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Ranked #1 of 116 attractions in York
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Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: For a fantastic FREE* day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum.Get up close to... more » Owner description: For a fantastic FREE* day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum.Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York’s only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic, Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains.Get on board awe inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in The Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in The Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area.The children can let off steam with our outdoor play area, miniature railway rides and loads of interactive exhibits. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events too so check the website to plan your visit. FREE ENTRY.*Please note there may be a small charge for special events and activities « less
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Ranked #2 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: York maze is an a-maizing day out for the whole family. The attraction is based around a giant maze, made from maize plants.... more » Owner description: York maze is an a-maizing day out for the whole family. The attraction is based around a giant maze, made from maize plants. We open during the school summer holidays,to give families an amazing day out. With over 20 different rides and attractions, the kids will be kept busy for the whole day! York maze also runs halloween events for families in the daytimes, and teenagers and adults at night during the Halloween half term. We finish the year with a huge firework spectacular set to music, on November the 5th every year. When we are not open to the public, we host weddings in our beautiful barn comlex. It's the perfect setting for a rustic wedding! « less
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Ranked #3 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Castles; History Museums; Museums
Owner description: You'll wonder, "how did they manage to survive?" when visiting this living-history museum, which features everyday life... more » Owner description: You'll wonder, "how did they manage to survive?" when visiting this living-history museum, which features everyday life during Victorian and Edwardian England in fine detail. « less
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Ranked #4 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Ancient Ruins; Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
Owner description: Over 2 miles in length and with a history stretching back nearly 2000 years, the walls of York are amongst the finest... more » Owner description: Over 2 miles in length and with a history stretching back nearly 2000 years, the walls of York are amongst the finest preserved historic monuments anywhere in the world. Of the 108 walled towns and cities that once existed in England, less than a third retain as much as a single gateway. York is totally unique in Britain offering as it does examples of Roman, Dark Age, Viking, Medieval and later defences, and on such a massive scale. Following extensive recent research, they are now brought to life with a self-guided audio tour on a personal media player (all equipment supplied) - taking you around the walls at your own pace. « less
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Ranked #5 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #6 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: The Yorkshire Museum, home to some of the richest archaeological finds in Europe, is set amidst its own Gardens, which offer... more » Owner description: The Yorkshire Museum, home to some of the richest archaeological finds in Europe, is set amidst its own Gardens, which offer picnic areas and scenic walkways. « less
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Ranked #7 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Neighborhoods; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is a street in the city centre of York with a long and interesting... more » Owner description: Shambles (or The Shambles as it is often referred to) is a street in the city centre of York with a long and interesting past. Dating Back to Medieval times it was once the street of the Butcher Shops. Today the Shambles is Europe's most visited street, attracting tourist, shoppers and business clients. « less
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Ranked #8 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York,... more » Owner description: The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of historical York, it is open for public use as a museum, wedding and hospitality venue and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. This stunning timber framed building was constructed by a fraternity made up of York citizens to provide a base for charity, worship and business. Today, as well as being a fascinating accredited museum it is also a scheduled ancient monument and Grade 1 listed building.The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it. The Hall also remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history. « less
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Ranked #9 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England cathedral features magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained... more » Owner description: Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England cathedral features magnificent 14th- and 15th-century stained glass, stonework and elaborate tombs. « less
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Ranked #10 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Authentically based on an original World War II Bomber Command Station, this unique history museum is filled with memories of... more » Owner description: Authentically based on an original World War II Bomber Command Station, this unique history museum is filled with memories of war-time Britain featuring a restored Control Tower, Air Gunners room and a restored example of the "Halifax" bomber. « less
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Ranked #11 of 116 attractions in York
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Ranked #12 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have... more » Owner description: Experience the threat of nuclear war at York Cold War Bunker! On a fascinating guided tour, learn how volunteers would have played a vital role in ensuring that Britain could survive a nuclear attack. The atmospheric 1960s semi-subterranean bunker is just as it was when stood down in 1991, and the one hour guided tour is enhanced by a short film. Winter opening: Every Sunday, admission by guided tour at the following times: 10.00, 11.15, 11.45, 13.00, 14:15, And 15:00. « less
