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  • York: City Highlights Walking Tour

    1. York: City Highlights Walking Tour

    Contained within a ring of medieval stone walls, York concentrates 2000 years of history into a remarkably small area. This ninety-minute tour begins at Bootham Bar, the city’s northern entrance, from which every period of York’s development is visible, from Roman times to the present day. You’ll then enter the tranquil, green oasis of the Museum Gardens - a Victorian botanic garden which contains an 18th Century observatory, the remains of a Roman fortress and the spectacular ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. From here it is a short walk to the Minster - the largest medieval gothic cathedral in the country - which has dominated the city’s skyline for over 900 years. The Minster lies at the heart of a warren of ancient streets whose layout is Viking in origin. You’ll hear tales of Viking invasion while delving deep into the maze of secret passages known as ‘Snickelways’; passing an unhappy mer...

    Alfred was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable but presented the information in a fun and interesting way. A really enjoyable and informative tour.

  • York City Pass: Access 20 Attractions for One Great Price

    2. York City Pass: Access 20 Attractions for One Great Price

    York is a city with over 2000 years of history to explore, choose your own adventure in this amazing city. After purchase, your York City Pass gives you free entry to over 20 attractions in York.  Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in York and see the best of the city. You can visit JORVIK Viking Centre, York Dungeon, York Minster, Barley Hall, and more. You can also hop on the City Sightseeing Bus or the York City Cruises. With a variety of different options of things to do in see, you can thoroughly explore York. The York Pass also gives you discounts on taxi fares, BOBH day trips from York, Mountain Goat Tours, City Cruises Evening Tour, York Cycling Tour, escape rooms, and ghost walks. Inclusions: • Pizza or pasta at ASK Italian (terms and conditions apply) • The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre • Barley Hall • Bedern Hall • Beningbrough Hall • Clifford’s Tower • Castle Howard • DI...

    It was good but I thought I book the yorvik on line I couldn't find it on my phone. we quewed up but couldn't go in cos they had no sigh n of the booking. I also booked the castle museum thinking it was included so I had to cancel it. I was not paying anymore on top of what I had already spent.

  • York: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

    3. York: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

    Enjoy a day of city-sightseeing in York in the comfort of a hop-on hop-off open-top bus. See the city’s most famous monuments and buildings from great vantage points and learn about the city’s history from a live guide on board. Sit back and relax as your hear fascinating information about York Minster, Micklegate Bar, Clifford’s Tower, and much more. Benefit from a 24-hour pass that offers you the flexibility to hop-on or hop-off anytime at any of the 20 stops along the tour route.

    We visited York with our 10yr old grandson. We loved the tour and the info given was not only informative but amusing. Definitely recommend it to all.

  • York: 1–Hour Evening Walking Tour

    4. York: 1–Hour Evening Walking Tour

    Early evening is the most atmospheric time to experience York, the shops have closed, the tourist hordes have departed, the ancient streets lie at your disposal. This hour-long walking tour is for anyone seeking a concise, informal and entertaining introduction to York in the company of an expert local guide. Discover why the Minster is known as a Minster rather than a cathedral, why all the streets in York are called Gates and all the gates are called Bars. Start your tour in Exhibition Square, and see 2000 years of history simply by turning in a circle. Take in all the must-see sights including the Minster, the medieval walls and the Shambles, the inspiration for Diagon Alley. Take the opportunity to enter the maze of ancient cut-throughs and back-passages, or Snickelways as they are known locally.  Although this isn't a ghost tour there are plenty of gruesome true stories to be hear...

    Sarah was a really good. informative and made the tour very interesting, fun and easy to remember, we had two children aged 9 and 13 and they both said - ‘that was really good Mam’ - they expected to be bored but were far from it !

