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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 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.

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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Attractions, activities and tour guides in York

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

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

Stockeld Park Easter Adventure

Easter Adventure

Sat 28 Mar - Sun 19 Apr 2015

Royals: then and now

Royals: then and now

Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2015

Health & Healing Festivals

York Health & Healing Festival

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Apr 2015

On top of the wold

On top of the wold

Wed 22 Apr 2015

York Events Calendar

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18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Capturing Spring Flowers at Yorkshire Museum & GardensSat 18 Apr 2015A botanical illustration workshop with tutor, Bridget Gillespie, working in watercolour and from fresh specimens.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Margaret Berg School of Music - Gala Concert at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSat 18 Apr 2015An evening of music and song from Pop to West End Musicals

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Wild Food Walks with Wild Harvest at Wild Harvest Rural Crafts & Food WalksSat 18 Apr 2015Join us for an ‘Introduction to Wild Food’ walk starting from under Skeldergate Bridge near St. Georges Fields car park at 10.30am.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 18 Apr 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Chocolate Masterclass- Savoury Chocolate Making at York Cocoa HouseSat 18 Apr 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.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

York Open Studios 2015Sat 18 Apr 2015York Open Studios provides the perfect combination of discovering creative talent and enjoying the experience of wandering around the medieval streets of York in search of artists’ studios.

19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Willow weaving obelisk workshop at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & GardensSun 19 Apr 2015Make a willow obelisk with Leilah from Dragon Willow

18 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

York Health & Healing Festival at York RacecourseSat 18 - Sun 19 Apr 2015York Health & Healing Festival in its 8th year abundant with over 95 exhibition stands covering all aspects of the MIND BODY & SPIRIT. Free talks and workshops, live music & demonstrations with entry to the FREE PRIZE DRAWS.

19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

The KP Wedding ExhibitionSun 19 Apr 2015A chance to sample our wines, canapés and meet some of our recommended suppliers such as florists, venue styling and vintage cars

19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 19 Apr 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?

19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 19 Apr 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

York Open Studios 2015Sun 19 Apr 2015York Open Studios provides the perfect combination of discovering creative talent and enjoying the experience of wandering around the medieval streets of York in search of artists’ studios.

28 March 2015 to 19 April 2015

Easter Adventure at Stockeld ParkSat 28 Mar - Sun 19 Apr 2015The Easter Adventure is perfectly located between Leeds and Harrogate - with a strong emphasis on providing visitors with a day of adventure.

20 April 2015 to 20 April 2015

Creative Floral Digital Photography at Stillingfleet Lodge GardensMon 20 Apr 2015John Potter will give you a grounding in the principles of digital photography and help you create imaginative high quality floral photographs in a variety of settings, both table top arrangements and outside in the garden.

20 April 2015 to 20 April 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 20 Apr 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

21 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Richard III: The Image of a King at Yorkshire Museum & GardensTue 21 Apr 2015Did the image reflect the man? Join curators from the Yorkshire Museum to discover how York’s favourite king was portrayed to the masses in art and on coinage.

21 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Maddy Prior Hannah James and Giles Lewin at National Centre for Early MusicTue 21 Apr 2015A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career exploring various musical avenues.

21 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 21 Apr 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Bee-Keeping Course for Beginners at Stillingfleet Lodge GardensWed 22 Apr 2015This is a hands-on bee-keeping course aimed at beginners. It is led by John Cook who looks after our bees and hives throughout the year.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Free Range Poultry Keeping at Stillingfleet Lodge GardensWed 22 Apr 2015Visitors to our garden always admire our free range poultry and this free range poultry keeping course gives you a chance to meet our own flock and learn how to care for your own poultry.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Oliver! at Joseph Rowntree TheatreWed 22 Apr 2015Consider yourself one of the family!

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

On top of the wold at Yorkshire Food FinderWed 22 Apr 2015The stunning wolds' landscape, the golden wonder of rapeseed oil, fine ales and great cheeses, what more could you ask but dinner at the Michelin starred Pipe and Glass Inn.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseWed 22 Apr 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?

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

Oliver! at Joseph Rowntree TheatreThu 23 Apr 2015Consider yourself one of the family!

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 23 Apr 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

Chocolate Masterclass- Perfect Pralines at York Cocoa HouseThu 23 Apr 2015We will be exploring the whole process working with almonds and hazelnuts, learning different techniques to create different flavours before creating our own perfect praline filled chocolate.

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

York Historic Capital of the North at Yorkshire Museum & GardensFri 24 Apr 2015Michael Portillo travels back in time & sheds light on Saxon York.

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Opera Impromtu at FenwickFri 24 Apr 2015An evening of delicious food and well – known Italian Opera

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Joanna MacGregor piano at National Centre for Early MusicFri 24 Apr 2015Regarded as one of the world's most innovative and creative pianists, this programme is a musical sketch of Joanna MacGregor's life.

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

York's Farmers' Market at Parliament StreetFri 24 Apr 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.

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Oliver! at Joseph Rowntree TheatreFri 24 Apr 2015Consider yourself one of the family!

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

John Mccullagh & The Escorts + Special Guests at Spread EagleFri 24 Apr 2015Common People Presents: John McCullagh & The Escorts plus very special guests Hello Operator

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 24 Apr 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Charity Drag Race at Thomas's of YorkFri 24 Apr 2015We are having a drag race at Thomas' bar on Friday 24th April. The event is meant to be fun, but will also hopefully provide an educational value about the difference between trans and drag.

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 25 Apr 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Chocolate Masterclass -Introduction to Chocolate at York Cocoa HouseSat 25 Apr 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.

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

York Open Studios 2015Sat 25 Apr 2015York Open Studios provides the perfect combination of discovering creative talent and enjoying the experience of wandering around the medieval streets of York in search of artists’ studios.

01 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

25th Anniversary Promotion at The Grange HotelWed 1 - Thu 30 Apr 2015"Cheers" we're turning 25 25 years after first opening as a hotel, the business is celebrating its landmark anniversary. Join us throughout April and enjoy 2 sparkling afternoon tea's for only £25.

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.

17 April 2015 to 10 June 2015

Architectural Drawings: An Exhibition at Janette Ray BooksellersFri 17 Apr - Wed 10 Jun 2015We are holding an exhibition between 17th April and 10th June 2015 which features architectural drawings.

20 March 2015 to 06 September 2015

Playing Trains at National Railway MuseumFri 20 Mar - Sun 6 Sep 2015Why do children love trains so much? Our immersive and playful new exhibition explores childhood fascination with trains and railways.

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.

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.

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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Accommodation Offers

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.

When was the last time you had a first time?

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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