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Things to do in York

York has so many fantastic attractions to see and things to do, there is sure to be something for everyone. York is renowned for its Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage and wealth of attractions.

Browse York’s world class museums & historic attractions, take an entertaining guided walk or simply relax in the city’s vibrant café culture.

York Minster

Telephone: 08449390016

Website: www.yorkminster.org

Experience the beauty of the Quire and Chapter House, explore the history beneath your feet in the Discover history in the Undercroft, Treasury and Crypt, where you’ll find traces of the earlier Norman Minster and of the Roman headquarters where Constantine was proclaimed Emperor and the foundations laid for two thousand years of European Christianity. There is always something to see and do at northern Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral.

Chocolate – York’s Sweet Story

Telephone: 0845 498 9411

Website: www.yorkssweetstory.com

Discover the rich story of chocolate and confectionery in York. See chocolate come to life, hear generations of chocolate secrets, explore how chocolate is made from bean to bar and taste your way through York’s Sweet Story!

York Barbican

Telephone: 0844 854 2757

Website: www.yorkbarbican.co.uk

Only a short walk from Monkgate Guest House, York’s newest live entertainment venue boasts 2 newly refurbished bars and the new Fishergate restaurant, which provides pre-concert dining. The 1500 seated, 1900 standing capacity venue boasts a spectacular line-up of events and entertainment throughout the year.

JORVIK Viking Centre

Telephone: 01904 615505

Website: www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Welcoming 16 million visitors since 1984, the JORVIK Viking Centre invites visitors to journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have looked 1000 years ago. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers four exciting exhibitions and the chance to actually come face to face with a Viking.

Clifford’s Tower

Telephone: 01904 646940

Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/cliffordstower

Clifford’s Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England’s medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. The tower takes its name from one grisly incident in its long history, when Roger de Clifford was executed for treason against Edward II and hanged in chains from the tower walls. With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn’t hard to see why Clifford’s Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England.

York Art Gallery

Telephone: 01904 687687

Website: www.yorkartgallery.org.uk

The paintings on display span more than 600 years and range from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

Special exhibitions change every few months from Old Masters to contemporary sculpture.

York Castle Museum

Telephone: 01904 687687

Website: www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

See old toys, 1970s platform shoes, and beautiful wedding dresses from throughout the 20th century. Experience life as a Victorian. Walk down cobbled streets and peer through windows of shops long gone. Take a journey through four hundred years of life in Britain, from parlours to prisons, marriages to the mill house. Discover a city at war and stumble into an underworld of highwaymen.

National Railway Museum

Telephone: 08448 153139

Website: www.nrm.org.uk

Re-live a golden era and witness history brought to life by the story of the railways. A touch of nostalgia awaits you as you stroll past the treasures in the Warehouse or down the red carpets of Station Hall, towards the famous Royal Carriages.

The Shambles

The oldest shopping street in Europe! The Shambles is a bustling centre piece of historic York. The street today is one of the UK’s most visited and has become a wealth of shopping, tourist attractions, restaurants and many other things to see and do, including tours, ghost walks and historic talks. If you want to know York, you need to know The Shambles.

City of York Walls

No visit to York would be complete without a walk around the City Walls. At 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England. About 2.5 million people walk along all or part of the City walls each year, enjoying some amazing views. Best of all entry is FREE!

Yorkshire Museum

Telephone: 01904 687687

Website: www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum is the ideal first port of call for any trip to York. From prehistory to the city’s medieval splendour, this amazing place tells the whole story in its fantastic new interactive galleries and AV shows.

York Dungeon

Telephone: 01904 632 599

Website: www.the-dungeons.co.uk/york

The York Dungeon invites you to delve into the city’s most horrible history. Come face to face with live actors, experience interactive shows and special effects as you’re transported back to those black, bleak times…are you brave enough to face 60 minutes of York’s dark past?

YorkBoat Daytime City Cruise

Telephone: 01904 628324

Website: www.yorkboat.co.uk

Make the most of your time in York and take to the river! Sit back, relax and enjoy a drink from the bar as the sights of York city and country sail by onboard a 45 minute Daytime City Cruise, complete with live Captains commentary. Rest your feet in the comfort of the heated lounges or open sundecks and take in the ever changing scenery.

Fairfax House

Telephone: 01904 655543

Website: www.fairfaxhouse.co.uk

Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York’s most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.

Grand Opera House

Telephone: 0844 8472322

Website: www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk

The home of live entertainment in the region. From West End musicals to stand up comedians, live bands to family shows, the Grand Opera House presents an irresistible mix of shows for all tastes.

York Theatre Royal

Telephone: 01904 623568

Website: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

York Theatre Royal offers audiences as wide a range in programming as possible, including drama, comedy, dance, pantomime, youth theatre and more, ensuring that it remains a welcoming and exciting place to visit.