  • York: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

    5. York: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

    Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore York outdoors at your own pace. Get clues sent to your phone and search your surroundings for the answers as you are led on a beautiful route through fabulous places. Start your treasure hunt in the fabulous Museum Gardens in the center of York. Play using your phones, on which you’ll meet Captain Bess, a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. Receive beautiful treasure maps leading you from one spot to the next. Find yourselves sneaking through a series of small streets and footpaths, passing medieval churches, and guildhalls. Use the sent clues to search for your surroundings. When you get the right answer, move on to the next place. Don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint to help you on your way. Learn some interesting facts and stories along the way about the things you'...

    Very clever and a fun couple of hours. Great way to engage teenagers in exploring a new city. I do wish there were a little more info about the landmarks you visit.

  • York: Private Bespoke History Walking Tour

    6. York: Private Bespoke History Walking Tour

    Walk through the streets of York which feels like taking a tour through the history of England. The Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all remade the city to their own purposes. The Tudors and the Stuarts made themselves at home here. The Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War left their mark as well. Experience the history of one of the most fascinating cities in Britain. For 2,000 years, York has been at the heart of the nation’s affairs. Listen to your guide that will bring its history to life as you are walking through lush parks and narrow lanes, pass grand churches, and palaces to ruined castles and abbeys. Enjoy this tour that offers a private experience for larger groups or families who would prefer the personal touch. The tour takes in all the main sights of the city and provides an in-depth look at the history behind them. Your guide will happily customize the to...

  • 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

    7. 3-day Yorkshire Dales and Peak District Tour from Manchester

    Day 1: Travel to the Peak District. In the late morning, you will arrive in Castleton. This quaint old town attracts travelers from all over the world for its quintessential English charm. Nearby, there are caves, a beautiful view up a valley, and an insightful information center. Venture to the beautiful valley at Monsal Head. There’s an old rail line viaduct that emerges from the green hills. It’s a gorgeous structure with an impressive history. If you’re hungry, then you’re in luck, because you’re stopping for lunch in Bakewell. Not only is this town delicious to look at, but it’s also the home of one of England’s most famous desserts, the Bakewell Pudding. After savoring every last crumb, head over to Chatsworth House. This luxurious stately home is incredible; you can admire the architecture, get lost in a massive maze, or praise precious art. Finally, head off in the early eveni...

  • The Best of Northern England: 5-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    8. The Best of Northern England: 5-Day Tour from Edinburgh

    Spend 5 glorious days exploring the very best of northern England on this exciting multi-day tour. Discover the beautiful East Lothian coastline and the amazing Alnwick Castle, spend some time in the city of York, and explore nature in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, travel to the shores of Ullswater,, said to be England's most beautiful lake, and much more along the way. Day 1 Your tour starts with a beautiful drive down the magnificent East Lothian coastline as you travel towards the walled border town of Berwick Upon Tweed. After stopping to admire the fortifications, continue to Alnwick Castle, whose magnificent interior and gardens have appeared in many films and television programs. Leaving Alnwick behind, travel towards the City of York on the Great North Road, and ar...

  • York: Private Walking Tour with Student Guide

    9. York: Private Walking Tour with Student Guide

    Discover York and learn about the city’s rich history on a private tour. Be led through the streets by a local student guide, passing the most important sites. Meet your guide in the city center to begin your private experience. Pass the City Gates, York Castle, St. Mary’s Abbey, York Minster, and more. Admire the beautiful architecture as you wander between landmarks. Discover the city’s medieval roots and modern history from your informative guide. Find out about Constantine, the emperor who converted Rome to Christianity. Hear how Richard III plotted his campaigns during the Wars of the Roses. This private experience can be tailored to the needs and interests of your group. Your walking tour ends back at the original meeting point, where you’re free to continue exploring on your own.

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What people are saying about York Minster

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 343 reviews

Alfred was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable but presented the information in a fun and interesting way. A really enjoyable and informative tour.

The last bus of the day was very early, could have been an hour later. You don't really get 24 hours worth of travel. Works out expensive for a family.

We visited York with our 10yr old grandson. We loved the tour and the info given was not only informative but amusing. Definitely recommend it to all.

The tour name's Alfred,he is a great tour for my walking journey in York. It was our first time visit York city.

Very fun way to explore the city on your own. Highly recommend.