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A bustling city encircled by Medieval walls. York brims with history and character. Quaint shops, tearooms and traditional pubs line its intricate network of narrow streets, and the city’s fascinating story is told at every turn.
See York from a whole new perspective – any perspective! A walk of York’s City Walls is a must, so take advantage of good weather and make the full 2 hour circuit. Cross countless bars (gateways), stand guard on its ramparts, and prepare to feel like you’ve travelled back in time as you conquer this medieval masterpiece.Accommodations near York City Walls
Prepare to shudder, and maybe even squeal, as York Dungeon leads you through a host of horrible histories. This isn’t a museum, but an interactive historical walkthrough that uses actors and special effects to bring truly gruesome eras back to life. Featuring Jack The Ripper, rabbles of Romans, and even the ungodly Plague, this is one frightfully exciting day out.Accommodations near York Dungeon
A winding walk along York’s oldest street is like stepping back in time – parts are so narrow that you can touch both sides of the street with outstretched arms! Once a hub of butchers’ shops, today The Shambles is lined with boutiques, pubs and tea-rooms that attract tourists and locals alike. For the perfect photo opportunity, take a more peaceful meander before 8am.Accommodations near The Shambles
A chocoholic’s dream! York’s Chocolate Story tells the tale of the city’s chocolate production, and treats you to free choccies along the way! You’ll be led through the museum by a chocolate-loving guide, who’ll teach you about the origins of the product, how to taste like a true chocolatier, and about York’s long legacy as The Chocolate City.Accommodations near York's Chocolate Story
All that remains of the once-immense York Castle now sits alone atop a grassy mound. Known today as Clifford’s Tower, for reasons even history is uncertain of, this mysterious monument looms over Old York. A walk of its 13th century walls offers tremendous views, so bring a camera along with an inquisitive nature - the tower’s history is as impressive as its stature.Accommodations near Clifford's Tower
A Gothic masterpiece adorned with more than 100 stained glass windows. York Minster is the city’s crowning glory. Offering the ultimate vantage point in the city, the 275-step climb up the imposing Minster Tower is well it. If you’re there with a loved one, pucker up and kiss beneath the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ window – legend has it, you’ll be together forever!Accommodations near York Minster
Where the former York Castle once proudly stood, York Castle Museum now takes residence. An ideal spot for rainy-day sight-seeing, the museum exhibits all manner of post-medieval artefacts. Stroll back in time along a re-constructed Victorian street, marvel at the fun and fascinating history of toys, and be sure to peek inside the spooky Castle Prison – if you dare!Accommodations near York Castle Museum
Nestled within York’s stunning botanical gardens is the Yorkshire Museum. With four fascinating permanent collections, it offers incredible insight into York’s complex timeline. Stroll the Museum Gardens to see the ruins of St Mary's Abbey – once the wealthiest abbey in the North of England, it was destroyed in 1540 during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.Accommodations near Yorkshire Museum
Full steam ahead to the family-friendly gem that is York’s National Railway Museum. This is the largest railway museum in the world, so expect a vast collection of locomotives and railway-related artefacts. Harry Potter fans can even spot the very same steam train used in the films! A great day out for all the family (train enthusiasts or not), and entry is free.Accommodations near National Railway Museum
Outdoor-loving, tea-drinking Louise recently embarked on a road trip round the North.
A 40-minute journey from York, Knaresborough is home to Mother Shipton’s Cave. Visitors flock to the prophetess’ dwelling place, where a collection of stone teddy bears, socks and other objects, is suspended above a well. The water’s high mineral content can petrify items in just 3 months!Accommodations nearby
City-break fan Leanne travels to York frequently for work.
This fun, quirky venue is set in a restored Victorian pub and regularly wins awards for its delicious food, drink and atmosphere. It serves up great steak, along with ales and craft beers from breweries around Yorkshire. There are also 30 bespoke gins and an eclectic list of cocktails!Accommodations nearby
Kirsten lives in London and loves taking long weekend trips to different cities.
