What to see in York

A medieval city of the most emblematic of England, small streets, perfect ruins and great historical buildings invite you to visit this wonderful place.

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Dazzling tour of intact ramparts

  • The route that we recommend for a successful walk is to head towards St. George Park, from there you can continue towards the Clifford Tower and then the Fishergate Postage Tower.

  • Keep in mind that there are four doors that deserve to be known, Bootham Bar, closest to York Minster. Micklegate Bar, Monk Bar and Walmgate Bar, southeast of the city. Do not miss the opportunity to know all, if you have time.

  • The wall, original from Roman times, has an extension of five kilometers.

  • Although they have been preserved intact since that time, the walls that you can see today are from the 13th century and come from the Viking age.

  • Not only its construction stands out from the walls, but also its four fortified entrance gates.

  • Bootham Bar, closest to York Minster, Micklegate Bar, was the king's entrance door, Monk Bar, it is the highest of all and where the Richard III Museum is located and finally, Walmgate Bar which is the only one that it still conserves its barrier, to the southeast of the city.

  • In addition to these four main entrances, the Wall of York had six secondary entrances and 44 intermediate towers.

  • If the city itself gives you a medieval feeling, walking along the wall you will feel like you are in a place where years have not passed.

  • A beautiful walk that will give you unparalleled views and places to discover at every step.

  • Free

  • 2 h - 4 h

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    local_activity No ticket needed


Catedral de York

The second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

  • We recommend you visit the website of the cathedral, where you will find the combined options for your visit and the costs of the same.

  • Keep in mind that minors under 16 years old can enter for free accompanied by an adult and up to 4 minors are allowed access with each adult.

  • Do not miss the opportunity to know this place, inside you have to pay special attention to its stained glass windows, both to their dimensions and to the beauty they possess.

  • The ticket includes a guided tour in English, you just have to sign up at the ticket office to participate.

  • Please note that the York Pass includes entry to the cathedral but not the ascent of the tower.

  • It is 158 meters long and 76 meters wide, its floor plan is in the Latin cross style, it has a large central tower and two towers on the front facade.

  • Its origin stems from a small wooden chapel built at the beginning of the 7th century.

  • Its history is more than 1700 years old, spanning the Roman, Saxon, Viking, Norman and English eras.

  • An astronomical clock stands out on the left side of the interior, which was made to honor the pilots of World War II.

  • The Coro Cancellation and the Cinco Hermanas glazed complex are two of the highlights of its interior.

  • During the visit you can take photos and record videos freely.

  • Radiant and imposing. The quintessential essential that cannot be missing from your list of what to see in the city.

  • Catedral - Adults £ 11.50 - Seniors £ 10.50 - Under 16s, enter free with an adult. Cathedral and Tower - Adults £ 16.50 - Seniors £ 15.50 - Under 16s £ 5

  • 1 h - 2 h

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    local_activity No ticket needed


JORVIK Viking Centre

Guaranteed fun living like the Vikings

  • We recommend that you visit this attractive site, it is a very pleasant experience and one that will also amuse you.

  • On the official website you will find all the information necessary to purchase your ticket, it has combined tickets and family prices.

  • Pay attention to the audio guide because you have the option to choose the Spanish language.

  • Keep in mind that it is a very busy attraction, so it is usual to have some waiting to access.

  • Jorvik, is built on the remains of the ancient Viking city that York inhabited.

  • On your tour you will find at first sight the foundations of several houses and shops from the 9th century along with an audiovisual that tells the story of the discovery of the place.

  • Then you will get on some carts similar to those of amusement parks, where you will visit the Viking town.

  • During the tour several robots, very realistic they, are carrying out activities of daily Viking life.

  • The route is accompanied at all times by a story that is being told, even in Spanish.

  • At the end of the tour you will find a small museum, where there is a collection of recovered from the Viking Jorvik.

  • It is undoubtedly one of the most modern and attractive attractions in the city.

  • Enjoying the tour offered by Jorvik Viking Center is an adventure like no other.

