Make sure you have your camera handy as you'll come across some of the most picturesque vistas in Europe.

From admiring towering Gothic stone masterpieces, to discovering intriguing warren-like alleyways, to gently drifting down the river Ouse, there are countless delightful ways to enjoy this charming city.

York Minster 

Marvelling at the magnificence of York Minster is a must-do on your trip to York. Often hailed as the most beautiful example of Gothic architecture in the world, you can’t help but be bowled over by the soaring vaulted ceilings and monumental stained-glass windows.

The Shambles

A 10-minute stroll across town from York Minster will take you to The Shambles, a charming, narrow street flanked by delightfully wonky 13th Century buildings. As you wander along the cobblestones, the upper storeys of the medieval timbered buildings jetty out above your head and you feel you’ve entered another era entirely. The dozens of butcher shops that lined the street centuries ago are now a pleasant mix of quaint tea rooms and independent retailers, including an old-fashioned sweet shop and, curiously, a ghost shop. All are worthy of a nose around in.

National Railway Museum

You don’t need to be an avid rail enthusiast to enjoy the National Railway Museum. Home to iconic locomotives, it celebrates incredible feats of engineering and tells the story of rail in a way that will ignite your curiosity. 

York Castle Museum

A fascinating journey through 400 years of York’s history, with interactive exhibits including famous Victorian criminals and the world's largest recreated Victorian street. It’s a great way to get your bearings for the city’s more recent history.  

York’s Chocolate Story 

If you’re feeling in the need for something sweet, head to York’s Chocolate Story – a mouth-watering tour through York’s famous chocolate-making families and their much-loved confection creations. Tastings are a must.