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Experience Summer in York

Say hello to Summer in York. Get ready for some fun filled days out in and around the city, find the best outdoor activities from all things al fresco and outdoor cinemas, to iconic attractions and world class events throughout June, July and August. York has a vibrant calendar of events and there is always something exciting taking place for you to enjoy whilst visiting the city. There's so much happening in York all year round, so start planning your trip now. Whilst the warm weather can’t be guaranteed, we can guarantee an action packed itinerary in York.

Days Out In York

See all the main sights and save with a Visit York Pass, York’s Official Sightseeing Pass. Discover plenty of fun things in York for families and get entry to over 40 of York and beyond attractions with a one-, two-, three-, or six-day digital pass. Get a choice of one free pizza or pasta meal at ASK Italian restaurant (T&Cs apply). Save more this summer with 10% off three and six day passes with the code SUMMER22. 

Travelling into the city centre has never been easier with York Park & Ride! Avoid the hassle of parking in the city centre with a £3.50 Adult Return ticket and up to three children under 16 can travel for free! Download the First Bus App to buy your ticket and plan your journey.

Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing trip onboard City Cruises and see iconic landmarks including York Minster and Clifford’s Tower, discover more about the history of York, as well as picking up some local knowledge with live and entertaining on-board commentary. From cruises at twilight to self-drive boats, there is something for everyone. Set sail after sunset on an Early Evening Cruise or marvel at the enchantment of York at night on a Floodlit Evening Cruise.

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York is a city best explored on foot and there is nothing better than getting some fresh air and enjoying the surrounds of natural spaces. Spot flowers in bloom at York Museum Gardens and relax in the picturesque Dean’s Park with magnificent views of York Minster. There are lots of lovely cafes surrounding the parks and gardens in the city centre where you can stock up on refreshments.

Visit one of the world’s magnificent cathedrals this Summer, keep the whole family entertained with a range of activities designed to help young explorers discover the medieval minster from trails to craft activities. Chill out in the sunshine at Minster Village at the majestic South Piazza, where you can devour mouth-watering treats whilst admiring the view of York’s iconic Minster.

Be mesmerised by a special series of recitals as internationally renowned musicians celebrate the return of York Minster’s Grand Organ following its £2m, once-in-a-century refurbishment. Plus, this summer sees the return of seasonal lates, with the opportunity to experience York Minster in the evening light when the cathedral opens its doors on Friday and Saturday evenings during the summer holidays.

Summer In York Minster Village

The Minster Village at York Minster

Travel back in time to Viking-age York and discover the lives of people who lived in the city over 2,000 years ago. Weaving Viking legends with the stories of modern-day people, York Theatre Royal will be working in partnership with JORVIK Viking Centre on a new community production, The Coppergate Woman.

Discover one of the largest Viking hoards ever discovered in the UK this summer, with a special exhibition of Silverdale Hoard (on display until February 2023). Another exhibition not to be missed is The Bard at Barley Hall, which opens this July in York’s hidden medieval townhouse. This summer will also see the opening of the Barley Hall Coffee Shop.

Beyond the City Walls

Spend the day at Castle Howard and admire the monumental landscape with breath-taking views at every turn. Grab your friends, a basket full of goodies and soak up the atmosphere at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, offering an oasis of calm with a wild flower meadow and soothing water features. Described as a quintessentially English garden, it is organically managed and wildlife friendly with a tea room serving local cakes and produce. Throughout the summer, they host a programme of gardening courses and art exhibitions.

Summer In York Stillingfleet Lodge

Stillingfleet Lodge and Gardens

Pay a visit to Scampston Hall and fill your Instagram feed with photos of its award-winning contemporary walled garden. Located between York and Harrogate, Beningbrough Hall has beautiful herbaceous borders and wildlife areas each with their own style and beauty.

Keep the kids busy in the summer holidays with a trip to York Maze, with over 20 attractions, shows and rides it will be an a-MAZE-ing day out for the whole family.

Feel the summer vibes and enjoy a special outdoor cinema experience at Castle Howard with blockbuster films including Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter. With selected dates throughout August, bring your favourite snacks and enjoy the giant cinema screen in the open-air.

Summer In York Castle Howard

Castle Howard. Image credit: Mike Kipling

Food and Drink in York

Summer in York is about to get brighter with the arrival of Thor’s Orangery on Parliament Street. The brand-new rustic structure for 2022 will include its very own courtyard and reclaimed wood stage with a programme of music and live events throughout the summer.

Make the most of the longer evenings and enjoy a drink at one of York’s most popular spots. THOR’s Orangery has a brand new slushie cocktail menu, and a colourful selfie wall. Feast on foodie treats from local traders including Millers Fish and Chips, York Roast Co and Yuzu Streetfood. The sister site to Thor’s Orangery, the famous Thor’s SOLAST tipi has pitched up in the gardens of The Principal, York with street food from Frango Eduardo.

Get a taste of the city’s thriving food scene at The Shambles Market Food Court this Summer, enjoy street food from a range of stalls and vendors serving up everything from fresh Thai dishes, delicious Greek food and mouth wateringly good sandwiches.

Or head to SPARK:York for the freshest selection of independent food and drink traders all housed in shipping containers.

Shopping in York

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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Stay in York

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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