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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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With a choice of over a hundred of York hotels, B&Bs and Self-Catering properties you'll be spoilt for choice with Visit York.

Offering the best rates online, exclusive offers and no booking fees you can be certain of great value for money for your holiday or break in York. By booking with us, you're directly supporting the local economy and helping us to maintain the visitor information service we've proudly operated for over 25 years.

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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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...

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1914: When the World Changed Forever

1914: When the World Changed Forever

Sat 28 Jun 2014 - Thu 6 Jul 2017

Castle Howard

Castle Howard at Christmas

Sat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015

Halloween and Christmas Adventure

Halloween and Christmas Adventure

Wed 21 Oct 2015 - Mon 4 Jan 2016

York Farmers' Market

York Farmers’ Market

Fri 18 Dec 2015

32nd JORVIK Viking Festival

32nd JORVIK Viking Festival

Mon 15 - Sun 21 Feb 2016

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

Fri 15 - Sun 31 Jul 2016

York Events Calendar

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21 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

Castle Howard at ChristmasSat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015Approach the magnificent 18th-century house along the Christmas tree-lined drive, admire traditional decorations throughout the house and enjoy a range of festive events

28 November 2015 to 30 November 2015

Courtyard Christmas Market at Castle HowardSat 28 - Mon 30 Nov 2015Our popular courtyard market returns for the festive season. Browse a range of gifts, crafts and food stalls in our lovely cobbled courtyard, from 10am to 4pm.

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.

17 November 2015 to 03 January 2016

The Keeping of Christmas at Fairfax HouseTue 17 Nov 2015 - Sun 3 Jan 2016Experience Fairfax House in all its splendour as it celebrates The Keeping of Christmas with a magnificent festive installation inspired by the traditions of the eighteenth century.

28 November 2015 to 03 December 2015

Frosted Fountains trail at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 28 Nov - Thu 3 Dec 2015Wrap up extra warm for a Christmas trail!

30 November 2015 to 03 December 2015

Christmas lunches at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalMon 30 Nov - Thu 3 Dec 2015Enjoy a delicious festive lunch with family, friends or colleagues this December.

30 November 2015 to 30 November 2015

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tour at Grand Opera House YorkMon 30 Nov 2015Get ready for the ride of your life as the ultimate party, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, returns due to overwhelming popular demand – starring Jason Donovan as Tick!

29 November 2015 to 21 December 2015

Santa Express Services at North Yorkshire Moors RailwaySun 29 Nov - Mon 21 Dec 2015Join Santa and his special helpers for some festive fun this Christmas at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with the Santa Express shuttle service departing Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby stations.

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.

30 November 2015 to 31 December 2015

Children's Christmas Trail at York Castle MuseumMon 30 Nov - Thu 31 Dec 2015Follow the trail and discover some Christmas cheer!

30 November 2015 to 01 December 2015

Father Christmas' Toy Museum at York Castle MuseumMon 30 Nov - Tue 1 Dec 2015This Christmas holiday, Father Christmas will be opening his very special festive Toy Museum at York Castle Museum!

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.

22 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

T was the Month Before Christmas Package at The Black Swan HotelSun 22 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015'T was the Month Before Christmas’ package runs from 22 November to 23 December (Sunday-Thursday) priced at only £149 per couple

28 November 2015 to 24 December 2015

Santa’s Grotto at York Designer OutletSat 28 Nov - Thu 24 Dec 2015Make their Christmas magical with a visit to Santa in his beautiful log cabin set within Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. There’s a wrapped gift for every child for just £4.50.

19 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

York St Nicholas Fair at Parliament StreetThu 19 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015St Nicholas Fair, one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, has been given a tinselly twist for 2015, with an extended run, new locations and even more magical stalls.

19 November 2015 to 02 January 2016

Thor's Tipi at Parliament StreetThu 19 Nov 2015 - Sat 2 Jan 2016Thor’s Tipi will offer a festive experience, where friends and family can gather around a roaring fire, with cosy furs to keep the cold at bay, all in a beautiful giant tipi.

19 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

York St Nicholas Fair on Coppergate at Coppergate SquareThu 19 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015Perfect present ideas can be found at Coppergate, where the stalls will feature locally made goodies with a festive twist.

