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Attractions in York

We have so many great attractions in York (too many to choose from really!) ideal for families, couples or a solo tripper. To help you get a start on exploring our great city we have created a list of our favourite places to visit in York, these will allow you to really get a feel for the history of York and hopefully create memories that will last a lifetime.


1. National Railway Museum

For a truly engaging day trip visit the National Railway Museum. Open 10am-6pm daily and with free entry this is a must see attraction during your trip to York. You can explore the rich history of our nations railways and climb inside classic trains such as Mallard- the worlds fastest steam locomotive and the Royal Trains including one belonging to Queen Victoria! There are also interactive science shows and story telling activities during the weekends, plenty to keep the whole family amused.

2. The Minster

York Minster (or The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York to give it its full name!) is listed as one of the ‘101 things to do before you go abroad’ and when you’re stood beside it it’s easy to know why. This beautiful Gothic cathedral is the second largest in Northern Europe and boasts some of the best views of York from it’s highest point. Ticket prices start from £10 for adults and includes a free guided tour and free entry anytime within 12 months.

3. Jorvik Viking Centre

Reopening on the 8th April 2017 Jorvik takes you back in time with a fully interactive view of what life was like in Viking York. Jump on board the ride and allow yourself to transported back in time to AD960 and learn about the changing world at that time, including the influx of goods and people from far away lands.Open 10am-4pm daily and at just £10.25 for an adult ticket this is an experience you won’t want to miss!

4. York Castle Museum

With its own purpose built Victorian street the Castle Museum allows to to experience over 200 years of history. Activities include dressing up in Victorian clothes and handling objects such as original ration books and medals.  The museum also has The Cells, a display about life in prison which includes a call that possibly once occupied by famous highwayman Dick Turpin. Opening times are 9:30am-5pm and ticket prices are £10 for an adult with kids under 16 getting in free.

5. Clifford’s Tower

The tower takes it’s name from a criminal, Roger de Clifford who was executed for treason against Edward II and was hanged from the tower walls. It was original built by William the Conqueror and after being burned to the ground twice was rebuilt in the 13th century but Henry III. The views from the top of the castle are simply breathtaking and you can see why this building was considered so important for protecting the North of England. The site is managed by English Heritage and members of this organisation get free entry and the non-member price for adults is £4.20, open 10am-4pm everyday.

6. Yorkshire Museum

Situated in the beautiful Museum Gardens the Yorkshire Museum is home to many collections of artefacts including fossils, Roman coins and even a full skeleton of a dodo! The majority of objects on display come from the many archaeological dig sites in and around York. The museum also has an astrology collection that is housed in the York Observatory in the Museum Gardens. The museum is open 10am-5pm daily and for adult entry it is £7.50 with under 16’s getting free entry.

7. Barley Hall

Once home to the Lord Mayor of York this medieval town house was hidden behind an office block until the 1980s when the office was destroyed and its true beauty was discovered. When visiting Barley Hall visitors can really imagine what it was like to live in medieval Britain by sitting in the chairs in the Great Hall and experiencing what a banquet would have been like. There are also costumes from the BBC drama Wolf Hall on display so fans can get up close and really see the detail of these beautiful garments. This attraction is open 10am-4pm and an adult ticket costs £6.

8. York Shambles

The Shambles is one of the best preserved Medieval streets in Europe. The buildings down this historic street have been lovingly restored with some shops still having exterior wooden shelves, these would have been used to display goods on to entice the hungry shopper in. The Shambles was awarded Google Street Views most picturesque street in Britain award and looking around, with the cobbles under your feet, its easy to see why.

9. The York Dungeon

With 75 minutes of entertainment and 10 lives shows the Dungeons is certainly an exciting attraction to visit. The history of York comes alive as you are transported through time. The Dungeon uses 360 degree sets and special effects to allow you to find out the real stories of some of York’s most despicable citizens including Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin.You’ll also get to experience an appointment with a plague doctor and discover more about the history of York’s most haunted pubs, The Golden Fleece. Prices start from £10 for a adult and the Dungeons are open 11am-4pm daily.

10. York’s Chocolate Story

Located in the centre of York this attraction takes you through the rich history of chocolate making families that have started in York. While here you’ll learn all about how chocolate is made, from cocoa bean to finished product. You’ll also find out a number of interesting and surprising facts about some of the most famous chocolate brands. With a large gift shop and chocolate making classes you wont go away hungry and empty handed! The Chocolate Story is open 10am-6pm daily and is £11.50 for an adult ticket.

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