Things to do in York

  • London 6 Day Tour with English Host Family

    London 6 Day Tour with English Host Family

    This 6 days London getaway package is a cultural program where you can enjoy most of London by staying in our English host families’ homes. This is an excellent choice when your time is limited. From the very first minute until the end of the program, you will be taken great care by our operation…

  • Small group Tasting Tour of York

    Small group Tasting Tour of York

    Our guide will take you to five our the best independents in York and at each one, you will have a taster which will delight your taste buds. We can take you to places you might not have found otherwise. The places we visit are all independents and passionate about providing excellent food and a…

  • Cycling Tour of Brighton City

    Cycling Tour of Brighton City

    Brighton is always an exuberant blend of color, culture, and trend-setting vibes, and has long been known as the London by the Sea. Submerge yourself in its quirky, chilled out style by taking a guided bike tour around the city. View Brighton’s most iconic landmarks from a totally fun new angle, enjoy a smooth cycle…

  • Full Day Hadrian’s Wall Guided Tour from Yorkshire Dales

    Full Day Hadrian’s Wall Guided Tour from Yorkshire Dales

    This fully guided tour will take you to some of the most important parts of the Roman Wall created by the Emperor Hadrian in AD123. Our expert guides will explain about the Roman army at that time, why they were here and why they built the Wall. You will get to see amazing artifacts that…

  • York Small-Group Evening Walking Tour with Guide

    York Small-Group Evening Walking Tour with Guide

    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…

  • Moors, Whitby & The Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from York

    Moors, Whitby & The Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from York

    This small-group Guided Day Trip from York provides the opportunity to explore the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park, enjoy more than two hours in the seaside town of Whitby and take a Steam Train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (optional extra paid locally on the day)! You will also experience…

  • Private Viking Walk of York

    Private Viking Walk of York

    Discover the extraordinary Viking history of York, and the incredible tales of the most famous Vikings of them all – Ragnar, Ivar the Boneless, Erik Bloodaxe and Harald Hardrada. Why was York such an important Viking city, and why were so many Viking battles fought here? Find out why in this exclusive, personalized 2-hour walking…

  • Skip the Line: Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park Ticket

    Skip the Line: Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park Ticket

    Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is an Award Winning, family owned business and has lots to offer for a fun filled family day out. We have a great range of birds of prey and animals which includes Hawks, Falcons and Owls. Our animals include Donkeys, Alpacas, Wallabies, Meerkats, Racoons, Pigs and lots more…

  • Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition and Big Bus Tours Hop on Hop off Tour

    Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition and Big Bus Tours Hop on Hop off Tour

    Entry to Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition. Journey through memories captured during years of magical filmmaking in a display of iconic behind-the-scenes images, never before seen in one place. Housing iconic production photographs, the Photographic Exhibition takes fans behind-the-scenes of key moments in the film series, from Harry’s first day at Hogwarts through to the Battle…

  • Liverpool City Self Guide including The Beatles sites and sounds.

    Liverpool City Self Guide including The Beatles sites and sounds.

    We want you to be a traveler not a tourist. This webapp will show you the best known sights of Liverpool and the hidden gems only the locals know. Packed with amazing stories and histories this is a fantastic tour for the adventurer.48 hours access after activation.This is a state of the art tour using…

  • The Crown Netflix TV London Half Day Private Tour

    The Crown Netflix TV London Half Day Private Tour

    The Crown series is probably one of the best TV series in the history of the film industry providing a closer look at the British Monarchs in the 1900s. Despite some overly dramatized scenes and fictitious approach, all episodes are based on true stories and events starting from King George VI’s reign and onwards. In…

  • Downton Abbey Inspired English Countryside (Private Full Day Excursion)

    Downton Abbey Inspired English Countryside (Private Full Day Excursion)

