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? Find out more about what York has to offer below:
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 Shall Not Be Named‘), jewellery boutiques, a coin and stamp dealer, and much more!
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. For a complete dining experience, we’d recommend Skosh on Micklegate.
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!
Another of our favourites is The York Dungeon 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!