Historic York and Cultural Yorkshire

A meeting place for 2000 years

A walled city packed with historic and cultural architecture and attractions
Hailed as Britain’s most culturally-rich city and famed for its glorious architecture, historic York has more visitor attractions per square mile than any other city in the UK.

At 3.4km long, the city’s Bar Walls are the longest and best preserved town walls in England.

Having been invaded by both the Romans and the Vikings, their influence has left its mark and can still be seen in the many preserved sites around the city. The medieval past comes to life in the narrow cobblestone streets and snickleways.

York plays host to numerous museums and cultural historic sites including York Minster, The National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre, The Castle Museum, Cliffords Tower and The Yorkshire Museum to name but a few.

York is also attributed with being the most haunted city in Europe. Why not join one of the guided ghost walks which take you through York’s haunted past from Roman through to Victorian times. If that’s not scary enough for you, pay a visit to The York Dungeon.

York is situated on the River Ouse. There are riverside bars and cafes and you can also take a floodlit river cruise or hire a boat yourself!

Family Friendly

Full of family friendly destinations like The National Railway Museum, York Maze and further afield The Forbidden Corner and The Dales are waiting to be explored.

Haunted York

Voted the most haunted city in Europe, York boasts nightly Ghost Walks at a number of sites around the city.  Steeped in history, there are plenty of ghostly haunts to visit.  Why not try the ever popular York Dungeon whilst you are here!

Retail Therapy

York is a year round ideal shopping destination with winter and summer markets, however the centre of Leeds is 30 minutes away and Harrogate under 50 minutes by car.

York events and attractions

Year-round events

Drink festivals, cultural festivals, markets and more

Year round there are numerous events taking place including food and drink festivals, cultural festivals, street entertainers, markets and much more.  See our EVENTS page for details.

Yorkshire Museums

Something for all interests

Elvington Air Museum, Eden Camp World War II Museum and the Yorkshire Museum of Farming are all easily accessible.

Country Estates & Gardens Within easy reach

Being located in North Yorkshire, you have access to a whole host of Yorkshire’s beautiful historic estate houses and gardens, including nearby Castle Howard, Harewood House, Newby Hall and Fountains Abbey. The Yorkshire Dales, The North Yorkshire Moors and the lovely Yorkshire Coastline (including Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby and Scarborough) are all within easy driving distance.

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