If it’s history, culture and even romance you’re looking for then why not try the city of York? Famous for its beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and the iconic York Minster, York is fast developing into a modern city with a vibrant café culture, where you can take a break from all the history and simply watch the world go by while sitting by the river. As the old meets the new you can visit world class museums or enjoy one of the cities many festivals.
Jorvik Viking Centre, one of the city’s leading UK attractions, is the site of one of the most famous discoveries of modern archaeology. Archaeologists uncovered the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking city of Jorvik, as it stood 1,000 years ago. The Jorvik Viking Centre is now built on the very site where the excavations took place, creating a fascinating visitor experience that changed the face of museums. Their determination to recreate a Viking city as authentically as possible from the layout of the houses, the working craftsmen, to the smells of cooking and the cesspit meant it has now been visited by more than 15 million people.
The National Railway Museum is a fantastic (free) day out for the whole family where you can re-live the golden age of steam and witness history brought to life by the story of the UK’s railways. Nostalgia awaits as you stroll past the treasures in the Warehouse or down the red carpets of Station Hall, towards the Royal Carriages. Visitors can step onto the futuristic, Japanese Bullet Train, enjoy the stunning replica of Stephenson’s Rocket, or explore other amazing feats of engineering associated with railways.
York Minster dominates the York skyline and is renowned as one of the UK’s leading attractions. Visitors often experience love at first sight as they behold northern Europe's largest Gothic cathedral. There’s also plenty to do as visitors can experience the serene beauty of the Quire and Chapter House or climb the 275 steps of the Central Tower for the best view of York and the countryside beyond.
The York Dungeon, much like its cousin London Dungeon, provides visitors with a gruesome experience of life in grim times gone by. The Dungeon transports visitors back to a witch burning from one of the most horrific passages in history of the 16th and 17th centuries when an estimated 200,000 people were condemned for witchcraft and burned alive. Other gruesome exhibits include Guy Fawkes being tortured and a Plague Show
The Yorkshire Museum has some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe. While learning of York’s history through an array of media, visitors can walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor, kneel at St William's medieval shrine and see the prehistoric monsters that swam here when Yorkshire was beneath the sea.