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York Minster

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Castle Howard

With over 1,000 acres of landscaped flower gardens, boating lakes and scenic woodlands, and a grand baroque façade that appears more like a royal palace ...  Read more

The Shambles

Renowned as one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval shopping streets and awarded the title of ‘Britain’s most picturesque street’ by Google. A stroll down The ...  Read more

York City Walls

Once stretching 2.5 miles around the ancient city, today the well-preserved ruins of the York City Walls trace the periphery of the modern city center, ...  Read more

The York Dungeon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Whisking visitors on a hair-raising journey through York’s grim and gruesome past, the York Dungeon is one of the city’s most entertaining attractions, located ...  Read more

Jorvik Viking Centre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Go back in time and learn about the Viking history of York at the Jorvik Viking Centre. The museum is actually built on the site of a famous archeological dig ...  Read more

York Castle Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Founded in 1938 to display the personal collections of Dr John L. Kirk, the York Castle Museum is situated close to Clifford’s Tower on the grounds of the ...  Read more

Barley Hall

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This historic site was discovered by accident, when it was scheduled to be destroyed. The oldest parts of Barley Hall date from about 1360, but until the ...  Read more

Clifford's Tower

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

The last vestige of York Castle, Clifford's Tower is now one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, perched on a grassy mound overlooking the River Ouse. ...  Read more

Beningbrough Hall

Built in 1716 on the Yorkshire meadows, Beningbrough Hall served as a family home, inherited and passed down and around over many generations during the 1700 ...  Read more

Fairfax House

Regarded as one of England’s most impressive Georgian town houses, Fairfax House dates back to 1762 and takes its name from Charles Gregory, the 9th Viscount ...  Read more

Mansion House

Located in the center of the city, the Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York. But along with being a home, this historic house is ...  Read more

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

As the name implies, York’s Merchant Adventurers were merchants. They traded along the English coast, northern Europe and sometimes as far as the Baltic and ...  Read more

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Welcome aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, a historic rail line in North England. When it first opened in 1835 trains were originally horse drawn, ...  Read more

York Brewery

From grain to glass, see how traditional ale is created at York Brewery. Located just inside the city walls on Toft Green, York Brewery has been handcrafting ...  Read more

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