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  • Christopher Clowes

Things to do in York

A regular on ‘best places to live in the UK’ lists, the historic city of York has been wowing tourists since Roman times. Overlooked by the iconic 7th Century York Minster Cathedral is a delightful selection of quirky tea shops, art galleries, fabulous restaurants and award-winning bars. York is great for a day trip with its abundance of top attractions, plus you can walk from one side to the other in just under half an hour.


Yorkshire boasts an array of activities suitable for the entire family. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself into the culture and explore landscapes as you have never seen before.

Whether you choose a trip back in time at Castle Howard, a serene river cruise down the beautiful River Ouse, a delve into York’s Scandi past at the Jorvik Viking Centre, or perhaps let your kids let off some steam at Go Ape in the heart of Dalby Forest. Or maybe you'd prefer the open-air wonders of a wild moorland walk or a cosy country Ploughman's lunch around the hearth of an open log fire; Yorkshire has it all to offer, and more!

Exciting walks

Walking in Yorkshire immerses you in the typical landscape of Northern England, characterised by lush green dales or valleys, wild moorland, ancient dry stone walls, cascading waterfalls, charming seaside villages, authentic market towns and the dramatic cliff tops of the east coast.

Explore abbey ruins, magnificent houses, glorious gardens and some fantastic stretches of coast and countryside, including the Dales and Yorkshire Moors. It is guaranteed to give you rosy cheeks on a chilly day and will undoubtedly blow those cobwebs away! You can plan your route with the help of many online guides, so depending on your ability and experience, you can choose the walking route that suits you best.

Historical Sites

The City of York is incredibly historical and is renowned for its beautiful architecture. York Minster sits in the heart of the city drawing thousands of visitors a year. Much of the city is car-free, creating a safer, less busy, less noisy and less polluted city centre which can be enjoyed in peace and comfort.

The Shambles, whose dark past lurks behind its pretty façade, is a must-see place to visit. It is quite simply York’s most famous street and a firm favourite with Harry Potter fans.

Unwrap the history of chocolate on a tour at York’s Chocolate Story. Whilst other northern cities made their wealth from wool, cotton and steel, York went on its own sweet way and built a city from chocolate! This great tradition continues to this day, where all over the city there are echoes of York’s chocolate past. Sure to please adults and children alike!


York offers a unique shopping experience. If you are looking for a special gift idea, want to spoil yourself or treat someone special, there is no better place for some retail therapy. With a web of winding streets flaunting designer stores and boutiques, each distinct shopping area has its own specialty. The best places to go shopping in York are mostly found around the city centre and are often small, independent outlets. Expect typical Yorkshire friendliness and banter with some weird and wonderful wares.

Yorkshire is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the UK. Regardless of if you’re looking for a peaceful, romantic escape, or the opportunity to immerse yourself and your family in both Great British nature and the wonderful English heritage. There is no better place than the UK’s beloved and biggest county, so isn’t it time you paid a visit?

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