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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 getaways 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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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

JORVIK Medieval Festival

JORVIK Medieval Festival

Wed 19 - Mon 31 Aug 2015

Summer Adventure

Summer Adventure

Wed 15 Jul - Mon 7 Sep 2015

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Fri 31 Jul - Sat 5 Sep 2015

York Farmers' Market

York Farmers’ Market

Fri 28 Aug 2015

York Does Vintage

York Does Vintage

Sun 13 Sep 2015

National Book Fair 2015

National Book Fair 2015

Fri 18 - Sat 19 Sep 2015

York Food and Drink Festival

York Food and Drink Festival 2015

Fri 18 - Sun 27 Sep 2015

Castle Howard

Castle Howard at Christmas

Sat 21 Nov - Wed 23 Dec 2015

York Events Calendar

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27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

Meet the Experts at Barley HallThu 27 Aug 2015Join experts from York Archaeological Trust for an exclusive look at fascinating  artefacts excavated in York from the Medieval period.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Trouvère Medieval Minstrels - Magna Melodia at Barley HallFri 28 Aug 2015Join Medieval minstrels Trouvère as they take you back 800 years into the past

28 May 2015 to 31 December 2015

Luxury shopping in Georgian Britain at Fairfax HouseThu 28 May - Thu 31 Dec 2015The Georgian age, an era of wealth, industry and empire, saw consumerism – the appetite to acquire, to possess, and to display – becoming an increasingly important social and economic phenomenon.

28 March 2015 to 01 November 2015

Abbey Tour at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 28 Mar - Sun 1 Nov 2015If these walls could talk... join one of our knowledgeable guides as they bring to life the dramatic history of this fascinating building.

28 March 2015 to 01 November 2015

Abbey & Water Garden Tour at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 28 Mar - Sun 1 Nov 2015A tale of two parts, revisit the Abbey's monastic past before experiencing the Georgian splendour of the water garden.

01 July 2015 to 31 August 2015

Flavour of Fountains at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalWed 1 Jul - Mon 31 Aug 2015Let one of our guides whet your appetite before you set off to discover Fountains on a daily 20 minute talk.

25 April 2015 to 29 November 2015

Folly! at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 25 Apr - Sun 29 Nov 2015Seek out the follies in the water garden. These whimsical buildings will be transformed from their original use by some of the country's most inventive artists and designers.

10 February 2015 to 01 November 2015

Meet the Mallorys at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalTue 10 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2015The Mallory family portrait is one of the few paintings we have of the people who once called this estate home.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Family Abbey Tour - A Monk's Life at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 29 Aug 2015Join our guide and dress up as a monk to find out what life was like for the monks of Fountains Abbey in the Middle Ages.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Water Garden Tour at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalFri 28 Aug 2015Travel back in time to Studley Royal in the elegant Georgian era. Hear how the creative genius of the Aislabie family produced this World Heritage Site garden.

29 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Lord and Lady Pompous at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSat 29 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Look out for the outrageously entertaining stilt-walking 'Aristocrats' this bank holiday as you enjoy promenading through the 18th century water garden.

30 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

The Luna Cinema at Fountains at Fountains Abbey & Studley RoyalSun 30 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Sit back on abbey green and as the stars come out lose yourself watching a film al fresco. Choose from two British classics, Calendar Girls (Sun 30) or Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Mon 31).

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Ken Dodd at Grand Opera House YorkSat 29 Aug 20152014 marks the 60th anniversary year of Ken Dodd's incredible career as a professional entertainer.

31 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Medieval Merriment at Merchant Adventurers' HallMon 31 Aug 2015A fun-packed day that the whole family will enjoy, in the heart of historic York!

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.

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.

27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

From Richard to Henry: "That noble House of Yorke" at Richard III Experience at Monk BarThu 27 Aug 2015Join us for a walking tour around parts of York?s medieval defences. Starting at the Richard III Experience at Monk Bar and finishing at  the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

From Richard to Henry: "That noble House of Yorke" at Richard III Experience at Monk BarFri 28 Aug 2015Join us for a walking tour around parts of York?s medieval defences. Starting at the Richard III Experience at Monk Bar and finishing at  the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Medieval Arms & Armour at Richard III Experience at Monk BarSat 29 Aug 2015Join us in the atmospheric setting of Monk Bar and meet our medieval soldier, who will be showcasing the arms and armour of the late medieval period

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Medieval Arms & Armour at Richard III Experience at Monk BarSun 30 Aug 2015Join us in the atmospheric setting of Monk Bar and meet our medieval soldier, who will be showcasing the arms and armour of the late medieval period

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.

