York

Why go there?

York is an ancient city which has known everything from Roman rule to life as a Viking capital. The mark of this colourful history is to be found all around this city, in its great wealth of historic buildings, its winding streets full of traditional shops, cosy traditional pubs, Victorian style tearooms, brilliant museums and great family attractions.

Key gateways

Airports:

Manchester, John Lennon Liverpool, Leeds Bradford

 

Ports:

Hull

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Key attractions

York Minster

Truly awe-inspiring, York Minster is one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in the world and one of the largest examples of medieval architecture in Northern Europe. Climbing to the top of the central tower ensures a fantastic aerial view of the city, and the stunning stained glass within the Minster is a real highlight.

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Website: yorkminster.org

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre reveals the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1,000 years ago. The centre also has state-of-the-art galleries and a fantastic ride experience.

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Website: jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story reveals the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate and unwraps the secrets of chocolate making. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration show how much of York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years.

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Also available as part of the Yorkshire Pass

Website: yorkschocolatestory.com

National Railway Museum

The UK’s largest railway museum traces back through 300 years of history – from iconic locomotives, engineering work in progress and over 1 million artefacts.

Website: nrm.org.uk

York City Walls

York’s medieval city walls extend approximately 2 miles in length around the perimeter of the city. The longest city walls in England, they offer a fantastic view of York, and a glimpse into how the city has developed over time. Walking the entire length of the walls takes approximately 2 hours.

Website: yorkwalls.org.uk

Still to be discovered

For those who have visited York before, here’s a selection of attractions that they may not yet have discovered:

York Ghost Bus

A city as old as York has more than its fair share of grisly tales and ghosts. The York Ghost Bus makes for a spine-tingling tour of this spooky city’s most haunted parts, including the grave of famed highwayman Dick Turpin. With actors and some technical tricks, this is a highly entertaining tour!

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Website: theghostbustours.com

York Dungeon

The city’s brutal past is brought to life at York Dungeon with actors, sets and scary sounds! From execution to witch burning this gruesome experience is not for the faint hearted or easily frightened.

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Website: thedungeons.com

York City Cruise

Whatever the weather, a boat trip along the River Ouse offers a great day out. Lasting between 45 minutes and one hour, a city cruise gives a fascinating insight into York’s Roman and Viking history. For something even more special, the Afternoon Tea Cruise – with sandwiches and tea – or the Floodlit Evening Cruise – with jazz music and Prosecco – offer the chance to see the city from the river whilst travelling in style!

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Website: citycruisesyork.com

Just a stone's throw away

The following is just a selection of some of the destinations that can be easily reached from York. For many of them using a Britrail Pass is a simple and cost effective way to get around.

Castle Howard

The stately home of Castle Howard is a majestic house surrounded by lush gardens. Splendidly maintained, the house’s ornate rooms are filled with antiques and offer stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside. A bus runs directly from York city to Castle Howard, just outside the city centre.

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Website: castlehoward.co.uk

Yorkshire Coast

Steeped in maritime and fishing history, there are 45 miles of stunning coastline to be explored – with fishing villages, cobbled streets and sandy beaches dotted up and down the Yorkshire coastline.

Website: discoveryorkshirecoast.com

Yorkshire Dales

Renowned for their breath-taking scenery, the Yorkshire Dales are characterised by their roads meandering between drystone walls, while heather moorland and distinctive hills surround picturesque villages. Spots such as Bolton Abbey, or Haworth make for a perfect afternoon stroll, and where better than the Yorkshire Dales than to try some Wensleydale Cheese?

Website: yorkshiredales.org.uk

North York Moors

The perfect setting for outdoor activities including walking, cycling and horse riding, the North York Moors are scattered with pretty villages and stunning views. Easily accessible by car or public transport from York city centre, they are also home to the North York Moors railway – the world’s most popular steam heritage railway.

Website: northyorkmoors.org.uk

Brewtown Tours

With a tour of the best upcoming breweries on the outskirts of York, Brewtown Brewery Tours offer visitors a 4.5 – 5.5 hour tour which involves exploring behind the scenes, meeting the brewers and tasting some of the most delicious beers in the UK. Prices include all transport, tours and drinks.

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Website: brewtowntours.co.uk

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