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Visit York - you'll fall in love the moment you arrive...

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...

Restaurants in York, York Food and Drink Festival

Food & Drink

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

Brilliant Brands Exhibition

Brilliant Brands Exhibition

Mon 4 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015

Chocolate Events in York

Chocolate Events

Thu 18 Jul 2013 - Thu 31 Dec 2020

Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days

Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days

Sat 23 - Mon 25 May 2015

RagRug

Learn To Proddy Rag-Rug

Fri 13 Mar - Fri 12 Jun 2015

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Sat 23 - Sun 24 May 2015

May Half Term 2015

Sat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015

Michael Lambourne's Jolly Good Gillygate Pub Quiz

Wed 29 Apr 2015 - Wed 29 Apr 2020

Rapunzel

Rapunzel by Mike Kenny

Sun 26 Apr - Wed 3 Jun 2015

York Events Calendar

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24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Macro and Landscape Photography at Yorkshire Museum & GardensSun 24 May 2015Creative better quality and more imaginative macro, close-up, and landscape images with John Potter.

20 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival at National Centre for Early MusicWed 20 - Sun 24 May 2015Welcome to the 2015 Beverley Early Music Festival - a mix of anniversaries celebrating justice, liberty and the lives of some remarkable musicians.

23 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Malton Food Lovers Festival Sat 23 - Sun 24 May 2015Dubbed ‘the’ food festival of the North, Malton Food Lovers Festival returns this year on the 23rd and 24th of May.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 24 May 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?

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

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

23 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Events at The Yorkshire Museum of FarmingSat 23 - Mon 25 May 2015This bank holiday weekend (22nd – 24th May) we will be hosting a multi-period living history event. On site we will have: * Viking * Cowboys

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 25 May 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

23 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days at City of York WallsSat 23 - Mon 25 May 2015Volunteer guides will show you around the 500 year old tower, where the Postern Gatekeeper lived with his family.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Treks in the city:York's only guided gourmet trail at Yorkshire Food FinderTue 26 May 2015The ultimate food lovers' experience with behind the scenes visits to artisan food producers and dinner at The Star Inn the City

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 26 May 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

26 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

May Term Viking Activities at The Yorkshire Museum of FarmingTue 26 - Fri 29 May 2015During May half term (26th – 29th May) we will be running a series of Viking ‘Mini Bite’ workshops for children and families.

26 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Family Beginners Mountain Bike Basics Session at Dalby Bike BarnTue 26 - Fri 29 May 2015Dalby Bike Barn are offering a Family Beginners Mountain Bike Basics session which will be run daily from Tuesday 26th May to Friday 29th May.10.30am - 1pm

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

May Half Term 2015 at National Railway MuseumSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Get hands on with lots of family activities this half term, as we explore the topic of rail safety with help from Network Rail and the British Transport Police.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Spring Adventure at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Stockeld Park Spring Adventure - where magic is made & adventures begin....

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Crafty Craft Area at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Activity / Craft Area at Stockeld Park. Our Spring Craft area is brimming with things to make and do.

25 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Face Painting at Stockeld ParkMon 25 - Sun 31 May 2015Face painting At Stockeld Park.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Planting Zone at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Get set, Grow… Get Planting this Spring at the Stockeld Park.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Snail Racing at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Come and take part in our daily Snail race. First 20 to sign up can compete and there is a Goodie bag to be won.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Springtime animals and creatures at Stockeld ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Come and see our friends from Reptile Rangers with a host of spring time animals including Barney the giant bunny, Guinea pigs, Tortoises Stick insects and a Giant millipede.

26 April 2015 to 03 June 2015

Rapunzel by Mike Kenny at York Theatre RoyalSun 26 Apr - Wed 3 Jun 2015This is a story about a girl. The story happened in a once upon a time, and in a once upon a place. The girl was called Rapunzel.

21 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

Vintage Fashion Festival at York Designer OutletThu 21 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015The vintage festival will grace York Designer Outlet from 21 May- 7 June

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.

13 March 2015 to 12 June 2015

Learn To Proddy Rag-Rug at Liz Foster DesignFri 13 Mar - Fri 12 Jun 2015An informative and enjoyable half-day workshop exploring colour and texture through the craft of proddy rag-rug making.

09 May 2015 to 28 June 2015

Yorkshire ReMastered at According to McGeeSat 9 May - Sun 28 Jun 2015York art gallery According to McGee holds its 11th annual 'Yorkshire ReMastered' exhibition.

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.

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

23 May 2015 to 31 December 2015

Power & Glory: York in the Time of Henry VIII at Barley HallSat 23 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015Discover the archaeology, first-hand accounts of life in the city and the effects that this greatest of Tudor monarchs had on life in York during his thirty-eight year reign.

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.

04 May 2015 to 31 December 2015

Brilliant Brands Exhibition at York's Chocolate Story Mon 4 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015World-famous brands, including KitKat, Aero and the Terry’s Chocolate Orange all originated from the historic city and York’s Chocolate Story will be showcasing this heritage in a unique exhibition beginning on May 4th.

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.

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2020

Michael Lambourne's Jolly Good Gillygate Pub Quiz at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsWed 29 Apr 2015 - Wed 29 Apr 2020Actor Michael Lambourne hosts our traditional quiz every Wednesday from 8:15. As is also the case with our Monday Quiz, its best to get down early to guarantee a seat!!

06 May 2015 to 06 May 2020

Michael Lambourne's Jolly Good Gillygate Pub Quiz at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsWed 6 May 2015 - Wed 6 May 2020Actor Michael Lambourne hosts our traditional quiz every Wednesday from 8:15. As is also the case with our Monday Quiz, its best to get down early to guarantee a seat!!

10 May 2015 to 10 May 2020

Sunday Roast at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsSun 10 May 2015 - Sun 10 May 2020Sunday Roast

13 May 2015 to 13 May 2020

Michael Lambourne's Jolly Good Gillygate Pub Quiz at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsWed 13 May 2015 - Wed 13 May 2020Actor Michael Lambourne hosts our traditional quiz every Wednesday from 8:15. As is also the case with our Monday Quiz, its best to get down early to guarantee a seat!!

17 May 2015 to 17 May 2020

Sunday Roast at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsSun 17 May 2015 - Sun 17 May 2020Sunday Roast

20 May 2015 to 20 May 2020

Michael Lambourne's Jolly Good Gillygate Pub Quiz at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsWed 20 May 2015 - Wed 20 May 2020Actor Michael Lambourne hosts our traditional quiz every Wednesday from 8:15. As is also the case with our Monday Quiz, its best to get down early to guarantee a seat!!

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2020

Sunday Roast at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsSun 24 May 2015 - Sun 24 May 2020Sunday Roast

18 July 2013 to 31 December 2020

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

27 April 2015 to 28 April 2025

Speedquiz with Alan Leach at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 27 Apr 2015 - Mon 28 Apr 2025The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!!

04 May 2015 to 05 May 2025

Speedquiz with Alan Leach at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 4 May 2015 - Mon 5 May 2025The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!!

11 May 2015 to 12 May 2025

Speedquiz with Alan Leach at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 11 May 2015 - Mon 12 May 2025The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!!

18 May 2015 to 19 May 2025

Speedquiz with Alan Leach at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 18 May 2015 - Mon 19 May 2025The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!!

25 May 2015 to 26 May 2025

Speedquiz with Alan Leach at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 25 May 2015 - Mon 26 May 2025The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!!

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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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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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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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