  • - General admission for adults: £ 10.50 - General admission for children from 5 to 16 years old £ 8.50

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Specify the schedule: from April to October, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November to March, every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Clifford's Tower

The last trace of York Castle

  • We recommend you to take a leisurely stroll along the tower walls and enjoy the panoramic views that this site has.

  • Keep in mind when organizing this visit that the York Castle Museum is located right in front of the tower, and it is a site that we recommend you visit.

  • Pay attention if you have the York Pass, because in that case the entrance to the Tower is included.

  • Clifford's Tower is one of the few remaining vestiges of the old York Castle.

  • Inside it, a prison has functioned and it was also the place where the bodies of the enemies were exhibited.

  • It also functioned as the royal mint.

  • The current tower is a reconstruction made in the 13th century of one of the two towers previously built by the Normans.

  • You cannot miss a visit to one of the most emblematic monuments of the city on your tour of the city.

  • - Adults £ 5.70 - Children from 5 to 17 years £ 3.40 - Family Group, 2 adults and up to 3 children, £ 14.80

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Specify the schedule: every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Abadía de Santa María

You will be in front of one of the most charming corners of

  • Keep in mind that if the weather allows it, this place is ideal for a relaxed rest on its meadows, while enjoying a lunch outdoors, you can take a lunch with you.

  • Pay special attention to the arches, columns and the detailed designs on the stones, they are typical of Romanesque architecture, you cannot miss them.

  • The Abbey of Santa María, used to be one of the richest in the country, originally founded in 1055 and dedicated to Saint Olave.

  • The ruins that we find today date back to the reconstruction of the abbey that began in 1271 and ended in 1294.

  • The ruins that exist offer the possibility of visiting the north and west walls, the pilgrims' hostel, the west door and the 14th century wooden house of the Abbot and the Tower of Santa María.

  • Palacete del Rey, is another of the ruins that still stands, and there today part of the University of York works.

  • You can also see remains of the Abbey in the Museum of York, located in this same building.

  • In a wonderful set of points of tourist interest that the city offers, you will find among them, these ruins that you cannot stop seeing.

  • Free

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    24 hours open


Museo de Yorkshire

One of the largest collections of historical treasures

  • You cannot miss the opportunity to visit this museum, and only its building and the park that accompany it are worth it, although the highlight is inside.

  • We recommend that you organize your visit in advance so that you can dedicate a thorough tour of the museum.

  • Keep in mind that this site is as interesting for adults as for children, it is very well prepared for all audiences.

  • Don't forget that if you have the York Pass card, the entrance is included.

  • It is an excellent and varied museum, founded in 1830, with exhibits ranging from extinct creatures to Roman mosaics and Norman shrines.

  • The museum has four permanent exhibits dedicated to archeology, astronomy, biology and geology.

  • The sword of Cawood is one of the most outstanding pieces in the archaeological collection. It is estimated that it is more than a thousand years old and belonged to the Vikings

  • In the biology exhibition you will find nearly 200,000 specimens of flora and fauna, including a large collection of insects.

  • The astronomy observatory is only open for a few hours in the afternoon on Thursdays and Saturdays.

  • Finally, the geology exhibition has thousands of pieces, from fossils to meteorites.

  • The perfect place to see what a 1000-year-old Viking sword looked like, discover Roman and medieval relics and skeletons of extinct animals.

  • It is a museum that cannot be missing from your list of places to visit in the city.

  • • Adult £ 7.27 • Children (under 5 years) Free. • Children from 5 to 16 years old £ 3.50

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


York Castle Museum

Award-winning museum of historical objects from everyday lif

  • We recommend that you visit the official website of the museum where you can purchase your early ticket and obtain all the information related to the visit.

  • Keep in mind if you want to get there by public transport that the most comfortable way to do it is by bus number 3 at the Tower Street stop 150 meters from the museum.

  • Organize your visit keeping in mind that the museum is located right next to the Clifford's Tower, to better organize your time.

  • Children under 16 years old can enter for free when accompanied by an adult.

  • If you have the York Pass card, remember that your ticket is included.

  • The museum is located in the old castle prison, built in 1068, by Guillermo the Conqueror.

  • Its exhibitions range from the Jacobean and Victorian times to the 1960s of the 20th century.

