How to unlock the city with York Pass

Getting the most out of a city break can sometimes be an expensive business.

But when you’re visiting York, there’s a simple way to save money without missing out on any of the major sights and experiences. 

Simply pick up a York Pass. 

It’s the official York sightseeing pass, giving you entry to many of York’s top attractions, must-see museums and iconic monuments, all for one price.

Available as a one- or two-day pass, it’s quick and easy to use, eliminates the need for cash transactions at admission points and also includes a free hop-on hop-off bus tour plus a choice of three pasta or pizza dishes at York’s ASK Italian restaurant.

Of course with the current Coronavirus restrictions things may have changed at many York attractions, but the vast majority are open to visitors and the York city pass still represents excellent value for money.

Pre-booking is now required at many attractions, so please do check and plan before your visit.

Officials are encouraging visitors to buy the card from and download the digital pass directly to your smartphone.

Staff at York’s Visitor Information Centre, situated on Museum Street in the heart of the city, will also be happy to help set up your city pass, which is activated when your unique QR code is scanned on entry to your first attraction.

A one-day adult York sightseeing pass is usually £48 and a child pays £30, but there is currently a 20% discount available with a code on the official website. 

All York Passes are valid for 24 months from purchase and are only activated at the first attraction you visit, meaning you can buy them well in advance of your stay and plan your trip accordingly.

During busy holiday periods, even with Covid restrictions in place, it’s advisable to plan your visit to major York attractions either earlier or later in the day to make sure that you’re not disappointed.

What’s included:

Here’s a full list of all the York attractions included with the York Pass:

York Sightseeing Bus

Beningrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

York Minster

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

City Cruises York

York Army Museum

Barley Hall

Fairfax House

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Clifford’s Tower

ASK Italian Restaurant 

Yorkshire Air Museum 

The Roman Bath Museum York

Van Gogh Immersive Experience

The York Dungeon 

York Mansion House

There is also a string of York attractions, services and venues that offer a discount, special offer or upgrade for York Pass holders, including ghost walks, escape rooms, cycle tours and day trips beyond York.

So make sure you read the details carefully!

To make the most of your time in the city and its surroundings, the York city pass is a great investment that can quickly pay for itself after only a few attraction visits. 

B+B York, a privately-owned boutique bed & breakfast hotel is situated just a few minutes’ stroll from the famous York city walls and offers the perfect location for exploring the heart of Yorkshire.


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