Welcome to our York City Guide. The famous medieval city offers visitors a wide range of fantastic attractions suitable for all the family. The line up includes world-class museums, famous landmarks and large-scale Theme parks and Zoos. In this guide, we will provide details of attractions located both within the city of York and in close proximity to the city. We will provide details on how to travel to the city and also recommend accommodation.
York City Trip Planner
Use our handy Free Trip Planning Tool to help you put your trip to York together and share with your friends. If there are multiple attractions that you wish to visit then it may prove cost-effective to purchase a York Pass.
City Centre Attractions
Within the City of York, there are a number of fantastic attractions to suit all budgets. Highlights are walking the famous City Walls and The National Railway Museum, both of which are free of charge.
Attractions Near York
In addition to the extensive range of attractions within the City of York, there are also some fantastic days out within an hour of the City. These range from major Theme Parks such as Flamingo Land Resort and Lightwater Valley to Historic Houses, Museums and Children’s Adventure Farms.
The York Pass offers free or discounted entry to a number of the cities world-class tourist attractions plus a 24-hour city sightseeing bus ticket and a choice of either a pizza or pasta meal at ASK Italian restaurant.
Travelling to York
York is perfectly positioned midway between London and Edinburgh. Direct rail links will transport you from London, Edinburgh, and Manchester in around 2 hours. Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford airports are within easy reach and the ports of Hull and Newcastle are both within a two-hour drive. The glorious Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Yorkshire Wolds are all within close proximity of the city. York offers lots of accommodation within the city and the surrounding areas.
Use our handy Trip Planning tool to plan your trip to York.
Travelling by Train
Getting to York by train is both easy and great value for money. Virgin Trains and Grand Central will bring you to York in under two hours, while Edinburgh is only two and a half hours away. There are direct services from Birmingham and the South West and additionally, TransPennine Express runs direct train services from Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. You can make great savings on advance train fares using Raileasy.
Travelling by Car
York is only 20 minutes from the M1/M62 motorway network, the city is within comfortable driving times of most regions in the UK. To make your trip to York even more convenient, six Park and Ride sites are in operation. They allow you to travel to York by car, park for free in secure car parks and complete your journey into the city centre by bus. To find the most convenient Park and Ride site click here.
Travelling by Coach
If you would like to travel by coach we recommend that you try National Holidays website.
Staying in York
There are loads of places to stay in and around York, with choices ranging from budget hotels to luxury self-catering hoilday cottages.
If you planning a longer stay then self-catering is a great option and will provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the attractions within the City of York and beyond. Snaptrip have some great deals on cottages, lodges and apartments in York and the surrounding areas.