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A visit to York: What to see and do

On this post I will highlight the places we visited and the best places to see and the best things to do in York.

York is a city full of history, founded by the Romans, this Medieval city has a lot to offer to the eager history lover and tourists alike. From the middle-aged buildings in The Shambles to the York Minster Cathedral and the medieval walls, the city is very attractive and offers a lot to do and visit. Places such as The Jorvik Centre, York Dungeon, York Castle Museum, National Railway Museum are among some of the most interesting things to visit. There is much more to see and do, but unfortunately, we only had half a day in York, but it deserves much more time than that. We had to pick the things that we most wanted to see. However if you have a few days to visit York I can highly recommend the “Visit York Pass”. It will include access to 20 attractions in the city and represents very good value for money. You can book the pass HERE.

On arrival we went straight to the Hotel Indigo York that we booked for the night. Check in was only after 3 pm, but we were able to get the parking card to display on the car at the hotel car parking.

We had booked the Jorvik Viking Centre for 2 pm, so we had to hurry a little bit to get there on time, but we’ve made it.

The Jorvik Centre was built on the site where archaeologists discovered the Viking-age city of Jorvik as it stood in 1,000 years ago. It is a ride taking you through the reconstruction of Viking-age streets and the experience of life as it would have been in 10th century York. Very interesting and informative. For the history lovers it is a full platter of information.

After the visit we went back to Hotel Indigo for the check-in. Once checked- in, out we went again.

We walked through The Shambles and through the narrow streets with pretty, little shops in old medieval buildings. We went to The Minster Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. Very impressive with its 15th century stained glass and stonework. After exploring the centre up and down we settled for drinks at a pub and waited for dinner time booked at “The Cut and Craft”. This is also a steak house and although very good, not at the same level as “The Chophouse” in Edinburgh. Food was very good, and everybody was happy with their choices. After dinner we retired to our last night of the trip.

If you want to book a walking tour of York, you can do so HERE. or if you want a private Viking Walk of York you can book one HERE.

We will certainly return to York as there is plenty more to see but unfortunately, we did not have anymore time to stay longer.

We left York early in the morning and arrived home by 11 o’clock finishing the trip in a high.

Below you will find a list of what to visit, where to stay and where to eat in York. I classified each place as follows:

BOLD – Visited, tried and recommended

NOT BOLD – Not visited or tried, but planning to visit or try and heard very good reviews

*** – Excellent

** – Good

* – OK

£££ – Expensive

££ – Fair and affordable

£ – Cheap


1 – The Shambles – ***

2 – York Minster Cathedral – ***

3 – The Jorvic Centre – ***

4 – York Dungeon

5 – York Castle Museum

6 – National Railway Museum

7 – York City Walls

8 – Clifford’s Tower

9 – Roman Bath

10 – Museum Gardens/Ruins of St Mary’s Abbey

11 – York Chocolate Story


1 – The Grand York – 5* – £££

2 – Hotel Indigo York – 4* – ££ – ***

3 – Cocoa Lily – River Fronted – 3* – ££

4 – Wheatlands Lodge Hotel – 2* – £


1 – Roots – Michelin starred, Tasting English – £££

2 – Skosh – Contemporary British – ££

3 – The Cut & Craft – Steakhouse – ££ – ***

4 – Il Paradiso del Cibo – Italian – £

The Shambles

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