York Attractions

It is one of England's favourite tourist destinations, so a holiday in York is not to be missed when touring the UK. York is a compact medieval cathedral city that can trace its history back to the Vikings, and features some of the best-preserved historic buildings in Europe. Apart from the impressive historic sights, many travel to York for its numerous festivals, which range from celebrating ancient Romans to horse racing and jazz. The city's greatest attractions are the epic York Minster Cathedral - one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world - and Castle Howard, which give visitors a taste of York's grandiose architecture.

Other popular attractions in the city include the fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre, the York Maze, and the Shambles, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cobbled streets. The Shambles area is well worth an afternoon stroll, with its winding narrow lanes, picturesque buildings and quaint shops. Alternatively, a more 'otherworldly' way to experience this historic area is on the York Ghost Hunt - a fun and fascinating tour that operates rain or shine through the city streets, in search of York's more elusive residents. Those who enjoy a touch of the spooky and macabre will also relish a visit to the York Dungeons.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Award-winning Castle Howard is one of York's most striking attractions. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, the castle took 100 years to build, outliving several architects, craftsmen, and three earls, before eventually becoming the setting for the popular TV series, Brideshead...  see full details

York Minster

York Minster

For over a thousand years, York Minster has been the principal place of worship in York and its surrounding areas. The largest Gothic cathedral in Europe, this impressive building is open to the public and visitors can enjoy the peace and beauty of...  see full details


Jorvik Viking Centre

Set on a 'Viking Dig' archaeological site, the Jorvik Viking Centre is a fascinating exploration of the Viking presence in York over 1,000 years ago. Between 1976 and 1981, the York Archaeological Trust excavated thousands of Viking-era objects, including wooden houses, alleyways and fence...  see full details

Doctor's Assistant at the York Dungeons

York Dungeons

Not for the faint-hearted, the York Dungeons present a fascinating journey back in time, and visitors are guaranteed a ghoulish, grisly experience that will be hard to forget. With attractions that run the gamut from the plague-riddled streets of 14th-century York, to the Labyrinth...  see full details