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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.

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...

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

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

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live

Fri 30 Jan 2015

Old Mother Goose

Thu 11 Dec 2014 - Sat 31 Jan 2015

York Farmers' Market

York's Farmers' Market

Fri 30 Jan 2015

Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days

Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days

Sat 31 Jan - Sun 1 Feb 2015

York Resident's Festival

Sat 31 Jan - Sun 8 Feb 2015

Silver Screen Festival 2015

Mon 2 - Sun 8 Feb 2015

York LGBT History Month

LGBT History In Health

Tue 3 - Sun 8 Feb 2015

Felt Hearts Workshop

Felt Hearts Workshop

Thu 5 Feb 2015

York Events Calendar

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30 January 2015 to 30 January 2015

Friday Night Live at The Brasserie at the Grange HotelFri 30 Jan 2015Come Join us for dinner in The brasserie with live music s from a talented local acoustic duo.

30 January 2015 to 30 January 2015

York's Farmers' Market at Parliament StreetFri 30 Jan 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.

30 January 2015 to 30 January 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 30 Jan 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

30 January 2015 to 30 January 2015

Free Men (Les Hommes Libres) at South Bank Community CinemaFri 30 Jan 2015Showing as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

31 January 2015 to 31 January 2015

York Resident’s Festival Workshop with Artist Jake at York Castle MuseumSat 31 Jan 2015Discover your creativity under the gentle guidance of artist Jake Attree. These classes will take Kirkgate, the museum’s recreated Victorian Street, as the subject matter

11 December 2014 to 31 January 2015

Old Mother Goose at York Theatre RoyalThu 11 Dec 2014 - Sat 31 Jan 2015Good versus evil is put to the test when two fairies battle for supremacy. The bad fairy claims any human being can be corrupted; the good fairy chooses Old Mother Goose as an example of all that is good.

31 January 2015 to 31 January 2015

Come-and-sing the Messiah! at St Olave's ChurchSat 31 Jan 2015Whatever your age or ability, you are invited to form part of a choir to sing your favourite sections of this wonderful piece of music. Free entrance and refreshments for you and the audience who you are welcome to bring too!

31 January 2015 to 31 January 2015

York City Gospel Choir - Gospel Night! at Joseph Rowntree TheatreSat 31 Jan 2015A return of this wonderful choir providing an evening of uplifting & joyous music for all.

31 January 2015 to 31 January 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 31 Jan 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

27 January 2015 to 01 February 2015

Anne Frank: A History for Today Exhibition at York MinsterTue 27 Jan - Sun 1 Feb 2015Anne Frank: A History for Today presents the story of Anne Frank and her family alongside the wider picture across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.

31 January 2015 to 01 February 2015

Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days at City of York WallsSat 31 Jan - Sun 1 Feb 2015Volunteer guides will show you around the 500 year old tower, where the Postern Gatekeeper lived with his family.

31 January 2015 to 08 February 2015

York Resident's Festival at Castle HowardSat 31 Jan - Sun 8 Feb 2015Explore Castle Howard's Gardens for free as part of York Resident's Festival, with a valid YORKCard.

26 September 2014 to 01 March 2015

Trainspotting at National Railway MuseumFri 26 Sep 2014 - Sun 1 Mar 2015Explore the adventure and nostalgia associated with Trainspotting, one of the most common pastimes for boys in the 1950s and 1960s, with a variety of events.

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.

01 January 2016 to 01 January 2016

21 October 2015 to 04 January 2016

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.

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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Accommodation Offers

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.

When was the last time you had a first time?

When was the last time you had a first time?

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.

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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