York is the kind of place that makes you wish – if only for an instant – that the Industrial Revolution never happened, and reminds us of a world before the machines. A city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth, its medieval spider’s web of narrow streets is enclosed by a magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls. At its heart lies the immense, awe-inspiring minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. The city’s long history and rich heritage is woven into virtually every brick and beam; modern, tourist-oriented York – with its myriad museums, restaurants, cafés and traditional pubs – is a carefully maintained heir to that heritage.
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York destination guides
York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Discover York at your own leisure on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Explore the once Roman capital of Northern England with a 24-hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights as you hop on and hop off 18 conveniently located stops around the city.
The York Pass
Enjoy free entry to 30 top York attractions with the York Pass, a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites that interest you most. Entrance to some of York’s finest showstoppers such as York Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre are included, as well as lesser-known treasures like York Castle Museum.