York Area Guide

With more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, believe us when we say you won’t get bored of things to do in York! You’ll find museums, art galleries, restaurants, bars and much more as you explore its maze of cobbled alleyways and snickets. With so much to discover, where should we start?


The Shambles

Known for its butchers’ shops in Medieval times, the Shambles is a bustling street in the centre of York which is packed with history. Once named ‘The Great Flesh Shambles’, the street was home to over 25 different butchers in the late 1800s. You won’t find any butchers on the street today but you can still see hints of its famous past.

Today, the Shambles is Europe’s most visited street. Timber buildings dating back to the 13th Century soar above the narrow, cobbled street and small paths veer off in different directions. It’s easy to see how it helped to inspire Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter franchise. As you stroll along the Shambles, you’ll discover a wonderful mix of independent retailers. It is home to an artisan bakery, a renowned chocolatier, a Harry Potter themed store (aptly called ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named‘), jewellery boutiques, a coin and stamp dealer, and much more!

York Dungeons

Another of our favourites is The York Dungeons on Clifford Street. Here you’ll be fully immersed in the dark 2000 year history of York as you follow the live shows through the dungeon. You’ll meet key characters from York’s past including Guy Fawkes, Vikings and Dick Turpin. Perfect for children and adults alike, this attraction will have you in fits of giggles one moment and screaming with fear the next!

Restaurants & Bars in York

York is positively bursting with bars, pubs and restaurants. If you’re looking for a bite to eat and a beer, stop by Ye Old Shambles Tavern. Head to the creative and quirky cafe Partisan for homemade cakes, tarts and scones which are made fresh daily or check out the famous Betty’s Tearooms for a truly unique afternoon. For a complete dining experience, we’d recommend Skosh on Micklegate for a truly unforgettable meal.

Wash it all down with a delicious cocktail from Evil Eye Lounge, or make the most of your night and take a trip to Manahatta!

Galleries & Museums in York

You’ll certainly have your pick when it comes to galleries and museums too. Perfect for all of the family, we’d recommend taking a trip to the National Railway Museum on Leeman Road. Home to an amazing collection of iconic locomotives and engineering firsts, you can view the world’s fastest locomotive and Queen Victoria’s favourite saloon. Hop on board the Japanese bullet train or peruse the intriguing railway objects in the Great Hall. Best of all – entry to the National Railway Museum is completely free!

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