Attractions and Places to Visit in York

Discover a rich tapestry of entertainment in York and beyond. York has an incredible wealth of things to see and do, with the ancient walled centre offering more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK. As one of Europe's largest pedestrian zones, you’re never more than a short walk from one of York's awe inspiring sights or attractions.

York boasts excellent theatres, a wealth of pubs and many museums, all built around well preserved medieval features such as the old city walls, York Minster, Cliffords Tower and The Shambles. Take time to enjoy talented street entertainers or sip a drink by the river.

Whether you're a first time or regular visitor, couple or family, there's a myriad of fascinating layers to discover throughout this beautiful and thriving city. Explore York's Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage plus a wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster, JORVIK, the National Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Cliffords Tower.

Perfect for your UK holiday, York offers unique surroundings and a warm ambience where you can enjoy a vibrant café culture or delightful street performance. Perhaps sip a refreshing drink at one of our stylish riverside bars or many heritage taverns. What's more, places to visit in York have a vibrant and varied calendar of festivals and events there's always something special going on for you to enjoy in York.

Clifford's Tower

Clifford's Tower

The stunning panoramic views over Old York from the top of Clifford's Tower, make it the ideal starting point for any visit to the city. There's plenty to discover at this imposing...
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National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

We're home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including Mallard - the world's fastest steam...
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York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery’s collection of paintings spans more than 600 years and works range from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings...
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York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

The York Castle Museum was founded by Dr John Kirk, a doctor from Pickering, North Yorkshire, and houses his extraordinary collection of social history, reflecting everyday life in the county.
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York Minster

York Minster

Explore York’s world-class cathedral with its medieval stained glass and stone masterpieces and foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. York Minster’s vast spaces come...
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York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story

At York’s Chocolate Story you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself.
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