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Best things to do in York

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Premise
“Famous the world over, it's also the largest Gothic Church in Western Europe. ”
53 locals recommend
Park
“Nice place to hang out. Visit the observatory and the remains of the Abbey - or go to the museum itself”
44 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Step back in time to see, learn and understand about the history of the railways and how through the years train travel has become more advanced. They also host many events throughout the year. ”
36 locals recommend
History Museum
“No trip to Yorkshire with children is complete without a trip to the Jorvik Centre”
42 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“No visit to York is complete without a visit to the Famous Cafe Tea rooms, established in 1936”
42 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Obvious if you like art, but also The Association of Voluntary Guides start their tour at 10am each day from outside the Art Gallery”
24 locals recommend
Castle
“Step back in time and visit the Castle Museum, an attraction well worth seeing. Experience the reconstructed Victorian Street, the Edwardian shopping experience and Dick Turpins Cell along learning about the World War’s and living in the 1960’s. With more than 100,000 items on display there is something for everyone Note: The museums main areas are ground floor and are fully accessible to wheelchair users. No access to upper floors. Prepare to spend plenty of time here! Castle Area Eye of York York 01904 687687 Open daily 9.30am – 17.00pm *Closed 25th & 26th December and 1st January Note: The museums main areas are ground floor and are fully accessible to wheelchair users. No access to upper floors ”
33 locals recommend
Church
“Find the Minster and you know where you are in York. Walk round the outside and through the gardens into Goodramgate to find some of the independent shops and cafes. ”
38 locals recommend
Park
“Family park with a lovely little cafe. You can join the river from here and walk into town too. ”
29 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Excellent independent cinema with a great cafe too - the views over the river from the terrace are not to be missed either.”
26 locals recommend
Historic Site
“at the end of the lovely cobbled street of the shambles with its quaint little shops the is the beautiful York minster,”
30 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“With gorgeous views of the river, this is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or two! ”
21 locals recommend
Beer Store
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“My favourite bar in York... this Harry Potter style attic bar with animal heads on the wall, its own bottle shop on the ground floor, and a huge choice of unique beers and ales to choose from. ”
24 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Deep in the heart of historic York lurks the north’s infamous museum of horror, taking you more than 2000 years back to life and death. Everything you experience really did happen. There are scenes from the Plague, Dick Turpin, the lost Roman Legion and Guy Fawkes. If you like a little horror, then this is one attraction you should go and see. **The Dungeons are not recommended for children under the age of 10 as it is scary!! Note: Get your discount tickets from The Queens Hotel Reception team. 12 Clifford Street York 01904 632599 *Closed 25th December ”
12 locals recommend
History Museum
“Well worth a trip! As if the museum itself wasn't enough, the museum's gardens, simply known by locals as 'museum gardens' is very pretty. With St. Mary's Abbey, a ruined Benedictine Abbey as a back drop, you will amaze your friends with some pretty fanatastic photographs!”
15 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This iconic tower stands majestically on a hill in the middle of York, you must see it. ”
10 locals recommend