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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Jollydays Glamping

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Hedley House Hotel & Apartments

Owned and run by the Harrand family since 1984, Hedley House Hotel is the perfect base from which to visit historic Yor…

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York Pavilion Hotel

The York Pavilion Hotel is independent, family owned and run. Located on the outskirts of the beautiful City of York wi…

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The Grand, York

Experience York's most luxurious address at The Grand, York, Yorkshire's only AA rated 5-star hotel. Housed in the form…

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Explore our exciting and child-friendly city!

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Treasure Hunt York

Turn today into an adventure with Treasure Hunt York Discover York together by solving clues, scouring the city and fol…

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National Railway Museum

Escape the day-to-day and join National Railway Museum for a journey through time. Get up close to icons of the rails i…

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Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest stately homes, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of O…

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See what's on this bank holiday weekend

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York Spring Fair & Food Festival

York Spring Fair & Food Festival will be returning for a second year to York Racecourse in May, the organisers anno…

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Poo Day

It’s smelly, it’s squelchy – but it tells us lots about the past! Bring the kids to find out why archaeologists love po…

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Discover the delicate beauty of trichinopoly or Viking wire weaving. Led by JORVIK Viking Centre’s resident expert, lea…

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Forest Craft & Play

This May half term, Forest Craft and Play return to The Balloon Tree with their pop-up crafting tent! Focusing on natur…

York is the ultimate destination for foodies

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The Sidings Hotel Restaurant

Founded in 1985 by an ex-railwayman with a passion and enthusiasm for all things connected with railways, The Sidings i…

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Côte Brasserie

Open all day for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Côte York is championing relaxed all-day dining, and serving auth…

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200 Degrees Coffee

Our distinctively independent coffee shop, where coffee lovers can relax in comfort and drink our coffee served by our …

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Forage Bar & Kitchen

Escape the hustle and bustle of york to sink into the woods and drink and eat in the wild. Forage is an eco forward, s…

There's no better place for some retail therapy

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Visit York Information Centre & Gift Shop

The Visit York Visitor Information Centre is based in the heart of the city, not far from the iconic York Minster. Our …

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The Potions Cauldron

Click here to BOOK POTIONS EXPERIENCE Shambles in York is one of the most famous streets in the World with more than 5 …

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Il Gusto

We offer a wide range of liqueurs, spirits, oils, and vinegars sourced from the best small distilleries from all around…

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The Yorkshire Soap Company

In 2004, something happened around our kitchen table; as gifts for friends and family, we began creating soap. Using Ma…

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

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Treasurer's House - National Trust

A house of surprises Nestled behind York Minster, all is not as it first appears. At one time divided into three houses…

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Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest stately homes, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of O…

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Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden - National Trust

Spend a whole day exploring North Yorkshire's World Heritage Site, less than 30 miles from the centre of York. A place…

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

One of England’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Harlow Carr is a showcase …

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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.

Choose your Adventure

Visit York Blog

Read on for even more inspiration for your bank holiday visit to York!

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York St John University

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Cocktail-Making Class with York Gin at York Station

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