York is one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in England, dating back to Roman times. It has been a centre of culture, religion, trade and politics for centuries, and its rich heritage is evident in its architecture, museums and monuments. York is also a vibrant and lively city, with a thriving arts scene, a diverse culinary offer and a friendly atmosphere.

Some of the must-see attractions in York include:

  • York Minster: The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, with stunning stained glass windows, a medieval crypt and a tower that offers panoramic views of the city.
  • National Railway Museum: The world's largest railway museum, with over 300 locomotives and carriages, interactive exhibits and a simulator that lets you drive a train.
  • Jorvik Viking Centre: A reconstruction of a Viking settlement that was excavated in York, with realistic animatronics, smells and sounds that transport you back to the 10th century.
  • The Shambles: A narrow street with overhanging timber-framed buildings that dates back to the 14th century. It was once a butcher's market, but now it is home to quaint shops and cafes. It is also said to have inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.
  • York Castle Museum: A museum that showcases the social history of York, from Roman times to the present day. It features a recreated Victorian street, a prison cell where highwayman Dick Turpin was held, and a gallery of costumes and toys.


York is a city that offers something for everyone, from history buffs to art lovers, from families to solo travellers. It is a city that will surprise you with its charm, beauty and diversity. If you are looking for things to do in York, you will not be disappointed.