  • During the museum visit, you will also tour the old prison, including its cells and passageways.

  • In the Toys History section, you will find dolls, games and other objects that form 150 years of history, it is one of the most outstanding exhibits in the museum.

  • Also among other attractions of the museum are a clock that still works since 1780 and ice cream factories from the Victorian era.

  • This visit is not like a trip back in time from the Jacobin times to the sixties, a tour that you cannot miss when visiting the city.

  • Monday to Friday: - Adult £ 10.90. - Minors between 5 and 16 years old £ 4.00. Weekends and holidays: - Adult: £ 13.90 - Minors between 5 and 16 years old 4.00 '

  • 2 h - 4 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


National Railway Museum York

Learn about the history of the British railway

  • If you want to walk there, you will not miss out because the museum is only a 10-minute walk from the city center, and the path is very well signposted. To make the most of your visit, we recommend arriving at least one hour before the museum closes its doors.

  • Also note that the museum has a library, a restaurant car and another ice cream car and a play area.

  • The National Railway Museum, as the name implies, is dedicated to the last two centuries of railway history in the United Kingdom.

  • Among its exhibitions you can discover how society was changing and how it developed as a direct result of rail transport.

  • The museum houses around 100 rail vehicles, from wagon trains and steam locomotives to royal train halls.

  • Among them is the blue Mallard, which broke the speed record for a steam locomotive in 1938 and has never lost that honor.

  • Also notable is the Duchess of Hamilton, brown and yellow, built in the 1930s.

  • On weekends, the museum offers interactive activities and children will also have the opportunity to ride a miniature train in the playground.

  • Another of the museums that you cannot miss on your visit to the city of York is the Railway Museum.

  • It offers the visitor a wonderful and well-preserved railway collection.

  • Free

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm in winter and from 10 am to 6 pm in summer.


Barley Hall

Discover in this house what it was like to live in the middl

  • You cannot miss the opportunity to visit this site, it is very worth it.

  • Keep in mind that children under sixteen accompanied by an adult enter free.

  • And also that there is the possibility of acquiring a family pass, on the official website of the site, you will find all the detailed information.

  • Barley Hall is a medieval house that has been restored.

  • With high ceilings, Tudor-style décor and an interesting history, it has become a popular tourist attraction.

  • Here the charm of medieval York is remembered with relics from that era, such as pottery, tiles and original works of art.

  • It also offers a walk through the history of the aristocrats who inhabited this mansion, including the Mayor of York.

  • Inside, the large hall and the black and white tiles on the floor stand out, as well as the tables in the living room, decorated with medieval ceramics and chandeliers.

  • Another place that deserves a visit is this fascinating restored house from the 14th century, where you can see how it was lived hundreds of years ago.

  • - Adult: £ 6.50 - Children from 5 to 16 years: £ 3.50. - Family group two adults and two children: £ 17.00. - Family group two adults and three children £ 20.00

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open from April to October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from November to March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Walk the most prominent medieval street in the old town

  • We recommend you to walk this street and the entire old town of the city relaxed and calmly, to be able to discover it in detail, it is well worth it.

  • You will not have any loss to get to The Shambles, it is located next to the Market Square, but it will be unmistakable, since it is short and very narrow.

  • Pay special attention to the facades of the buildings, you will notice them sloping and contorted, it is something that draws a lot of attention.

  • Thanks to its great commercial boom, in medieval times the city of York became the second most important city in the country after London.

  • Throughout the tour of the historic part of the city, you will find buildings that date back to medieval times, but The Shambles street is the most outstanding of them all, it is the oldest medieval street in England and they say, the best preserved in Europe.

  • The Shambles is the old name for butchers and slaughterhouses in medieval times and they were just on this street.

  • Here is the chapel dedicated to Margaret Clitherow, who was tried and executed at the time when the Protestant religion was imposed in Great Britain, for having helped Catholic priests.

  • Touring the old town of York and The Shambles street is something that you cannot miss on your visit to this city.

  • Free

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Treasurer's House

The treasurer's house

  • You can visit this site both for free and a guided tour carried out by professionals from the same place.