14 October 2015 to 17 December 2015

Cards for Good Causes at St Helen's ChurchWed 14 Oct - Thu 17 Dec 2015Buy your Cards for Good Causes from St Helen's Church.

14 October 2015 to 17 December 2015

Cards for Good Causes at St Martin's Church at St Martin Coney StreetWed 14 Oct - Thu 17 Dec 2015Buy your Cards for Good Causes from St Helen's Church.

26 November 2015 to 13 December 2015

Made in Yorkshire Fayre at The GuildhallThu 26 Nov - Sun 13 Dec 2015You'll find locally made gifts at the Made in Yorkshire Festive Fayre.

27 November 2015 to 18 December 2015

Seasonal Sessions at Stockeld Park 2015 Fri 27 Nov - Fri 18 Dec 2015Part of Stockeld Park’s Christmas Adventure Season. Our local musicians will give you that warm, fuzzy, Christmassy feeling as festive tunes ring out through Stockeld Park.

21 October 2015 to 04 January 2016

Magical Christmas Shop at Stockeld Park 2015 Wed 21 Oct 2015 - Mon 4 Jan 2016Our Huge Magical Gift Shop is open every day throughout our Halloween and Christmas adventure, which is filled with amazing gifts, decorations, and Christmas Illuminations with everything you need to have a fantastic Christmas. We also have

21 October 2015 to 04 January 2016

Enchanted’ Photo Competition at Stockeld Park Wed 21 Oct 2015 - Mon 4 Jan 2016 Enchanted’ Photo Competition at Stockeld Park.

01 November 2015 to 04 January 2016

Christmas Adventure at Stockeld ParkSun 1 Nov 2015 - Mon 4 Jan 2016Nestled within ancient woodland, Stockeld Park hosts its Adventure Seasons from Halloween through to Christmas. We have a real outdoor ice skating rink, an Enchanted Forest filled with interactive sculptures and playgrounds

21 October 2015 to 04 January 2016

Halloween and Christmas Adventure at Stockeld ParkWed 21 Oct 2015 - Mon 4 Jan 2016Are you looking for things to do in Leeds, Harrogate or York in Yorkshire in Christmas? The award-winning Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park is the place to visit.

30 November 2015 to 30 November 2015

Speedquizzing Night with Alan Leach! at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 30 Nov 2015The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!

19 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

York St Nicholas Fair at King's Square Thu 19 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015Meet Father Christmas in his cosy grotto and enjoy a magical festive experience in the heart of York.

21 November 2015 to 03 January 2016

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland Sat 21 Nov 2015 - Sun 3 Jan 2016AWARD-WINNING YORKSHIRE’S WINTER WONDERLAND RETURNS The three time award-winning festive event – Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland - returns to York Designer Outlet this November.

30 November 2015 to 30 November 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 30 Nov 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

28 November 2015 to 06 December 2015

Betway UK Snooker Championship 2015 at York BarbicanSat 28 Nov - Sun 6 Dec 2015Get ready Yorkshire, Snooker fever is coming back to the Barbican!

19 November 2015 to 24 December 2015

Meet Father Christmas at York's Chocolate Story Thu 19 Nov - Thu 24 Dec 2015York’s Chocolate Story will be welcoming a very special guest this Christmas. Father Christmas and his friends will be settling in to their cozy traditional wooden grotto to welcome the children of York.

19 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

York St Nicholas Fair at St Sampson's SquareThu 19 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015From foodie treats to quirky crafts, there is something for everyone this Christmas at the St Sampson's Square stalls.

26 October 2015 to 07 January 2016

Lifeblood: The River Thames & The Landscsape That at Chris Ceaser PhotographyMon 26 Oct 2015 - Thu 7 Jan 2016Exhibition of London Photography

19 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

York St Nicholas Fair at Shambles MarketThu 19 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015The rejuvenated Shambles Market is filled with Christmas gift ideas sourced from across York and beyond.

19 November 2015 to 23 December 2015

The York St Nicholas Fair at The Judge's LodgingThu 19 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015If you love artisan finds head to The Judge's Lodging for some exciting stalls brought to you buy York Does Vintage.

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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.

York Christmas 2015

York Christmas 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year and York will be celebrating the season in style with the St Nicholas Christmas Festival, a series of events, fairs and festive fun for all the family.                                 
weddings in York

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 .

Download maps of York and our free visitor guide

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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