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York Minster
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 roots date back much earlier, with the present day cathedral built on the site of a former Norman church and Roman fortress. A masterpiece of gothic architecture, the Minster is renowned for its stonework and exquisite stained glass windows, as well as its fine acoustics.

Today, the Minster is not only an important center of worship and a popular venue for classical music performances (including regular recitals by the celebrated Minster Choir), but is home to a number of tourist attractions. Visitors can climb the 275 steps to the top of the Central Tower, the highest point of York; head into the underground chambers, where interactive galleries and exhibits that chronicle the Minster’s long history; or discover some of the world’s most important medieval art on display in the Orb, a special presentation of John Thornton’s stained glass art. Finally, don’t forget to kiss your loved one beneath the cathedral's Great West Window – local legend dictates that couples who embrace beneath the windows’ heart emblem, known as 'The Heart of Yorkshire', will have a long and happy union.
Address: Deangate, York YO1 7HH, England
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12:30pm-5pm
Admission: Adult: £15; Seniors/Students £14; Child £5 (ages 8-16)
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Walking Tours

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5-Day Best of England & Scotland Tour: London, Edinburgh, Manchester and more

Within just 5 days you will experience the best of England and Scotland. Starting with historical London and its main attractions including: Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, St James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and River Thames. After leaving London, our coach will bring you to the nation's acclaimed educational institution: Cambridge University. Then you will proceed the journey to York Minster and York city walls and Edinburgh's Castle. With next city, Manchester and experience the soccer vibe there. Next place is the beautiful landscape and calming Lake District and Lake Windermere. Manchester, the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and end the tour at Bicester Village for some souvenir shopping. A dynamic tour with cultural and historical visits and beautiful Scottish landscapes, you will be surprised how stunning England and Scotland is.
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Multi-day Tours

York & the Lake District: Small-Group Tour from London (5-days)

Arranging transfers and accommodation in a country you’ve never visited before can be a stressful and difficult task. Skip the hassle of advance planning and let a guide take care of arranging your tour of York and the Lake District on this 5-day experience, a stress-free choice for families and first-time visitors. As well as including four nights’ accommodation and guided tours, this small-group tour promises personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 5 days
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Ghost & Vampire Tours

The Ghost Bus Tours - York

Delve into the dark recesses of York’s history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit notorious local haunts of restless spirits, and pass eerie sites such as York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and the grave of Dick Turpin, infamous highwayman and murderer. Throughout the tour, hear anecdotes and fascinating facts about York’s grisly past, and make key stops for a closer look at the city’s most haunted buildings. 
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Sightseeing Passes

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York Pass

Ideal for travelers looking for the flexibility to determine their own itinerary, the York Pass provides access to a number of the region’s top attractions, including The Deep, Beningbrough Hall, and more. Don’t worry about buying individual admission tickets; instead, use the convenient and hassle-free York Pass to save time on the day, allowing you more time to enjoy the sights.
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Custom Private Tours

Private Ghost Tour of York

Designed for travelers with a historical interest in the supernatural, this private 2-hour ghost tour of York — one of the most haunted cities in the world — allows you to customize your itinerary to suit you. Choose to visit sites with countless reports of ghost sightings, including York Minster, The Shambles, and The York Dungeon, and listen to frightening tales rooted in York’s 2,000-year-old history. The start time and location of your tour is up to you.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private 2-Hour Cambridge Walking Tour

Discover Cambridge the way you want, at the pace you want, on a private 2-hour walking tour. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing to your interests, and learn about the city’s history and university from your private guide. Choose to visit famous colleges like Trinity and Queens’, admire King’s College Chapel, or just absorb the atmosphere and architecture on a stroll through the medieval streets. Entrance fees at own expense.
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Cultural Tours

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Best of York on Foot

The story of York is the story of England in wood, stone and chocolate. Let our expert guides lead you on a ninety-minute journey through 2000 years, from the arrival of the Romans to the birth of the KitKat. This family-friendly walking tour includes all the key sights - including the Minster and Shambles - though we will also lead you deep into the medieval maze, or Snickelways. This is the secret side of York you would never be able to experience from an open-topped bus!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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York & Yorkshire in a day

York and its surrounding countryside are home to natural attractions and ancient treasures dating back centuries, but organizing transportation to explore independently cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, follow your guide on a walking tour of York and delve into the Yorkshire countryside by air-conditioned vehicle. Discover sites of interest like Rievaulx Abbey and the North York Moors, and explore both city and countryside in a day.
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  • 11 hours
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Walking Tours

York Walking Tour including York Minster

Delve into England’s colorful history and admire architecture dating back to the Middle Ages on this morning or afternoon York walking tour. Follow a guide through the streets of York and discover landmarks including Bedern Hall, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House, King’s Manor, the Multangular Tower, St. Mary’s Abbey, Stonegate, and St. William’s College. Hear how Emperor Constantine, Guy Fawkes, and Richard III shaped modern York, and learn of the English Reformation as you explore York Minster.
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Cultural Tours

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York Evening Express - early evening walking tour

York is at its most magical around sundown. The tourist crowds have departed, the streets are empty. Enjoy a one-hour evening stroll which includes all the major sights of York - including the Minster, walls and world-famous Shambles - but will also take you deep into the medieval labyrinth of secret passages and short-cuts known as 'Snickelways'. There are plenty of ghost tour options in York - but why listen to stories when the truth is far more surprising? The early evening start time is perfect for working up an appetite. Informal, entertaining and 100% phantom-free.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

