Visitor Attractions for Tourists in the City of York, England, UK

Jorvik Viking Centre in the City of York in YorkshireSo much to do in York ... you will have to make more than one trip to see everything.

  • Barley Hall - a renovated monastic town house from the 14th and 15th Century that now functions as a "living history" museum with special medieval events and minstrels. Telephone: : 01904 610275
  • Castle Museum -  museum in the old York prison with realistically reconstructed Victorian and Edwardian street scenes. Take a walk through time and see how the people of York lived. Telephone: 01904 653611
  • Clifford's Tower - sole medieval remains of York Castle. The tower was built by Henry III.
  • Fairfax House - a beautifully restored Georgian town house with views of life in the 18th Century.
  • Jorvik Viking Centre - York's Viking past reconstructed and explained in a theme park type ride and museum.  It involves all the senses - even smells of the 10th Century - and they aren't nice! Good fun, but to do try to avoid the long wait to get in by arriving very early. Telephone: 01904 643211
  • Merchant Adventurers Hall - half-timbered 13th Century hall which served the business community of the time as a guild and meeting place.  It's one of the largest buildings of this type in England. It's now open to the public as a museum and can be hired for functions.
  • Shambles - a narrow, rambling medieval street with wonderfully original tiny shops. The name Shambles is said to be derived from the Saxon word 'Fleshammels', which means the 'street of butchers'.  Many of the shops still have deep windowsills on which meat was once displayed for sale. It's close to the market where you can find a bargain or two.
  • Treasurers House - a restored medieval town house and originally housed the  treasures of York Minster.  Now open to the public as a museum, telephone: 01904 624247
  • The Grand Opera House - for performances of the classical arts.  Telephone: 01904 671818
  • The Yorkshire Museum - a traditional museum with Roman, Viking, Anglo-Saxon and medieval collections.  1,000 years of York explained through exhibits. Telephone: 01904 551800
  • The York Story - a small museum housed in St. Mary's Church  recounts the history of York and its peoples. Good examples of period costume on display.
  • Theatre Royal -   musicals, comedies, productions of all types for a superb evening's entertainment.  Telephone: 01904 623568
  • National Railway Museum - The largest railway museum in the world with record breaking Mallard steam locomotive, Queen Victoria's Royal saloon. Telephone: 01904 621261
  • York City Wall - tread in the footsteps in the ancient Romans for over 2 miles but beware - their ghosts may be right behind you!
  • York Dungeon - scary stuff from York's history to give kids nightmares! Part of the chain of city dungeons. Telephone: 01904 632655
  • York Minster - the widest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe with Royal monuments and more history.  Telephone: 01904 557216 There's a road train which leaves the Minster every 30 minutes and goes to the National Railway Museum. Children will enjoy the trip.
  • York City Art Gallery - Telephone 01904 551861

On the outskirts of York at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming in Murton is Danelaw Village which manages to produce Romans and Vikings out of the past in character and costume.  Try your hand at ancient crafts and visit the reconstructed Saxon village. Telephone: 01904 489966. 

Luxury self-catering townhouse in York - sleeps 6


self-catering accommodation yorkSituated just a short walk from the impressive historical centre of York is this modern self-catering town house. Sleeping up to 6 with accommodation spread over 3 floors, this is a fine holiday home with a superb location close to the city centre.

With a high quality interior, this property has been assessed to be of a 5 star standard and features flat screen TV and nice little touches like Denby pottery.

This could be a great base from which to discover some of York’s best sights and also to head out and discover some of the highlights of Yorkshire.

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York Brewery will be pleased to open its doors to you for some sampling and an insight into the brewing process. Open Monday to Saturday 11.30am - 7.00 pm, Sundays  4.00 pm - 7.00 pm. Telephone: 01904 621162Find self-catering holiday accommodation for your stay in York Take a boat trip along the rivers to view some of the landmarks of York. Catch at Lendal Bridge. Telephone: 01904 623752.The riverside is great for walks or for refreshments at one of the riverside pubs, cafes or restaurants.  Several  handsome historic stone bridges cross the rivers at intervals. 


Obtain free tourist information leaflets from:

Yorkshire Tourist Board
312 Tadcaster Road, 
Brochure Line: 08706 090 000


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