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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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Shopping

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...

Featured Events

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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

JORVIK Medieval Festival

JORVIK Medieval Festival

Wed 19 - Mon 31 Aug 2015

York Farmers' Market

York Farmers’ Market

Fri 28 Aug 2015

York Does Vintage

York Does Vintage

Sun 13 Sep 2015

National Book Fair 2015

Fri 18 - Sat 19 Sep 2015

York Food and Drink Festival

York Food and Drink Festival

Fri 18 - Sun 27 Sep 2015

Castle Howard

Castle Howard at Christmas

Sat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015

York Events Calendar

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19 August 2015 to 19 August 2015

History at the Hall at Barley HallWed 19 Aug 2015Barley Hall?s volunteer Living History team are offering visitors a special treat as they take the Hall back in time

23 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

Helen Cox Magna Carta at Barley HallSun 23 Aug 2015Local historian and author Helen Cox discusses the historical context of the Magna Carta and its impact on the reign of King John and subsequent English monarchs.

03 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

East is East at Grand Opera House YorkMon 3 - Sat 8 Aug 2015Following its sensational West End run as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season, one of the best British comedies delights the nation this summer.

17 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Love Me Tender at Grand Opera House YorkMon 17 - Sat 22 Aug 2015From the producers of Hairspray, Jersey Boys and West Side Story “LOVE ME TENDER” is a hilarious feel-good musical featuring Elvis Presley’s greatest hits.

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.

22 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Medieval Arms & Armour at Richard III Experience at Monk BarSat 22 Aug 2015Join us in the atmospheric setting of Monk Bar and meet our medieval soldier, who will be showcasing the arms and armour of the late medieval period

23 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

Medieval Arms & Armour at Richard III Experience at Monk BarSun 23 Aug 2015Join us in the atmospheric setting of Monk Bar and meet our medieval soldier, who will be showcasing the arms and armour of the late medieval period

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.

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.

13 August 2015 to 13 August 2015

Taittinger’s Sparkling Soiree at The Black Swan HotelThu 13 Aug 2015 This summer’s calendar of events continues with a Sparkling Champagne Dinner hosted by Taittinger on 13th August, with superb dining to complement, courtesy of Head Chef, Patrick Bardoulet.

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

10 August 2015 to 10 August 2015

Wedding Open Evening at The Grange HotelMon 10 Aug 2015A special venue for your perfect day....

19 August 2015 to 21 August 2015

The Canterbury Tales at St Helen's ChurchWed 19 - Fri 21 Aug 2015Peter Carrington-Porter  returns to York with  his  adaption  of  a  selection  of  Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

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.

04 August 2015 to 04 August 2015

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08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

22 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

04 August 2015 to 04 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 4 Aug 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 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

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

11 August 2015 to 11 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 11 Aug 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

15 August 2015 to 15 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 15 Aug 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 August 2015 to 18 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 18 Aug 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 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 22 Aug 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

10 August 2015 to 10 August 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 10 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

17 August 2015 to 17 August 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 17 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass -Introduction to Chocolate at York Cocoa HouseThu 6 Aug 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.

20 August 2015 to 20 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass-Gorgeous Ganache Making at York Cocoa HouseThu 20 Aug 2015During our Gorgeous Ganache Masterclass we’ll share the secrets to be able to create exciting and perfect flavour combinations for your ganache that can be used in a range of recipes to different effect.

13 August 2015 to 13 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass-Glamorous Chocolate Cakes at York Cocoa HouseThu 13 Aug 2015Chocolate is the perfect friend for a novice baker, chocolate will always save the day! We’ll share with you the secrets of making classic, gorgeous cakes, before dressing them up with a variety of chocolate decorating techniques.

08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass - Chocolate Ice Cream at York Cocoa HouseSat 8 Aug 2015There are no 2 confections that go together better than ice cream and chocolate, mostly because of their crystal structure and the way they are enjoyed they give the most gorgeous melt in the mouth sensation.

22 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass- Chocolate Moulding at York Cocoa HouseSat 22 Aug 2015Working with chocolate moulds is a simple, yet extremely effective skill to master, chocolate moulds can be used to create no end of finishes to your chocolates, models and decorations.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseWed 5 Aug 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 August 2015 to 09 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 9 Aug 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?

12 August 2015 to 12 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseWed 12 Aug 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?

16 August 2015 to 16 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 16 Aug 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 August 2015 to 19 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseWed 19 Aug 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 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 23 Aug 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?

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 7 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

09 August 2015 to 09 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 9 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

14 August 2015 to 14 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 14 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

16 August 2015 to 16 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 16 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

21 August 2015 to 21 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 21 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

23 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 23 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 6 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

13 August 2015 to 13 August 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 13 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

20 August 2015 to 20 August 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 20 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

19 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

JORVIK Medieval Festival at York City CentreWed 19 - Mon 31 Aug 2015The JORVIK Medieval Festival comes to take Yorkshire back to the Middle Ages each Summer.

01 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Church Explorers at York City CentreSat 1 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Some of Yorkshire's most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings are opening their doors this summer and hosting a series of exciting and interesting events where they can showcase their unique links to the medieval period.

22 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Medieval Day at Knaresborough CastleSat 22 Aug 2015Knaresborough Castle will plays host host to a medieval tournament with period combat performances and thrilling birds of prey displays.

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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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