Places to visit in 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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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


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

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

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