  • Keep in mind that the entrance to the cafe and the garden is free and you can enter during the same opening hours as the house.

  • If you have time you can also opt for the option of touring the house and its hidden parts. You will find all the information on the website.

  • Also note that the attic and basement tours are suitable for children over the age of 5 and cost an extra £ 4 per adult and an extra £ 3.50 per child.

  • In that case, you must contact the ticket office in advance to verify if the day of your visit, this visit is available as well.

  • Treasurer's House was built in the 11th century for the Treasurer of York Minster.

  • At the end of the 19th century the house was acquired by Frank Green, who restored it in the way that we can know it today.

  • According to legend, the house is inhabited by Roman ghosts that appeared in the 1950s.

  • The clothing of the Roman soldiers and the horse cart that they say appears in the house were so clearly described that later studies were made and it was discovered that the house was built on an ancient Roman road.

  • The house combines different architectural styles with an outstanding collection of antiques and art.

  • Another very nice place to visit during your stay in the city is this house, which also has an interesting cafe and a beautiful garden.

  • • Adults £ 8.70. • Minors between 5 and 16 years old £ 4.35.

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Castle Howard

One of the largest manor houses in Britain

  • You can make the visit on your own and arrive easily by bus, line 181 runs from York to Castle Howard four times a day.

  • But our recommendation is that you take the guided tour of Castle Howard, in that case the guides are dressed in period clothes and they will tell you all the secrets of Castle Howard.

  • Pay special attention to the gardens, they hide temples, statues, lakes and fountains, you cannot miss them.

  • Keep in mind, if you are traveling as a family, that there are family activities, such as paths through the gardens, observers to identify elements of the house, a large lake for boating, a play area and Robin Hood activities that include costumes and find hidden clues among other things.

  • Its construction lasted for 100 years, its extension is 405 hectares, formed by elegant lands located in the Howardian hills.

  • The mansion has an amazing collection of painting, sculpture and decorative arts that coexists in perfect harmony with the distinction of the castle and its gardens.

  • It has different gardens, among them the one behind the house stands out due to its large dimensions.

  • In the central garden, there are two main buildings, the Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum.

  • On each side of the house a lake completes making this place unique.

  • If there is a place that you cannot miss in the vicinity of York, it is this majestic and imposing castle.

  • min - min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    In high season, open every day from 10:00 to 17:00. January and February, every day from 10:00 to 16:00. During the off-season the Fitzroy house, store and restaurant is closed. The Boathouse Cafe is open on weekends and school holidays only if weather permits from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


York Art Gallery

Outstanding art gallery in the city

  • Keep in mind when organizing your visit that the York Art Gallery is meters from the ruins of the Abbey of Santa María, so that you can visit both sites together.

  • Don't forget that if you have the York Pass card, entry is free.

  • The gallery was opened in 1879 and has a collection of paintings from the 14th to the 20th century.

  • Touring its rooms, you will find outstanding works such as paintings by Poussin, Guardi, Lely, Reynolds and Domenichino.

  • It also has a renowned ceramic collection of around 5,000 pieces, including more than 17,000 drawings and watercolors.

  • It has interactive parts to enjoy art as a family.

  • It also has a display of women artists exploring sensory art and an extensive collection of ocean paintings.

  • A visit to the city's art gallery is another of the places that you cannot miss on your tour of York.

  • • Adult £ 8. • Under 16s, free if accompanied by an adult.

  • 1 h - 2 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


York Theatre Royal

The heart of the city's cultural life

  • We recommend that you consult the official website of the theater or visit its box office to obtain precise information on which plays are on the bill at the time of your visit.

  • Keep in mind that there are works in easy English to be able to enjoy them if you do not master the language, there are also musicals and children's works.

  • If you do not want to attend a show inside the theater, then we recommend a visit outside at sunset and enjoy this illuminated building.

  • The outstanding theater building dates back to 1744.

  • Its importance is indisputable in the city, it has been welcoming and entertaining residents and visitors of the city, hundreds of years.

  • The theater is also home to the main cultural events and festivals in the city.

  • Their shows range from major productions to theater, dance, opera, musicals, and well-known traditional family mime.