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Ranked #13 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: A flower lovers haven with 15 acres of extensive gardens featuring over 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and... more » Owner description: A flower lovers haven with 15 acres of extensive gardens featuring over 6,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. « less
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Ranked #14 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Art Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Step back in time when you visit this 18th-century town house, one of the finest examples of rococo decoration in England... more » Owner description: Step back in time when you visit this 18th-century town house, one of the finest examples of rococo decoration in England with its famous Terry collection of furniture and clocks. « less
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Ranked #15 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: William II laid the foundation to this abbey during the 11th century, which became known as the most powerful and wealthiest... more » Owner description: William II laid the foundation to this abbey during the 11th century, which became known as the most powerful and wealthiest monastery in the North of England at that time. « less
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Ranked #16 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Step through 2,000 years of history with one visit to this house of dreams, where rooms are set up and furnished to mirror... more » Owner description: Step through 2,000 years of history with one visit to this house of dreams, where rooms are set up and furnished to mirror the grand styles from medieval times to the early 1900's. « less
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Ranked #17 of 116 attractions in York
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: With a full cast of brilliant actors, 11 shows, rich sets and special effects, we'll take you on a unique 70 minute journey... more » Owner description: With a full cast of brilliant actors, 11 shows, rich sets and special effects, we'll take you on a unique 70 minute journey through 2000 years of York's murky past. Come with us and meet York's most infamous villains, rogues and rascals. Now with even funnier scripts and revamped shows, costumes and sets, we're York's must-see attraction in 2013! « less
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Ranked #18 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #19 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #20 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Built between 1525 and 1536 during the period of English Reformation, this historic church stands majestically alongside York... more » Owner description: Built between 1525 and 1536 during the period of English Reformation, this historic church stands majestically alongside York Minster. « less
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Ranked #22 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This timber-framed building was built in the early 1300s, and is believed to have been used as lodging for weary travelers... more » Owner description: This timber-framed building was built in the early 1300s, and is believed to have been used as lodging for weary travelers visiting St. Mary's Abbey. « less
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Ranked #23 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Horse Tracks; Casinos/Gaming
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Ranked #24 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: York's CHOCOLATE Story is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous... more » Owner description: York's CHOCOLATE Story is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York's most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You'll discover chocolate's origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate. You'll also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind York's greatest chocolate products, from the Chocolate Orange to the globally famous KitKat. Once you've explored chocolate making and its history, you can even shop for and indulge in chocolate to your heart's content. There's so much for you to enjoy and discover! « less
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Ranked #25 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The official residence of the Lord Mayor of York and is one of York's great historic treasures houses and one of its best... more » Owner description: The official residence of the Lord Mayor of York and is one of York's great historic treasures houses and one of its best kept secrets of York's civic history from the simplicity of the hall way to the grandeur of the Stateroom, from seeking the secret drawers hidden in a bureau to discovering the chamber pot, The Mansion House is a fascinating building just waiting to be discovered! « less
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Ranked #26 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This pretty church features a splendid collection of 15th-century stained and painted glass including the famous "The Lady... more » Owner description: This pretty church features a splendid collection of 15th-century stained and painted glass including the famous "The Lady Chapel Painting," which is well worth a special visit. « less
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Ranked #27 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; History Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Restored 15th-century town house that re-creates a medieval household filled with period furniture, pottery, tiles and wall... more » Owner description: Restored 15th-century town house that re-creates a medieval household filled with period furniture, pottery, tiles and wall hangings. « less
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Ranked #28 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #29 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: This park is perfect for the whole family since it offers everything from children play equipment and basketball to tennis... more » Owner description: This park is perfect for the whole family since it offers everything from children play equipment and basketball to tennis courts and picnic areas. « less
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Ranked #30 of 116 attractions in York
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: At the time of its opening in June 1877, this railroad station was the center of Britain's rail network and the largest... more » Owner description: At the time of its opening in June 1877, this railroad station was the center of Britain's rail network and the largest station in Europe. « less
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