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16 Best York Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Within crumbling city walls, a quaint little town stands like a snapshot from the past. As you walk through the Shambles, you will be greeted by old-fashioned shops, unique to York’s community. You might also be tempted by the Jorvik centre, an interactive experience that takes you back to York in the middle ages. York is all about preserving its past, and the York Minster is a testament to beauty through history. The York Castle and Museum are also a perfect addition to the medieval city mood, though the town also offers a thriving night life and great shopping.

 

16 Most Popular Attractions in York

1. Jorvik Viking Centre

  • The Jorvik Viking Centre stands on an old excavation site that revealed workshops, houses, items, and human remains from a Viking-Age city called Jorvik.
  • Adult £9.75, Child (5-16) £6.75, Concession £7.75
  • 01904 615 505
  • JORVIK Viking Centre, 19 Coppergate, York YO1 9WT, UK
  • Daily from 10am until 4-6pm depending on a season
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2. York Dungeon

  • The York Dungeon is a perfect blend of entertaining shows and detailed history. Remember, this isn’t some dull history lesson. York Dungeon literally
  • Adult (16+) £15.60, Children £11.40
  • 0871 423 2260
  • 12 Clifford St, York YO1 9RD, UK
  • Daily from 10am - 5pm
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3. National Railway Museum

  • Free
  • 08448 153139
  • National Railway Museum York, Leeman Road, York, United Kingdom
  • 10am-5pm
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4. Allerton Castle

  • Adult £8.00; Child £4.00
  • +44 1423 330927
  • Allerton Castle, Allerton Mauleverer, Knaresborough HG5 0SE, UK
  • Wed & Bank Holiday Mon 12.15pm

5. Yorkshire Air Museum

  • Adult £10.00; Child £5.00
  • +44 1904 608595
  • Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial, Halifax Way, Elvington, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-4pm

6. Murton Park

  • Adult £6.50-£7.20; Child £4.50-£5.00
  • 01904 489966
  • Murton Park, Murton Lane, Murton, United Kingdom
  • To reopen at Easter 2017

7. Bar Convent

  • Upon inquiry
  • +44 1904 643238
  • The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, 17 Blossom Street, York, United Kingdom
  • Daily

8. York Theatre Royal

  • Upon inquiry
  • +44 1904 623568
  • York Theatre Royal, Saint Leonard's Place, York, United Kingdom
  • Mon 10am-5pm; Tue to Sat 10am-8pm

9. Hazlewood Castle

  • Prices vary by package
  • +44 1937 535353
  • Hazlewood Castle, Paradise Lane, Tadcaster, United Kingdom
  • Daily

10. Wetherby Racecourse

  • Prices vary by activities
  • +44 1937 582035
  • Wetherby Racecourse, Wetherby, United Kingdom
  • Mon to Fri 9am-5pm

11. York Castle Museum

  • Adult £9.09-£10; Child - Free
  • +44 1904 687687
  • York Castle Wall, Tower Street, York, United Kingdom
  • Daily 9:30-5pm

12. Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

  • Adult £5.00-£18.95; Child £3.00-£11.95
  • 01904 615505
  • Richard III Experience at Monk Bar, 6 Goodramgate, York, United Kingdom
  • Daily

Tickets & Tours

13. York Art Gallery

  • Adult £6.81- £7.50
  • +44 1904 687687
  • York Art Gallery, York, United Kingdom
  • Daily 10am-5pm

14. St Michael le Belfrey

  • Free
  • +44 1904 624190
  • St Michael le Belfrey, High Petergate, York, United Kingdom
  • Daily

15. York Minster

  • Free
  • +44 1904 557200
  • York Minster, Deangate, York, United Kingdom
  • Daily 7am-6.30pm
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Top Attractions

All that remains of the York Castle is the Clifford Tower, one of the main attractions in the area. Close by, the York Castle Museum tells the story of York in a way that makes the past live again. The York Dungeon will take you back to those dark days of the Tower’s history. The York Minster, with its glorious glass stained windows is a masterpiece, and the underground chambers have new interactive galleries showcasing the treasures of the cathedral in an amazing display.

Kids & Family

The kids will love digging into the Viking history of York at the Jorvik Viking Centre. Artefacts from 1000 years ago, together with life-sized dioramas assist them in seeing how life used to be. What about taking the older kids to the Yorkshire Air Museum or the National Railway Museum, depending upon whether they enjoy trains or planes.

Shopping & Nightlife

York’s Chocolate Story is an educational shopping opportunity. Learn about the history of York’s chocolate makers, and the best products. Then buy some to take home. York has a lively nightlife, including a full programme at York Theatre Royal.

Day Tours

Explore the Yorkshire Dales, visit historic Whitby or Hadrian’s Wall. Take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to see the Moors from a new perspective or spend the day at the fabulous Castle Howard. The lovely city of Leeds is nearby.

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