York is a vibrant, historical city in North Yorkshire with many things to offer visitors. Ideal for a day trip or weekend away thanks to its easily accessible trains to York, you’re guaranteed to find plenty of exciting ways to fill your time in this ancient walled city. Here are just a handful of the things to see and do during your trip.
Visit York Minster
With its 800-year history, York Minster, formally the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, boasts the largest expanse of Medieval stained glass in the country. Climb its 275 steps to the central tower where you can view the city from above. Or catch a glimpse of its origins and past in a Hidden Minster Tour, which gives you exclusive access to spaces not normally open to the public, including the crypts.
The river Ouse flows through the centre of York, allowing you to sightsee from the water and learn more about this fantastic city. There are plenty of cruises on offer, which will give you a glimpse of the city from a different perspective, after which you can hop onto dry land and explore it for yourself.
JORVIK Viking Centre
The Vikings invaded York on November 1st 866 AD and renamed the city from Eoforwick to Jorvik. During their 100 year rule, the city prospered wonderfully, and their legacy can still be witnessed in York today.
A must-visit for kids and grown-ups alike, JORVIK Viking Centre is a museum in the heart of York. Visitors can explore 1,000 year-old Viking artefacts, and experience all the sights, sounds and smells of York as it would have been in the Viking Age.
York Races take place throughout the year and are a popular event, attracting visitors from across the world. If you fancy a day at the races, spring and summer are the best times to visit, with many of the events taking place during the warmer months.
Ghost walks and tours
A trip to Europe’s most-haunted city surely wouldn’t be complete without a spine-tingling tour of its spookiest spots.
York has many ghost walks and tours on offer, whether you need a child-friendly version in the daylight or want a bloodcurdling experience under cover of darkness. York’s ghostly tours explore its narrow streets and hidden corners to uncover the city’s murky past and bring its many haunting tales to life.
Wander the Shambles
One of the prettiest streets in England and one of the best preserved Medieval shopping streets in Europe, the Shambles is one of York’s iconic landmarks. No trip to the city would be complete without a wander down this cobbled street that oozes history and olde worlde charm.
Lined with shops selling everything from handcrafted chocolate to stylish clothes and jewellery, treat yourself to a souvenir or stop off at one of the charming cafés for a hot drink and a bite to eat as you watch the world go by.