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.
Historical Buildings, Museums and Friendly People
The city’s emblem is known for its superb stained-glass windows, underground treasure chambers and tall tower with spectacular views.
This picturesque cobblestone street has a fascinating medieval history and crooked buildings that appear to almost fall into one another.
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.
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.
Laugh, squirm and recoil at the ghastly torture methods and grisly crimes recreated in this prison-like museum where you can immerse yourself in macabre practices and living conditions of the Middle Ages.
See the pretty city of York from above and discover dark secrets at this 13th-century tower on a scenic hilltop.
Discover the beautiful city of York on a thoroughly enjoyable hop-on hop-off bus tour. With unlimited access to the route for 24 hours, hop on and off as much as you please, exploring this walled city at your own pace.
Embark on a spooky sightseeing tour that reveals the secrets of York's eerie past. The city's history is dotted with tales of sinister figures who wreaked havoc on daily life, and whose ghosts are said to still haunt its darkest corners to this day.
Starting in the morning from York, this guided day trip provides the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to explore Bronte Country and the scenic and picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park.
See what a sunset over York looks like from the waters of the River Ouse on this scenic sightseeing cruise through the heart of the venerable city. Your voyage features a great look at the sights as you enjoy the calm setting and a fresh perspective on the historic landmarks along the waterfront.
Get to know the landscape and townships of the Yorkshire Dales on this full-day tour to the splendid sights amid the English countryside. From historic castles and picture-perfect scenery to one of the country's most venerable shops, this day trip shows you the enduring charm of the region.
York Pass is the Official Sightseeing card for York and beyond ..Save Money on attraction tickets Available as a 1 day York city pass and 2, 3, and 6 days York & beyond explorer pass – York Pass includes a free pocket guidebook, 24 hour city sightseeing bus ticket, pasta or pizza meal at ASK Italian restaurant (T&Cs apply), and extra value discount offers.