There’s something a bit magical about York… Visit to explore the cosy city’s cobbled streets, Gothic architecture and unique atmosphere.
Few British cities have the breadth and depth of the history of York; Jorvik tells the story of the city’s time under Viking rule, following the biggest find of Viking artefacts under the city’s streets.Take a ride through Viking York, see the archaeological treasures found buried under the city’s streets and see how the Vikings lived with state-of-the-art animatronics and interactive displays.
This working cathedral has several daily services, but also boasts interactive exhibits, free tours and spectacular views of York from the tower.York Minster is very much a multi-functional space and there are many things to do with a wide-ranging exhibitions of art, live theatre, talks and, of course, regular organ recitals and choir performances - or simply discover one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular cathedrals at your leisure.
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A vast treasure trove of engines, rolling stock and curiosities detailing the industrial, social and economic history of Britain’s railways. Trains to York bring tourists to the National Railway Museum, which boasts some of the most famous engines in history, royal carriages and modern bullet trains. It’s one of York’s top attractions for kids.There are regular exhibitions, daily talks, simulators and several cafes and shops. For anyone even vaguely interested in railways it’s a must; for train-spotters it’s a Mecca.
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A definite must-see attraction, the York Dungeon reveals the city’s grisly past through Roman, Viking and medieval times - an era of disease, cruelty and death. See the lost Roman Legion, meet Eric Bloodaxe and shiver at the ghost of William Brown.Actors and animatronics bring York’s history to life, including Guy Fawkes’ and Dick Turpin’s connections with the city, the Black Death and Catholic persecution. Not for the faint-hearted, but kids especially will love it.
A treasure trove of York’s history, from Roman times to the present day, boasting numerous exhibitions and regular events. The York Castle Museum’s top attraction is a faithfully-replicated Victorian cobbled street, the castle’s prison, a working water mill and brand new toy exhibition.
Walk Talk Tours
Go walk about in Edinburgh, York and Manchester with your own audio tour guide from Walk Talk Tours. Download and away you go. Enjoy seeing the sights on your own terms and at your own pace.
The York Pass
You should also check out The York Pass which gives you free access to 30+ attractions, a colour guidebook as well as discount vouchers to help you save money.
City Sightseeing Tour
Save 25% when you book the York City Sightseeing tour. Visit the City Sightseeing website on the York Bus Tour page and type in FTPE10 in the promotion code box when you have selected and booked your tour.
Stand inside and imagine the keep of William the Conqueror's castle in it's former gruesome glory displaying the bodies of slain opponents. Then stand back and gawp at the impressive views across York city.
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
A grand Georgian mansion with impressive baroque interior and National Portrait Gallery for the grown ups and a 'Wilderness' play area for those of us with more energy to burn.
The whole family can explore York, Hansel and Gretel style with a torch and this interactive book. Follow the trail of imaginary characters and beings around the ancient city at twilight.