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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The Spa at No.1, York

No.1 York, by the small boutique hotel group GuestHouse is in the heart of the city just a 10-minute walk from York Min…

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Bugthorpe Grange Glamping

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Ox Pasture Hall Hotel & Spa

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel & Spa is a relaxing and romantic place to stay. A former country house which has been transfo…

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Dean Court York - Hotel

Set proudly alongside magnificent York Minster, discover Dean Court in York’s most sought after spots. Beyond its grand…

Family Friendly Things To Do

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Explore our exciting and child-friendly city!

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Clifford's Tower

Clifford’s Tower is the largest remaining building of York Castle, northern England’s greatest medieval royal fortress.…

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York Castle Museum

Welcome to the award-winning York Castle Museum - come and immerse yourself in over 400 years of York's past. Come and…

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City Cruises York - Sightseeing Cruises

Enjoy York's No. 1 sightseeing tour; an entertaining and informative cruise on the River Ouse! Min. 45-Minute Sightseei…

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Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary

The Northwood Fairy Sanctuary is intended to delight adults as well as children. It is set within 100 acres of glorious…

See what's on this bank holiday weekend

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11th Feb 2023 - 18th Feb 2023

St Helen's Square Stage

Come along to St Helen’s Square for saga-themed storytelling sessions and exciting combat displays throughout JORVIK Vi…

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17th Mar 2023 - 17th Mar 2023

Easter Egg & Bunny Chocolate Bar Making Workshop

Join us at York Cocoa Works to learn how to create your very own Chocolate Easter Bunny or Easter Egg. York is home to…

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Annual Strongest Viking Competition

The stakes are high for the annual Strongest Viking Competition! Join us for hammer-holding, leg-wrestling, hand-to-han…

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York Festival of Ideas 2023

Enjoy an inspiring programme of in-person and online events at York Festival of Ideas 2023, taking place from 3 to 16 J…

York is the ultimate destination for foodies

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The Fox

Set in the Holgate district of York lies The Fox, a pub whose history is inextricably linked to the golden age of rail.…

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The Whippet Inn, Steakhouse

We opened our doors in 2014 committed to injecting some theatre, flair, character and bloody-good local food and drink …

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York's Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the histor…

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Heavenly Desserts

Heavenly Desserts York is a modern addition besides the iconic St Helen's square, with the heart of York's buzzing shop…

There's no better place for some retail therapy

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The Imaginarium

The Imaginarium is a lifestyle store like no other. Located in the heart of York, this interiors wonderland is packed f…

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Avorium is a family run business, established in 2021, located in York City Centre. Style your workspace with our gorge…

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The Potions Cauldron

The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic daily on Shambles in York. You can en…

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York Designer Outlet

York Designer Outlet is home to over 100 designer and premium brands all with discounts of up to 60% off RRP. With new …

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

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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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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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Yorkshire Museum & Gardens

Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum, is the i…

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Goddards is now closed until spring 2023 - we look forward to welcoming you back to the garden then. Garden Visit the g…

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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

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