Why take the train to York?

Trains to York take you to a city packed with fascinating things to do, including the delights of the House of Trembling Madness to the Ghost walks along its medieval walkways.

Things to do in York

House of Trembling Madness

This first-floor pub is accessed through an extensive real ale shop, packed with bottles from the region’s breweries, small and large. Choose your favourite and enjoy it in the surroundings of one of the country’s most eccentric public houses. This crooked medieval hall is packed with curios and always popular with real ale hunters and hungry tourists alike, thanks to its generous platters. It’s a slice of living history served by the best beer choice for miles.

The Shambles

This ancient cobbled street is packed with eccentric shops, cafes and pubs and famous for its higgedly-piggeldy buildings on either side. The structures lean out into the thoroughfare the higher they get, so close you can shake hands across the streets from the top of the buildings.As with many of its tightly-packed historical streets, The Shambles has many attractions - perhaps none more so than its film-set looks and picture-book buildings. It’s a must-see amid York’s quaint thoroughfares.

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York Ghost Walk

Looking for things to do in York after dark? There are numerous ghost walks in York, brought to life by vivid performances and a broad local knowledge. The city’s cobbled, lantern-lit streets, ancient buildings and narrow snickleways - York’s narrow alleyways - are the perfect setting for ghoulish tales mined from the city’s rich history.

The Walls

Its medieval walls may once have been built to keep out undesirables, but these days they’re a big draw for tourists on trains to York keen to experience the city’s history told through its bricks and mortar.The York walls ring the modern city centre and make for a history lesson and beautiful walk in their own right - offering stunning views of the Minster and River Ouse. They’re peppered with small museums too telling the stories of the various conquerors of the city over hundreds of years.

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The Hop

Owned by former pop stars, packed with local real ales and serving up stone-baked pizzas straight from an authentic Italian stove, The Hop is a trendy yet relaxed hang-out on York’s cobbled Fossgate - perfect for a break during sightseeing or relaxing at the end of the day. There’s regular live music at night, but The Hop is just as likely to be buzzing with the chatter of post-work colleagues, thirsty tourists or students enjoying the welcoming ambiance.


The Merchant Adventurer's Hall


is a superb example of medieval guild hall in York and at 650 years old, it looks pretty good too. Don't forget to visit the unique furniture, silver and art collections.


York Art Gallery


The grand 19th Century building provides a comfy home for masterpieces that span 600 years. From 14th Century Italian Panels to the likes of LS Lowry and David Hockney. A great place for culture on your visit to York.


Treasurer's House


Once the home of the minster's medieval treasurers, this pretty 17th Century house is now rife with ghost stories - don't go down to the cellar alone.


Roman Bath Museum


An underground museum in York where you can marvel at the remains of Roman baths and artefacts and then pop upstairs for a pint in the Roman Bath Public House.

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