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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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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

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

Royals: then and now

Royals: then and now

Sat 28 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2015

Castle Howard

Run or Dye

Sat 1 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

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

Fri 24 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015

Vikings 4D

Sat 18 Jul - Tue 1 Sep 2015

Fame

West Side Story

Thu 30 Jul - Sat 1 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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Run or Dye at Castle HowardSat 1 Aug 2015Run or Dye, the world's most colourful 5K, returns to Castle Howard

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.

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

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.

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!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Summer Nights Afloat BBQ Party Cruise at YorkBoatSat 1 Aug 2015A 3 hour party cruise with delicious BBQ, drinks and professional disco.

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

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Brothers Dangerous at Fibbers - Live Music VenueSat 1 Aug 2015Lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps!

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.

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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Stick Man - Live on Stage at White Rose Rotunda Sat 1 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!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Reginald D Hunter at White Rose Rotunda Sat 1 Aug 2015Following his successful BBC Two documentary series, Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South, Reginald returns to his first love – performing live – with a brand new show packed with his distinctive comedy.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Tom Stade at White Rose Rotunda Sat 1 Aug 2015Brand new show from Edinburgh’s favourite Canadian resident. Candid and alluring, join Tom as he ruminates on life’s oddities and revels in his own perpetual shortcomings.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

The GYF Yorkshire Day Podcast: Tim Brooke-Taylor at White Rose Rotunda Sat 1 Aug 2015In the first Robert Ross Requests the Pleasure... show outside of London, we welcome to the Great Yorkshire Fringe one of the original Four Yorkshiremen!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

The GYF Yorkshire Day Podcast: Mark Addy at White Rose Rotunda Sat 1 Aug 2015York’s favourite actor and comedian Mark Addy in conversation with Robert Ross.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Coquette presents: Moulin Ouse at The Turn PotSat 1 Aug 2015York’s answer to the Moulin Rouge!

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.

31 July 2015 to 01 August 2015

West End Magic at The Turn PotFri 31 Jul - Sat 1 Aug 2015London's premier magic show hits York with a family friendly show, bringing you some of the most exciting names in magic and variety in the UK.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho at The Turn PotSat 1 Aug 2015Fringe sensation, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, comes to the Great Yorkshire Fringe in the drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other!

24 July 2015 to 01 August 2015

New Comedian of the Year - Heats at The Tea PotFri 24 Jul - Sat 1 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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Don’t Cry for me Eleanor Tiernan at The Tea PotSat 1 Aug 2015Teachers said Eleanor was clever. Showered her in awards and prizes. Watch her now devote those talents to subjects that are ultimately not worth the effort.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

The Kagools: The Kagools at The Tea PotSat 1 Aug 2015THEY’RE CUTE, THEY’RE MUTE, THEY’RE AN ABSOLUTE HOOT!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

West End Magic Workshop For Kids at The Tea PotSat 1 Aug 2015Teaching children aged 7-13 the basics of magic.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Free Fringe at The Great Yorkshire Fringe at The Tea PotSat 1 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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Free Fringe with Lewis Schaffer: Free Until Famous at The Tea PotSat 1 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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Hovingham Village Market at Hovingham Village HallSat 1 Aug 2015The award winning Hovingham Village Market is held 10:30am-13:30pm, first Saturday of each month (Feb-Dec). Over 40 stalls selling local, fresh, seasonal vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, chocolates, cards, soap, clothes & other products.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Roy Chubby Brown: Dont Get Fit! Get Fat! Live at Scarborough SpaSat 1 Aug 2015Roy Chubby Brown returns to Scarborough Spa's Grand Hall with his meatiest show yet!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 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

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Captain Crackers and the Hunt for Hidden Treasure at Scarborough SpaSat 1 Aug 2015Summer Holiday Entertainment with Captain Crackers and his Hunt for the Hidden Treasure!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Design and Create your own Chocolate Bar at York Cocoa HouseSat 1 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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Chocolate Masterclass- Fancy Fondant Creams at York Cocoa HouseSat 1 Aug 2015We will explore the science of sugar boiling and the crystallization process to be able to effectively create a quality, smooth fondant that can be combined with many beautiful, natural ingredients.

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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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.

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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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