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York Attractions

York's wealth of attractions could keep even the most determined visitor occupied for weeks. A visit to the York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral north of the Alps goes without saying. Do not miss the Jorvik Viking Centre an award winning experience transporting you to a Viking settlement 1000 years ago or the National Railway Museum with the finest collection of trains in the world. Move further out to the Premier Racecorses in Europe, York Racecorses.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre

Explore York's Viking history on the very site where archaeologists uncovered remains of the Viking-Age City of 'Jorvik'. Get face-to-face with our expert Viking residents, see over 800 of the items discovered on site, and learn what life was really like in our Special Exhibitions. At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Between the years 1976-81, archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago. These incredible findings enabled them to build the JORVIK Viking Centre on the very site where the excavations had taken place, creating a groundbreaking visitor experience that allows you to experience life in Viking-Age York.

Hotels near Jorvik Viking Centre
Coppergate Apartments from £150.00
Hilton York4 starfrom £87.20
Apartment 5 in York4 starfrom £285.00
Peter Warehouse from £96.75
The Blue Rooms @ The Blue Bicycle5 starfrom £166.50
York Minster

York Minster

York Minster is a world-famous artistic and architectural masterpiece built between the 1220s and the 1470s (click here for a short history of the Minster). It offers people of all ages a wealth of things to see and memories to treasure. The Minster stands on a site where history has been made over the centuries. The Emperor Constantine began his progress to greatness here, and the foundations of the Roman buildings in which he lived can be seen under the central tower. St Paulinus baptised the local Saxon king on this spot, and many Archbishops, including St William of York, are buried here. After the Second World War, the glass from the medieval windows which had been removed for safekeeping, was restored to its rightful place. This must have been like solving a giant jigsaw puzzle. Major restoration was carried out between 1967-1972 to restore the central tower and again in 1984 when fire destroyed the roof of the south transept. During the restoration, a decision was taken not to replicate the original carving of foliage on the sixty-two bosses which had been destroyed. Remember that York Minster is 'the heart of Yorkshire' - and you can see that heart carved in the stone of the west window.

Hotels near York Minster
Goodramgate Apartments from £55.00
Grays Court4 starfrom £130.00
Galtres Lodge Hotel3 starfrom £50.00
Petergate-York from £90.00
11 Talbot Court4 starfrom £125.00
York Racecourse

York Racecourse

York is one of the Premier tracks in Europe having recently won Flat Racecourse of the Year Award and also came out top in The Times newspaper survey of all Britain's racecourses. Horses raced at York during the days of the Emperor Severus in Roman times. However, many of the 260,000 racegoers who will visit the reigning "Northern Racecourse of the Year" this season are unlikely to realise they are taking part in a spectacle that first took place over 2,000 years ago. York Corporation records show that the City first fully supported racing in 1530. In 1607, racing is known to have taken place on the frozen river Ouse, between Micklegate Tower and Skeldergate Postern. The first detailed records of a race meeting date from 1709, when much work was done to improve the course at Clifton Ings which was prone to flooding. Despite this work, the flooding continued and in 1730 racing transferred to Knavesmire, where today's course remains. As its name implies, Knavesmire was a mire with a stream running through it and a considerable amount of levelling and draining was required to create the horseshoe shaped course, which opened for its first meeting in 1731. In recent years York Racecourse, as well as hosting many spectacular York Races, has also played host to Royal Ascot at York in 2005 and The Ladbrokes St Leger in 2006.

Hotels near York Racecourse
Diamonds Guest House from £70.00
York Marriott Hotel4 starfrom £79.00
Heidi's Bed and Breakfast4 starfrom £65.00
Hillcrest Guest House3 starfrom £52.00
Dalescroft3 starfrom £60.00

Other Attraction near York

  • Beningbrough Hall - Beningbrough Hall combines a visit to an 18th century Georgian Mansion in its own impressive gardens with the unique opportunity to see over 100 paintings.
  • Treasurer's House - The Roman city of York has plenty of attractions, not least of which is the wonderful Treasurer's House which is situated in the heart of the city, in York Minster yard.
  • Merchant Adventurers' Hall - The Merchant Adventurers' Hall is of major national importance and is scheduled as an ancient monument. It was built between 1357-1361 and is one of the largest buildings of its date in Britain apart from castles, barns and churches.