York is crammed full of exciting things to do and places to see, from the very old Roman and Viking parts of the city through to more modern day attractions such as the Railway Museum; there is something for every taste, age and interest.
Whilst planning your visit to York you might like to consider the following which we think are the highlights of a visit to the city (with apologies to those attractions that we are unable to mention due to lack of space!)
Museum Gardens, St Mary’s Abbey and the Yorkshire Museum
This group of attractions are right on our doorstep – only yards from the Abbey Guest House. The Museum Gardens are lovely in summer or winter and border the river Ouse. The remains of St Mary’s Abbey are what gives our house it’s name – a powerful monastery for many years and now ruined, but atmospheric. The Yorkshire Museum is well renowned for interesting and informative exhibits.
The National Railway Museum
A premier attraction in the city, this fascinating museum offers something for those of every age – and you don’t need to be a ‘train spotter’ to find things interesting here! Special exhibitions operate regularly and during school holidays you will often find a certain Tank Engine pays a visit to entertain our younger visitors.
No visit to the city would be complete without having a look at our spectacular Minster. The largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, it towers over the city and also represents the hub of the Christian community. The undercroft and climb to the top of the tower will be the highlights of your tour.
The City Walls
York is a walled city – with an almost complete ring of stone walls around the inner city centre. It is possible to walk round the city largely on the walls themselves and this is a great expedition which will take you a couple of hours to complete, but gives you a view of aspects of the city which you would not otherwise see. If you fancy a shorter walk we will tell you which is the most scenic part of the walls to choose.
If you are planning to stay for a few days York makes an ideal base to explore the rest of North Yorkshire and we would particularly recommend visits to the North Yorkshire Moors and coast – including the ‘Heartbeat’ village of Goathland and the coastal town of Whitby; the Yorkshire Dales taking in the pleasant towns of Harrogate and Richmond; and also a visit to Leeds – shopping heaven and location of the Royal Armouries – easily accessible by bus or train from York. We are happy to provide you with information and tips on all these locations, help with public transport or suggested driving routes and a picnic to take with you for lunch!