Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
Bus number: 3, 4, 7, 59, 66, or any bus headed for city centre.
The stunning panoramic views over Old York from the top of Clifford's Tower make it the ideal starting point for any visit to the city. There's plenty to discover at this imposing tower standing proud on its high mound. It is almost all that remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror, and has served as a prison and a royal mint in its time. Enjoy unrivalled views of York Minster and the city of York, with its medieval churches and buildings. In the distance, you can see as far as the North York Moors.
Bus number: 3 (to Tower St.), 4, 9, 11, 12, 14 (to Stonebow St.), 7, 59 (to Clifford St.), 8, 10/10A, or yourbus 66 (to Piccadilly/Merchantgate).
Dig is all about having a go and getting your hands dirty! You can grab your trowel and take part in an excavation and discover real objects from ancient civilisations. There's plenty of other things to grab your interest, like the Dig tour and the chance to Ask the Archaeologist any of those burning questions you have!
Jorvik Viking Centre
Bus number: 3 (to Tower St.), 4, 6 (to Stonebow St.),10/10A, or yourbus 66 (to Piccadilly/Merchantgate).
Get face-to-face with Vikings! Journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been in the year AD975. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers three exciting exhibitions so you can learn all about the Vikings.
Merchant Adventurer's Hall
Bus Number: 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, or any bus headed for city centre.
Discover one of the finest medieval guildhalls in the world - Home to York’s entrepreneurs for 660 years – and counting.
Fascinating tales, awe-inspiring architecture and intriguing, rare artefacts…explore this stunning timber framed building, still home to the Merchant Adventurers whose 660 year unbroken tradition of entrepreneurship, wealth and experience has built York from the 14th Century, via railways and chocolate to the 21st century Science City.
The Merchants’ Coffee House is open to all; enjoy locally roasted coffee, freshly baked sumptuous cakes and snacks in the inspiring setting of the medieval guildhall or relax outside in the beautiful walled garden in fine weather.
National Railway Museum
Bus number: 2, 10 (to Leeman Rd.), 1, 3, 4, 5/5A, 7, 11, 12, 14, 59,
or yourbus 66 (to York Station - short walk from museum).
At the National Railway Museum you can discover over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Marvel at the record-breaking Mallard, watch engineering work in progress in the workshop, see locomotives moving on the turntable or let off steam in the outdoor play area.
York Art Gallery
Bus number: 5A or 6.
York Art Gallery is a historic public space housing a large collection of paintings, from 14th-century to contemporary, prints, watercolours, drawings, ceramics and more.
York Castle Museum
Bus number: 3, 4 (to Tower St.), 7 or 59 (Clifford St.)
York Castle Museum is one of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects and by recreating rooms, shops, streets - and even prison cells. Pay a visit to the recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, which combines real shop fittings and stock with modern sound and light effects, to evoke an atmosphere of Victorian Britain.
York's Chocolate Story
Bus number: 9, or any bus headed for city centre.
Your journey will begin thousands of years ago in the rainforests of Central America, where ancient tribes discovered the power of the mighty cocoa bean. Your expert guide will then lead you through the history of chocolate's founding families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations. Learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate in the virtual chocolate factory. You’ll also discover the history of some of York’s most iconic chocolate brands – take a trip down memory lane and reminisce with some retro favourites from times gone by. Learn the secret of why chocolate makes us feel so good and why it has an ethical and sustainable future. Then, master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how the experts do it - watch the Chocolatiers as they showcase the art of chocolate-making and sample the fruits of their labour: fresh hand-made chocolates.
Bus number: 3, 4 (to Tower St.), 7 or 59 (to Clifford St.).
Not for the feint hearted! Take a trip into the past and discover Europe's darkest moments, from Implements of Torture to The Black Death. Blood-curdling screams, groans and clashes of steel ring through the York Dungeon. Investigate if you dare!
Yorkshire Museums & Gardens
Bus number: 1, 2, 5/5A, 6, or any bus headed for city centre.
The Yorkshire Museum sits in the heart of York Museum Gardens, in the centre of York. The museum was opened in 1830 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and was one of the first purpose-built museums in the country. Reopened in 2010 following a nine-month £2million refurbishment project, the Museum houses five galleries showcasing some of Britain’s finest archaeological treasures and many rare animals, birds and fossils, in exciting displays. The Yorkshire Museum is a must-see destination in a tour around the beautiful city of York.
The City of York is a special place, not only for its history, buildings and archaeology, but also for its wildlife.
Sports & Activities
There's a range of activities to get involved in, from golfing to go-karting!
Theatre & Entertainment
Catch a production at one of York's historic theatres, or the latest blockbuster at the cinema.
There's plenty of activities for every member of the family in York!