York

Find the best things to do in York and plan a short break to the city, best known for its deep history and iconic city walls. Look up and be awestruck by the Heart of Yorkshire, set in the Gothic architecture of York Minster; this iconic stained glass window should be a key part of any romantic short break in the city. Make sure to visit the cobbled streets and overhanging buildings that frame York Shambles, one of England's most iconic shopping destinations. Take a cruise down the River Ouse and get a new perspective on the city, or visit the family-friendly National Railway Museum to learn all about England's rail history. Whether you're visiting York with the whole family or taking a couple's retreat, you're bound to find plenty of fun and unique things to do.

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Find the best things to do in York and plan a short break to the city, best known for its deep history and iconic city walls. Look up and be awestruck by the Heart of Yorkshire, set in the Gothic architecture of York Minster; this iconic stained glass window should be a key part of any romantic short break in the city. Make sure to visit the cobbled streets and overhanging buildings that frame York Shambles, one of England's most iconic shopping destinations. Take a cruise down the River Ouse and get a new perspective on the city, or visit the family-friendly National Railway Museum to learn all about England's rail history. Whether you're visiting York with the whole family or taking a couple's retreat, you're bound to find plenty of fun and unique things to do.

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Go shopping medieval-style along The Shambles

Go shopping medieval-style along The Shambles

Travel back in time along one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval shopping streets, with cheerful cafés and quirky shops in timber-framed buildings.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Step back in time at York Castle Museum

Travel back in time on a rainy day at this trend-setting museum, which transports visitors back through 300 years of history.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Take afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Take afternoon tea at Bettys Café Tea Rooms

Experience vintage English hospitality and choose from hundreds of delicious treats and tea varieties in this iconic Art Deco café.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 
Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
March along England's longest medieval city walls

March along England's longest medieval city walls

Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the city and stroll along its 13th century defensive walls, passing historic landmarks, gatehouses and gardens.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Indulge in all things vintage in York

Indulge in all things vintage in York

‘York Does Vintage’ better than anyone else as the city’s affordable vintage fair in Merchant Adventurers’ Hall transports you to bygone eras.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Take a cruise along the River Ouse

Take a cruise along the River Ouse

The city of York owes its existence to the rivers. Escape the city rush and admire the scenery from the comfort of a Yorkboat.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at the Minster

Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at the Minster

According to legend, all loved up couples that kiss under the 'Heart of Yorkshire' window, will stay together forever.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

Hunt for ancient treasures in The Yorkshire Museum

This grandiose Georgian museum is filled with curiosities from an eye-popping Viking treasure hoard to dinosaur fossils and a working observatory.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Venture into the gruesome York Dungeon

Rainy Day Activities: Venture into the gruesome York Dungeon

There’s spine-chilling fun to be had in this dungeon, where 2,000 horrible years of history are brought to life by grisly theatre and sudden frights.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Tease your taste buds at York’s Chocolate Story

Tease your taste buds at York’s Chocolate Story

Visit York, one of England’s most historic chocolate heartlands and get a taste of the city’s 300-year love affair with the cocoa bean.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Go wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards

Sample wines from England’s most northerly vineyard.

Location: York, Yorkshire

 
9 ways to escape the everyday in Yorkshire with AJ Odudu

9 ways to escape the everyday in Yorkshire with AJ Odudu

From vast stretches of unspoiled countryside, to historic cities and storybook seaside towns, escape to a beautiful slice of England’s biggest county with AJ Odudu as she visits the Yorkshire Dales and discover more things to do further afield.

 
Experience York's Literature Festival

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Explore the city of York by bike

Explore the city of York by bike

York is voted as one of the most bike-friendly cities in England with a wide range of cycle routes through the city and beyond.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Stay at stylish Middlethorpe Hall and Spa

Treat yourself to good food and plenty of relaxation at Middlethorpe Hall.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Go ghost hunting in ‘Europe's most haunted city’

Go ghost hunting in ‘Europe's most haunted city’

York claims to be the world’s first city to run ghost walks – you’ll soon see why, with tales of murder, mayhem and gore at every corner.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Book your very own butler on a romantic getaway to York

Book your very own butler on a romantic getaway to York

Treat your loved one to a luxurious break at the five-star Grand Hotel & Spa in York, including a penthouse suite with your very own butler.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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