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  • Location:York, United Kingdom
  • Duration:1 day (approx.)
There is no better way to see York than on a double-decker City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus! See top York attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Clifford’s Tower, Exhibition Square, York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and much more. The buses are open top, allowing 360-degree panoramic views along the route. Hop on and off at any of the 18 stops around Yorkshire’s capital during 24 hours of sightseeing.

Highlights

  • City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour of York with audio commentary
  • Create a personalized sightseeing itinerary and explore York at leisure
  • See top York attractions such as York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and Clifford's Tower
  • Hop on and off as many times as you wish at any of the 18 stops around the city
  • Make use of a ticket that’s valid for 24 hours from the time of first use

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What You Can Expect

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the sights of York on a hop-on hop-off tour!

Often called England’s 'capital of the north,' York is a city that has history, fine architecture and friendly people in enticing abundance. The Romans left their mark on the city, and York’s Viking heritage gives its history an interesting edge. So, hop board the open-top, double-decker City Sightseeing bus and discover sightseeing opportunities galore.

Admire top York attractions such as Exhibition Square and York Minster — home to a staggering collection of stained glass windows — and perhaps hop off at Clifford’s Tower to climb the monument and soak up the city views. Take a short stroll from Clifford’s Tower to visit Jorvik Viking Centre where more than 40,000 Viking-era artifacts await, or visit Monk Bar fortress and Merchant Adventurers’ Hall to see two of York’s medieval structures.

With your sightseeing ticket, you can remain on the bus for an entire loop (roughly one hour) while listening to the entertaining commentary, or you can hop on and off at any of the 18 stops around the city.

York Hop-On Hop-Off Stops:

  • Exhibition Square (York Minster)
  • Gillygate
  • Monk Bar
  • Sainsburys
  • Peasholme Green
  • York Stonebow
  • Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
  • Clifford’s Tower (hop off here for a short walk to Jorvik Viking Centre)
  • Margaret Street
  • Walmgate Bar
  • Barbican Centre entertainment venue
  • Fishergate, Novotel York Centre
  • Nunnery Lane, Victoria Bar
  • Bishopthorpe Road
  • Knavesmire Gate
  • York Station
  • York Memorial Gardens
  • York Museum Gardens

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour is helpful for checking out the city quickly, specially if you have about 1.5 hours to spare in the city. Quickly takes you to places around the downtown York area. It was also USD 19, so it is cheaper to take this bus for a day pass instead of paying the same to a cab to go everywhere. Alternatively, one could walk the city, but this is a nice ride if you wanna take it easy and not walk.

Commentary is in english and it gives a decent idea about the layout and some basic history of the place.

Overall, I would say 'not bad' in British terms, but 'fabulous' in American terms...:

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

WONDERFUL.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A worthwhile way to see York as it went to all the main attractions and gave us a chance to see places of interest. We were able to use it as transport to our pre-booked York Dungeons experience. We were able to visit York Minster and the Chocolate Story.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We went around several times as the guides changed and there was so much information to take in. We loved the convenience of being able to get on and off as we wished.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The Guide was very knowledgable and had a terrific sense of humor. We enjoyed learning about the historiacal siginifcance of York, and it was presented in a very entertaining and informative manner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We really enjoyed taking this tour, saw all the major attractions and were able to situate ourselves in London, thus being able to walk to the many attractions. Also included a Thames river cruise, which was unexpected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

I'm a fan of City Hop-on Hop-off Tours while travelling, especially internationally. Not being familiar with these cities, and trying not to miss any important sites, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the best of what each city has to offer. This particular tour had an extremely knowledgeable guide, Lisa, who was local from York. Not only did she provide interesting facts about the city, but was also able to add funny trivia and folk lore as well. It was very easy to book this tour online. I printed off my voucher, signed it, surrendered it to the driver of the tour, and was on my way. A very reasonable price for a lifetime of memories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

A great way to see York.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

I was very happy with this tour. I only had half a day before I needed to travel elsewhere by train, but I was still able to see many of the great sites I wanted to see, there was a live guide on board, rather than an audio commentary, which allowed for questions we might have had. This is a fantastic way to get a valuable introduction to the city, even if you have limited time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

On my fist trip to York, I was able to get an overview of the city and then concentrate on the specific places where the bus stopped for more touring. WHAT A FASCINATING CITY!

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