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If you’re looking for where to stay in Yorkshire, what better place for a short break than beautiful, historic York. Packed full of some of the best things to do in Yorkshire, here are just a few suggestions to help you make the most of your time ....


After dropping your bags off at your hotel, get the mood of the city with a guided Ghost Walk.  The Original Ghost Walk of York and The Creeper are both excellent options. It is an entertaining way to learn about York’s colourful past. Afterwards, dine at one of York’s many restaurants.


Enjoy a hearty breakfast then set off to explore the city. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our Go Yorkshire Mini Guide (your accommodation provider should have some) before you leave, so you can make use of the discount vouchers inside.

Catch a City Sightseeing Tour Bus, an informative and interesting way to get your bearings in a new city, with the option of stopping off at the main attractions en route. After the tour alight at the Minster and explore this magnificent cathedral. Climb the 275 steps up the tower to work off your breakfast and for the magnificent panoramic view - one of the most scenic things to do in Yorkshire.


If the weather, is fine take a picnic in the beautiful Dean’s Garden – a little green oasis of calm situated behind the Minster. Alternatively, treat yourself at one of the many fine

cafes situated nearby.


After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the Shambles, which boasts one of the largest and finest selections of independent shops in Europe. Wander around Shambles Market, where you can pick up local food and other interesting goods, each day. Chocolate lovers will enjoy visiting York’s Chocolate Story which is situated nearby in King’s Square and has an excellent cafe.

For those loving all things aeronautical, visit the Yorkshire Air Museum which is also home to the Allied Air Forces Memorial and the largest independent aviation museum in the UK. Their restoration workshops and displays make it an excellent trip out.


With theatres, nightclubs, bars and cafes there is plenty going on in and around the city to enjoy in the evening. A relaxing dinner and floodlit river cruise on Yorkboat is another great way to unwind after a busy day. York Theatre Royal’s new season opens in April and has a programme of fabulous plays running throughout the summer and autumn, and has a popular cocktail bar too! There’s just so many exciting things to do in Yorkshire!


No visit to York would be complete without taking up the challenge of walking the city walls. At over 3.5 kilometres long they are the most complete walls of any medieval city in England. Log on to the Friends of York City Walls at, to download their excellent factual information. Located on the city walls at Monkbar and Micklegate are Richard III and Henry VII’s experiences where you can find out more about the part they played in War of The Roses.

If you feel that walking the walls would be too strenuous, why not discover two of York’s

hidden gems, Fairfax House, one of the finest Georgian Houses in England or The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, a medieval gem.


For those that love a proper Yorkshire Sunday lunch, Russell’s Restaurant is nearby and serves a selection of delicious roasts and vegetarian alternatives all day.


Work off your lunch by climbing to the top of Clifford’s Tower, one of York’s most famous landmarks and you will be rewarded for your efforts with the amazing view.

Finally, a twenty minute walk will take you to the National Railway Museum which is free to enter and is a relaxing and informative way to spend the afternoon.

For more suggestions and recommendations on places to visit, shop and eat in Yorkshire check out the rest of our website and explore things to do in Yorkshire.