York city centre, with York Minster in the background
Places to visit

Guide to the historic and beautiful city of York

Enjoy family-fun activities, amazing shopping, great food and lots and lots of culture in the historic city of York.

York city centre, with York Minster in the background

The beautiful and historic city of York is England’s most visited city outside London in the stunning county of Yorkshire, by the River Ouse.

The history of York is said to be the history of England. It is an ancient city with Roman walls and Viking remains, and the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe towers over the Medieval streets.

A major tourist destination, York hosts events and festivals all year round, showcasing different types of music, theatre, culture, food and drink. 

You will never be short of something to do in this beautiful city.

Things to do

In the local area

  • Web Adventure
  • Puttstars
  • Cineworld
  • Vue Cinemas
  • Laser Tag, Ten Pin bowling at Clifton Moor Retail Park
  • Indoor karting at York MotorSports village
  • Shopping at Vanguard & Monks Cross
  • Designer Outlet

City centre

  • York Minster
  • Cliffords Tower
  • National Railway Museum
  • York Dungeon
  • Jorvik Viking Centre
  • York’s Chocolate Story
  • The Shambles shopping district
  • York Food & Drink Festival(September)
  • York Christmas market


All the restaurants below have been tried and tested, and come highly recommended.


  • Delrios
  • Lucia’s Wine Bar & Grill
  • Il Paradiso on the Forest(Sutton-on-the-Forest)


  • El Gaucho
  • Cut & Craft
  • The Whippet Inn

Michelin Guide/Star

  • Roots
  • Star Inn The City
  • Skosh
  • Melton’s
  • Le Cochon Aveugle
  • Fish & Forest
  • Arras
  • Los Morros
  • Bow Room at Grays Court

Other restaurants

  • Loch Fyne (seafood)
  • The Blue Barbatan (Polish)
  • The Sidings (Greek)
  • Tykes (part of Sandburn Hall)
  • Ambiente (tapas)
  • Rustique (French)
  • York Spark (street food)
  • Heavenly Desserts (for thosewith a sweet tooth!)
  • Goji (Vegan)
  • Rattle Owl (British; good forSunday roast)
  • Mumbai Lounge (Indian)