For quirky drinks and alternative gifts, head to Demijohn Liquid Deli on Museum Street. Their flavoured liqueurs, whiskies, vodkas and gins are all hand crafted, and shoppers can choose from a large selection of unusual bottles to have their selected brew poured into.Accommodations nearby
Songwriter and guitarist Ben loves travelling and is a huge fan of cooking and football.
Fibbers is arguably York's best live music venue with a variety of live events and club nights. Acts range from indie rock and tribute bands, to electro, rap and DJs. They showcase a great range of upcoming and well-established acts.Accommodations nearby
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in York.
As well as its impressive historical attributes, York is compact and clean city with a good market, plenty of individual shops and all kinds of places to eat.See all 65 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Is there more to shopping in York than just brand-name stores?
Yes! Lots of quirky gift shops, music shops, arts and craft shops, craft fairs, markets, specilaised book shops etcSee all 50 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in York.
Shambles - medieval streets, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Museum, Ghost tour, Merchant Adventurers Hall (medieval)See all 31 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What did you discover about the museums in York that wasn't in the guidebooks?
Discount vouchers for York Dungeons are on the back of parking tickets for York Castle Museum car parkSee all 25 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in York while avoiding the crowds?
Very easy to walk the wall and along the river. Minster so big you don't feel your in a crowdSee all 44 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in York that makes history come to life?
The Minster, the city walls and gates, the museums, the pedestrian streets.See all 238 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?
We went to rustique restaurant very nice. Also prezzoSee all 31 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What's the best way to make the most of York by foot?
Very short distance from hotel and city wall greatSee all 26 answers
Leeds Bradford Airport is located 32 miles from York. The Flying Tiger bus service connects you to Leeds or Bradford in about 30 minutes and costs GBP 3.60 for a single ticket. Both towns offer rail connections on to York. An airport taxi to York will take around 55 minutes and should cost around GBP 60. Official cabs have an arrow logo, or will be a Mercedes E-Class. Bear in mind that central York is traffic-free, so you may need to walk a little upon arrival.
The train is used to get to nearby towns and cities, rather than to travel around York. Popular routes include York to Leeds, Huddersfield or the scenic coastal town of Scarborough. Train times and fares depend on the destination, while timetables can be found online and on boards in the station. You can buy tickets at machines, using either card or cash. Groups of 3 to 9 adults can get a third off when using off-peak travel cards.
Buses are run by providers including Arriva (turquoise buses) and First (white, pink and purple buses), amongst others. Tickets are purchased on board with exact change but will be valid for that operator only, with day tickets costing GBP 3.80 on average. The “All York” ticket costs GBP 4.50 for a day and GBP 18 for 7 days, and can be used on all bus services. Buses tend to run from about 06.00 until midnight. Park & Ride car parks are set on the city outskirts.
York has a range of bike paths, including designated lanes and on-road routes. The terrain is flat and most traffic controls have been designed to accommodate cyclists. Be aware that you can’t cycle within the city’s pedestrianised zone before 16.00, nor can you cycle without lights on at night. Both actions would result in an on-the-spot fine of GBP 30. There is no public bike service but there are plenty of bike rental companies in town.
York’s centre is pedestrianised with traffic-calming measures and high parking charges to discourage inner-city driving. However, you can make use of Park & Ride options set on the outskirts, where return journeys cost around GBP 2.80. Parking in the city costs around GBP 2 per hour. You pay at a meter and display a ticket on your windscreen, or there is an option to pay and register by phone. Parking in residential areas is available for a maximum of one hour.
It’s not very easy to get around the city by taxi, as it’s so pedestrianised in the centre. The best place to get a taxi is at a rank, for example at York Railway Station, or by calling an official mini-cab firm. You should always make sure to use a licensed cab, which should show a badge on the back of the car. Never get in an unmarked car. There is normally a minimum fare, which increases on a meter system and fares may be higher in the evenings.
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