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Breezy Knees
York Tourism Awards Finalist

Common Lane, Warthill, York, YO19 5XS, Tel: 01904 488800

CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. 14 acre gardens are packed with over 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees, and have been designed through careful successional planting to be at their best throughout the summer.

 
 
Joseph Rowntree Theatre

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA, Tel: 01904 658197, Email

Just over a mile from the city centre, York’s Joseph Rowntree Theatre is a vibrant hub of live entertainment, hosting productions from pantomime and musicals by talented local groups to touring performances.

 
 
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St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN, Tel: 01904 615505, Email

CLOSED 24-26 DEC DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist. This is a one of a kind!

 
 
Castle Howard
VistEngland VAQASWhite Rose Award WinnerYork Tourism Awards WinnerHistoric Houses Association Friends SchemeHudsons Heritage Explorer PassThe Treasure Houses of England

Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA, Tel: 01653 648444, Email

Please note, the house is closed from 22 December 2014 - 20 March 2015 & 2 November - 20 December 2015. Magnificent 18th Century historic house and courtyard within 1,000 acres of breathtaking gardens. Located just 15 miles outside York.

 
 
CHOCOLATE - York's Sweet Story
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King's Square, York, YO1 7LD, Tel: 0845 4989411, Email

CLOSED ON 25 & 26 DEC,1 JAN. York's newest visitor attraction, now open!. Take a mouth-watering journey through the story of chocolate and confectionery in York.

 
 
City Screen logo

12-17 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL, Tel: 0871 902 5726 , Email

City Screen has been dubbed one of the finest quality cinemas in Europe. It comprises three luxurious screens with an incomparable choice in comfort, sound and vision, which show independent arthouse films as well as mainstream blockbusters

 
 
Stillingfleet Lodge Nurseries
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Stewart Lane, Stillingfleet, York, YO19 6HP, Tel: 01904 728506, Email

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nurseries is a hidden gem on the outskirts of York, where you can spend a few hours enjoying peace and tranquility. PLEASE NOTE: STILLINGFLEET LODGE GARDENS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER.

 
 
Santa's Steam Adventure
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Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ, Tel: 08448 153139, Email

CLOSED 24-26 DEC Biggest collection of Railway objects in the world.

 
 
JORVIK Viking Centre
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Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT, Tel: 01904 615505, Email

CLOSED 24-26 DEC. Travel back 1000 years on board your time machine through the backyards and houses to the bustling streets of Jorvik.

 
 
Yorkshire Museum & Gardens
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Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR, Tel: 01904 687687, Email

CLOSED ON 25 & 26 DEC, 1 JAN. If you want to see York, see the Yorkshire Museum first. From prehistory to the city's medieval splendour, see the whole story in our fantastic galleries.

 
 
Rievaulx Abbey
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Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, York, YO62 5LB, Tel: 01439 798228, Email

'Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvellous freedom from the tumult of the world.' These words, written over eight centuries ago by the monastery's third abbot St Aelred, could describe Rievaulx today.

 
 
York Minster
York Pass

Deangate, York, YO1 7HH, Tel: 01904 557 216, Email

CLOSED FOR SIGHTSEEING 24 – 25 DEC. The largest medieval gothic cathedral north of the Alps, a treasure house of over 800 years of stained glass.

 
 
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