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York has been enticing sightseers since 8,000 BC. Vikings, Romans, Normans – they all travelled to York and now they’re a part of a fascinating spectacle you can't find anywhere else. Trains to York take a mere 23 minutes from Leeds and an hour and 15 minutes from Manchester. Book your train ticket now and step back in time.
We run 4 train services an hour to York and there’s a travel centre and tourist information booth in the station to help you plan your onward journey. Use First Bus services 3 or 4 to visit all the most popular attractions. For unlimited bus travel around the city, buy a York Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.50 (£2.30 with a railcard). Local buses stop on Station Road, while the hop-on, hop-off bus tour also stops in front of the station.
Arrive by train and explore the history of rail travel at the National Railway Museum, just a five minute stroll from the station. Kids big and small will love
delving into the depths of the York Dungeon where actors and special effects bring the city's grisly history to life. From Mother Shipton to Guy Fawkes this is delightfully horrible history. The Jorvik Viking Centre is a fascinating and more forensic view of the city under Viking rule, while York Castle Museum is a historical treasure trove, spanning Roman times to the present day. Finally, for free tours, spectacular views and one of Europe’s most-important cathedrals, head to York Minster where there’s always plenty to do.
Melton's is a fine-dining restaurant that focuses on the food and sidesteps all the fuss. Its mouth-watering, modern British menu is a hit with the locals but it’s not exactly cheap. A 4-time winner of the best café in York award, El Piano boasts a menu that’s packed with flavour and innovation. La Vecchia Scuola, meaning 'the old school', can be found at the site of the former York School for Girls and serves up exceptionally tasty and traditional Italian dishes. And when it comes to a stop for tea and cake, Betty's is the place to be and one of the most popular places for afternoon tea in the North of England.
York has seen its fair share of death, violence and famine over the years, so it should come as no surprise that there are a number of ghost walks to choose from. The Shambles is a winding medieval street packed with shops, cafés and pubs, and a must for a meander when you’re here. Clifford’s Tower has stood as a landmark in York in its current form since the 13th century, but a structure had been on the site for many centuries before. If the walls could talk they’d tell you about everything about The Normans, prisoners, hangings and Civil War - but, seeing as they can’t we recommend picking up a guidebook. Real ale, pizza and live music? What’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, as the ever-popular The Hop proves. Don’t just take our word for it though, this one of the locals’ favourite things to do in York.
The Hairy Fig sells speciality food, teas, coffee and chocolate from around the globe, and has an amazing little café next door. A York shopping trip wouldn’t feel right if it didn’t include a clutch of old bookshops, and what better way to work up an appetite than pausing to leaf through a historic tome as you stroll through this beautiful city? If you want to escape the old, you can catch the number 7 Park & Ride bus from York station to York Designer Outlet, where, within moments, you’ll be right up to date with the latest fashions.
For more ideas on what to do in York, check out Visit York.