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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.


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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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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.

07 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

Lunchtime Concerts with York Phil Male Voice Choir at Merchant Adventurers' HallTue 7 - Thu 9 Jul 2015"There's sure no passion in the human soul, but finds its food in music" - George Lillo (1693 - 1739)

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.

26 June 2015 to 11 July 2015

In Fog and Falling Snow at National Railway MuseumFri 26 Jun - Sat 11 Jul 2015In Fog and Falling Snow will be written by Mike Kenny and Bridget Foreman and will look at the importance of the railways to York and its citizens over the last 200 years.

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.

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Huelgas Ensemble at York MinsterMon 6 Jul 2015Firminus Caron: A late Medieval Master. This programme presents movements from five of his masses and a selection of his impressively virtuosic secular chansons.

04 June 2015 to 26 July 2015

Golden Era Vintage Motorcycle Run at Yorkshire Air MuseumThu 4 Jun - Sun 26 Jul 2015Gathering of pre 1931 vintage motorcycles with a number of these being 100 years old or more!! Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane and Spitfire flypast and other aircraft engine runs make for a great family day out!

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.

02 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

York Early Music Festival 2015 at National Centre for Early MusicThu 2 - Sat 11 Jul 2015The 2015 Festival takes the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt as its starting point and features music by The Clerks’ Group, directed by Edward Wickham

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

A Deux Violes Esgales at National Centre for Early MusicSun 5 Jul 2015Sylvia Abramowicz and Jonathan Dunford were first brought together by a shared love of the music of the great master of French Baroque viol, Marin Marais.

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Rose Consort of Viols at National Centre for Early MusicTue 7 Jul 2015One of the possessions of the library of Winchester College is a set of red leather part-books embossed with the arms of Queen Elizabeth, containing settings of chansons by many of the leading French composers of the day.

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

The Orlando Consort at National Centre for Early MusicTue 7 Jul 2015Condemned in France on its release, vilified by the Catholic authorities and banned outright in England, Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 film La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc is now widely recognised as a silent masterpiece.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Early Music Show at National Centre for Early MusicSun 5 Jul 2015Join us for a live broadcast of this popular show, presented by Lucie Skeaping on BBC Radio 3

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Bringing Firminus Caron into Focus at Bedern Hall Mon 6 Jul 2015David Fallows, Emeritus Professor of Musicology at the University of Manchester, introduces the man who until recently was the 15th century’s most elusive and hard-to-identify composer.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Early Opera Company at The Sir Jack Lyons Concert HallSun 5 Jul 2015Christian Curnyn''s admired ensemble returns to York with the perfect Baroque operatic double-bill.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Minster Minstrels with Ian Hoggart at St Saviourgate Unitarian ChapelSun 5 Jul 2015A Choice Collections The Minstrels will be joined by students from the University of York Baroque Ensemble in a programme of Purchell, looking at his inspirations and legacies across both England and France.

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

La Morra at All Saints North StreetTue 7 Jul 2015A lovingly constructed programme illuminating the fascinating history of the ballade form during the time of its greatest flourishing in the late medieval period and featuring composers such as Guillaume de Machaut and others.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Dance, Dance, Dance 2015 at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSun 5 Jul 2015A fun, exciting afternoon of dance featuring various styles of dance from ballet to tap, jazz to cheerleading. Performed by pupils aged 3 to adult.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Music Night at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSun 5 Jul 2015An evening of popular songs from stage and film, as well as chart topping standards and a sprinkling of popular classical numbers by guest soloists and the popular Escrick choir – The Tuesday Singers.

17 June 2015 to 12 July 2015

Witness For The Prosecution at The GuildhallWed 17 Jun - Sun 12 Jul 2015This Summer Theatre Mill & RJS Productions present a unique courtroom staging of Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution.

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

Alex McCartney - Elizabeth's Lute at St Mary's Church (Bishophill Junior)Wed 8 Jul 2015Elizabeth I was a keen lute player and this programme showcases the quality of the professional lutenists who worked in and around her court.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Avenues Open Gardens at Hull Sun 5 Jul 2015All proceeds go to Dove Hospice. Free bus provided courtesy of Dove House Hospice

18 June 2015 to 16 July 2015

'The North Sea fisheries in the Great War' at Hull Thu 18 Jun - Thu 16 Jul 2015Tea and coffee available from 5.30pm.

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Treks in the city:York's only guided gourmet trail at Yorkshire Food FinderTue 7 Jul 2015The ultimate food lovers' experience with behind the scenes visits to artisan food producers and dinner at The Star Inn the City

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Speedquizzing Night with Alan Leach! at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsMon 6 Jul 2015The most fun you will have on a Monday night in York!

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Sunday Roasts! at The Gillygate Pub with RoomsSun 5 Jul 2015Chef's mouth watering tummy filling roasts!

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Festival Friends Supper at Mamma MiaMon 6 Jul 2015In a new departure for this year, Festival Friends, their guests and NCEM Patrons are invited to join together after Huelgas Ensemble at this noted Italian restaurant.

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

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

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Spa Orchestra Morning Concert at Scarborough SpaSun 5 Jul 2015The last remaining professional seaside orchestra, The Scarborough Spa Orchestra continue a seaside tradition that dates back to 1912.

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Spa Orchestra Morning Concert at Scarborough SpaTue 7 Jul 2015The last remaining professional seaside orchestra, The Scarborough Spa Orchestra continue a seaside tradition that dates back to 1912.

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

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05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Malton Show at Scampston Walled Garden Sun 5 Jul 2015The Malton Agricultural Show is one of North Yorkshire's premier attractions for the summer, and this year is no exception!

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseTue 7 Jul 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 6 Jul 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Chocolate Masterclass Apprentice at York Cocoa HouseMon 6 Jul 2015Our Apprenticeship in Chocolate Course is a week-long program of mastering chocolate skills.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 5 Jul 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?

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseSun 5 Jul 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.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Antiques and Fine Art Fair at University of YorkSun 5 Jul 2015York will host its first premier Antiques and Fine Art event at the University of York. Over 40 of the top UK’s top dealers and experts will be bringing their best mouth-watering items to exhibit and sell over the weekend.

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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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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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