    Downton Abbey fans – hog the attention of your historian guide all the way, but keep your eyes peeled for the sights of the Cotswolds, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sheep-studded hills, rural farmsteads, blues skies.Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey, the Grantham family home) only available certain times of the year. After enjoying the castle…

  • Private Ghost Tour of York

    Private Ghost Tour of York

    Let your own personalised tour guide take you on a spectacular trip round this world famous city at night. You are provided a unique guided tour experience and picked up at your hotel or elsewhere in town at a place of your choosing, at a time that suits you. You will be taken around the…

  • A Private Tour To The Home Of Anne Boleyn- Hever Castle and Gardens

    A Private Tour To The Home Of Anne Boleyn- Hever Castle and Gardens

    Join your own Private Driver and Guide on a journey to one of England’s most historic Castles in the beautiful Kent Countryside. Hever Castle was the Home of Anne Boleyn and forever linked with King Henry VIII and mother to Queen Elizabeth I • Picked up direct from your Central London Accommodation  • Private Driver…

  • First Time Visitor’s London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

    First Time Visitor’s London by Car/Black Cab/MPV/Van/Minibus

    This specially designed full-day tour is exclusively dedicated for first-time visitors to London. Our tour can start at various times in the morning depending on your request. The direction of the tour can be reversible. In this tour, we aim to give the full history of London in 8 hours so that visitors can understand…

  • Private Full Day tour of the Yorkshire Dales from the Lake District

    Private Full Day tour of the Yorkshire Dales from the Lake District

    Take a private day trip into the Yorkshire Dales and experience the stunning scenery. You will get to see many iconic places on this tour. Marvel at the vast valleys lined by limestone hills created millions of years ago when the area was at the bottom of an ancient ocean.

  • Trendy Chelsea and Belgravia Walk – Private Custom Tour

    Trendy Chelsea and Belgravia Walk – Private Custom Tour

    A fun private London walk perfect for fashion and shopping lovers looking for an insightful off-the-beaten-path experience.Join this tailored tour to explore unique shops, pretty courtyards and truly Instagrammable spots whilst learning the fashion history of the area.- See famous London department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols- Walk along King’s Road, an iconic…

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

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

    Escape busy London on a 5-day small-group tour to North Wales and the heart of England! Visit Stratford-upon-Avon to trace the footsteps of William Shakespeare; relax and enjoy the wilderness of Snowdonia National Park; visit the small town of Buxton and beautiful Chatsworth House in the Peak District; and explore the historical cities of York…

  • Private Williamsburg and Bushwick Walking Tour

    Private Williamsburg and Bushwick Walking Tour

    Start with a visit through Williamsburg, its once gritty industrial landscape transformed into a flourishing and vibrant artistic community. View cutting-edge graffiti murals from some of NYC’s most innovative emerging artists. Have a look at some of Brooklyn’s trendiest stores. Then, delve into the dynamic neighborhood of Bushwick through an exploration of its street art,…

  • One Week English School and British Culture Program in London

    One Week English School and British Culture Program in London

    Our London short term package programs involving science, art, culture, sports, fashion, trade, finance and fun, include 15-hours of active English Training in our language school which received the award for the best language school in London in 2015, and through which we host our students with English host families. In the programs, our students…

  • A Rift In Time – Immersive London Treasure Hunt & Lights Private Tour

    A Rift In Time – Immersive London Treasure Hunt & Lights Private Tour

    Immerse yourself in historic sights and obscure quirks as you solve riddles and progress on your treasure hunt style adventure. Once your tale starts you’ll unravel cryptic clues to unlock the hidden path to a location within walking distance. Decode the clue and search nearby to find the answer. All on your mobile phone using…

  • Private Tour – Moors, Whitby & Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from Harrogate

    Private Tour – Moors, Whitby & Yorkshire Steam Railway Day Trip from Harrogate

    For group sizes of up to 4, 8 or 15 passengers, this Private Day Trip from Harrogate, just for your party, provides the opportunity to explore the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park, enjoy two hours in the seaside town of Whitby and take a Steam Train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors…

