Welcome to North Yorkshire

Rather than closed-down factories, mills and mines, the human-made monuments dotting the landscape in these parts are of the stately variety – the great houses and wealthy abbeys that sit, ruined or restored, as a reminder that there was plenty of money to be made off the sheep's back.

All the same, North Yorkshire's biggest attraction is an urban one. While the genteel spa town of Harrogate and the storied seaside resort of Whitby have many fans, nothing compares to the unparalleled splendour of medieval York, England's most-visited city outside London.

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York Pass for Top Attractions Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Choose from a 1-, 2- or 3-day sightseeing pass to suit your schedule, and enjoy the flexibility to visit the York attractions that you want, at a time that suits you best. Passes are valid for your choice of consecutive calendar days from the time of first use. After redeeming your voucher for your York Pass, you’ll also receive a color guidebook with detailed information about the historical city and its famous attractions. Use the guidebook to plan your independent sightseeing with ease.The York pass includes entry to 30 top attractions around the city as well as discounted entry to select attractions in the wider county. Learn about chocolate making at York’s Chocolate Story, and discover Gothic architecture at its finest on a visit to York Minster — one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Entrance to family-friendly attractions such as York Dungeon and York’s CHOCOLATE Story are included in the pass, alongside lesser-known treasures like Clifford’s Tower.York City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour also now comes free with York Pass: With 20 stops around the city, this 24-hour ticket is the perfect way to get around all the sights. Please note the bus does not operate in November until mid FebruaryFree Entry to Select York Attractions: • York City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with over 20 stops around the city (ticket valid 24 hours) • York Dungeon • York Minster • York’s Chocolate Story • Yorkshire Museum • Barley Hall • Clifford's Tower • DIG • Fairfax House • Goddards House & Gardens • Henry VII Experience • JORVIK Viking Centre • The Mansion House - “reopens August” • Merchant Adventurers’ Hall • NRM Road Train • Richard III Experience • The Roman Bath • Treasurer’s House • York Army Museum • York Art Gallery • YorkBoat • York Brewery • York Castle Museum • York Cold War Bunker Beyond York attractions: • Beningbrough Hall • Castle Howard • North Yorkshire Moors Railway • National Birds of Prey Centre • Helmsley Castle • Helmsley Walled Garden • Rievaulx Abbey • Scarborough Castle • Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary • The Deep at Hull • • Captain Cook Museum • Castle Howard • Eden Camp Modern • History Museum • Murton Park Museum of Farming • Helmsley Castle • Helmsley Walled Garden • York Maze • North York Moors Railway • Rievaulx Abbey • Scampston Walled Garden • Yorkshire Arboretum

$59.71 Day Trips & Excursions

North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York

Starting in the morning from York, this guided day trip provides the opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to explore the North York Moors National Park and the fishing port of Whitby. The tour departs from opposite the Dean Court Hotel in York city centre (near York Minster) at 9.00am and heads off into the Vale of York, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the North York Moors National Park, which your guide will tell you the history of, before heading for Helmsley. The first stop is in the traditional market town of Helmsley where you can view the medieval castle, explore the quaint shops or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew - the choice is yours. You leave Helmsley and head off through Hutton-le-Hole and up over the North York Moors for some photo stops, passing the 16th century Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge (the highest point on the moors) and Ralph's Cross, then through the quaint and picturesque Yorkshire villages that lead down into Whitby. As you arrive in Whitby, you will hear stories about the seaside town's history and your guide will point out the main places of interest that you may want to visit. The tour stops in Whitby for more than two hours free time over lunchtime with options to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic fashion, sample the famous Fish 'n' Chips at the Magpie Cafe or just enjoy the beach and waterfront - the choice is yours! If you prefer to spend a little less time in Whitby and take the opportunity of travelling by steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at our special discounted rate (Adult £10/Child £5), you have the option of boarding the 2.00pm train from Whitby for the 45-minute moorland rail journey through Grosmont to Goathland (Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter movies) where you will be met by the guide. (This option is available mid-March through to October and is paid locally on the day with no need to book ahead). The Minicoach leaves Whitby at 2.15pm with passengers not taking the train option for the equally scenic road journey to Goathland and aims to reach Goathland Station in time to see the other passengers arrive by steam train. You will then have about 45 minutes in Goathland to learn about "Hogsmeade" Station and explore the fictional village of "Aidensfield" in the Heartbeat TV series. After leaving Goathland, there will be a couple more photo stops as you learn the history behind the mysterious RAF Fylingdales Pyramid on Snod Hill and see the Hole of Horcum, before heading back towards York through the Howardian Hills with panoramic views of Castle Howard. You will arrive back at the meeting point in York at around 5:15pm but should not book onward travel too close to the arrival time just in case of traffic problems.

