As part of the extensive Mansion House ‘Opening Doors’ Restoration Project we have created an interactive experience that is fun for all the family.

We have family trails and a range of activities to help you explore and bring the history of the Mansion House to life.

  • Try on the replica robes of the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of York in the State Room
  • Enjoy one of our cooking demonstrations in our 18th century kitchen
  • Discover the handling boxes in each room filled with objects to touch and smell, each telling the story of the house. Just look out for the Mayor Bear signs!
  • Our audio/ visual guides provide a historical insight into the life of past Mayors and house staff

Special events will also be running for kids both big and small so keep an eye out for some exciting dates to add to your family’s calendar!

(Please note: There may be additional charges for some activities).



Coming soon to the Mansion House in 2018!

The Mayor Bears club

Join us for fun family activities at weekends and during the school holidays including story trails, craft activities and object handling.

Suitable for children aged 5-7.

Look out for the Mayor Bear!


The Silver Dragons club

Check out our series of make and take activities, drama workshops and object handling. Look out for the Silver Dragon!

Suitable for children aged 8-13.


Keep checking our Events calendar for future details of the Mayor Bear and Silver Dragons Clubs.