Local Area Highlights

Your stunning location just north of York means you have a plethora of options for things to do! Head in to York city centre for attractions including the Jorvik Viking Centre, Yorkshire Museum, York Dungeons, the National Railway Museum and Clifford’s Tower or explore the Yorkshire countryside with acres of open green space. Images from yorkshire.com

York Minster Cathedral

York Minster Cathedral

One of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation’s earliest history. Explore one of the worlds largest Gothic cathedrals, Marvel at the stunning architecture, climb the central tower or explore York Minster’s Undercroft – revealing a 2000 year historic journey through time!

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National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum

Don’t miss the heritage and discovery at the National Railway Museum. With FREE ENTRY and over 1,000,000 artifacts that changed the world we live in – from the infamous Flying Scotsman, The Mallard 75 or magnificent Royal Carriages. Kids and adults alike will love exploring the collection.

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Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Vikings are coming! – This world famous family attraction is a must-see for visitors to York. Explore the streets of an ancient Viking Age village as they would have been over 1000 years ago. Discover real artifacts and remains from the Viking City of ‘Jorvik’ or as we now know it York!

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  • York Castle Museum: Another step-back in time for families. York Castle Musuem provides a look back into history. Stroll along Victorian streets and shop fronts or explore the many artifacts in the museum’s collection. There are temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year so see the website for details of what’s on when you visit.
  • York Dungeon: Dare you walk the dungeons? – Experience the ultimate thrill-filled journey through York’s murky past. With live role-play, special effects, laughter, screams and theatre a trip to York Dungeons is both a fun, frightful and facinating walk through York’s history.
  • The Shambles: The Shambles is a street in the city centre of York with a long and intersting past. Dating back to Medieval times it was once the street of butchers shops. Today The Shambles is home to a wide range of boutique shops including designers clothes, gifts and souveniers.
  • Ghost Walks: Every night there are a wide number of different Ghost Walks that guide you through the centre of York. The old passageways (Snickleways) of York and old medieval buildings make for a really spooky atmosphere and great fun for the whole family.
  • Walk the Walls:You can view York from a different perspective, by following the historic walls. The walks cover 2 miles, but you can pick and choose which bits to follow, with information available along the way.
  • York River Cruises:Cruise along the River Ouse on one of the organised boat tours, or add something a little special with a sunset or evening cruise. You can even hire your own boat and take the journey you wish!
  • York Art Gallery: York Art Gallery’s collection of paintings spans more than 600 years and works range from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.
  • Cliffords Tower: Built by William the Conqueror, Clifford's Tower has been used as a prison and royal mint in its time. Now you can visit for stunning panoramic views across York.
  • Yorkshire Air Museum: Located at the RAF Elvington, this World War Two airfield was extensively used by Allied forces and is now open for tours.
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