$19.24 Tours & Sightseeing

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Often called England’s 'capital of the north,' York is a city that has history, fine architecture and countless attractions! The Romans left their mark on the city, and York’s Viking heritage gives its history a very interesting edge. Hop-on to a City Sightseeing York bus at any of the 20 stops located around the city to start exploring it all for yourselves!The first tour stop is located at Exhibition Square, if you’re waiting for the next tour bus, there’s plenty of eateries and shops dotted around here to keep you occupied! Hop-on to the tour as it continues to one of York’s finest attractions, the Monk Bar. Hop-off to explore one of the city’s four major gateways, built in the 14th century, making it one of the city’s oldest landmarks. Today it is home to the Richard III Experience, a fabulous and interesting attraction that explores the history of the former King!Another one of the most interesting spots along the tour is the Clifford Tower, it is almost all that remains of York Castle and has an extensive history, having been previously used as a prison. Passengers can also hop-off here to climb Clifford Tower and enjoy stunning panoramic views over York that stretch as far as the North York Moors!For a simply unique experience, hop-off at York’s Chocolate Story and discover the stories behind your favourite Chocolate bars, including how they got their name and how chocolate in York has been made all these years!If you’re a fan of shopping or want to stop off for a bite to eat, hop-off at the famous Bishopthorpe Road, which has previously been named the Best High Street in Britain! Here, you’ll enjoy a variety of high-street favourites and high-end boutiques, as well as countless eateries!The full list of stops along the route are: • Exhibition Square • GillyGate • Monk Bar • Foss Bank • Peasholme Green • The Stonebow • Clifford’s Tower • Margaret Street • Walmgate Bar • Barbican Centre • Fishergate • Bishopthorpe Road • South Bank • Campleshon Road • Mount Vale • The Mount • Blossom Street • Railway Station • Memorial Gardens • Museum Gardens

$17.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

The York Dungeon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The York Dungeon, York, North Yorkshire, EnglandLive and breathe York's darkest history if you dare! Experience 10 live shows with amazing actor's, in our award winning attraction. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

$65.02 Day Trips & Excursions

North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York with Steam Train

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: North York Moors National Park.Stop in the market town of Helmsley - chance to explore the town and see its attractions. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: North York Moors National ParkScenic drive with photo stops and opportunity to get out and enjoy the views and scenery.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Goathland Station, Goathland, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, EnglandVisit the station which featured as Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Whitby Harbour, Whitby, Scarborough District, North Yorkshire, England2 hours at leisure in the fishing town of Whitby - chance to enjoy lunch and to discover the many attractions in Whitby.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Pickering)Journey from Goathland to Pickering on the heritage steam railway.Duration: 1 hour

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Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York

This small-group guided day trip from York takes you to the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including Wensleydale, Littondale and Nidderdale. The tour departs at 9.00am from a centrally located meeting point near York Minster and heads off for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.To ensure personal service and comfort, the tour capacity is limited to 16 passengers and the Minicoach is equipped with air-con. The first stop is at Wensleydale’s most famous landmark, the 14th century Bolton Castle which once housed Mary Queen of Scots, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy and photograph the magnificent views over Wensleydale, learn a bit about the history of the area from your Guide, or just have a leisurely Yorkshire Brew in the medieval castle’s Tea Room!The tour then follows the scenic route to Hawes, passing through the traditional Dales village of Askrigg, the filming location for "Darrowby" in the James Herriot "All Creatures Great and Small" TV series.You will have one and a half hours free time in Hawes, the highest Market Town in England, where you can maybe grab some lunch and sample the cheeses at the world famous Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, visit the Dales Countryside Museum or just explore the quaint shops and cafes of the town itself - the choice is yours! After Hawes you will head into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park for some photo stops as you pass through the picturesque villages along the meandering route of the River Wharfe.You will arrive in the traditional Dales village of Kettlewell, made internationally famous in 2003 as the main filming location for the Calendar Girls movie. You can explore the village and learn more about the true story behind the movie, or just enjoy a beer or coffee with the locals in one of the pubs and cafes - whatever you prefer! Continue your journey through the beautiful countryside of the National Park, passing Kilnsey Crag and the village of Grassington, then into the rolling hills of Nidderdale, an area of outstanding natural beauty.The final stop is in the charming little town of Pateley Bridge, category winner in the Great British High Street Competition in 2016, where you will have the option to visit "The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World" (2014 Guinness Book of Records), before heading back to York.The tour arrives back at the meeting point in York at around 5:15pm but you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of arrival back in York just in case of traffic problems.

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