Top Tourist Attractions In York
One of the largest Gothic Cathedrals in the world and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. York Minster has dominated the York skyline for hundreds of years. You can take a tour of The Minster and see the famous stained glass windows, the Rose Window, Ceiling Bosses and Undercroft. If your feeling fit, you can walk up a narrow spiral staircase of hundreds of steps to the top, to be rewarded by stunning views of the rooftops of York.
If it is your first visit to York, then take a walk back in time to 'The Shambles' to see the old Tudor buildings and narrow street. A guided walk will tell you the history of this street. The Shambles has some great gift shops and is in the heart of York.
Clifford's Tower, what is left of the York Castle & keep. The tower stands high next to York Castle Museum with views over York. Clifford's Tower was built at the Eye of York, a defensive position between the River Ouse and River Foss. Built in 1068 by William the Conqueror to control the North of England.
Visit in March and you will see the mound covered with bright daffodils. Map of York
Jorvik Viking Centre
The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a ‘Must See’ attraction for visitors to the City of York. It is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Learn everything there is to know about Viking life in York. Travel back in time and ride a special cab that takes you through the sights, sounds and smells of this great Viking city!
Tip: Get a York Pass from Tourist Information Centres and save money on entry to many attractions in York!
The National Railway Museum York
The world’s largest railway museum, see the full history of trains including The Rocket, The Mallard, Queen Victoria’s favourite carriage and the Japanese Bullet.
York's Chocolate Story
Join us in a mouth-watering journey through York’s newest visitor attraction. Celebrate the city’s special chocolate and confectionery story; from chocolate’s roots in the Central American rainforests to our present love affair with all things sweet. Meet chocolate’s founding families; discover the stories of the people of York who made, packed, labelled and shipped chocolate to every corner of the globe. The Chocolate Bar is THE place to indulge your passion for chocolate in the heart of York. Treat yourself and your family to a wide range of chocolatey goodies, including artisan chocolate drinks, delicious cakes and special chocolate-themed gifts.
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm. Closed 25 Dec and 1 Jan.
York Races ~ The Knavesmire Racecourse
York Racecourse is considered one of the best racecourses in the UK. York Racecourse is home to famous race meetings including The Ebor, The John Smiths Cup and has also been home to Royal Ascot. Thousands of race goers travel to York to watch the best names in horse racing.
Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington
The Yorkshire Air Museum is a living memorial to all the Allied Air Forces personnel who operated from Yorkshire during the Second World War, and the thousands of people who gave their lives in the conflict. This museum is also relevant to present day generations by explaining in a realistic way what life was like on a typical wartime bomber station, as well as displaying the history of aviation. The museum has a great plane collection!
Update: The Royal Air Force have announced that the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, is to receive an iconic Nimrod MR2. Elvington will be the only Museum in the world to display a live example of the remarkable Nimrod military reconnaissance aircraft.
You can find this National Trust Property behind York Minster, this fine 17th Century house was once home to the treasurer's of York Minster. Join a guided tour of Treasurer's House and see over four Centuries of the elegant interior. If you go on the ghost walks in York this is one of the key stops on route!
At DIG, you get to discover only the most exciting archaeological artefacts from the 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York. Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, Medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived in these times.
DIG, St Saviour's Church, St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NN
York Art Gallery
Located in Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW
York's Medieval City Walls
A walk through 1900 years of history. The Bar Walls of York are the finest and most complete of any town in England. There are five main “bars” (big gateways), one postern (a small gateway) one Victorian gateway, and 45 towers. At 2 miles, they are also the longest town walls in the country. Allow 2 hours to walk around the entire circuit.
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