YorkUnited Kingdom

Medieval monuments set around cobblestone lanes, a lively arts scene and scenic shopping streets make York one of England’s most captivating cities.

Step inside the medieval walls of York to experience one of England’s most picturesque and historic cities. Marvel at an architectural legacy bequeathed by the Romans, Vikings and Saxons, among others. Wander cobblestone streets to discover numerous shopping districts. A thriving arts scene unites classic with contemporary.

York is in Yorkshire County in northeast England. The almost traffic-free city center is surrounded by the medieval City Walls and straddles the River Ouse. In this central area find historic landmarks and half-timbered houses jostling for space with boutique shops and centuries-old taverns.

The first stop for many visitors is the magnificent York Minster, which dates back to the seventh century. See medieval stained-glass windows in The Orb gallery and climb the central tower for an unrivaled look over the city. Enjoy more views from Clifford’s Tower (aka York Castle), built by William the Conqueror. Visit York St. Mary’s, a medieval church and center for contemporary visual arts. In the museum gardens are the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey.

Stroll along The Shambles, York’s most famous shopping street. Find chic boutiques, galleries and cafés set inside timber-framed buildings. Nearby, Stonegate is home to jewelers, antique shops and historic pubs such as 400-year-old Ye Olde Starre Inne. Browse Newgate Market’s stalls for artisanal food, fresh produce, leather goods and handicrafts.

Learn more about York’s history at the city’s museums. Walk in the footsteps of Vikings at Jorvik Viking Centre. Relive events of York’s dark history at the York Dungeons. Discover 2,000 years of social history at York Castle Museum. Inspect models of famous trains, such as the Flying Scotsman, at the National Railway Museum.

Enjoy a night out at the Micklegate Quarter, visiting several of York’s 300 pubs. Watch theater productions, ballets or operas at York Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House.

Located midway between London and Edinburgh, York is well served by public trains and buses. It’s also an ideal base for exploring Yorkshire’s market towns, countryside and coastline. Rent a car and visit the striking Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Where to stay in York

Rawcliffe, York, England, United Kingdom

Rawcliffe

Rawcliffe might not have many top sights, but York Minster and York National Railway Museum are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Rawcliffe
Hull Road, York, England, United Kingdom

Hull Road

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Hull Road and surrounding area, you can visit York Barbican and Jorvik Viking Centre.

Hull Road

Top Hotels in York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Grand Hotel & Spa
The Grand Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
Station Rise, York, England
The price is ¥14,824 per night

Located in the heart of York, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wheel of York, York Minster, and Jorvik Viking Centre. York National Railway Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,585 reviews)

"Stayed two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The facilities were excellent and staff extremely helpful and courteous. Will not hesitate in booking again when in York."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

The Grand Hotel & Spa
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is ¥8,084 per night

Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,970 reviews)

"Room was brilliant. Pretty much a full kitchen to work with. Only thing that wasn’t too good was the bed was too big for a couple but was comfy and had a good night’s sleep."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street
Hilton York
Hilton York
4 out of 5
1 Tower Street, York, England
The price is ¥10,393 per night

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Fairfax House, Jorvik Viking Centre, and York Dungeon. York Castle Museum and York Grand Opera ...

4.1/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"Staff were excellent hotel was well kept ,clean good area for hotel.."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Hilton York

Popular places to visit in York

York Minster
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York Minster

5/5(156 reviews)

The city’s emblem is known for its superb stained-glass windows, underground treasure chambers and tall tower with spectacular views.

York Racecourse
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York Racecourse

5/5(4 reviews)

York Racecourse is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to York. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Shambles
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Shambles

4.5/5(146 reviews)

This picturesque cobblestone street has a fascinating medieval history and crooked buildings that appear to almost fall into one another.

Jorvik Viking Centre
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Jorvik Viking Centre

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Imagine yourself as a Viking in this museum that allows you to dig up Norse artifacts and witness reenactments, while you learn about York’s Scandinavian settlers.

Castle Howard
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Castle Howard

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Find out about the history of Castle Howard, a well-known monument in York. Check out the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this quaint area.

York Castle Museum
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York Castle Museum

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Go on a journey through history, from the Jacobean era to the Swinging Sixties, in this museum located in the former prison of an 11th-century castle.

Top things to do in York

York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions
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York City Pass - Experience The Top City Centre Attractions

¥6,507
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Early Evening Cruise on the River Ouse
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Early Evening Cruise on the River Ouse

¥1,542
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The York Dungeon Tour
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The York Dungeon Tour

¥1,891
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
York's Chocolate Story
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York's Chocolate Story

¥1,755
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Yorkshire Dales from York
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The Yorkshire Dales from York

¥5,657
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Concierge service
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Concierge service

¥5,731
Per adult

Reviews of York

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 12, 2020

We stayed one night and should have stayed another but had to move on. A good place to spend 2-3 days.

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 9, 2020

Beautiful architecture Incredible history Not mobbed with tourists

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Nice city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 29, 2019

York is great to visit at Christmas with lots to do, excellent holiday shopping, very walkable, and a variety of dining options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 16, 2019

Great shopping, Christmas market was a lot of fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 23, 2019

The York Minster is beautiful....

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