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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.


York Pass : 30 York Attractions for one great price.

Delve into the city's vibrant café culture, take time out to enjoy some of the country's most talented street entertainers or simply watch the world go by while sipping a drink by the river.

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 getaways 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.

What’s more, the official sightseeing card ‘York Pass’ will save you money at 30 top attractions and over 40 shops and restaurants.

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Things to Do

York is one of the most fascinating, diverse and romantic cities in the world. Discover a rich history dating back to Roman times, world-class visitor attractions and fantastic family activities. 

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York is a wonderful haven for shopaholics looking for something a little different. From independent boutiques to all the high street names you'd expect in a modern city, York has something for everyone...

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Voted as a TripAdvisor top 10 European Destination for food and wine, York is a renowned foodie heaven. Fine restaurants, laid back street cafés and relaxed pubs await you around every corner...

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1914: When the World Changed Forever

1914: When the World Changed Forever

Sat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017

Summer Adventure

Summer Adventure

Wed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Fri 31 Jul - Sat 5 Sep 2015

York Does Vintage

York Does Vintage

Sun 13 Sep 2015

National Book Fair 2015

National Book Fair 2015

Fri 18 - Sat 19 Sep 2015

York Food and Drink Festival

York Food and Drink Festival 2015

Fri 18 - Sun 27 Sep 2015

York Farmers' Market

York Farmers’ Market

Fri 25 Sep 2015

Illuminating York 2015

Wed 28 - Sat 31 Oct 2015

Castle Howard

Castle Howard at Christmas

Sat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015

York Events Calendar

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28 May 2015 to 31 December 2015

Luxury shopping in Georgian Britain at Fairfax HouseThu 28 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015The Georgian age, an era of wealth, industry and empire, saw consumerism – the appetite to acquire, to possess, and to display – becoming an increasingly important social and economic phenomenon.

28 March 2015 to 01 November 2015

Abbey Tour at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 28 Mar - Sun 1 Nov 2015If these walls could talk... join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building.

28 March 2015 to 01 November 2015

Abbey & Water Garden Tour at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 28 Mar - Sun 1 Nov 2015A tale of two parts, revisit the Abbey's monastic past before experiencing the Georgian splendour of the water garden.

25 April 2015 to 29 November 2015

Folly! at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 25 Apr - Sun 29 Nov 2015Seek out the follies in the water garden. These whimsical buildings will be transformed from their original use by some of the country's most inventive artists and designers.

10 February 2015 to 01 November 2015

Meet the Mallorys at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalTue 10 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2015The Mallory family portrait is one of the few paintings we have of the people who once called this estate home.

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Family Abbey Tour - A Monk's Life at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 5 Sep 2015Join our guide and dress up as a monk to find out what life was like for the monks of Fountains Abbey in the Middle Ages.

07 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Legally Blonde at Grand Opera House YorkMon 7 - Fri 11 Sep 2015Elle is the girl who has it all, but when her seemingly perfect boyfriend dumps her for being more Marilyn Monroe than Jacqui Kennedy, she decides the only way to win him back is to follow him to Harvard Law School

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Legally Blonde at Grand Opera House YorkSat 12 Sep 2015Elle is the girl who has it all, but when her seemingly perfect boyfriend dumps her for being more Marilyn Monroe than Jacqui Kennedy, she decides the only way to win him back is to follow him to Harvard Law School

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

York Does Vintage at Merchant Adventurers' HallSun 13 Sep 2015The finest vintage stalls, pop up beauty parlour, live music, dancing, affordable vintage and much more! And all for just £2.

31 July 2015 to 05 September 2015

The Railway Children at National Railway MuseumFri 31 Jul - Sat 5 Sep 2015Book your tickets for the mesmerising return of the National Railway Museum and York Theatre Royal’s award winning production of The Railway Children.

