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The Yorvik Centre is a recreated Viking village on the original archaeological site, visitors go on ‘ride’ around the village initially travelling back to Viking times via a time capsule countback before arriving in Viking York with all its sights, sounds and smells. This is an interactive exhibition designed to be fun and entertaining for all the family, you should allow at least an hour and if you fancy the Yorvik. We would really recommend pre-booking a slot as the queues especially in peak holiday time can be enormous.

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The 13th century City Walls are the longest preserved medieval town walls in England. The full walk is about 2 miles and takes up to two hours, the views of York from the walls are some of the best in the city. You can however you can just walk a section of the walls, our favourite two bits are round the side of the minster, giving some great views of the Minster or over the river from the top of Micklegate down to the river which is one of the most picturesque parts with another must have photo opportunity looking from the walls down into the city.

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Based upon the London Dungeons, the York version is a scary and fun filled journey through York’s dark past with loads of interactive elements and special effects to bring to the exhibits to life. Normally a winner with the teenagers in the group. It takes about an hour and a half to complete.

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When it comes to Chocolate being the home of Rowntree’s (makers of the Kit-Kat as well as smarties and Polo mints, all still going strong, indeed 47 kit-kats are said to be eaten every second), there is also Terrys of York (makers of the famous chocolate orange and Terry’s All Gold). Chocolate making runs through the core of York and this is a great visit for kids and adults alike, allow an hour for this visit. A joyful guide through the history of chocolate and its links to York as well as plenty of tasting opportunities and even the chance to make your own chocolate.

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One of the best family fun experiences to end your day in York is an evening ghost walk. York is reputed to be the most haunted city in Europe, with an estimated 500 recorded ghosts. A tour of these famous ghost sites by one of the many tours is sure to entertain. Your guide will take you around the main sites and tell the ghostly stories but be ready for the theatrics of his assistants who will be jumping out from a variety of spots to make the whole group jump. There are many tours, the Original ghost walk was the first of its type in the world and has been running since 1973.

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A lovely RSPB nature reserve.  A small cafe and lovely walks. Often there are activities for children.

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A great near by place to visit for all the family. This charming Edwardian country estate once home to the Gascoigne family offers you plenty of choice things to do and see.

There is a choice of two play areas including the woodland play area for older children. Lotherton Hall has a bird garden, fields full of deer plus a house which you can visit. Lotherton Hall has great events and activities programmers on throughout the year check out the website for more details.

There is a gift shop and stables café.

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A variety of entertainment for the children.  Here you will find a cineworld cinema, a climbing wall, 10 pin bowling, snow skiing, sledging, trampoline park, numerous restaurants.  If you fancy some retail therapy there is a shopping village too.

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Not just a maze, lots to do here for children of all ages. Only open in the summer months, this is a carefully planned corn maize with a different maze design each year, it has plenty of kid friendly rides and attractions. During the season York maze is the largest maze in the UK if not the world and is great family day out, depending on your skills at finding your way out this attraction could last a number of hours! Great fun for kids and all the family.

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One of the great country houses of England set within a stunning landscape surrounded by beautiful parkland which includes a working rare breed’s farm. See a variety of rare breed animals, wander around the beautiful gardens, you can walk in the woods to discover the folly and explore the bridle paths. Visit the shop and take afternoon tea in the café.

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The Hepworth Wakefield is an award winning sculpture gallery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, which opened on 21 May 2011. The gallery is situated on the south side of the River Calder and is takes its name from famous artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth who was born and educated in the city. The gallery has many Hepworth pieces and the building which was designed by British architect David Chipperfield is a delight to walk around.

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The only one of its kind, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, experienced and enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. You can explore the open-air displays with numerous sculptures by some of the world’s finest artists set alongside the fabulous parkland walks. Also there are further exhibitions throughout four stunning galleries, be inspired by the natural beauty of an historic estate and get involved in a dynamic line up of events and activities.  The scenery of the estate is stunning, there is a café to enjoy too.

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Without doubt, one of Britain’s finest historic houses and gardens, just 20 minutes’ drive from Helmsley through the beautiful Howardian Hills. ‘Brideshead Revisited’ a wonderful TV series, and now lavish film production, was filmed on location at Castle Howard.  This quintessentially English tale of forbidden love and loss of innocence set pre WW11 has the perfect backdrop in this magnificent house and gardens.

There’s everything you would expect from a grand estate, including: sumptuous architecture and historical interiors, art and antique collections, a 1000 acres of parkland, woodland, gardens, lakes, fountains, exhibitions as well as a busy programme of events all year round. There are also 5 food and gift shops; 4 restaurants; a children’s trail and you can even get an Afternoon Tea ticket! A super day out – but pace yourself and plan at least half a day there.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to the UK’s only group of polar bears - four in fact - as well as over 60 different species with daily talks, live shows and animal education. Now back to those bears! Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby live in an innovative, research focused habitat where their welfare is the number one priority. By visiting these iconic creatures you’ll no doubt feel inspired to learn more about conservation, as well as simply enjoying seeing them playing, swimming and snoozing.

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