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.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

The Ripper Myths LATES at The York DungeonFri 28 Aug 2015Jack’s escaped to The York Dungeon for an all new LATES event on Friday, August 28th, giving guests spine-tingling new insights into Jack the Ripper’s murderous story. Who was Jack? Will the York Dungeon unravel the mystery?

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.

27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

Mace to the Face at Mansion HouseThu 27 Aug 2015Human anatomist Emma Halpin-Durband expands her popular lecture series with a new installment focusing on the harrowing effects of blunt force trauma on medieval combatants.

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

27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

Western Martial Arts at The GuildhallThu 27 Aug 2015This is your opportunity to learn combat techniques from the middle ages with instructors from the York School of Defence, a local Western Martial Arts group.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Western Martial Arts at The GuildhallFri 28 Aug 2015This is your opportunity to learn combat techniques from the middle ages with instructors from the York School of Defence, a local Western Martial Arts group.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

'Joan of Arc: A History' with Helen Castor at The GuildhallSat 29 Aug 2015Join the JORVIK Medieval Festival keynote speaker, Dr Helen Castor, to hear the fascinating story of Joan of Arc.

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.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

York Comic-con at York RacecourseSun 30 Aug 2015A large scale get-together of people who are fans of comics, art, anime, and sci-fi pop culture.

27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

Little Diggers Medieval Mischief: Festivals & Fun at DIGThu 27 Aug 2015It?s festival time! Find out how people had fun in medieval times at tournaments and festivals.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Little Diggers Medieval Mischief at DIGFri 28 Aug 2015DIG is learning about mythical creatures today and we are in search of brave adventurers to help us!

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Little Diggers Medieval Mischief at DIGSat 29 Aug 2015The Medieval Festival is coming to an end - help us to celebrate the final Little Diggers session by learning about Medieval music and dance.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Yorkshire Heart Final Vineyard Tours & Tastings at Yorkshire Heart Vineyard & BrewerySat 29 Aug 2015A guided tour of the beautiful vineyard by owners Chris & Gillian Spakouskas followed by a tasting.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

22 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 29 Aug 2015York is home of the world's most famous chocolate bar: Kit Kat. Join us and learn how to create your own chocolate bar.

31 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Chocolate Making-From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseMon 31 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House to discover how chocolate is made from Cocoa Beans to Chocolate Bar

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass-Baking With Chocolate at York Cocoa HouseSat 29 Aug 2015If you’re going to bake why would you not put chocolate in it? Learn how to work with pure cacao mass, cocoa powder and chocolate to get the perfect chocolate effect in your baking.

27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass-Chocolate Decorations at York Cocoa HouseThu 27 Aug 2015Chocolate has some wonderful properties once we understand them and how they want to behave we can make a whole range of chocolate spectacular chocolate effects, from chocolate run outs, modeling with chocolate, carving and painting.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Chocolate Making - Chocolate Truffles at York Cocoa HouseSun 30 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?

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Make your own Chocolate model at York Cocoa HouseFri 28 Aug 2015Join us to create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beauitfully with edible chocolate paints and sweets

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

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

27 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

The Cocoa House Chocolate Tasting Tour at York Cocoa HouseThu 27 Aug 2015Join us at York Cocoa House for a tasting tour around the Chocolate Shop.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

The Basement Open Mic NightSat 29 Aug 2015A new monthly Open Mic Night to showcase those with the creative buzz. For any kind of performer- poetry, comedy, musings, music, monologue and miscellaneous!

29 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

A 1930s Childhood at Goddards House and Garden Sat 29 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Enter the world of a 1930s child with our brand new interactive exhibition in the old playroom. Explore what it was like to grow up before the days of television and video games.

19 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

JORVIK Medieval Festival at York City CentreWed 19 - Mon 31 Aug 2015The JORVIK Medieval Festival comes to take Yorkshire back to the Middle Ages each Summer.

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.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

York Farmers’ Market at Shambles MarketFri 28 Aug 2015If you're looking for local Yorkshire grown and made produce then the York Farmers Market is the place to head.

08 August 2015 to 12 September 2015

‘Elementals from the North’ at According to McGeeSat 8 Aug - Sat 12 Sep 20151 gallery | 2 rooms | 3 artists

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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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