York at a glance
- Like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic (and picturesque) streets.
- You can’t miss York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe and also one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in the world.
- York – then called Jorvik – was once the capital of a Viking territory. You can head back in time to learn more and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the time at the immersive Jorvik Viking Centre.
- Uncover 300 years of railway history, climb aboard restored locomotives and browse some of the 1 million train-related artefacts at the National Railway Museum.
- The surrounding area is packed with unique attractions. Explore Castle Howard, one of England’s most impressive stately homes, or marvel at the weird and wonderful Brimham Rocks, an amazing collection of wind-weathered rock formations.
- You can reach York from London by train in 2 hours. Or from the city of Leeds, it is just a 20-minute train ride.
- MY YORK Top 10 favourite Experiences in York.Visit York presents the top 10 favourite York experiences as voted by the public.
- York at ChristmasIt’s the most wonderful time of the year and the York Christmas Festival is back bigger than ever, to transform the city into a winter wonderland.
Things to do in York
Where is York?
Located in the heart of North Yorkshire, York’s nearest airport is Leeds-Bradford. Located 30 miles (about 50 minutes by car) from the city centre, the airport operates flights to and from 70 destinations worldwide.
Getting around York
York is easily accessible from destinations across Britain. Direct trains run from London, Manchester and Edinburgh, getting you into the city in just two hours. Best explored on foot, the city also boasts excellent public transport connections, so it’s easy to navigate once you arrive too.
- iTravelYork’s handy guide gives you all the information you need on travel within the city
- It takes just 20 minutes to get from the outskirts to the city centre by bike, making cycling one of the easiest and most fun ways to access places to visit in York
- Looking to visit attractions outside of York? Coastliner operates regular services to nearby destinations including bustling Leeds and the quirky coastal town of Whitby