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York United Kingdom, North Yorkshire

Top reasons to visit:

  • History (6823)
  • Shopping (6470)
  • Sightseeing (3889)
  • Museums (2014)
  • Food (1759)
  • Restaurants (1652)
  • Monuments (1589)
  • Pubs (1350)
  • Culture (1258)
  • Architecture (1177)

York was highly rated for history by 119 guests from the United States!

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What is it in York that makes history come to life?

Katy, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

Friendly people. Excellent places to visit. Highly recommend the Yorkshire Museum, the castle, a walk along the castle walls and York Dungeon. Betty's Tea Rooms. Definitely something for everyone. Plenty to see all within walking distance. Unfortunately some places were closed for refurbishment so check before you go, but a good excuse to go back and visit this wonderful place again later. I'm not normally a pub person but we wanted to see a few of the old traditional pubs which were lovely and candle lit. My boyfriend twisted my arm into trying a few of the ales which I have to admit I really enjoyed.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in York.

Shaun, United Kingdom

14 days ago Report

The fascinating variety of one off independent retailers. We encountered, for example, a shop devoted solely to armour ! Another specialising in Fudge and Toffee and yet another were all items had a cat theme. We also discovered a delightful market. If I had to pick a word to sum up York's shopping experience it would be, "Serendipitous", (the chance discovery of good and delightful things).

Is there more to shopping in York than just brand-name stores?

Peter, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

My wife found both brand-name and bargain shopping. I don't normally like shopping, but York is very pleasant to walk around.

How can you enjoy the sights in York while avoiding the crowds?

Delia, United Kingdom

27 days ago Report

Get up early and go to Matins at 7.30 which ends about 8.00. At that time the cathedral is very quiet and you can enjoy it as a place of wonder and worship without the usual busy hubbub that you get later in the day. To go walking along the city wall from Bootham Bar to Goodramgate at sunset, while the bell-ringers practice peal after peal of magical bells, is to step back in time and feel part of history. go around the back streets and find little corners that have not changed since the 1800's with great street names like Oglethorpe! Take afternoon tea or lunch in the lovely garden of Gray's Court Hotel under the city walls behind the Minster... or sit in the garden of the Treasurers house with a take away coffee from the undercroft cafe...

Why do you recommend York for food?

David, United Kingdom

3 days ago Report

Great choice of restuarants. At the top end we enjoyed Star inn in the City but we found the Blue Bicycle disappointing. For very good value try Rustique.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Roy, United Kingdom

14 days ago Report

Plunkets wine bar. Good food and atmosphere. Don't go to La Tasca`s poor value for money, just another restaurant chain, don't care as long as they get your money.

What's the best way to make the most of York by foot?

Rhydfen, Australia

18 days ago Report

Walk along the city walls, but if you are not fully mobile note that that there are some steep steps in places to get up and down to and from the walls. Otherwise, just wander through the city streets - maps are available from hotels and the tourist office - and look at the history in many of the buildings. Old churches that are now meeting places for locals, the Shambles, the riverbank walk etc.

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in York.

Gordon, United Kingdom

1 day ago Report

The Dig a must with children, Cliffords Tower with its history, Railway Museum a great day out for both children and adults, Yorkshire Museum, again very interesting for both young and old, the Chocolate Factory, the Minister, although there is a charge of £10.00 to enter, the Castle Museum and a ride on the river.

What did you discover about the museums in York that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Daniel, United Kingdom

16 days ago Report

York's castle museum is the best museum I've been to so far. It is very interactive and great for kids, there's so much depth within the museum.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in York?

Heather, United Kingdom

17 days ago Report

Visit Betty's Tearooms for fabulous cake to fuel your day of sightseeing, take a trip on the river or on the tour bus and walk around the ancient walls, visiting Clifford's Tower and York Museum.

Why is the atmosphere in York something people rave about?

Gerald, United Kingdom

13 days ago Report

The atmosphere is fantastic in York because there is so much to see and do and everyone is relaxed - shopping, site seeing, eating, drinking and enjoying the street entertainment

What's so impressive about the cathedrals in York?

Konstantinos, Greece

28 days ago Report

York has an impressive cathedral of monumental size, and magnificent stain glass windows. There is an option to climb to the cathedral tower for magnificent views of York from above, but make sure you can handle the many stairs and confined spaces. Do yourself a favor and attend the service after the cathedral closes down for tourists. The chorus singing religious hymns is a pure joy, even for agnostics.

What makes the people from York so friendly? Tell us your story.

Jocelyn, Brazil

7 days ago Report

There was this woman who probably noticed I was kind of lost looking for directions on my i-pad. She approached me and asked where I wanted to go and if she could be of any help. She was so cute. I told her I wanted to get to York Minster and she gave me the directions in a very friendly way.

What makes fine dining in York stand out?

Shaun, United Kingdom

14 days ago Report

The quirky variety and wide choice of cafes and restaurants in York is an absolute delight. Opposite Talbot Court was a lovely, up-market cafe where we took our breakfasts. It has a charming 1930's theme. We are vegetarian and discovered a marvellous vegan restaurant called "El Piano" just 5 minutes walk from where we were staying. York has something for everyone when it comes to food.

Why are the monuments in York noteworthy?

stephanie, United Kingdom

20 days ago Report

The Minster is fabulous ....well worth the £10 entrance fee , which is valid for a year

Why do people say York can be seen best by foot?

Ben, United Kingdom

21 days ago Report

York is great on foot. A lot of the city is off limits to vehicle's anyway so you can't see it without walking. You can walk around the City Walls and get a fantastic view of York, and you will see places that you didn't even know where there or hadn't even noticed when walking on the street.

What makes York one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Sheila, United Kingdom

8 days ago Report

Enjoyed visiting York Minster - a beautiful building. Very interesting with informative staff. Thought I was fit enough to climb the tower but exhausted before reaching top.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in York.

Stephen, United Kingdom

24 days ago Report

The Yorkshire Museum gardens are an excellent place to relax and just watch the world pass by. Nearby is the river and the regular boat trips passing by plus the rowing club are out most mornings practicing. It's amazing how quickly time passes by just sat on a bench in the sun.

What were the best places for wandering in York's old town?

Suzanne, United Kingdom

5 days ago Report

Along the River Ouse,The Wall, York Minster, The Shambles and surrounding streets were a great place to soak up the atmosphere of York. With great pubs and eateries to enjoy.

Where's the best place to enjoy afternoon tea time in York?

Georgina, United Kingdom

23 hours ago Report

Betty's Tea rooms are well worth the visit although very busy between 12 - 4pm. The queue to get in is often quite large with long waiting times. However, there are plenty of other lovely little coffee shops/cafes to enjoy afternoon tea.

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