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Charming, historic city that lies on the River Ouse. Are you looking for things to do in York? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


York is a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth. Its medieval charm is apparent everywhere you look, and all this enclosed by it's magnificent looking 13th-century walls. At the heart of the city lies York Minster, one of the biggest and most splendid Gothic cathedrals in the world. As you begin to explore York you will discover many first class museums and attractions that help explain York's rich heritage, and bring it's history alive. When you're not negotiating the maze of medieval streets and lanes, you might want to take a stroll along the picturesque River Ouse or take in an exhibition at one of the cities trendy art galleries. You will also find a number of renowned theatres, an independent picture house, countless pubs and bars, intimate live music venues and some exquisite restaurants offering food from across the globe.

Known for...   Vikings, York Minster and Rowntrees


Did you know...

  • A law still apparently on the statue books that makes it legal to shoot a Scotsman in York. But only with a bow and arrow and definitely not on Sundays.
  • Did you know that York's minster has its own police force - its true! The only other cathedral in the world which can boast this is St.Peter's in Rome which has its own police force in the form of the Swiss Guards.
  • York is famous for its plethora of pubs. Legend has it that the York area contains one pub for every day of the year and that there is no place within the city walls where you can stand without seeing at least one pub and one church.



 

  Attractions

York Minster

One of the great cathedrals of the world.
Minster Yard
York
YO1 7HH

08449390011

 

Dig!

Interactive archaeology museum.
St Saviourgate
York
YO1 8NN

01904615505

 

York Boat

Boat cruises along the River Ouse.
The Boatyard
Lendel Bridge
YO1 7DP

01904628324

 

York Dungeon

Ghoulish visitor attraction. Great family attraction.
12 Clifford Street
York
YO1 9RD

 

Jorvik Viking Centre

Interactive Viking visitor attraction.
15-17 Coppergate Walk
York
YO1 9WT

01904615505

 

The Shambles FREE

When in York visiting the Shambles is a must. ‘The Shambles’ is sometimes used as a general term for the maze of twisting lanes.
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7LZ

 

Yorkshire Wheel

Visit the Wheel of York for stunning panoramic views of the city's famous landmarks including fascinating commentary.
Royal York Hotel Grounds
Station Rise
York
YO24 1AA

 

Clifford's Tower

English Heritage - It’s the stunning view you get of the historic city of York that makes Clifford’s Tower so popular.
Tower Street
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9SA

 

Barley Hall

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York.
2A Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 8AR

Recommended by Nick James, Hull

 

York's Chocolate Story

The story of how chocolate made history.
King's Square
York
YO1 7LD

08454989411

 

Treasurer's House, York

National Trust - York's ‘hidden treasure'.
North Yorkshire
YO1 7JL

 

The Yorkshire Pass

See More of Yorkshire for Less.
York Visitor Information Centres
De Grey Rooms
Exhibition Square
YO1 7HB

 

CitySightseeing York Hop On Hop Off

Enjoy a guided open-top bus tour of York and see the sights - great for all the family.
Exhibition Square
York
YO1 7AB

 

York Maze

Life sized maze in an attractive rural setting.
Dunnington Lodge
Elvington Lane
YO19 5LT

01904607341

Recommended by Anne Marie, Bristol

 

Tockwith Motor Sports

Tockwith Motor Sports offers some of the best training and driving facilities in the North of England.
Tockwith Autodrome, Tockwith
York
North Yorkshire
YO26 7QF

 

Derwent Valley Light Railway

The last remaining half mile of the famous Derwent Valley Light Railway.
Murton
York
YO19 5UF

01904489966

Recommended by Pat Baxter, Harrogate

 

Goddards

National Trust - Formal and informal gardens with a variety of features.
27 Tadcaster Road
York
YO24 1GG

 

York Cold War Bunker

English Heritage - The most modern and spine chilling of English Heritage’s properties.
Monument Close
York
North Yorkshire
YO24 4HT

 

Burnby Hall Gardens

Burnby Hall is famed for its water lilies, planted by Amos Perry in the 1930s and now totalling over 100 different cultivars.
33 The Balk
Pocklington
York
YO42 2QF

 

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens

National Trust - Spectacular early 18th-century country house.
North Yorkshire
YO30 1DD

 

Stillingfleet Lodge Garden & Nurseries

Tranquil cottage garden and tea room.
Stewart Lane
Stillingfleet
YO19 6HP

 

Beningbrough Hall And Gardens

National Trust - 18th-century house with interactive galleries and National Portrait Gallery paintings.
Beningbrough
York
YO30 1DD

 
 

  Children's Activities

LaserZone Selby

Great fun for kids and adults.
Selby Superbowl
Bawtry Road
Selby
YO8 8NA

01757707074

 
 

  Museums

National Railway Museum FREE

A must for all train enthusiasts.
Leeman Road
York
YO26 4XJ

08448153139

 

Richard III Museum

Possibly one of York's best kept secrets is this fascinating Museum situated in York's tallest and most impressive Gatehouse.
6 Goodramgate
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 7LQ

 

Yorkshire Museum And Gardens

Fascinating insight into Yorkshire's rich heritage.
Exhibition Square
York
YO1 7EW

01904687687

 

Yorkshire Museum Of Farming

Welcome to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, a thriving 16 acre site with events and activities throughout the year.
Murton
York
YO19 5UF

