Things to do in York

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What travellers are saying

  • carlosjoiner
    Burton upon Trent, UK284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyed our visit which was made extra special by getting up close to possibly the worlds most famous train the flying scotsman
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • sarahcK781SR
    Weston super Mare, UK454 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit to the Minster, very impressive architecture, you can do a Tower tour. Crypt worth a visit with older foundations inside.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Freedom53440619216
    Suffolk, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic informative visit. So much to see we felt it very good value for money.
    Worth a visit whilst in York.
    The beautiful building was a prison complete with an exercise yard. We went back to the 60’s which evoked many memories.
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • Family guy
    Innerleithen, UK112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating street with lots of unique shops and experiences.
    Very heavily influenced by the Harry Potter books.
    Food market was a nice surprise with a cosmopolitan selection.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • MrsD62
    Hastings, UK79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gina was the most fantastic knowledgeable guide. She kept us entertained for an hour, sharing her vast knowledge of the history of chocolate. My husband and I had a great time and really loved the chocolates we made. Thank you Gina
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Jax
    Hitchin, UK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic family fun day, value for money, good for all ages. Something for all, food, fun, refreshments and entertainment.
    Written March 8, 2024
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  • Warby
    Bicester, UK3,817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full of history and great walks around the city. So much to see along the way, you just have to do it. Did not have time to do an official tour
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • The-Wood-Family11
    Huddersfield, UK10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent centre. Very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. We got a free ticket donated by the centre themselves as part of the booking for Burn Hall Hotel and dropped in on my partner's birthday hoping he would leave with a memorable experience. The centre volunteers were amazing, we took part in feeding some of the birds and we learnt loads of facts from Billy. He left having held a Golden Eagle and Owl. Oh and spent time with the baby owls. Superb centre. Thank you for all you do.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Graham B
    Devon, UK128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    York Airport Museum otherwise known as Ovington RAF base first night down in the Second World War is Home to York military aircraft Museum on display various aircraft from the second world war and the Cold War of the greats is the Buccaneer and the victor in fly shielding it is various aircraft between these ages, also has history of the base set in Second World War Nissen huts control tower all of which are very interesting and memorable to the people that serve there in this very troubled time of safeguarding our freedom and yet only 80 years later the Russians are rattling savers Russians. Airport worth a visit to those people who are interested in aircraft and also has playground facilities for children and restaurant which serves basic food but will hold you over the day with a cup of tea or coffee. Would I go back again? yes, insightful place to visit.
    Written April 17, 2024
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  • Deringrr
    Greater Manchester, UK93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is very interesting! And a good way to learn more about Viking York. The only thing is that it was a bit stinky and the smell lingered 😅
    Written April 3, 2024
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  • MrAscot264
    Mundesley, UK137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited the bunker having booked a time online on the English Heritage website. As suggested on the booking information I parked on Acomb Road, a short walk away. Tours are of one hour duration and start promptly on the hour. Don't arrive too early as you have to wait on the street outside the bunker to be called in. There are no 'facilities' available until after you have received the safety brief.

    Our young guide was enthusiastic but was clearly working to a prepared script. It was a little theatrical but informative nevertheless. The preliminary 10 film on The Cold War was informative and factual. Overall, in the hour available you can only gain a brief incite into what it would have been like to work in the bunker.

    As an English Heritage member entry was free. Had I been paying the full rate I may have felt slightly short changed.

    About a 10 minute walk along Acomb road there is a parade of shops with several cafes and coffee bars so although not on site refreshment is available close by.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • martyn t
    47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    £25 pp to get in is not unreasonable when you consider that Castle Howard does not have charitable status and that they have to make it pay.
    There is no shortage of 'WOW' in the interior of the house which is staffed by engaging and knowledgeable guides whilst the grounds, even on a cool April day were pleasant to walk through, although not all paths will be accessible to all - but there are sufficient paths that are.
    Written April 18, 2024
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