The bank holiday is finally here!

York is jam-packed full of fun events and things to do this bank holiday, from must see attractions, gardens and galleries to family friendly fun and hidden gems to be uncovered.

Book your stay in York and treat yourself to some retail therapy in the city's web of winding streets flaunting designer stores, independent shops and boutiques! There's also an incredible range of food and drink venues to enjoy during your stay, discover fine dining, independents or enjoy the thriving street food scene at the Shambles Food Court.

Whether your visit to York is focused on shopping, culture, food or any of the other fascinating things the city has to offer, it's the place to be this bank holiday!

Bank Holiday in York

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York offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury spa hotels to self-catering getaways, giving you an eclectic choice of inviting places to rest your head after a day of exploring.

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Things to Do

Our city is built on 2000 years of incredible history and has more attractions per square mile than anywhere else in the UK. York is home to many world-class museums, art galleries and other fun filled experiences for you to enjoy.

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What's On

York has a vibrant calendar of festivals, events, gigs and shows and there's always something exciting taking place for you to enjoy whilst visiting the city.


Eat & Drink

York is the ultimate destination for foodies and those looking for a special culinary experience with a huge range of dishes on offer from a wide variety of quality cafés and restaurants.



York offers a unique shopping experience. If you are looking for a special gift idea, want to spoil yourself or treat someone special, there is no better place for some retail therapy.

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Beyond York

Once you’ve experienced the magic of York, venture beyond the city to discover the natural beauty of national parks, countryside and coast.

Rest your head after a day of exploring.

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York Art Gallery

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York's Chocolate Story

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National Railway Museum

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Ellers Farm Distillery

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Il Gusto

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Embrace nature in one of York’s many grounds and gardens

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Choose Your Adventure in York with The Visit York Pass - a sightseeing card which gives you free entry to top attractions, museums and monuments in York.

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Included in The Visit York Pass

York Minster, City Cruises York, JORVIK Viking Centre, The York Dungeon, Van Gogh Immersive Experience, York City Sightseeing, and so much more!

Each Visit York Pass also comes with a free 24 Hour hop on hop off bus tour plus a choice of three pasta or pizza dishes at ASK Italian Restaurant, York.

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