York Cycling Tours

With beautiful architecture and medieval history, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but pounding the sidewalks on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, hop into the saddle and spin through the city streets by bicycle, and hit top attractions like York Minster with ease. Follow safe routes inside and outside the ancient city walls, with your guide bringing York’s colorful Roman and Viking history to life.
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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Multi-day Tours

5-Day Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire Small-Group Tour from London

Explore peaceful scenery and medieval cities on this 5-day tour from London to Wales and central England. Follow the footsteps of William Shakespeare in his birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, see the epic peaks of Wales’ Snowdonia; and discover Chatsworth House and the spectacular landscapes of the Peak District. Finally, admire the historical highlights of York and sublime university city of Cambridge on route back to London. Four nights’ 3-star accommodation in Shrewsbury and York, and travel by a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach are included. Numbers are limited to 16 for a more personalized experience.
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Day Trips

Best of England and Wales 9 day (Small Group) tour from London

Discover the best sites in England and Wales, on this small-group tour from London. Save hours researching and planning your trip, and instead have it all organized for you. Your trip will be enriched by having a guide to give historical information on the places you visit. Highlights include Lulworth Cove, The Jurassic Coast, Land’s End, Cornwall, Cotswold’s Villages, Wales, York, and Oxford. A magical tour around the UK. 
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  • 9 days
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Multi-day Tours

7-Day Tour Exploring Best of England and Scotland starting from Paris

Explore the United Kingdom on a week-long tour from Paris, including accommodation and round-trip transport. Admire Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the River Thames on a walking tour of London; visit Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland; see Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon; and explore English cities including Manchester, York, and Cambridge.
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  • 7 days
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour, York City Highlights and York Minster

With rich Roman and Viking history, and beautiful architecture, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but exploring independently means you may miss its hidden secrets. On this tour, follow your private guide through historic York and find out what makes the city special. Explore top attractions like Clifford's Tower, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Roman walls, and St Mary’s Abbey, and enjoy sweeping views along the River Ouse.
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Private Tour: Walking Tour of York

Join for a discovery walking tour of York, which gives you a fantastic overview of this beautiful city. Understand the history of this great walled city (and walk on the walls), from Roman history, through the Vikings all the way to chocolate.
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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York Carriage Awaits - Pedicabs Tours of Historic York

See York in a different way—via an environmentally-friendly pedicab. With a local guide, explore the highlights of the city including Minster Yard, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, Bootham Bar, and more. Choose from two lengths of tours, depending on how much time you have and how much you’d like to see.
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Explore an extraordinary 2,000 years of history on this walk through the City of York. You'll experience Roman, Viking and medieval York, see all the sights of the City, including some of the great buildings of the world - and some less expected ones. As you walk you'll learn the history of this great City, and the central role it played in the history of England. From its humble beginnings as a riverside Roman settlement, to its turbulent takeover by the Vikings, and on to its thriving medieval period. You’ll hear about kings and queens, and the lives of ordinary people and hear stories of invasions, executions, personal sacrifice, floods and even ghosts.So, if you’re visiting York, uncover some of the great figures and lesser known characters that have shaped this beautiful city by the River Ouse. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes

Cultural Tours

Historic Yorkshire Tour

Explore the rich history of North Yorkshire and visit the famous North York Moors National Park. Visit historical landmarks and watch as history comes to life at the Ryedale Folk Museum.The Historical Yorkshire tour will take you ove the rolling hills of the North York Moors which is home to the largest area of heather moorland in the England. The Moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling.It has more ancient scheduled monuments than anywhere in the country including, standing stones, stone crosses and burial mounds.Explore an open-air history museum, coastal towns and historic sites such as Rievaulx Terrace, all the while enjoying unrivalled views along the Yorkshire coast and for miles across the Yorkshire
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Instagrammable York history experience

The tour is brand new for 2019 but is already picking up amazing reviews.It is especially aimed at those who are looking to have an enjoyable, entertaining walking tour combined with a focus on capturing the magic of the beautiful city of York for your memories & social media posts.The tour lasts 3 hours and takes you off the beaten track into areas that visitors often miss. You will learn some history and experience some wonderful sights and you will make a connection with the city that will stay with you.I believe in creating intimate experiences & moments that stay with you. The maximum group size I normally work with is limited to 10 people. This ensures that everyone stays involved & engaged with the tour & you can ask as many questions as you like. It also means there is always someone to help you to create your images with tips on how to capture the perfect shot or to take shots of you against some stunning backdrops that will get plenty of reaction on social media.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Exclusive York - private guided tour of the walled city

Why follow the crowds? Explore York at your own pace in the company of one of our expert, fully qualified and licensed guides. Delve deep into the medieval maze and discover secret corners few other visitors get to see. This is an entirely personal service - once you have made your booking we will get in touch to arrange a starting time and where to come and meet you (such as any city centre landmark or hotel). We will ensure you don't miss any of the highlights - including the world-famous Minster* and Shambles - but if you have any particular areas of interest, please get in touch. It's your tour and we want you to see York your way! *We are accredited Minster guides and can include a tour of the interior of the cathedral if required - though please note this will be subject to the Minster's opening hours and separate admission fee.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Tours

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The Treasure Trove Tour 4 Days Independent: Durham, York and Lincoln

Spend 4 days experiencing 3 of the UK’s best-loved locations Visit the fascinating city of Durham, home to Durham Cathedral Enjoy entrance to Whitby Abbey and the Jorvik Viking Centre Experience the history of the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle Gorgeous 4 star hotel stay included
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  • 4 days
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