Must See & Do in York
Must See & Do in York
If you're only in York for a short time, make sure to visit the must-see attractions that showcase the best of what the city has to offer. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the beauty and charm of our amazing city and surrounding areas!
Experience the grandeur of historic landmarks, marvel at world-class art exhibitions, or immerse yourself in the city's exciting cultural scene and rich history.
Must See & Do in York
In this Itinerary
Discover one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, a masterpiece in stained glass and stone and a sacred space which has been at the centre of Christianity in the north of England since the 7th century.
The Minster was built for the glory of God and this is reflected in every aspect of this ancient building, from the exquisite handcrafted stone through to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass.
National Railway Museum
Not only does the museum feature icons of the railway, amazing rail vehicles on display, and thousands of railway-related objects, but it also boasts Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery – a special interactive experience designed for families. Additionally, there's the Flying Scotsman VR Experience, allowing visitors to witness the captivating story of the famous locomotive as it unfolds around them.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moor Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery at this must-see visitor attraction
City Cruises York - Sightseeing Cruises
Step on-board and take a seat on the top deck or wrapped up warm in an enclosed saloon - wherever you sit you will have a great view to uncover the history of our ancient city and the immense impact the River Ouse has had on its development. From the impact of flooding over the centuries to its prosperity as an inland port, bringing precious goods from across the globe into York, including the humble cocoa bean, that super-charged York’s world-famous chocolate industry.
JORVIK Viking Centre
Experience the Viking Age by pre-booking your visit now!
With its world-famous ride taking visitors around the sights, sounds and smells of Viking-age York, and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000 year old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy.
York's Chocolate Story
The ultimate destination for families, chocolate lovers, and anyone seeking a truly one-of-a-kind adventure! Nestled in the heart of York, this award-winning tour attraction offers an exciting and educational journey through the fascinating history of chocolate, complete with interactive exhibits, delicious tastings, and chocolate-making.
Situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Built over 300 years ago by Sir John Vanbrugh, today it remains home to the Howard family. Discover the House at your own pace, admiring its awe-inspiring architecture and interiors, with something to capture everyone’s imagination
Visit York Information Centre & Gift Shop
Welcome to the Visit York Visitor Information Centre, located at the very heart of the city. Our team of warm and knowledgeable assistants eagerly await to be your guides, imparting their expert insights on attractions, travel particulars, dining hotspots, shopping havens, and upcoming events, all tailored to make your visit truly exceptional.
Beyond our personable service, our shelves house an extensive collection of complimentary information leaflets and comprehensive guides.
The Visit York Pass
The Visit York Pass is an added value sightseeing card giving you the flexibility to visit top attractions in the city and beyond! Pick a pass duration that matches your visit and simply show your The Visit York Pass at any attraction included in the guidebook to enter for free. It's sightseeing made easy!
Available as a digital download to enable you to have your pass sent directly to your mobile device.
Welcome to Shambles Market, your ultimate destination for a delightful shopping experience. Here, you'll find a diverse array of offerings to cater to all your shopping desires. From exquisite gifts and vibrant fresh flowers to artisan crafts and stylish handbags, we have curated a collection that speaks to you. Open every day!
Shambles Food Court
Nestled within the renowned and historically significant Shambles Market, the Shambles Food Court stands as a haven of gastronomic delight, beckoning visitors with its array of mouth-watering street food, available every single day of the week.
This culinary oasis is a haven for indulgence, catering to diverse tastes and preferences. With an extensive range of food choices presented by dedicated traders, even the most discerning palates will find their desires met.
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