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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.


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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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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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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

Hairspray; The Broadway Musical

Hairspray; The Broadway Musical

Fri 27 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015

Living North Live

Living North Live

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Mar 2015

York Literature Festival

Right Here, Write Now

Fri 27 Mar 2015

Royals: then and now

Royals: then and now

Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2015

Stations of the Cross

Fri 27 Mar 2015

York Literature Festival

The Houses In Between

Fri 27 Mar 2015

The Wiz

The Wiz

Fri 27 Mar 2015

York Events Calendar

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27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

Right Here, Write Now at Friargate TheatreFri 27 Mar 2015York’s regular improv night makes its York Literature Festival debut with its usual mix of ridiculous games and comedic chaos.

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

Quick Fictions at York St John UniversityFri 27 Mar 2015Quick Fictions is concerned with the question of how to write – inventively, thoughtfully, memorably – in the age of the short attention span.

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

Festival Book Club: After Me Comes The Flood at York St John UniversityFri 27 Mar 2015Sarah Perry’s debut 'After Me Comes The Flood' was critically acclaimed in 2013. The book’s haunting quality has been praised by critics. Join Sarah Perry and Miles Salter as they discuss the book and its reception.

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

Creative and Critical Writing at York St John UniversityFri 27 Mar 2015Professor Nicholas Royle reads from his remarkable novel Quilt. This will be followed by a discussion with Senior Fiction Editor Vicky Blunden from the publisher Myriad Editions. At Temple Hall, St John University

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

York's Farmers' Market at Parliament StreetFri 27 Mar 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.

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

The Wiz at Joseph Rowntree TheatreFri 27 Mar 2015He’s the Wiz and he lives in Oz! Ease on down the yellow brick road with this rock, gospel and soul version of the much-loved story

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

Watching Prime Ministers with Prof. Peter Hennessy at St Peter's SchoolFri 27 Mar 2015Professor Peter Hennessy has had a stellar career as a historian and author, as well as a journalist. He will put Cameron’s time as Prime Minister in context and will help us see to what might happen after the General Election.

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 27 Mar 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

27 March 2015 to 27 March 2015

The Houses In Between at York Explore Library Fri 27 Mar 2015Two York writers - Joanna Ezekiel & Toni Bunnell read from their novels for young adults.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

THE GRAND OPENING OF THE TOWNHOUSE MOUSE TRAIL at Fairfax HouseSat 28 Mar 2015The Grand Opening of The Townhouse Mouse & Gregory’s Trail.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

The Submission Process: Literary Agents in Discuss at York St John UniversitySat 28 Mar 2015This seminar, delivered in association with Writers and Artists, provides invaluable advice from three respected literary agents. They will guide through the process of how to submit work to literary agents.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Writing Motherhood at York St John UniversitySat 28 Mar 2015How does motherhood really affect a writer’s work? Writers CL Taylor, Nuala Casey and Carolyn Jess-Cooke discuss issues impacting female writers and the ways they combine writing with motherhood. At Temple Hall, St John University

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Poetry Competition Results at York St John UniversitySat 28 Mar 2015Hear the winning entries in the 2015 York Literature Festival/York Mix Poetry Competition, judged by poet and tutor Carole Bromley. At Temple Hall, St John University

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

The Wiz at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSat 28 Mar 2015He’s the Wiz and he lives in Oz! Ease on down the yellow brick road with this rock, gospel and soul version of the much-loved story

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Helen Lederer - Losing It at St Peter's SchoolSat 28 Mar 2015Helen Lederer, comedienne, actor and presenter, talks about her new novel, 'Losing It'.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 28 Mar 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Chocolate Masterclass-Chocolate Moulding at York Cocoa HouseSat 28 Mar 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.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

York Writers present: Breakfast with Tracy Rees at Quaker Meeting HouseSat 28 Mar 2015York Writers are pleased to welcome back Tracy Rees, winner of the inaugural Richard and Judy Book Club ‘Search for a Bestseller’ competition. The event will be compered by novelist N.E.David, also from York Writers.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

The Knife That Killed Me - Film and Discussion at City ScreenSun 29 Mar 2015In this event, audiences will get an opportunity to watch the film and to hear Marcus Romer and Anthony McGowan discuss the book and how the film was made.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

York Does Vintage at Merchant Adventurers' HallSun 29 Mar 201530 stalls of vintage fashion and homeware, hair salon, tea party and more!

