Things to Do in York

Things to Do in York, North Yorkshire - York Attractions

Things to Do in York



Top Attractions in York

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  • Mark M
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When in York a visit to the railway museum is a must. Free entry but a donation to help them maintain these lovely engines is the least you can do. Engines from the mallard to The flying Scotsman and a replica of the rocket are stunning. Even the first Japanese bullet train where you can sit in and experience what it was like to travel at cast speed. There is a VR experience of the flying Scotsman at an extra cost. We spent 4 hours there and still didn’t take it all in. Places to eat are in the grand hall and there is a little shop. If you’re a train enthusiast you really have to visit this museum
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • amanda5805
    Duncan, Canada4,989 contributions
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    York Minster is an impressive gothic designed cathedral. It's big, beautiful, and has lots of history. Inside, you will see stunning display of stained glass windows, ornate ceilings, and intricate stone craftsmanship. The cathedral's rich history, spanning centuries of royal events and religious ceremonies, adds depth to the experience.
    They are doing a wonderful job restoring it. Cost £18 per person. There was an additional tour you could have signed up for.
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • paul r
    Wigston, UK309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is lots to see and do here.Loved the prison cells and the old exhibits and shop fronts.Would recommend for all ages and reasonably priced too.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Donna G
    Blackpool, UK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply gorgeous, need a few days to fully explore steeped in tradition and community spirit, its a perfect getaway for any age.. the viking festival was preparing when we were there..lots of viking costumes and tradition, just added to the atmosphere..
    Written February 24, 2024
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  • Lisa N
    York, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always an amazing day here, easily spend an entire day and more, so much to see and do for all the family, lovely staff, would highly recommend and will be back again this year.
    Written January 28, 2024
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  • Ellie G
    Pontefract2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to York for a little day trip from wakefield, we both really enjoyed the york chocolate story, our tour guide was really funny, got us involved and as we were the only two on the tour, aswell as decorating a delicious white chocolate lolly & plenty of samples through the ages of chocolate 😋 we also got to sample & take home the full block of artisan lemon ganache chocolates,we had just seen been made. We'll worth the money, spent around an hour and 30 mins, and they have handmade chocolates you can buy in the shop
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • amanda5805
    Duncan, Canada4,989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were not in York long but took the hop on/off bus for a loop. We did manage to see some of the City walls. They are incredible. The Walls, established in 71 AD during Roman times, underwent various transformations throughout history, from their original purpose of protecting the 9th Legion to serving as toll booths in medieval times. They faced sieges during the Civil War, resulting in damage, and later saw parts demolished in the 19th century due to maintenance costs.

    We regret not having more time to explore and walk the 2.5-mile-long walls.
    I would recommend having a full day to explore York.
    Written February 29, 2024
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  • Catherine B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’ve been to a lot of birds of prey centres but this was easily the most enjoyable. There are lots of beautiful, well cared for birds from little owls to golden eagles. The owl experience and hawk walk was really interesting and well worth the money and the infectious joy of the staff made this one of the best days out ever. Thank you.
    Written February 27, 2024
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  • Bev G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous collection of planes to look at along with lots of history about the airfield and what it was used for. The commemorative areas around the place give a lovely feel.
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Acjc220
    Toronto, Canada39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My 19 year old son and I did a day trip to York to visit the Railway Museum . The visit here was spur of the moment as it was raining and we had time before our train. We had no idea what it was like and we really enjoyed it. It definitely is a unique way to present the information. After visiting many museums/historical sites it was nice to do something light hearted. I would have like a bit more historical context such as when the Vikings arrived and how long they stayed prior to the ride beginning.
    Written January 31, 2024
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  • Aleksandra F
    York, UK48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We live in York and honestly I did not expect much excitement before the visit. We are English Heritage members and did not have to pay so decided to check it out. We almost forced eye-rolling 14- and 11-year old to go...
    That we ALL LOVED it is a huge understatement. Jake, our guide, was a superb storyteller, showcasing his passion, extensive knowledge and genuine respect for the volunteers working at the bunker. His stories were witty and humorous to lighten the overall sombre mood of the place. They were delivered in a beautiful, sophisticated but clear English (and English is not my first language.) Jake's presentation skills were outstanding especially that he was explained a lot of science involved in the machines and meters on site. I would definitely recommend to families with teenagers. I can't imagine a humbling history lesson more expertly delivered. Thank you Jake and the English Heritage Team.
    Written February 18, 2024
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