York is a splendid city, justifiably one of the top tourist destinations in Europe. With its abundance of excellent shops, restaurants, pubs and wine bars, museums and monuments, a visit to York is a splendid treat at any time of the year. It was no surprise when York was recently nominated European Tourism City of the Year.

York is home to over thirty museums, galleries and visitor attractions. Below is just a small sample:

York Castle Museum
Go back in time to enjoy Britain’s most famous Victorian street experience.
National Railway Museum
Learn how the railways have helped shape British culture (and for a bird’s eye view of the city, ride the nearby Yorkshire Wheel).
York Minster
The largest medieval gothic cathedral in northern Europe; over 500 feet in length, 100 feet wide and a central tower 200 feet high.
York City Art Gallery
The city’s premier gallery houses more than 600 paintings and runs exciting temporary programmes.
Yorkshire Museum and Gardens
Set in beautiful gardens this museum is home to some of the most fascinating archaeology in the country.
York St Mary’s
This fine medieval church is now a contemporary art venue and hosts an innovative programme of exhibitions.
Fairfax House
Described as “the most perfect 18th century townhouse in England” and home to the Noel Terry collection of furniture.
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
The finest surviving medieval guildhall in Britain, built in 1357. Explore the Hall and its many uses and see unique collections of furniture, silver and art.
JORVIK Viking Centre
Travel back a thousand years and visit the Vikings on the very site where archaeologists discovered the remains of the place they once called home.
Turn archaeologist for the day. Grab your trowel and dig through the secrets of York’s past.
Treasurer’s House
Home to the most famous ghost story in England, this fine 17th century house offers four centuries of furnishings in its elegant interior.
Barley Hall
Barley Hall is a unique survival. It is a medieval townhouse in the centre of the city, forgotten until a few years ago, concealed as it was under a jumble of run-down derelict offices and workshops. It has now been restored to how it looked towards the end of the fifteenth century.
OS grid reference SE 595 515


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Born in York:

W H Auden
Dame Judi Dench
Wiliam Etty
Albert Joseph Moore

Useful and informative links

Imagine York
Historic photographs and documents from the library and city archives.
Official York Tourism Site
Wikipedia article on York
York Archaeological Trust
York Conservation Trust
York photographs from East Riding Media Library
York photographs from Geograph

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