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Rich in ancient history, romantic ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect holiday destination for couples, families and groups. Renowned for its exquisite architecture, tangle of quaint cobbled streets, iconic York Minster and wealth of visitor attractions, York is a flourishing city, just two hours by train from London.


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Visitors to York can enjoy hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars within the compact walled city. You’re never far from an awe inspiring moment. Find and book York breaks, holidays and get aways from the excellent range of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation. There is plenty of York tourist information available on attractions, events, tickets and maps from our official Visitor Information Centre which will help you get the very most from your stay in our beautiful city.

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1914: When the World Changed Forever

1914: When the World Changed Forever

Sat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017

York LGBT History Month

Awareness - Raising Display

Mon 23 - Fri 27 Feb 2015

Chocolate Events in York

Chocolate Events

Thu 18 Jul 2013 - Thu 31 Dec 2020

Churchill's Final Journey

Churchill’s Final Journey

Fri 30 Jan - Sun 3 May 2015

Smoke signals

Smoke signals

Thu 26 Feb 2015

history boys

The History Boys

Thu 26 Feb 2015

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

Fri 27 Feb 2015

High Noon

High Noon

Fri 27 Feb 2015

York Farmers' Market

York's Farmers' Market

Fri 27 Feb 2015

York Events Calendar

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  • Queerness is Forming at York St John UniversityMon 9 - Fri 27 Feb 2015Reflecting on the last LGBT History Month, Nathan’s MA focused on ‘Queer Art’ and what this could be in a contemporary setting. At Quad South foyer, York St John University
    Awareness - Raising Display at York CollegeMon 23 - Fri 27 Feb 2015A display on public figures who are or were LGBT, raising awareness of support networks and also of the changes in attitudes to LGBT people over the past thirty years (in particular, the case of Alan Turing). At Central atrium
    Trainspotting at National Railway MuseumFri 26 Sep 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Explore the adventure and nostalgia associated with Trainspotting, one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, with a variety of events.
    Churchill’s Final Journey at National Railway MuseumFri 30 Jan - Sun 3 May 20152015 marks 40 years since the opening of the National Railway Museum in York (25 September 2015). We’ll be marking this very special milestone with a fantastic programme of special events and exhibitions.
    Toy Stories at York Castle MuseumThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Take a trip back to childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this brand new exhibition.
    From Cradle to Grave at York Castle MuseumFri 8 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.
    York Castle Prison at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition.
    The Sixties at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016The Sixties exhibition aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.
    Capital of the North at Yorkshire Museum & GardensThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls.
    1914: When the World Changed Forever at York Castle MuseumSat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition opening on June 28th at York Castle Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War.
    Chocolate Events at City Of YorkThu 18 Jul 2013 - Thu 31 Dec 2020
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  • Queerness is Forming at York St John UniversityMon 9 - Fri 27 Feb 2015Reflecting on the last LGBT History Month, Nathan’s MA focused on ‘Queer Art’ and what this could be in a contemporary setting. At Quad South foyer, York St John University
    Awareness - Raising Display at York CollegeMon 23 - Fri 27 Feb 2015A display on public figures who are or were LGBT, raising awareness of support networks and also of the changes in attitudes to LGBT people over the past thirty years (in particular, the case of Alan Turing). At Central atrium
    Trainspotting at National Railway MuseumFri 26 Sep 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Explore the adventure and nostalgia associated with Trainspotting, one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, with a variety of events.
    Churchill’s Final Journey at National Railway MuseumFri 30 Jan - Sun 3 May 20152015 marks 40 years since the opening of the National Railway Museum in York (25 September 2015). We’ll be marking this very special milestone with a fantastic programme of special events and exhibitions.
    Toy Stories at York Castle MuseumThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Take a trip back to childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this brand new exhibition.
    From Cradle to Grave at York Castle MuseumFri 8 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.
    York Castle Prison at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition.
    The Sixties at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016The Sixties exhibition aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.
    Capital of the North at Yorkshire Museum & GardensThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls.
    1914: When the World Changed Forever at York Castle MuseumSat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition opening on June 28th at York Castle Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War.
    Chocolate Events at City Of YorkThu 18 Jul 2013 - Thu 31 Dec 2020
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  • Queerness is Forming at York St John UniversityMon 9 - Fri 27 Feb 2015Reflecting on the last LGBT History Month, Nathan’s MA focused on ‘Queer Art’ and what this could be in a contemporary setting. At Quad South foyer, York St John University
    Awareness - Raising Display at York CollegeMon 23 - Fri 27 Feb 2015A display on public figures who are or were LGBT, raising awareness of support networks and also of the changes in attitudes to LGBT people over the past thirty years (in particular, the case of Alan Turing). At Central atrium
    Trainspotting at National Railway MuseumFri 26 Sep 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Explore the adventure and nostalgia associated with Trainspotting, one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, with a variety of events.
    Churchill’s Final Journey at National Railway MuseumFri 30 Jan - Sun 3 May 20152015 marks 40 years since the opening of the National Railway Museum in York (25 September 2015). We’ll be marking this very special milestone with a fantastic programme of special events and exhibitions.
    Toy Stories at York Castle MuseumThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Take a trip back to childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this brand new exhibition.
    From Cradle to Grave at York Castle MuseumFri 8 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.
    York Castle Prison at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition.
    The Sixties at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016The Sixties exhibition aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.
    Capital of the North at Yorkshire Museum & GardensThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls.
    1914: When the World Changed Forever at York Castle MuseumSat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition opening on June 28th at York Castle Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War.
    Chocolate Events at City Of YorkThu 18 Jul 2013 - Thu 31 Dec 2020
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26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015

