York is a city of historical treasures, ranging from medieval to Georgian. Its magnificent Minster has a large collection of stained glass and the medieval city walls are well preserved.

There are many wonderful sights to see in York including churches, narrow alleyways and notable museums.

The city has retained much of its medieval structure. Many of the ancient timbered houses perched on narrow, winding streets are protected by a conservation order.  A good example is The Shambles.

Clifford's TowerCliffords Tower


Clifford’s Tower was built by William the Conqueror to secure his control of the unruly north; it was once the central stronghold of York Castle, the Tower’s turbulent history placed it at the heart of power struggles and the defence of the realm for generations.





Fairfax House

Fairfax House One of the finest surviving mid-18th century houses in England, Fairfax House has been standing now for some 200 years. Come and see all the furnishings and fittings and marvel at the preparations that went into the splendid banquets for the regency gentry.







Discover what life was like here over 1000 years ago; explore York’s Viking history on the very site where archaeologists unearthed remains of the Viking-Age city of ‘Jorvik’.






Merchant Adventurers' Hall

Merchant Adventurers Hall

It is Europe's finest medieval Guildhall and is scheduled as an ancient monument. Probably nowhere else in the world can be seen in one building the three rooms serving the three functions of a medieval guild. The Hall was built between 1357-1361 and is of major international importance.





 The National Railway MuseumNational Railway Museum


 Visit the National Railway Museum with the world’s largest collection of railway icons and embark on a journey into the past and discover the story of the train. It’s a great place to enjoy a fun-packed family day out and entry is now free for everyone.





Rowntree Park

  Rowntree Park

A short walk from the city centre, on the banks of the River Ouse, this inspiring park can be found which has undergone a lot of work, restoring it to its original Victorian splendor. The formal gardens include attractive water features including a canal, water cascade and large lake hosting model boat regattas. There's also a sculpture play trail, woodland walk, basketball and tennis courts, skate park, bowling greens and an impressive range of play equipment for all ages.


The Shambles 

 The Shambles

The Shambles is often called Europe's best preserved medieval street, no other street in the city evokes the feeling of medieval life more vividly than the Shambles with the upper stories of its fifteenth century houses leaning above us, In some places the street is so narrow that if you stand with arms outstretched you can touch the houses on both sides.


The name "Shambles" comes from the Saxon "Fleshammels", which means, "the street of the butchers", for it was here that the city's butcher's market was located. Notice the wide window sills of the houses; the meat for sale was displayed here. About half way up The Shambles is the famous house of St Margaret Clitheroe. 

Treasurer's House


Treasurers House

Winner of The 'York Tourism Award 2003' Small Attraction Of The Year Category Who is haunting Treasurer's House? Explore the interior worlds of a very eccentric bachelor then dare to step inside the ghost cellar.

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery

Experience the world through oil and canvas, watercolours and ceramics. Walk through galleries spanning six hundred years from the time of the War of the Roses right up to the present day. The York Art Gallery is free.







Castle MuseumCastle Museum


Take a journey through six hundred years of life in Britain, and experience life as a Victorian. Walk down cobbled streets and peer through the windows of shops long gone.





York Minster

York Minster

The largest Medieval Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and a treasure house of 800 years of stained glass. Explore the history beneath your feet in the Undercroft and enjoy magnificent views from the tower top.






City Sight-seeing


Thinking about taking a bus tour around York?
Check out http://www.city-sightseeing.com/