Things to do in York

Top Things to Do in York, North Yorkshire - York Attractions

Things to Do in York


Top Attractions in York

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  • aimeejemma
    Goole, UK42 contributions
    The museum itself is fantastic really interesting.
    Cafe reasonably priced.

    Parents: control. Your. Kids

    Kids climbing trains
    Kids laid out on the floor
    Kids climbing under my toilet wall
    A mother asking me why I didn't help her daughter wash her child hands when I've never met them in my life. (Wash your own kids hands you weirdo I don't know you and a year ago we was in a pandemic and I'm a stranger to your child what is wrong with you!)

    Do not go at a weekend.
    Very surreal experience
    Written January 29, 2023
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  • DB5MiiOwl
    essex58 contributions
    Gave 4 out of 5 as we only viewed from the outside as closed to public on the day we visited. External of the minster is well worth a look.

    Stunning architecture and information located around

    Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee statue is a must
    Written January 30, 2023
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  • Avalon
    Antrim, UK15 contributions
    Excellent museum with plenty to see. Especially loved the Victorian street and all the little shops. I also loved the “toy history “ section and the displays of toys through the years (sent my mum pictures of her childhood toys which she also enjoyed looking at from home :D) .. tip: bring some coins so that you can watch the coin operated puppet show machines etc . Good interactive exhibits throughout and excellent information available to read on all the displays and local history etc
    Staff were friendly and willing to answer any questions you had . It wasn’t overly busy the day I went but I’d say it may be a little cramped in places if there were crowds . I’d confidently say that children would enjoy it here too.
    The York prison section was really informative and had gruesome and grisly (and also sad)stories from some of the more well known characters that were incarcerated there.
    The location of the museum is also in a lovely part of York and very close to the centre and other attractions , with a nice walk along the river nearby .
    The gift shop sold some beautiful items. My only tip would be to make the coffee shop a bit bigger as the queue was huge and the staff run off their feet :) didn’t spoil my experience though.it’s a wonderful way to learn about the history of York and pass a good bit of time while there . Well worth a visit and has something for everyone .
    Ticket price was £14 but you do get to return for free with your ticket! I thought was excellent value even without the return trips but also a bonus if you do come back :)
    Written January 27, 2023
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  • DB5MiiOwl
    essex58 contributions
    We visited this and there are a lot of shops and just like being on a Harry Potter film set. There is a shop that sells “a york egg” and reasonable handmade pies, sausage rolls and brownies.

    The Yorkshire roast does an amazing pudding wrap………….i had pork with carrots, roasties, apple sauce, GRAVEY and vegetables.

    There was one shop that amazed me………. The York Ghost Merchants!! People were queueing over 3 hours to buy a one off clay painted ghost at £15 in a box
    Written January 30, 2023
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, UK2,046 contributions
    The city walls of York surround the old city and over time the city has grown and expanded. There are still plenty of the old walls to explore and there are signs showing you where to walk and you can easily find your way around on your own rather than be part of a tour.

    If you want to walk around the whole of the wall it is 1.9 miles so perhaps set aside some time to do this.

    The walls are well maintained and easy to navigate as long as you can do steps and walk easily.
    Written January 22, 2023
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  • Lizzy
    York, UK2 contributions
    Great location attraction - generally loved by everyone & would be very sad to ever see it close. There are always events on at the York Maze that are good for the local community. I would recommend a visit
    Written January 19, 2023
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  • Michelle G
    21 contributions
    Didnt know what to expect from this but really enjoyed this tour. We had a tour with Richard and he was not only friendly, but entertaining, knowledgeable and professional, his delivery was excellent and kept everyone captivated. Great to learn about the history of chocolate in York, on top of all this, lots of choccy treats and you get to make your own lolly at the end. Ps. The passion fruit chocs demonstrated by the chocolatier were delicious.
    Written January 30, 2023
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  • Ruth InYork
    4 contributions
    This museum is a little gem. We have been before but this was particularly special visit. We were a mixed generational group (young adults, 50 somethings and 80 somethings!) and we were there to celebrate my father's 84 birthday. There was a talk on by one of the volunteer guides (they are all so knowledgeable and keen to share their passion) about the RAF in the Falklands War which was thoroughly enjoyed by us all. We then had lunch and cake (we had phoned ahead and a cake had been very kindly arranged by the café team) - it was low key in the best way and perfect. We all loved it.
    Written January 29, 2023
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  • Michelle G
    21 contributions
    Loved this attraction, interactive, great animation from exhibits, you ride in a cable car type car but it's on the floor. Experience the smells, noises and history of the Vikings. If you buy a ticket it lasts for 12 months, we visited twice in a short stay as we enjoyed it so much and knew we didnt take it all in the first time.
    Written January 30, 2023
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  • Becca
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK68 contributions
    I waited all through covid for the bunker to reopen and it was so worth it! Our guide dale was really engaging and brought to life what the working bunker was like (and how smelly).

    You can just pop on the number 1 bus from the centre and its a 5 minute journey so really easy to get to
    Written January 30, 2023
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  • RowingBloke
    Essex, UK748 contributions
    stunning location and steeped in history, Would certainly like to revisit in the summer months, lovely garden views
    Written December 29, 2022
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  • Codie
    13 contributions
    As it's winter, the walled gardens and the house itself was shut, but I had a wonderful afternoon walking around the frosty grounds of Castle Howard today. The views and architecture are nothing short of stunning, and there's plenty to explore around the site from temples to lakes to a mausoleum. I spent a good 3-4 hours wandering around with my camera, then had a wonderful lunch at the café before heading home. I must admit, the café (and farm shop) are on the pricey side, but the food was great and of very high quality.

    Overall, I'll definitely be visiting again - perhaps when the lakes aren't frozen!
    Written January 21, 2023
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