Taking visitors on a 75 minute journey into an astonishing 2,000 years of Yorkshire’s history, The York Dungeon creates a spectacular experience for tourists with its cast of actors, special effects, stages and screens. Having been awarded the Certificate of Excellence and the Hall of Fame on TripAdvisor, this tourist attraction boasts a great reputation. A walk-through environment with dramatic storytelling, the York Dungeon is an essential place to visit for an exhilarating experience of black comedy.
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 10:30am-4pm, Sat 10:30am-5pm
Watch out for: Ghost of York – one of the most popular shows
12 Clifford Street, York, +44 1904 632 599
Described as the greatest railway museum in the world, National Railway Museum proudly showcases over 300 years of history, and over a million different objects. Home to the only Japanese Bullet Train outside of Japan and boasting over one million visitors per year, the National Railway Museum also has outdoor activities for children and a shop, making it an exciting day out for all of the family.
Opening hours: 10am-6pm
Watch out for: The Mallard, which has previously broken the world speed record for steam locomotives
Leeman Road, York, +44 844 815 3139
An ancient tourist attraction built over nine centuries ago, Clifford’s Tower is comprised of a range of castles, prisons, law courts, and a selection of other fine buildings. Offering wonderful views of the city from the top of the tower, the historical building was built in the reign of Henry II, and also shows the remains of York Castle which was originally built by William the Conqueror. A magnificent building, Clifford’s Tower is an essential place to visit for visitors hoping to brush up on their history.
Opening hours: 10am-6pm
Watch out for: learning programs for children which follow the curriculum
Tower Street, York, +44 1904 646 940
Described as one of the greatest cathedrals in the world, York Minster is an immensely popular tourist attraction. A place comprised of worship, learning and work, York Minster has been welcoming visitors from all over the UK for over a millennium. A masterpiece of stained glass and stone offering beautiful vistas of the city, York Minster hosts a varied programme of events and concerts, creating an enjoyable experience for everyone.
Price: mid-range (admission charges vary)
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5:00pm, Sun 9am-5:30pm
Watch out for: the York Mystery Plays in their only second run from May – June.
Deansgate, York, +44 1904 557 200
The world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre has been commonly described as a must-see destination for those visiting the city of York, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK. Welcoming over an astonishing 18 million visitors within the last 30 tears, Jorvik Viking Centre gives visitors the opportunity to discover the remains of 1,000-year-old houses, Viking-age timbers and much more, making it perfect for those seeking a bit of adventure.
Opening hours: 10am-5pm
Watch out for: the Coppergate dig and the artefact gallery
Coppergate Shopping Centre, Coppergate, York, +44 1904 615 505
Famous for having the largest maze in Europe, and also known as the Maize Maze, York Maze provides a truly thrilling day out for everyone. With a variety of attractions including the Maze of Illusions, an obstacle course, a straw bale mountain, crazy golf, and much more, York Maze has an endless range of options to suit all tastes and preferences, making it an exciting and active day out. York Maze also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, making visitors spoilt for choice.
Opening hours: 10am-6:30pm
Watch out for: The Kernel’s coffee shop which is set in a wonderful brick barn
Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, +44 1904 607 341
A historical street in York offering tourists an intriguing and rich history of the city, The Shambles provides a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, and a range of other tourist attractions. One of the most famous streets in Britain, The Shambles has won impressive awards which include this year’s Google’s Most Picturesque Street in Britain. With its old-fashioned timber-framed buildings, The Shambles provides visitors a refreshing alternative to the more mainstream shops situated in the heart of the city centre.
Watch out for: in some areas of The Shambles, the streets are so narrow that visitors can actually touch both sides