Go York Lecture - Rikki Arundel at York St John UniversityThu 26 Feb 2015Rikki Arundel is one of the UK’s leading inspirational speakers. At Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University

26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015

The History Boys at Joseph Rowntree TheatreThu 26 Feb 2015Britain's Favourite Play

26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015

Smoke signals at Yorkshire Food FinderThu 26 Feb 2015The story behind great smoked fish and the ancient unique way it's caught leads to a special showcase menu at the award winning Star @ Sancton.

26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 26 Feb 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015

Do Us Proud: The Closing Event at The BasementThu 26 Feb 2015An oral (and visual) treat. York LGBT History Month 2015 will close with original spoken word and poetry from seven LGBT performers and one ‘token’ straight cisgender.

26 February 2015 to 26 February 2015

The Pink Wall/El Muro Rosa (2011) at York City CentreThu 26 Feb 2015Spanish-language film screening with English subtitles, followed by a question and answer session. Email maria.muradascasas@york.ac.uk for the location

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business at Grand Opera House YorkFri 27 Feb 2015Jimmy Carr returns with his Funny Business tour.

09 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Queerness is Forming at York St John UniversityMon 9 - Fri 27 Feb 2015Reflecting on the last LGBT History Month, Nathan’s MA focused on ‘Queer Art’ and what this could be in a contemporary setting. At Quad South foyer, York St John University

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Friday Night Live at The Brasserie at the Grange HotelFri 27 Feb 2015Come Join us for dinner in The brasserie with live music s from a talented local acoustic duo.

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

York's Farmers' Market at Parliament StreetFri 27 Feb 2015The York Farmers' markets return for 2014. Traders selling items which have been produced, grown, raised, baked or caught locally within a 40 mile radius.

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Our Day Out at Joseph Rowntree TheatreFri 27 Feb 2015Willy Russell's classic musical

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 27 Feb 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

23 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

Awareness - Raising Display at York CollegeMon 23 - Fri 27 Feb 2015A display on public figures who are or were LGBT, raising awareness of support networks and also of the changes in attitudes to LGBT people over the past thirty years (in particular, the case of Alan Turing). At Central atrium

27 February 2015 to 27 February 2015

High Noon at South Bank Community CinemaFri 27 Feb 2015High Noon is the classic Western and it is back on the big screen at South Bank Community Cinema.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business at Grand Opera House YorkSat 28 Feb 2015Jimmy Carr returns with his Funny Business tour.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