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Battle of Towton Palm Sunday Commemorative Event at Richard III Experience at Monk BarSun 29 Mar 2015Meet the Towton Battlefield Society for falconry displays, traders, living history, guided walks, crafts and military displays and more!

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Inheritance by Bridget Foreman at York MinsterSun 29 Mar 2015Following a highly successful tour in 2014, Riding Lights Theatre Company returns with its Passion Play, Inheritance, weaving the strands of the biblical Passion into a dramatic narrative.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Procession with Palms and Eucharist at York MinsterSun 29 Mar 2015A procession from the Mansion house, St Helen's Square to the Minster enacts Jesus' acclamation as King by the people on entering Jerusalem, followed in the Minster by hearing of his suffering and death on a cross.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Festival Wrap Party with special guests at The Black Swan InnSun 29 Mar 2015Join the festival team for a drink to celebrate the end of the 2015 festival. Dai Parsons, MC of York’s regular ‘Spokes’ literary night, will compere some specially chosen guests in the upstairs room. Everyone Welcome.

27 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Living North Live at York RacecourseFri 27 - Sun 29 Mar 2015Living North LIVE is our annual shopping and lifestyle exhibition packed full of inspirational ideas for your home.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

The Bletchley Girls: Women & code breaking in WWII at St Peter's SchoolSun 29 Mar 2015Historian and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop will tell us the story of the women of Bletchley Park having had exclusive and unprecedented access to the women themselves for her recent book.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Alom Shaha - the Young Atheist's Handbook at Millthorpe SchoolSun 29 Mar 2015In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy, and science, Alom explores the questions about faith and the afterlife that we all ponder.

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

The Magic Hatter's Easter Eggs-Travaganza at Riccall Regen CentreSun 29 Mar 2015Keep this kids entertained this Easter, with an hour of magic, comedy and fun from The Magic Hatter. Crackin' family hen-tertainment...and that's no yolk!

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 29 Mar 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?

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 29 Mar 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

19 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

York Literature Festival 2015Thu 19 - Sun 29 Mar 2015York Literature Festival 2015 will delve into York's colourful past with several historical events, including popular television historian Dr David Starkey.

30 March 2015 to 30 March 2015

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

21 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

According to McGee, Dave Pearson 'Transitions' Sat 21 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015Dave Pearson: ‘Transitions’ 1 Gallery| 2 Rooms | 1 Artist The exhibition will be viewable from March 21, - April 2, 2015 Catalogue available online or in print format at request.

27 March 2015 to 04 April 2015

Hairspray; The Broadway Musical at Grand Opera House YorkFri 27 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015HAIRSPRAY follows the plight of loveable teen-dreamer Tracy Turnblad who is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart who becomes the unexpected star of local TV dance program, The Corny Collins Show.

28 March 2015 to 12 April 2015

Easter Holiday Fun at Treasurer's HouseSat 28 Mar - Sun 12 Apr 2015Bring Cadbury magic to your family by joining in with our Easter Egg Trail! Follow the clues, answer the questions and complete the challenges to find your way to a prize just for you.

28 March 2015 to 12 April 2015

Easter Fun at York Castle MuseumSat 28 Mar - Sun 12 Apr 2015Join us this Easter for exciting egg-themed activities at York Castle Museum.

28 March 2015 to 12 April 2015

Death by Chocolate at The York DungeonSat 28 Mar - Sun 12 Apr 2015A visit to The York Dungeon promises an exciting adventure this Easter holiday as it launches its Death by Chocolate attraction for unsuspecting visitors.

28 March 2015 to 12 April 2015

Medieval Easter at the Yorkshire Museum at Yorkshire Museum & GardensSat 28 Mar - Sun 12 Apr 2015Discover how Easter was celebrated in the fifteenth century at the Yorkshire Museum this holiday.

28 March 2015 to 13 April 2015

Easter Event at York's CHOCOLATE Story Sat 28 Mar - Mon 13 Apr 2015Uncover the secret of why certain children in York once got to enjoy solid Easter eggs, watch as our chocolatiers recreate ornate Easter eggs from days gone by, while little ones embark on an Easter egg hunt.

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.

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.

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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Book your stay in York in 2014 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 2014 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.

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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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