 

Yorkshire Air Museum

The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is also the location of Allied Air Forces Memorial.
Halifax Way
Elvington
York
YO41 4AU

 
 

  Parks

York Museum Gardens FREE

The ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens, around the Yorkshire Museum, stretch from the River Ouse up to the back of York Art Galley.
Museum Street
York
YO1 7FR

 

Rowntree Park FREE

A short walk from the city centre, on the banks of the River Ouse, this inspiring 30-acre park has undergone a £1.8million refurb.
Terry Avenue
York
YO23 1JQ

 

Bolton Percy Station Nature Reserve FREE

Nature has taken hold of this old station yard - bramble scrambles over the old platform, flower-filled grassland.
Bolton Percy
Tadcaster
North Yorkshire
YO23 7AW

 

Barlow Common Nature Reserve FREE

Warblers, woodpeckers and wall brown butterflies now call Barlow Common home, despite its chequered past.
Barlow Road
Barlow
North Yorkshire
YO8 8EZ

 

Moorlands Nature Reserve FREE

This small woodland is part of the ancient Forest of Galtres and is ablaze with colour in spring.
Moor Lane
York
North Yorkshire
YO32 2RE

 

Strensall Common Nature Reserve FREE

Strensall Common is a fabulous large heathland close to York.
Common Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7QY

 

Strensall Common Nature Reserve FREE

Strensall Common is a fabulous large heathland close to York.
Common Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7QY

 

Wheldrake Ings Nature Reserve FREE

Big skies, often full of whirling flocks of birds, stretch out above you, which the wide green expanse of floodplain meadows.
Ings Lane
York
North Yorkshire
YO19 6AS

 

Allerthorpe Common Nature Reserve FREE

Bees buzzing around sweet smelling purple spikes of heather, a green woodpecker 'yaffling' from the woodland edge.
Off Common Lane
York
East Yorkshire
YO42 4RU

 

Calley Heath Nature Reserve FREE

On a walk round Calley Heath you'll soon discover it is not your typical nature reserve, but a diamond in the rough.
Opposite the Steer Inn
Pocklington
East Yorkshire
YO41 5PF

 
 

  Galleries

York Art Gallery

Popular city centre gallery.
Exhibition Square
York
YO1 7EW

01904687687

 
 

  Bowling

Tenpin

Tenpin bowling centre.
Clifton Moor Centre
York
YO30 4WZ

08715501010

 
 

  Cinema

Picture House

Independent Cinema.
13-17 Coney Street
York
YO1 9QL

08719025726

 

Vue Cinema York

Multi-screen cinema.
Clifton Moor Centre
Stirling Road
YO30 4XY

03453084620

 
 

  Theatre

York Grand Opera House

Drama, music and comedy entertainment venue.
4 Cumberland Street
City Centre
YO1 9SW

08448472322

 

York Theatre Royal

Regal theatre. Full listings available.
St Leonards Place
York
YO1 7HD

01904623568

 

York Barbican

Prestigious entertainment venue.
20 Barbican Road
York
YO10 5AA

01904627617

 
 

  Live Music

Fibbers

Intimate live music venue.
8-10 Stonebow House
York
YO1 7NP

01904651250

 
 

  Golf

Swallow Hall Golf Club

Golf Club.
Swallow Hall
Crockey Hill
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 4SG

 

Cocksford Golf Club

Golf Club.
Stutton
Tadcaster
North Yorkshire
LS24 9NG

 

Fulford Golf Club

Situated in a heathland and woodland setting just 1mile from the centre of the historic city of York, Fulford Golf Club remains one of the best inland golf courses in Britain.
Heslington Lane
Heslington
York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DY

 

Easingwold Golf Club

Golf Club.
Stillington Road
Easingwold
North Yorkshire
YO61 3ET

 

Forest Of Galtres Golf Club

Golf Club.
Moorlands Road
Skelton
York
North Yorkshire
YO32 3RF

 

Selby Golf Club

Founded in 1907, we are one of Yorkshire's oldest established clubs, set on raised land among the farmland of North Yorkshire.
Mill Lane
Brayton
Selby
North Yorkshire
YO8 9LD

01757-228622

 

Forest Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Stockton on Forest
York
North Yorkshire
YO3 9UW

 

York Golf Club

Over 100 years of mowing and tending greens and fairways has made the York Golf Club course one of the best, if not the best, in the area for golfers of all handicaps.
Lords Moor Lane
Strensall
York
North Yorkshire
YO32 5XF

01904-490304

 
 

  Leisure centres

David Lloyd

Tennis, health and fitness club.
27 Windmill Lane
York
YO10 3LG

01904751500

 

Bannatyne

State of the art health and fitness club.
White Rose Close
York Business Park
YO26 6RL

 

Waterworld

Indoor water park.
Kathryn Avenue
Jockey Lane
YO32 9JS

01904642162

 

Fitness First

Friendly health and fitness club.
Evans Business Centre
Audux Close
YO30 4RA

08445712959

 
 

  Sport

Tockwith Motorsports Centre

The ultimate driving experience.
Tockwith Autodrome
Tockwith
YO26 7QF

 
 

  Riding

Naburn Grange Riding School

Lessons available for all ages and abilities.
Naburn
York
YO19 4RU

01904728283

 

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