York is a city in the north of England famed for its cathedral, quaint cobbled streets and for its many excellent museums. Discover the best things to do in York from exploring the city’s links with the chocolate industry (and of course have a taste) to its Roman and Viking past.
There are so many wonderful places to see in York including the ancient city walls, the River Ouse that runs through the center, Clifford’s Tower and much more besides. I’ve been visiting York since childhood and still have family in the city and love exploring its historic center.
The city should also be firmly on the map for foodies with lots of great restaurants, bistros and pubs along the river and in the town center. York is also excellently placed for exploring the nearby North Yorkshire Moors and Lake District National Park. The city is definitely one of the best places to visit in England and a firm favorite of mine.
Best Things To Do in York
Below you’ll find a wide selection of things to do around York including historic buildings, cultural museums, fun experiences national parks and more. I love sightseeing in York and I’m sure you will too.
If you want to visit lots of the York attractions, then be sure to get a York City Pass for massive savings on 20 of the top sights.
1. See the Gothic York Minster Cathedral
The beautiful York Minster cathedral (officially titled the Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of St Peter in York) is the centerpiece of the city and dates back to 1472. It is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third highest office in the Church of England.
The imposing gothic spires of the cathedral can be seen from almost every part of the city and it’s set within a large square in the center of the old town. Visiting York Minster is one of the top things to do in York for first-time visitors and the cathedral square is one of my favorite places to sit and relax in summer.
The cathedral is open to the public from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Saturday and 12:45pm to 3:15pm on Sundays. There is also an onsite shop and museum, and it’s also possible to attend a service. You can take a tour of the cathedral and towers for £22 for adults and £6 for children (attending a service is free).
2. Take a Walking Tour of the Old City
York is a real pleasure to walk around and it’s one of the first things I do on each visit to the city. The historic center is packed with interesting architecture from Roman…