  • If you are looking for a different exit, this theater will not disappoint you.

  • The ticket price varies with each show.

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday closed


Memorial Gardens

York's most important monument

  • We recommend that taking advantage of the visit to this monument, you continue your way along the old wall or along the banks of the river Ouse.

  • Also keep in mind when organizing this visit that the Railway Museum is located minutes from here.

  • The monument dates from the year 1925, and is commemorating the First World War, it is 10 meters high with short and beveled arms that form a cross.

  • It is the most important monument in the city and the Annual Remembrance Service is held here in the presence of the Lord Mayor and other civic dignitaries.

  • The accompanying garden is open to the public all day every day.

  • Today, you will also find a memorial commemorating those who died in the Korean War and a Universal Peace Monument.

  • This site is another place that should be included in your tour of the city.

  • Free

  • 0 min - 15 min

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed


Jardines del Museo de York

A place that you cannot miss

  • Keep in mind when organizing this outing that the York Musean is surrounded by places of tourist interest.

  • We recommend this site if you want to take a relaxing break on your tour or to meet friends and enjoy what the site has to offer.

  • Located among the medieval ruins of the Abbey of Santa María, these gardens are very famous in the city for the large collection of flowers and plants that they house.

  • Your tour includes visiting Yorkshire's oldest working observatory, the gardens, its botanical collection, and observing some of the 40 species of birds within the gardens.

  • The botanical collection that this site has is very large and contains several themes: the Border of the Prairie, the Garden of Ferns, the Border of the Observatory, the Bank of Bulbs, the Butterfly of the Border, the Eastern Border, Telling Stories and the Garden of Stones.

  • Its location and what it offers make it one of the places that you have to visit in the city.

  • Free

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed: Christmas and New Year's Day, with a reduced opening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


York Maze

Great amusement park

  • Keep in mind that this place is very appropriate to spend several hours when organizing your visit.

  • Remember that if you buy your ticket online, you will get a small discount on its price.

  • Pay special attention to its opening time, on the official website you will find all the information related to it. Open only in the summer months.

  • The park is made up of more than 20 different attractions and different shows.

  • York Maze is the ideal place to spend a day outdoors.

  • It is located on nature itself in a park of corn plantations.

  • Among its activities you will find zip lines, sand and water games, workshops, a Jurassic park, slides and the largest corn maze in Europe.

  • It also has within its facilities a restaurant and spices where you can take a break.

  • A place to add some fun to your trip around the city, where you will spend a day in style.

  • • £ 16 adult. • £ 15 children between 3 and 15 years old. • £ 60 family group of 4 members. Children under 3 years old, free.

  • 2 h - 4 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Open from July 13 to September 2 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


York Mansion House

A Georgian architectural gem in the heart of the city

  • Please note that this site is located in St Helen's Square, where Coney Street and Lendal Street in York intersect in the center of the city, an area we recommend visiting in the city.

  • It is the residence of the Mayor of the City of York during his tenure.

  • It was built in 1732, in a Georgian style and inside it houses different meeting rooms, exhibitions and a chapel.

  • Its facade in red and cream, presents us with a preview that we will find it when entering.

  • The fabulous reception room for guests and the collection of silver and gold objects, also ceramic objects and antique furniture, stands out in its interior.

  • The ticket includes an interactive digital audio guide.

  • Complete your list of what to see in the city with a visit to the York Mansion and its surroundings.

  • - Adults: £ 6.50 - Children (over 5 years): £ 3.50. - Children (under 5 years old): Free. - Family (up to 2 adults and 2 children): £ 17

  • 30 min - 1 h

  • schedule Subject to business hours

    local_activity No ticket needed

    Wednesday - Sunday: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm. Bank holidays: 10.30-17.00. Closed from December 22 to January 20.

4 Ratings



Una ciudad muy hermosa, tengo muchos diseños inspirados en ella. Compartiré mis postales!




Los jardines del museo York no me los perderia por nada. York sin duda, está de primero en mi lista de viaje.




Castle Howard es impactante. Muy buena guia




Guardaré ésta guía para un futuro viaje, muy detallada.