We’re encouraging everyone to stay home and stay safe, but while York’s doors are temporarily closed, there are still a number of ways to enjoy York from your own home. We are working to share as many of these with you as possible, so keep your eyes peeled for more in the coming weeks.

York Minster

On the Minster’s discover pages you can lose yourself in the stories that this extraordinary building has been a part of. Don’t miss the touching accounts of York’s fallen heroes, and the interactive map that let’s you explore the Minster while you sit on your sofa with a cup of tea.

York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal are bringing the arts into your home for the lockdown through their Collective Acts project. Their #LockdownLegendsChallenge and Arts Award are great ways for kids and young people to take part in creative activities while schools and theatres are closed. They’re also encouraging people to share a snapshot of living in these strange times, through their excellent photography competition. You can enter and win a prize.

York Cold War Bunker

This isn’t the first time we’ve been through a crisis, and you can learn how we prepared for quite a different sort of catastrophe by getting a fascinating look inside one of York’s hidden gems, the Cold War Bunker. The bunker was operational in York between 1961 and 1991, and English Heritage usually provide guided tours, something that’s definitely worth considering for future visits to York.

JORVIK Viking Centre

York’s world famous JORVIK Viking Centre have put together an incredibly extensive collection of digital Viking content for you to Discover From Home. There's everything from print-out Viking masks, to a video of Prince Charles visiting the Coppergate Dig, to insight into Viking international trade. There’s something for all ages, and all levels of Viking knowledge.


We look forward to welcoming you to all these places, and more, but only once it's safe to do so. In the meantime please follow our Social Media channels for more inspirational content and sign up to our newsletter for the latest information on visiting once the current situation is over.