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$52.45 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

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

$59.30 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.

$19.01 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

$17.05 Cultural & Theme Tours

The York Dungeon

Head straight past the entrance lines outside York Dungeon with your skip-the-line ticket, and then step inside the exciting walk-around attraction to explore. Theater actors, special effects, stages and rides lurk around every darkened twist and turn so you can see, hear, touch, smell and feel York’s murky past.The dungeons take just over an hour to walk around, and the route covers some 2,000 years of dark Yorkshire history. Shows by actors are based on real-life events as well as freakish paranormal sights, but skip out any of the boring details. Learn about local legends such as Dick Turpin, the dashing English highway man who met his fate in York, and hear of Guy Fawkes and his cunning ‘bonfire night’ plan that backfired. State-of-the-art stages include the Golden Fleece Pub, where ghosts keep the drinkers company, and the Tudors room that features King Henry VIII on the war path.Spine-chilling screams, moans and the clashing of steel are just a few of the sounds heard as you walk through the dungeons, learning all about the paranormal, strange, and downright spooky occurrences that have happened in Yorkshire throughout history.A full list of York Dungeon’s attractions can be seen in the Itinerary below. Please note that these attractions are subject to change.

$64.57 Day Trips & Excursions

North York Moors and Whitby Tour from York with Steam Train

You'll meet your guide at 8:45am in the heart of York, close to York Minster, and hop into your climate-controlled minivan for the day's excursion across the North Yorkshire countryside. First, drive 45 minutes or so to the historic market town of Helmsley on the edge of the Moors. Explore the charming town, its pretty church and interesting streets, before the tour continues into the moors. Admire the rugged, windswept landscapes as you climb to the stone village of Hutton-le-Hole, where sheep graze freely on the common land. At the North York Moors National Park, your guide will explain the geological and natural processes that shaped this striking landscape. Discover the region's mining and farming heritage and ancient history as you stroll across the heather. It's just a short hop to North Yorkshire's striking coastline and the seaside town of Whitby, where you'll have at least two hours at leisure to explore at your own pace, and perhaps enjoy a fish-and-chips lunch. You may just wish to wander the picturesque harbor, explore the cobbled streets, historic cottages, and beautiful beach, or shop for Whitby jet. Or you can discover Whitby's connection to Australia at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, delve deep into the world of Dracula at St. Mary's Church or the Dracula Experience Museum, or take a boat cruise from the harbor to discover the coastline (own expense). From Whitby, it's back in the van to journey up through Sleights and onto the village of Goathland, nestled at the bottom of a wide valley surrounded by the heather-clad hills of the North York Moors. Fans of Heartbeat, the long-running ITV drama series, will recognize this as Aidensfield: you'll have chance to visit the Aidensfield Arms, pop into Aidensfield Stores and Post Office, and see what's happening at Scripps Garage. Love Harry Potter? Don't miss the chance to capture pictures at Goathland station, which did duty as Hogsmeade Station for the filming of the Harry Potter movies. After you've explored the station, it's time to board a steam train for a nostalgic steam-hauled journey across the Moors (own expense). Snake through valleys and heathland for 18 miles (29 kilometers) in restored heritage carriages to the medieval market town of Pickering. Here you'll rejoin the minibus for the 40-minute journey back to York, arriving around 5:45pm.

$654.30 Multi-day & Extended Tours

London to North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, York 5-Day Tour

Back in the 16th century, none of the inhabitants of Stratford-upon-Avon thought that their sleepy village would one day become one of the most important tourist attractions in the UK, but William Shakespeare, who was born there, certainly changed that. This famous town is the first stop of your 5-day tour from London to the heart of England. You’ll also visit Shrewsbury, where you’ll stay for two nights and York where you will spend two further nights in a 3-star guesthouse or 3-star hotel.On your second day, visit Wales and the beautiful castle of Conwy. Continue through Snowdonia National Park, home to the highest mountain in Wales, and then visit the small spa village of Trefriw plus Llanberis, a favorite destination for lovers of the great outdoord.Continue through the Peak District, a region of stunning landscapes, where you'll visit the small town of Buxton, and then head to Chatsworth House. Spend your final evening in the beautiful city of York. Explore its quaint cobblestone streets and see its magnificent monastery (St Mary's Abbey), and, of course, York Minster. Finally, stop in historic Cambridge on your way back to London. Please note: breakfast is included in your accommodation and you'll have enough free time to enjoy lunch and dinner independently at your own expense.