25 March 2015 to 31 December 2015

Commemorating the Re-interment of Richard III at Richard III Experience at Monk BarWed 25 Mar - Thu 31 Dec 2015A series of special installations commemorating the re-interment of the last Plantagenet King of England.

11 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Ceramic Art York at York Art GalleryFri 11 - Sun 13 Sep 2015A new showcase of leading contemporary ceramics featuring 50 artists who have been handpicked to reveal the vibrancy and diversity of ceramics being created today.

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.

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.

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Stoneyard open day at York MinsterFri 11 Sep 2015The annual Stoneyard open day will take place on Friday 11 September as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, which celebrates the country’s fantastic history, architecture and culture.

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Allied Air Forces Memorial Day at Yorkshire Air MuseumSun 6 Sep 2015 The event commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th Anniversary of the return of Elvington's famous French Squadron's to France to form the nation's post war air force.

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.

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Italian Wine Luncehon at Middlethorpe Hall & SpaFri 4 Sep 2015Enjoy Italian wines from Barone Ricasoli, Renato Ratti and Tedeschi, with Guest Speaker, Italian Wine Expert, Gordon Ritchie.

09 September 2015 to 09 September 2015

Ladies Luncheon at Middlethorpe Hall & SpaWed 9 Sep 2015Ladies Luncheon – Jane Austen’s ‘Ladies of a Certain Age’

29 April 2015 to 01 November 2015

Fashion and Fibres, Island Dress in Polynesia at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, WhitbyWed 29 Apr - Sun 1 Nov 2015A special display with treasures from other museums of Polynesian dress

08 September 2015 to 08 September 2015

Home Educator Day at The DeepTue 8 Sep 2015Join us on a voyage of discovery at The Deep's next Home Educators Day on Tuesday 8th September where we will explore The Earth in Space!

08 September 2015 to 08 September 2015

Junior Chef's Competition at Parliament StreetTue 8 Sep 2015Junior Chefs take over the Demonstration Tent as they compete in the final of the Junior Chefs Competition 2015!

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

‘Politics and Music’: Jin Hyung Lim (piano) at St Saviourgate Unitarian ChapelSat 5 Sep 2015In the final lunchtime recital of the Late Music 2015 season, pianist Jin Hyung Lim presents a striking recital on a theme of politics and music.

15 July 2015 to 07 September 2015

Summer Adventure at Stockeld ParkWed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015Fabulous family days out this Easter, Spring and Summer with active Adventure Zones within the beautiful woodland of Stockeld Park.

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

York Races - September Meeting at York RacecourseSun 6 Sep 2015Fun for all on Press Family Sunday 6 September, including seven thoroughbred races plus a Charles Owen Pony race at the beginning of the card, our interactive racing zone and bouncy castles.

07 September 2015 to 07 September 2015

Speedquizzing Night with Alan Leach! at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 7 Sep 2015The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Hovingham Village Market at Hovingham Village HallSat 5 Sep 2015The award winning Hovingham Village Market is held 10:30am-13:30pm, first Saturday of each month (Feb-Dec). Over 40 stalls selling local, fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, chocolates, cards, soap, clothes & other products.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Yorkshire Heart Final Vineyard Tours & Tastings at Yorkshire Heart Vineyard & BrewerySat 12 Sep 2015A guided tour of the beautiful vineyard by owners Chris & Gillian Spakouskas followed by a tasting.

29 August 2015 to 18 September 2015

The Art Shack Pop up GallerySat 29 Aug - Fri 18 Sep 2015The Art Shack, a pop up gallery, located at 4-6 Gillygate, will open its doors on Saturday 29 August for 3 weeks and it promises to be fresh, original and a great opportunity to purchase original art directly from the artists.

08 September 2015 to 08 September 2015

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

Cycle the WAY OF THE ROSES with full support at Scoot Cycling HolidaysThu 10 Sep 2015Join a small friendly group and cycle across England. Includes upmarket B&B accommodation on 5 nights, daily luggage transfers, bikes & equipment, 5 days’ cycling with accompanying support cyclist and vehicle. A great adventure!

