You will be spoilt for choice with things to do when you visit York so to help you we have put together a list of our favourite attractions. Please click on the individual website links below for more information.
The spectacular York Minster is a world renowned masterpiece of architecture and design. One of the largest of its type in Northern Europe it is of cruciform design with an octagonal Chapter House.
National Railway Museum:
Get up close to over 300 years of history in York's National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the Duchess of Hamilton, the Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the opulence of Royal Trains.
Jorvik Viking Centre:
The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a 'must-see' for visitors to York and is one of the most popular attractions in the UK. Visitors journey through the reconstruction of Viking streets, as they were 1000 years ago.
Clifford's Tower is the last remaining part of one of the two castles built in York in 1068 by William the Conqueror. Originally part of York Castle on the West side of the River Ouse.
York Castle Museum:
York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets - and even prison cells.
Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum is a must for any trip to York. From prehistory to the city's medieval splendour, see the whole story in our fantastic galleries.
The York Pass is the official sightseeing pass for the main attractions in York & beyond. Once you have purchased a pass you won't have to pay to get into any of the attractions included, and the more you see, the more you save.
York Mystery Plays:
The York Guilds and Companies' production of the Mystery Plays, using waggons moved between playing stations, recreates the spectacle of medieval festivities. The plays are performed from noon until dusk on 2 Sundays in July.
York City Walls:
One of the great attractions that York is recognised for are the City Walls. Stretching 2.75 miles the walls encircle an area of 263 acres. Retaining all four bar (gates) into the City they are the most complete example of Medieval walls in England.
The York Dungeon is a journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique walkthrough experience.
The Walk was established before 1973 and was an original creation believed to be the first in the world. The Walk aims to be accurate, authentic and genuine, exploring a world of folklore, legend and dreams, with no need for manage tricks or gimmicks.
Created from over one million living maize plants, York Maze is not just the largest maze in the UK it's an award winning fun filled, day out in the country. With over 20 different rides, attractions and shows to enjoy York Maze offers an amazing family day out.
Award winning modern grandstands, characterful Listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for the best of racedays. It is a hugely popular venue with its award-winning, modern facilities, first-class catering and beautiful surroundings.
If one street could exemplify everything that York has to offer; the character, beauty and incredibly rich history, then it is the Shambles. The Shambles has stood the test of time, from being cited in 1086 up until recently being awarded 'Most Picturesque Street in Britain'.
York bike hire available from Cycle Heaven at York Station from as little as £3.57 per day. Lycra-free cycling with the best quality hire bikes in York. Very high quality, upright city bikes from the No.1 Dutch brand: Gazelle. These are perfect for exploring our historic city.
These are just a few examples of what the fantastic City of York has to offer. For more ideas on what to do during your stay Visit York is full of tips on what to do and where to go! Alternatively you can visit our What's On page for what's coming up in 2014. What's on in York