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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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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.

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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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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

Artrageous August

Artrageous August

Sun 2 Aug 2015

Brilliant Brands Exhibition

Brilliant Brands Exhibition

Mon 4 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015

From Steam to Stage

Sat 18 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015

Summer Camp

Mad Science Summer Camp

Wed 22 Jul - Fri 21 Aug 2015

Summer Activities at York Minster

Wed 22 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015

Summer Adventure

Summer Adventure

Wed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015

Summer Holiday Fun

Sat 18 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015

Sunday Roasts!

Sun 2 Aug 2015

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

Fri 24 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015

York Events Calendar

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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.

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.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Artrageous August at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & GardensSun 2 Aug 2015Every Wednesday & Sunday in August join a royal themed family art workshop.

18 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

Summer Holiday Fun at Castle HowardSat 18 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Outlaws, Archers and Merry Maidens are invited to join in the fun this summer with Robin Hood themed activities.

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.

18 July 2015 to 01 September 2015

Vikings 4D at JORVIK Viking CentreSat 18 Jul - Tue 1 Sep 2015From the Producers of the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre comes a multi-sensory experience like no other, will you discover the Vikings in 4D?

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.

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.

18 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

From Steam to Stage at National Railway MuseumSat 18 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Go behind the scenes of York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum this summer, from set modelling and trying on costumes to exclusive backstage tours.

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.

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.

25 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

Where's Jack at The York DungeonSat 25 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Where's Jack? London's Jack the Ripper comes to The York Dungeon 25th July - 6th September

22 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Summer Activities at York MinsterWed 22 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015Our Summer family activities are back and you can create all sort of fun things to take home!

25 July 2015 to 05 September 2015

York Minster Organ Summer recitalsSat 25 Jul - Sat 5 Sep 2015The Summer organ recitals return to York Minster in 2015

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Thunder Day - Yorkshire Air Museum Sun 2 Aug 2015Aircraft engine running day as the museum’s seven live aircraft are started up, ranging from vintage WWI bi planes through the WWII era to the thunderous modern jets!!

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.

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

06 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

Painting of the Kangaroo by George Stubbs at Captain Cook Memorial Museum, WhitbyMon 6 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015The star guest appearance of George Stubbs' painting of the Kangaroo - from 6 July to 27 September.

18 July 2015 to 06 September 2015

Dive into prehistoric seas this summer at The DeepSat 18 Jul - Sun 6 Sep 2015Stop off at the Observatory café for a bite to eat as well as a trip to the ‘Deepartment’ Store for all your souvenirs and gifts.

18 July 2015 to 08 September 2015

Summer Exhibition 2015 at Pyramid GallerySat 18 Jul - Tue 8 Sep 2015Pyramid Gallery Summer Exhibition 2015 featuring ceramic artist Hannah Arnup and painter John Wheeler

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.

01 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Super Hero Tribute Weekend at Stockeld ParkSat 1 - Sun 2 Aug 2015To celebrate Yorkshire Day we are calling all Yorkshire Heroes to our ‘Super’ hero weekend.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

BTRS York Run for All 10k at KnavesmireSun 2 Aug 2015Join the BTRS Yorkshire Brainraiser Team and run to raise money for brain tumour research and support, in the beautiful city of York.Registration is £20 (non re-fundable) with a minimum sponsorship goal of £100.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Saltburn Food Festival - Wild Food Walk/Foraging at Wild Harvest Rural Crafts & Food WalksSun 2 Aug 2015Meet at the Valley Gardens Top Play Park. Join us on an 'Introduction to Wild Food Walk' to learn about the wealth of edible plants on your doorstep and get FREE GREENS FOR LIFE! Cost £8 p.p (under 14's free).

22 July 2015 to 21 August 2015

Mad Science Summer Camp at Leeds Wed 22 Jul - Fri 21 Aug 2015It’s almost summer again which means it’s time for our annual Summer Camps, where every day of camp will be filled with exciting new scientific adventures for children aged 5-12 years!

24 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

The Great Yorkshire FringeFri 24 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015The Great Yorkshire fringe will become a key summer event in York’s entertainment calendar, bringing the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music to Yorkshire.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Sunday Roasts! at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsSun 2 Aug 2015Chef's mouth watering tummy filling roasts!

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Stick Man - Live on Stage at White Rose Rotunda Sun 2 Aug 2015Following a smash hit West End season, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book Stick Man is coming to The Great Yorkshire Fringe!

27 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

One Man Breaking Bad at White Rose Rotunda Mon 27 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015ONE MAN BREAKING BAD – THE UNAUTHORISED PARODY Sixty Awesome Episodes. One Awesome Show. Yo!

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

New Comedian of the Year - Finals at White Rose Rotunda Sun 2 Aug 2015After six successful years of the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year in London the competition comes to York, with a brand new contest to find the best up and coming comedians from Yorkshire and beyond.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Quintet at White Rose Rotunda Sun 2 Aug 2015Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s musical director and his 'All Stars', take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Story’.

25 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

Slightly Fat Features in VarietySoup at The Turn PotSat 25 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015A riotous comedy cabaret for all ages, shapes and sizes.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Glenn Wool: Creator, I Am But A Pawn - Preview at The Turn PotSun 2 Aug 2015Is Glenn alone in his escapades around the world or is there an unseen companion travelling with him during these adventures.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Morgan and West’s Magic Show at The Turn PotSun 2 Aug 2015Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West unload another boxful of bafflement and impossibility.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Rob Beckett at The Turn PotSun 2 Aug 2015Rob’s cheeky chappy persona saw him winning fans starring on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and more!

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Say Owt Slam at The Tea PotSun 2 Aug 2015Say Owt Slam is York’s only regular poetry slam, bringing poets from across York’s various spoken word scenes and encouraging friendly competition.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Free Fringe at The Great Yorkshire Fringe at The Tea PotSun 2 Aug 2015Free Fringe at The Great Yorkshire Fringe, to reserve a seat please click book now button below (£3) or just turn up on the night, the events are free, a donation hat will be passed round at the end of the show.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Free Fringe with Lewis Schaffer: Free Until Famous at The Tea PotSun 2 Aug 2015Free Fringe at The Great Yorkshire Fringe, to reserve a seat please click book now button below (£3) or just turn up on the night, the events are free, a donation hat will be passed round at the end of the show.

06 July 2015 to 31 August 2015

Teddy Bears' Picnic with the Spa Orchestra at Scarborough SpaMon 6 Jul - Mon 31 Aug 2015This summer The Spa Orchestra's popular Teddy Bears' Picnic concerts return to The Spa's Suncourt

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Spa Orchestra Morning Concert at Scarborough SpaSun 2 Aug 2015The last remaining professional seaside orchestra, The Scarborough Spa Orchestra continue a seaside tradition that dates back to 1912.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

03 August 2015 to 03 August 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 3 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 2 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?

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 2 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

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.

20 July 2015 to 01 September 2015

Summer Holidays at York's Chocolate Story Mon 20 Jul - Tue 1 Sep 2015York’s CHOCOLATE Story is the place to be over the summer holidays. Cool off with a deliciously decadent chocolate milkshake, explore trails and get hands on making your own chocolate creations!

18 July 2015 to 01 November 2015

Designs of Distinction at Goddards House and Garden Sat 18 Jul - Sun 1 Nov 2015Displays of chocolate boxes from different periods in history.

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.

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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.

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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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