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 5 Sep 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

08 September 2015 to 08 September 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 8 Sep 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 12 Sep 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

07 September 2015 to 07 September 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 7 Sep 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

Chocolate Masterclass -Introduction to Chocolate at York Cocoa HouseThu 10 Sep 2015Discover the basics of chocolate making, from working with chocolate to make simple, gorgeous ganache to how to professionally temper chocolate so you can work with it to create a whole gorgeous array of delights.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

Chocolate Program-Classic Confectionary at York Cocoa HouseThu 3 Sep 2015Chocolate can be combined with so many gorgeous flavours and ingredients,we’ll be exploring different classic confectionery techniques such as fudge, marshmallow and nougat to create a whole chocolate box full of different chocolates.

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Chocolate Masterclass- Savoury Chocolate Making at York Cocoa HouseSat 5 Sep 2015Chocolate is not naturally sweet or creamy, it’s got so many gorgeous flavours, which is why we use it in everything we do at the Cocoa House.

02 September 2015 to 02 September 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseWed 2 Sep 2015York is home to some of the UK's most loved and respected chocolate makers. Why not join us to learn how to make your own gorgeous box of chocolate truffles?

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 6 Sep 2015York is home to some of the UK's most loved and respected chocolate makers. Why not join us to learn how to make your own gorgeous box of chocolate truffles?

09 September 2015 to 09 September 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseWed 9 Sep 2015York is home to some of the UK's most loved and respected chocolate makers. Why not join us to learn how to make your own gorgeous box of chocolate truffles?

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 13 Sep 2015York is home to some of the UK's most loved and respected chocolate makers. Why not join us to learn how to make your own gorgeous box of chocolate truffles?

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 4 Sep 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 6 Sep 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 11 Sep 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 13 Sep 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 3 Sep 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 10 Sep 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

The Sound Of Sketching at The BasementThu 3 Sep 2015Join Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and enjoy a few of our favourite things… drawing, drinking, burlesque and SINGING whilst wearing cast-off curtain clothes because this September the hills are alive with The Sound of Sketching.

02 September 2015 to 20 October 2015

Exhibition. 'York, Architecture & Landscape' at Chris Ceaser PhotographyWed 2 Sep - Tue 20 Oct 2015Photographic exhibition concentrating on the city of York and its inner landscape.

08 August 2015 to 12 September 2015

‘Elementals from the North’ at According to McGeeSat 8 Aug - Sat 12 Sep 20151 gallery | 2 rooms | 3 artists

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Book your stay in York in 2015 and make the most out of our special accommodation offers. From holiday accommodation to guest houses and B&Bs; from one night stays to short breaks, choose the best fit for your needs.

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When was the last time you had a first time?

Experience that brilliant feeling of visiting York for the first time in 2015 and let your senses choose from our suggested fifty experiences to make your long weekend in York stay with you forever.                                 

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Get married in York

York is considered as one of the top 50 best places in the world to get married. Browse our pages and choose one of the most spectacular wedding venues and the best advice to get your big day perfect .

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Maps, Guides & Info

Packed with essential information about York, this section includes free visitor guides and maps, giving you the inside track from local experts. Read a brief introduction to York and its history, watch videos about York and find out about our Visitor Information Centre.

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York Pass

Save on attractions with a 1, 2 or 3 day official York Pass. Giving you entry to 30 top York attractions for one great price, the pass is a great way to save money during your stay in the city. The York Pass also includes exclusive discount vouchers to use in shops, restaurants and attractions in York.

York Tourist Information Centre

Visitor Information Centre

Visit York operates a state of the art visitor centre at 1 Museum St, near York Minster. If you need any assistance or information during your stay, our expert staff are here to help. We stock a wealth of information leaflets, event and tour tickets, books, guides and merchandise.

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