Insider's Guide to York

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Ranking high on the list of York’s top attractions, the magnificent York Minster is one of Europe’s finest cathedrals and the largest medieval cathedral in the UK. Although the earliest parts of the building are from the 12th century, the Minster’s ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

Our first visit to York and there will certainly be more! We stayed in lovely Dean Court Hotel so central and opposite the Minster. The YorkPass proved to be invaluable, first used at the York Museum to see the reconstructed head of King Richard iii, a wonderful sight. We then used it in a variety of shops and restaurants getting discounts.

The On/Off bus was a great success, giving us a good grounding on the centre and outskirts of York with the emphasis we wanted on the history of all we saw. We enjoyed the Ghost Walk and seeing parts of York which would be hidden from the casual observer.

The choir at Evensong in the Minister was a joy to always be remembered!

It was a short visit, so there is already an itinerary being prepared for the next visit!

Doing what: The York Pass

Charlotte H
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

If you want to do all the big York sites - Minster, Dungeons, Jorvik, Castle Museum...this is the best option!! We worked out that without the York Pass we'd have paid double for enterance fees to attractions!! Also includes great discounts at lovely restaurants - Strada, Russels etc. AND!! Its well known in York so you dont feel silly showing the pass! Very simple to collect from Tourist Centre so dont pay for p&p. Enjoy!

Doing what: The York Pass

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

Depending on what you plan on seeing in York, this pass could save you a lot of money! We saw the York Minster, Jorvik Viking Center and the York Castle Museum which were all included with the pass in just one day and still had time to do at least one more thing, so it was totally worth having this pass, it saved us money unlike the London pass, which is overpriced and not worth it unless you can see almost everything in London in 1 day! Plus we did the Haunted house and got buy 1 get 1 free tickets with the pass. Picked it up from the Visitor info center upon arrival at the train station the day before, and you're given a handy booklet with a city map and insights on places to visit and special offers at certain restaurants and shops, which was nice. York is a very walkable city, with lots of things to see and do. Highly recommended!

Doing what: The York Pass

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2011

I purchased both a two day Yorkshire Pass and a fifteen day Great British Heritage Pass. Most of the attractions outside of York that I wanted to visit were covered by both passes.

I visited a number of key attractions in York (Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster, York Castle Museum, Cliffords Tower, Barley Hall) in one day and only needed a one day Yorkshire pass.

However, if someone wishes to see York in more depth, a two day Yorkshire Pass might be advisable.

Doing what: The York Pass

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