- Top Things To Do in York
- Visit York Minster
- Explore the Shambles
- Delve into Sweet History
- Walk the City Walls
- Become Vikings and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre
- G-G-Go on a Ghost Tour
- Choo-choose the National Railway Museum
- Cruise Along the River
- Climb Clifford's Tower
- Visit the York Castle Museum
- Explore the York Art Gallery
- Discover the York Dungeon's Past
- Cuddle Adorable Animals
- Explore York Museum Gardens
- Shop 'Til You Drop
- Explore the City
Have you ever been to York? A wonderful city full of beautiful architecture, rich history, elusive mystery and an abundance of attractions! You’ll always find things to do in York.
We’ve made it easier for you, by listing the very best you can do in York!
Top Things To Do in York
Visit York Minster
From authentic, handcrafted stone to beautiful and intricate medieval stained glass windows. It’s truly a remarkable building that is worth visiting.
It’s attracted people from all over the world for more than 1000 years!
Monday to Saturday 09:30 - 16:00
Sunday 12:45 - 15:15
Explore the Shambles
It’s actually quite popular with Harry Potter fans! Did you know it’s often described as a real-life Diagon Alley? With its cobbled streets and narrow streets adorned with shops, it’s not difficult to understand why!
But, did you know the buildings that line up the iconic Victorian street were for a slaughterhouse? You’ll notice hooks adorning the walls where the meat used to be hung.
Delve into Sweet History
At York’s Chocolate Story, you’ll unwrap the story of chocolate. From its origins to how York played a big part in the sweet world. From the Terry’s and Craven families to the Rowntree – who have all produced your favourite treats!
Why not grab yourself a delicious hot chocolate after brushing up on your chocolate history?
York’s Chocolate Story
Monday to Sunday from 10:00
Walk the City Walls
Did you know that Romans built a lot of the roads you’ll find in York? From Roman fortifications to thermal baths and the longest wall barrier in the country!
Its architecture is beautiful and a long walk along the wall is perfect for a family day out filled with history!
Become Vikings and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre
Turn your next family day out into a discovery expedition back in time as you come up close with a unique collection of 1,000-year-old artefacts. Learn through cutting-edge technology, and reconstructed Viking buildings and chat with some friendly Viking hosts
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
G-G-Go on a Ghost Tour
Hop on board a bus and explore the ghoulish and ghostly past of York city centre. From dark streets, narrow passageways, and haunted buildings.
With a huge variety of ghost tours available, you’ll find the one that’s perfect for you, if you’re in for a scare… Watch out behind you.
Choo-choose the National Railway Museum
It features over 100 locomotives and exhibits on the history of the railways! You can immerse yourself in all things to do with train engineering and how travel went from horses to trains!
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Cruise Along the River
Lots of the cruises often offer commentary on the city’s history and landmarks. So, you won’t be left wondering about what you’re passing by!
Climb Clifford's Tower
Discover the history of its purpose and how it was built to subdue the offence of William the Conqueror. It’s known to be one of the worst antisemitic murders of the Middle Ages…
Alongside the tragic history, you’ll find that Clifford’s Tower offers stunning views of the city. From the skyline to more medieval buildings and the York Minster. You can also discover new walkways and staircases that used to be off limits – but are now open!
It’s definitely a tourist attraction worth visiting. You can see what other amazing English heritage sites that are to visit too.
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Visit the York Castle Museum
There are also lots of galleries to browse that bring history to life. It’s a family day that will only provide you with the most fun and imaginative memories.
Monday 11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Explore the York Art Gallery
It holds a collection of paintings that span more than 600 years, from the 14th century to the present.
York Art Gallery holds kids’ events scattered throughout the year, where you’ll be sure they’ll have an amazing time! Perfect for when you’re thinking of what they can do during the school holidays.
Monday and Tuesday Closed
Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Discover the York Dungeon's Past
Featuring live actors, special effects, and thrilling rides – you’ll feel fully immersed. Delve into the darkest and murkiest history. Drudge up the city’s gruesome past and shuffle through the York dungeons as you come to face to face with some infamous characters.
12 Clifford Street,
Monday to Friday 11:00 - 16
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
Adults from £13.00
Kids from £12.00
Cuddle Adorable Animals
There’s lots of family fun to be had here, from mini golf, tractor rides and pig racing. To hands-on cuddling with animals, indoor play and a brand-new pantomime!
With baby animals to see like piglets, baby goats and lambs, your kids will have the best day out. Only at Piglets Adventure Farm!
Towthorpe Moor Ln,
Monday to Friday 10:30 - 17:30
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
Explore York Museum Gardens
Open your eyes to the idyllic paradise, with an abundance of flora, plants and gardens teeming with wildlife. Not only that, but you’ll find historical features like St Mary’s Abbey and the Yorkshire Museum!
Embark on the Squirrel’s Trail and see how many you can spot!
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Shop 'Til You Drop
For kiddies who love LEGO, head to Minifigs & Bricks to buy, sell and trade all things bricky. They specialise in selling mini figures on their own or even part of sets! Minifigs & Bricks is the place to be if you loved LEGO.
Or if you’re looking for something truly unique and different, head to the York Ghost Merchants for a little ghostly trinket. They’re all handmade in a magnificent shop in the most haunted city in the world.
Explore the City
Whether it’s boarding an immersive train at the Railway Museum or wandering through the Yorkshire Dales. Getting your walking gear on and climbing Clifford’s Tower or channelling your inner Harry Potter.
A day trip to one of these destinations is a great way to explore the surrounding countryside. And to end your day knowing you had an amazing time.
Whether you visit a Yorkshire museum, nibble on a chocolate lolly or explore York City Centre. There are plenty of things to do in York for the family!
Visit multiple attractions like York Dungeons, enjoy outdoor play at Piglets Adventure Farm or explore York Museum Garden. Family days out have never been more fun in this charming city.
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