A place of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth, this beautifully preserved medieval city is a must-visit for history buffs.

York, North Yorkshire, England


  • 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.

Show me...

VisitBritain Shop

York Pass

A single pass for free entry to 45+ top attractions around Yorkshire
From £45.00

Jorvik Viking Centre

Enjoy a fascinating insight into Viking history, with 800+ artefacts and displays
From £10.25

City Sightseeing - York

An open top bus tour of the sights that tell the story of York’s 2,000 years of history
From £14.50