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York Attractions

York is far from your average city. And if you like Vikings, Richard III, or 18th-century architecture, you’re in for a treat.

Historic York

Enjoy a stroll down the maze-like streets with medieval names. Climb to the top of one of the world’s most iconic cathedrals, York Minster, and snap the beautiful city. Or experience the lights, smells and sounds of the Viking age at Jorvik Viking Centre.  York has the ideal holiday combination, ranging from museums, theatres and galleries to hidden gems and must-see attractions such as the Castle Howard and the Clifford’s Tower. Whether traveling solo, with family or a getaway with your better half, York is sure to win your heart! Explore the town with its flaunting streets of designer stores, experience local cuisine and stroll down any side paths which will open you up to a whole world of discovery.



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Begin your day by heading over to the JORVIK Viking centre to experience the 10th century Viking Age era. Remember to visit Castle Howard which has been identified and protected as one of Britain’s finest stately homes and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit The York Dungeon to explore the journey of 2000 year old York’s darkest history as you see and smell its past. How about a trip to see the world’s fastest steam locomotive at the National Railway Museum? Excitingly, York Footgolf is a combination of football and golf activities designed for all ages and abilities! Most of these attractions are just a few miles from York City centre! 

Note: Tickets are competitive too, and if you are attending, ensure you book your tickets well in advance. 

Food & Drink:

York is Britain’s ultimate destination for gastronomy and those looking to try out special cuisines! From a range of high-quality cafes and restaurants, you can treat yourself with fine dining or thrive into the Shambles Market Food Court. Try out Los Moros, Oleria and 200 Degrees Coffee for afternoon teas, and The Cheesecake Guy for heavenly dessert. Walk around for some of York’s best pubs, or York Gin for the best cocktails and wines. Make a special trip for the York Food Festival Weekend, filled with appetizing sights and tastes!


You can experience all of Britain’s culture in addition to York’s historic past all in one city. York has been identified as the UK's first and only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, with an artistic innovation. York accommodates various exceptional theatres, cinemas and galleries showcasing local and international art, as well as cultural festivals all year round. Don’t miss out on a visit to the York Art Gallery exhibiting a significant collection of British Studio Ceramics. 


After a day of tours and visits to the unlimited attractions and things to do, make some dinner plans such as a pub, or choose to wine and dine on a steam train. If you’re looking for a weekend nightlife in York, join in for an early evening entertainment at the Kuda nightclub or switch off for the evening at the Revolution York bar.