Top 10 things to do in York
1. York Minster
Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as York Minster is a world-class cathedral with a 2000 year history. The site of the magnificent medieval building is on the finest in Europe.
2. The Shambles
A medieval street with overhanging timber-framed buildings which date back to the late 14th and 15th century. It was known as a street with butcher shops and houses and it is still possible to find some of the original meat hooks.
3. Jorvik Viking Centre
Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK where you will be transported back to the year AD960. The attraction allows the visitors to see lifelike mannequins, the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York and life-size dioramas depicting the life of Vikings.
4. York Dungeon
York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into over 2000 years of York’s history where visitors are led through an immersive experience with spectacular special effects. A truly unique and exciting walk through historical events.
5. York Castle museum
York Castle Museum is hundreds of years of York’s history in one place. Interactive galleries hold such historic features as Kirkgate, a recreated Victorian Street, The Cells, recreated period rooms and many more.
6. York City Walls Clifford’s Tower
Clifford Tower is part of the York Castle and has been raised by William the Conqueror. It is almost everything that is left from original medieval fortification. The stunning views over York make it an ideal starting point to explore York.
7. Yorkshire Museum
Yorkshire Museum is home to an extensive collection of items and artefacts. It is divided into four permanent collections which include biology, geology, archaeology and astronomy. It is also home to Cawood sword, a medieval Viking sword that is around 1000 years old.
8. York City Walls
Since Roman times York has been defending itself by York’s medieval City Walls (or “Bar Walls”) and most of it are still preserved masonry. They extend for 2.5 miles and still retain all four of their fascinating gateways into the city.
9. National Railway Museum
The museum is a great option for the whole family visit with interactive science shows and storytelling each weekend. It is home of the national collection of historically significant artefacts and railway vehicles, including Mallard, the fastest steam locomotive.
10. York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery, public art gallery, is well-worth a visit. Located just a stone’s throw from the Jorvik Viking Centre, it comprises a collection of paintings from 14th-century to contemporary art.