John Taylor piano at National Centre for Early MusicSat 28 Feb 2015World-renowned jazz pianist, John has made over 80 LPs and CDs and his composition 'The Green Man Suite' received the 2002 BBC Jazz Award for Best New Work.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Queer Art Now (And Then) at York St John UniversitySat 28 Feb 2015The talk, by local artist Nathan Chenery, will look at what is happening now and how it differs, evolving out of a relatively short queer art history. At The Phoenix Centre, York St John University

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Late Music Concerts - Vestiges. at St Saviourgate Unitarian ChapelSat 28 Feb 2015Vestiges is a slow moving, atmospheric film shot by guest film maker Sean Martin on the stunning Island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Late Music Concerts - Sounds lyrical at St Saviourgate Unitarian ChapelSat 28 Feb 2015A song recital focusing on regionally-based composers and poets. Plus songs by Schubert and Britten. Includes a complimentary glass of wine or juice

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

The History Boys at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSat 28 Feb 2015Britain's Favourite Play

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Our Day Out at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSat 28 Feb 2015Willy Russell's classic musical

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Introduction to Rag-Rugging at Wild Harvest Rural Crafts & Food WalksSat 28 Feb 2015Introduction to Rag-Rugging. After learning a few design principles, learn to hook and prod your way to your first rag rug in this fun one day course.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 28 Feb 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

Chocolate Masterclass Program - Chocolate Caramels at York Cocoa HouseSat 28 Feb 2015We will explore the art of sugar boiling to create caramel that can be blended with a variety of ingredients to different effects, from luscious liquid caramels to melt.

28 February 2015 to 28 February 2015

York's LGBT History: Make Your Own Rainbow Plaque at Quaker Meeting HouseSat 28 Feb 2015There are over seventy blue plaques around York commemorating famous people or events. To celebrate York LGBT History Month 2015, we invite you to create your own rainbow plaque telling the LGBT history of our city.

26 September 2014 to 01 March 2015

Trainspotting at National Railway MuseumFri 26 Sep 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Explore the adventure and nostalgia associated with Trainspotting, one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, with a variety of events.

26 February 2015 to 22 March 2015

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde at Merchant Adventurers' HallThu 26 Feb - Sun 22 Mar 2015Theatre Mill Presents...'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde This won’t just change the face of science; it will change the world...

30 January 2015 to 03 May 2015

Churchill’s Final Journey at National Railway MuseumFri 30 Jan - Sun 3 May 20152015 marks 40 years since the opening of the National Railway Museum in York (25 September 2015). We’ll be marking this very special milestone with a fantastic programme of special events and exhibitions.

28 February 2015 to 01 November 2015

Royals: then and now at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & GardensSat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2015The hugely successful 'Royals: then and now' display returns for a second year with a new collection of portraits.

23 October 2015 to 28 February 2016

Destination Stations’ at National Railway MuseumFri 23 Oct 2015 - Sun 28 Feb 2016Explore the past, present and future of some of the most iconic railway stations.

07 November 2013 to 31 December 2016

Toy Stories at York Castle MuseumThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Take a trip back to childhood and rediscover some of your favourite toys in this brand new exhibition.

08 November 2013 to 31 December 2016

From Cradle to Grave at York Castle MuseumFri 8 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This exhibition focuses on the history of three rites of passage - birth, marriage and death.

13 November 2013 to 31 December 2016

York Castle Prison at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016Come and see York Castle Prison's infamous residents and fascinating history brought to life in our special exhibition.

13 November 2013 to 31 December 2016

The Sixties at York Castle MuseumWed 13 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016The Sixties exhibition aims to recreate the spirit of this exciting decade which saw momentous change in so many areas of public and private life.

07 November 2013 to 31 December 2016

Capital of the North at Yorkshire Museum & GardensThu 7 Nov 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016This new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls.

28 June 2014 to 06 July 2017

1914: When the World Changed Forever at York Castle MuseumSat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017The terror of total war and its revolutionary impact on life around the world will be explored in this major new exhibition opening on June 28th at York Castle Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War.

18 July 2013 to 31 December 2020

Chocolate Events at City Of YorkThu 18 Jul 2013 - Thu 31 Dec 2020

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