The second in our 10 Reasons to Visit… series, York certainly comes out top for us. Although we may be a just a little biased as it’s also our home town, ask anyone who has visited and they are sure to agree with our sentiments.

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The National Railway Museum is the greatest railway museum in the world, and welcomes almost a million visitors each year. With over 100 locomotives on display, your visit will take you back in time through 300 years of rail history. The NRM is a fun day out for the whole family, and the best thing is that it’s completely free.

The City Walls

Another free activity that shouldn’t be missed during your visit to York is a walk around the famous city walls. Originally built around 71 AD, and stretching for 3.4 km, a walk on the walls is a great way to see more of this beautiful city. Normally you can walk the walls between 8am and dusk.


“What’s special about shopping in York is that you get a brilliant variety of independent shops, intermingled with all of the top retail names, including the always popular John Lewis (just outside the city). For discount brands you can head to York Designer Outlet, only ten minutes on the bus from the centre. In York you can enjoy the stunning architecture and stop for a coffee or lunch at a pavement café, or in a garden café overlooking the city walls. Shopping breaks to York are really popular because there’s so much to see and do here, and wherever you shop you’ll be in beautiful surroundings.”  Kay Hyde, Visit York

The Minster

Undoubtedly the most well known building in York, no visit is complete without heading here to take in the stunning medieval stained glass windows and arresting architecture. Climbing the 275 stairs in the central tower leads you to the highest point in York where you can take in a breath-taking view of the city. The undercroft is also home to an interactive 2000 year journey through history. The Minster is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm daily, unless services are taking place. Admission prices are £10 for adults, £9 for concessions and free for accompanying children.

The Ouse

What could be more pleasant than cruising along the beautiful River Ouse, having afternoon tea and taking in the sights? Or if you would rather take control, self drive boats are available for £25 – £40 per hour.

The Shambles

The Shambles is one of the most famous streets in Britain, and once you have seen the overhanging timber-framed buildings which date back as far as the fourteenth century, you will understand why. These days the street is home to a wide range businesses including a tea room, chocolatiers, jewellers, souvenir shops and more.


In recent years York has seen a huge number of new restaurants opening, and eating out is more popular than ever. With eateries such as The Star Inn The City, Bettys, Cosy Club and Little Italy, it’s clear to see why. Whatever kind of cuisine you prefer, there is sure to be an establishment to cater to your taste. As well as a large choice of chain restaurants, you will also find a great selection of independent places. Wherever you choose to eat, booking in advance is usually recommended.

Family Fun

From dinosaurs to Vikings, steam trains to Victorians, chocolate-makers to history-shapers, York is full of family adventures just waiting to happen. With everything from first-class family-friendly attractions to stunning outdoor spaces and lots of fantastic places to shop, eat and drink with kids, a family visit to York is unforgettable. Polly,

The Culture

“My reason to spend time in York is the culture the city offers. The history of the landmarks leaves a lasting impression and your imagination runs wild; it’s romantic and indoctrinating. When I have a spare day I like to spend some time in York Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower – the history is just mind-blowing!” – Online guide to York

Pubs & Bars

Whether you love traditional pubs or trendy cocktail bars, York has it all. The city has no shortage of places to stop for refreshment after a long day shopping. Some of the most well loved watering holes include the Guy Fawkes Inn, 1331, Lamb & Lion Inn, The Judge’s Lodgings and The Black Swan, which dates back to 1417.