  • Shadows of York: Voted Best Small Attraction in York

    Shadows of York: Voted Best Small Attraction in York

    Are you brave enough to uncover some of York’s turbulent and tragic past? A past that manifests itself in the unexplained sightings of shapes and shadows haunting our streets and buildings. Do you believe in ghosts?My name is Mackenzie. I want to take you on a journey through the lanes and snickelways that, if the…

  • Full Day Beatrix Potter Tour from Yorkshire Dales

    Full Day Beatrix Potter Tour from Yorkshire Dales

    Beatrix Potter is a favorite with many of our visitors so why not spend a whole day indulging yourself in many aspects of her life as told by our specialist guides.

  • Defender Rooftop Camping Rental

    Defender Rooftop Camping Rental

    helps you bring out your inner adventurer.We rent fully equipped Land Rover Defenders offering you the chance to experience this unique Yorkshire adventure.The concept was born from a passion for Yorkshire, Land Rovers, and adventure. We saw a gap in the market for unique experiences in what we think are iconic trucks.We provide you with…


All about York

When to visit

Two hours from London or 1.5 hours from Manchester by train, York is well-connected to England’s bigger transport hubs. Once there, you’ll find York is made for walkers. The historic center is car-free and cobblestoned, so even bikes will struggle. To explore beyond the center, opt for a taxi or a bus. Taxis can be found at the station, and the buses are easy to use with tickets that can be bought on board.

Getting around

Summer is the best time to avoid the gray weather in York, although the city will be busier with tourists. To tempt visitors out of peak season, there are some fun winter festivals to consider. The Chinese New Year (late January–early February) offers colorful parades and gala activities, while the JORVIK Viking Festival in February provides a week or so of Viking-themed entertainment with banquets, reenactments, and competitions.

Traveler tips

The historic Bettys chain of northern tea rooms is iconic in York, and a visit to Bettys for afternoon tea is a must-do. While the original Little Bettys on Stonegate has closed, Bettys Tea Rooms on St. Helen’s Square is still thriving. Reserve a table and enjoy some old-school relaxation with patisserie, hot drinks, and even light lunches served in decadent form. Think silver pots, sides of cream, and friendly Yorkshire servers in tailored attire.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is York famous for?

This northern city is famous for its history; you’ll find reminders of the Romans, the Vikings, medieval folk, and others at every twist and turn. The city has also become famous for bachelor and bachelorette weekends and boasts a bounty of bustling pubs, shops, and restaurants.

What should I see in York, UK?

Admire the Gothic magnificence of York Minster and the city cathedral, and see Clifford’s Tower, the city walls, and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Stroll through the tangle of medieval cobbled lanes known as the Shambles, and you’ll find tea rooms, coffee shops, and jewelers at every turn.

Is York worth visiting?

Yes—in fact, York is worth several visits. It’s one of England’s more well-heeled northern cities and has boutique hotels and fancy eateries that attract weekend crowds. It’s easily accessible from London and Manchester by train, and, once you’ve arrived, the city’s historical sights are easy to reach on foot.

What can you do in one day in York?

After a full English breakfast in one of York’s many cafés, stroll the city walls, then nip into York Minster to see its stained-glass windows. Do some shopping in the Shambles, stopping at Betty’s for an afternoon tea. Later, climb up Clifford’s Tower or visit the National Rail Museum.

What’s special in York?

Roman and Viking history aside, the other special (or, certainly, notable) thing about York is the city’s spooky side. Full of history and legends in equal measure, York has been the site of a fair number of ghost sightings—and there are plenty of storytellers and ghost tours in town.

How many days do you need to see York?

A weekend trip is perfect. You’ll have a day to cover the main sights, an evening out to enjoy the pubs and nightclubs, and a second day to lounge around. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, a museum trip, or even a walk in the countryside—Kirkham Priory is nearby.