Things to see and do in York

York is a lively city, renowned for its rich history and heritage. Despite being a smaller city, there is always something fun for the whole family to do. 

York is crammed full of history, charming streets, tea shops and plenty of photo opportunities. With so many things to see and do it can be overwhelming deciding where to start. So to help you plan your visit, we’ve put together a few of our favourite places to visit on a trip to York:

Visit York Minster Cathedral

If you’re visiting York, you literally cannot miss York Minster. It is the largest medieval castle in northern Europe, measuring 518ft long and 241 ft wide! Whilst the architecture can be enjoyed from walking the grounds, you can also explore the impressive displays of stained glass and stone by taking a tour of the minster.
Tickets need to be booked in advance online: Visit York Minster

Walk the City Walls

After marvelling at the Cathedral, you can start the york walls walk in front of the York City Art Gallery at Exhibition Square. Taking a stroll along to walls is a must and is a great way to learn more about the rich history of York. The walls are the longest medieval town walls in Europe at 3.4 km, so if you choose to walk the full circuit it’ll take you around 2 hours.

Explore York Castle Museum

If you don’t feel like walking the whole way round you can make a stop at York Castle Museum which is approximately halfway. The museum showcases hundreds of years of York’s history in one place, from stories of infamous Victorian criminals to interactive galleries, the museum brings history to life. 

Pre-book your tickets online: York Castle Museum

Play a round of mini-golf at the Hole in Wand

Once you’ve filled up on the history of York you can take a stroll past Clifford’s Tower, down to the Hole in Wand. This magical mini-golf adventure is perfect for any wizarding fans and is a great rainy day activity.

Wander around the Shambles

Whilst the Shambles might make you feel as though you’re walking down Diagon Alley, the street was not used to film any of the films. However, the Shambles has been voted as Britains most picturesque street! It’s an excellent place to visit with boutiques, craft shops and cafes to explore.

Grab a bite at Solita Bar & Grill

After a tiring day of sightseeing, history and magic, why not treat yourself to a hearty meal at Solita Bar & Grill. Located down Low Petergate, one of the oldest, original buildings in York and just a 2-minute walk from York Shambles. This award-winning restaurant brings the flavours and style of New York and Italy to York.
Book your table online: Solita York

Image credits: York Wall with York Minster Catherdral in the Background Photo by Karl Moran / York Minster Catherdal Photo by Ebun Oluwole  / York Shambles Photo by Karl Moran

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