Activities in York
York has long been a city of great importance and a meeting place for over 2000 years. Today it’s one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities, take a look to see what sites you can enjoy in the city.
York Castle Museum
See hundreds of years of York’s history in one place!
Step onto the cobbles of the famous reconstructed Victorian street that brings history to life. Enter the York Castle Prison and learn about its disturbing history – a time of rouges, thieves and murders, including the most notorious inmate of all: the highwayman, Dick Turpin
Cost: £13 per person
York Art Gallery
Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at one of the UK’s best regional galleries.
At the rear of the building, walk down into the Artists Garden and the Edible Wood before exploring the rest of the beautiful York Museum Gardens.
Cost: Free general admission (exhibitions have £10 fee)
Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. From prehistory to the Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour.
Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor and explore galleries packed with outstanding Roman artefacts.
Inspect the finest details of an ichthyosaur and see the oldest true sauropod remains ever found in the UK in the major exhibition: Yorkshire’s Jurassic World.
Cost: £8 per adult
Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance! Including Stephenson’s locomotive, Rocket; The Shinkanzen – the fastest train in the world, and a display of the Royal Carriages through the ages.
York Dungeon… Fear is a Funny Thing
The York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York’s horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, feel and smell. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.
Cost: £15.95 per person
City Cruises York
York city cruises provide a unique way to see the sights of York whilst cruising on the stunning River Ouse.
Cost: £12.95 per person
York Original Ghost Walk
Believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the World!, they offer a night of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind. This is the genuine, the authentic, the magical and the famous… ORIGINAL GHOST WALK of YORK
Cost: £7 per adult
Is anything quite as grand as York Minster? It’s the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and can be seen from the entirety of the city.
Cost: £12.00 per Adult
York City Pass
A great way to see all the attractions of York during your stay! Enjoy the hop-on-hop-off bus, discounts on attractions, plus a dish at ASK Italian
Cost: £48 for 1 day pass, or £65 per for the 2 day pass
Think Diagon Alley mixed with Tudor England, and you’ll get the Shambles. Full of quaint little boutiques and shops, this is York’s most famous street. Stop here for a cup of tea, head to the Shambles Market nearby, or simply take your photo with the overhead touching houses.