Things to Do in York

York City Walls


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.

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York Dungeon


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.

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The Shambles

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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.

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York's Chocolate Story


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.

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Clifford's Tower


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.

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Jorvik Viking Centre


Are you ready to travel back in time? A trip to the Jorvik Viking Centre whisks you back more than 1000 years, to a time when York was the Viking capital of England. More than a museum, this exhilarating excursion includes a ride, actors and a 4D experience. Prepare to be immersed in the sights, sounds, and even smells, of the era.

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York Minster


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!

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York Castle Museum


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!

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Yorkshire 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.

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National Railway 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.

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Accommodations and Hotels in York

The Royal York Hotel

8.9 Excellent

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  • City Centre, Station Rd, York City Centre, York
Hampton by Hilton York

9 Wonderful

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  • Toft Green, York City Centre, York
Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre

8.5 Very good

Score from 4391 reviews


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  • North St, York City Centre, York
The Minster Hotel

8.8 Excellent

Score from 2155 reviews


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  • Bootham, The Real Heart of York, York
Best Western Monkbar Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 1777 reviews


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  • City Centre, St Maurices Road, Monkbar, York City Centre, York

8.7 Excellent

Score from 2459 reviews


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  • City Centre, 55-57 Skeldergate, York City Centre, York
Hedley House Hotel

8.5 Very good

Score from 753 reviews


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  • 3 Bootham Terrace, The Real Heart of York, York
The Churchill Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 1913 reviews


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  • 65 Bootham, The Real Heart of York, York
Best Western Kilima Hotel

8.4 Very good

Score from 958 reviews


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  • 129 Holgate Road, York
Discover York

Local Tips for York

Mother Shipton's Cave
Louise by Louise

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!

  • Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-17:30
The Whippet Inn
Leanne by Leanne

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!

Demijohn, the liquid deli
Kirsten by Kirsten

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.

  • 11 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT
  • Open Monday-Saturday 10:00-18:00, Sunday 11:30-17:00
Ben by Ben

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.

  • 3-5 Toft Green, York, YO1 6JT
  • Open Monday-Sunday 19:30-04:00. Check website for details.
See what other visitors said

Recommended 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.

Yes! Lots of quirky gift shops, music shops, arts and craft shops, craft fairs, markets, specilaised book shops etc

Shambles - medieval streets, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Museum, Ghost tour, Merchant Adventurers Hall (medieval)

Discount vouchers for York Dungeons are on the back of parking tickets for York Castle Museum car park asked travelers...

Why do you recommend York for food?

There is a great diversity of food types available without having to take expensive cab journeys.

Very easy to walk the wall and along the river. Minster so big you don't feel your in a crowd

The Minster, the city walls and gates, the museums, the pedestrian streets.

We went to rustique restaurant very nice. Also prezzo

Very short distance from hotel and city wall great


York Transportation

Air - Leeds Bradford International Airport

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.

Food in York

Top Restaurants in York

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Ate O Clock
  • 13a High Ousegate, York, YO1 8RZ
  • Open Monday 17:30–21:00, Tuesday–Friday 12:00–14:00 and 18:00–21:30, Saturday 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–21:30
  • 0044 1904 644080
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Rustique – York Castlegate
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Caffe Dell Opera 3
  • 9 King Street, York, YO1 9SP
  • Open Monday–Sunday 12:00–14:30 and 17:30–23:00
  • 0044 1904 634584
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The Golden Fleece
Cheap Eats
Shambles Kitchen - Smoothies & Healthy Fast Food
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The Hop
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Turtle Bay
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RBG Bar and Grill
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Missoula Montana Bar and Grill
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Oshibi Korean Bistro
  • 9 Franklins Yard, Fossgate, York, YO1 9TN
  • Open Tuesday–Wednesday 17:30–22:00, Thursday–Saturday 12:00–14:00 and 17:30–22:00
  • 0044 1904 593649
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Fiesta Latina
Upscale Dining
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Mumbai Lounge
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The Hairy Fig
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Reina Turkish Bar and Grill
Cheap Eats
Spring Espresso
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Bar Bites
Trembling Madness
Upscale Dining
The Whippet Inn
Cheap Eats
The Perky Peacock Lendal
  • Lendal Bridge, York, YO1 7DJ
  • Open Monday–Friday 07:00–17:00, Saturday 09:00–17:00, Sunday 09:00–16:00
  • 0044 1904 613511
Cheap Eats
Mannion & Co.
Upscale Dining
York Cocoa House
  • 3 Blake Street, York, YO1 8QJ
  • Open Monday–Wednesday 08:30–18:00, Thursday–Saturday 08:30–21:00, Sunday 10:30–17:30
  • 0044 1904 675787
Cheap Eats
Goji Cafe, Deli and Restaurant
  • 36 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:00–16:30, Friday 09:30–16:30 and 18:30–23:00, Saturday 09:30–17:00 and 18:30–23:00, Sunday 11:00–16:30
  • 0044 1904 622614
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The Maltings
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Bicis Y Mas
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