Nestling in the embrace of York’s miraculously preserved wall is one of the great medieval town centers of Europe. You can walk the wall itself and then descend to the winding streets including the narrow Snickelways and the Shambles, now considerably cleaned up since the days when its rivers of blood and offal made it a synonym for chaotic mess.

York offers architectural marvels at every turn, the most impressive being the enormous York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, renowned for its outstanding stained glass. Climb the tower for an unparalleled view of the city.

Elsewhere, York's days as a Viking stronghold are brought to life in Jorvik, a reconstructed village. Other must-see sites are the Norman fortifications of Clifford’s Tower, the medieval Merchant Adventurers’ guild hall and the gruesome thrills of York Dungeon, which recreates some of the most violent episodes of the city's history.

Practical Info

With a 2 hour train ride from London you can just about cover York’s highlights in a day trip, but the city deserves at least an overnight stay. Streets in the city center are closed to traffic during the day; hire a bicycle and follow well-signposted paths to get the most out of your visit.

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5-Day Best of Britain Tour: Edinburgh, Stonehenge, York, Bath, and Cardiff from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Get acquainted with a collection of must-visit British cities on an action-packed 5-day tour from London! Including overnight stays in York, Edinburgh, ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,274.42

The York Pass

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Enjoy free entry to 30 top York attractions with the York Pass, a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites that interest you most. Entrance ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

From USD $61.17

York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

There is no better way to see York than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top York attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $20.39

Skip the Line: The York Dungeon

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Step back in time and discover the darkest moments in Yorkshire’s history with a visit to York Dungeon! With skip-the-line entrance, the ticket to the spooky ...  Read more

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $17.84

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