YorkUnited Kingdom

Medieval monuments set around cobblestone lanes, a lively arts scene and scenic shopping streets make York one of England’s most captivating cities.

Step inside the medieval walls of York to experience one of England’s most picturesque and historic cities. Marvel at an architectural legacy bequeathed by the Romans, Vikings and Saxons, among others. Wander cobblestone streets to discover numerous shopping districts. A thriving arts scene unites classic with contemporary.

York is in Yorkshire County in northeast England. The almost traffic-free city center is surrounded by the medieval City Walls and straddles the River Ouse. In this central area find historic landmarks and half-timbered houses jostling for space with boutique shops and centuries-old taverns.

The first stop for many visitors is the magnificent York Minster, which dates back to the seventh century. See medieval stained-glass windows in The Orb gallery and climb the central tower for an unrivaled look over the city. Enjoy more views from Clifford’s Tower (aka York Castle), built by William the Conqueror. Visit York St. Mary’s, a medieval church and center for contemporary visual arts. In the museum gardens are the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.

Stroll along The Shambles, York’s most famous shopping street. Find chic boutiques, galleries and cafés set inside timber-framed buildings. Nearby, Stonegate is home to jewelers, antique shops and historic pubs such as 400-year-old Ye Olde Starre Inne. Browse Newgate Market’s stalls for artisanal food, fresh produce, leather goods and handicrafts.

Learn more about York’s history at the city’s museums. Walk in the footsteps of Vikings at Jorvik Viking Centre. Relive events of York’s dark history at the York Dungeons. Discover 2,000 years of social history at York Castle Museum. Inspect models of famous trains, such as the Flying Scotsman, at the National Railway Museum.

Enjoy a night out at the Micklegate Quarter, visiting several of York’s 300 pubs. Watch theater productions, ballets or operas at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House.

Located midway between London and Edinburgh, York is well served by public trains and buses. It’s also an ideal base for exploring Yorkshire’s market towns, countryside and coastline. Rent a car and visit the striking Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Where to stay in York

Rawcliffe, York, England, United Kingdom

Rawcliffe

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

While Rawcliffe may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like York Minster and York National Railway Museum.

Rawcliffe
Hull Road, York, England, United Kingdom

Hull Road

Hull Road might not have many top sights, but York Barbican and Jorvik Viking Centre are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Hull Road

Top hotels in York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grand Hotel & Spa
The Grand Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is £109 per night

Located in the heart of York, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheel of York, York Minster, and Jorvik Viking Centre. York National Railway Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,577 reviews)

"A lovely hotel with very attentive staff. Good to see nice measures to protect guests against corona virus."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

The Grand Hotel & Spa
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £60 per night

Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,972 reviews)

"Room was brilliant. Pretty much a full kitchen to work with. Only thing that wasn’t too good was the bed was too big for a couple but was comfy and had a good night’s sleep."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Hampton by Hilton York
Hampton by Hilton York
3 out of 5
Toft Green, Yorkshire, York, England
The price is £80 per night

Located in the heart of York, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Micklegate Bar, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Grand Opera House. York Minster and Shambles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)

"Good walking distance from the centre of town. Rooms clean and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Hampton by Hilton York

Popular places to visit in York

York Minster
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York Minster

4.5/5(775 reviews)

The city’s emblem is known for its superb stained-glass windows, underground treasure chambers and tall tower with spectacular views.

York Racecourse
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York Racecourse

4.5/5(139 reviews)

York Racecourse is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to York. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Shambles
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Shambles

4.5/5(967 reviews)

This picturesque cobblestone street has a fascinating medieval history and crooked buildings that appear to almost fall into one another.

Jorvik Viking Centre
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Jorvik Viking Centre

4.5/5(334 reviews)

Imagine yourself as a Viking in this museum that allows you to dig up Norse artifacts and witness reenactments, while you learn about York’s Scandinavian settlers.

Castle Howard
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Castle Howard

4.5/5(128 reviews)

Find out about the history of Castle Howard, one of the top monuments in York. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this quaint area.

York Castle Museum
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York Castle Museum

4.5/5(302 reviews)

Go on a journey through history, from the Jacobean era to the Swinging Sixties, in this museum located in the former prison of an 11th-century castle.

Top things to do in York

York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£16
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions
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York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions

£48
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
York's Chocolate Story
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York's Chocolate Story

£14
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The York Dungeon Tour
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The York Dungeon Tour

£14
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
City Cruise on the River Ouse
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City Cruise on the River Ouse

£11
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Concierge service
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Concierge service

£43
Per adult

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