• From the worlds greatest treasures to the smallest curiosities, York Minster is one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. Explore a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, its vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music. Or quiet corners revealing unexpected stories and human inspiration.

    At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Thirty years ago the archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago. They removed eights tonnes of rubble and over 40,000 artefacts! York Archaeological Trust then built the JORVIK Viking Centre on the very site where the excavations had taken place, creating a ground-breaking visitor experience that changed the face of museums.



    Get up close to over 200 years of fascinating history in York’s only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including Mallard - the world's fastest steam locomotive, Japanese Bullet Train and Royal Trains including Queen Victoria's luxurious saloon. Soak up the nostalgic atmosphere in our renovated Station Hall which tells the story of over a century of station life. Explore the different passenger journeys and travel back in time to experience working life in a station.

    Get on board awe inspiring locomotives, engage with lots of interactives, watch our engineers at work in The Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in The Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. Kids can let off steam in our outdoor play area and on our miniature railway ride.

    Families can engage in interactive science shows and storytelling each weekend. Throughout the school holidays enjoy a range of fun activities including steam rides and special events.


      • The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Although none of the original shop-fronts have survived from medieval times, some properties still have exterior wooden shelves, reminders of when cuts of meat were served from the open windows. The street was made narrow by design to keep the meat out of direct sunlight but you can readily imagine the Shambles packed with people and awash with offal and discarded bones. Today, the beautiful old buildings have been restored and now house cheerful cafes, quirky boutiques and even a coin & stamp dealer. The unique beauty of The Shambles has been recognised and awarded the title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards- think Harry Potter Diagon Alley- magical in the winter!


      Come and see hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties.

      There’s something for everyone this year at York Castle Museum. Our interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that really bring the past to life, Don’t forget that kids go free with a paying adult – it’s the perfect family day out.



    Escape the hustle and bustle of the City and relax with us. A great photographic opportunity and chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. Look for stunning wildlife including Kingfishers. Treat yourself to a drink from the bar and rest your feet!

    With a range of trips to suit everyone from daytime sightseeing cruises, evening cruises, package cruises, party cruises and much more. Visit our website for more details.