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14 Apr

Best Of Britain – Best Sites In Historic York

Castle Howard in York

Castle Howard

Experience The Best Of British In Historic York

We look at some of the best sites in the historic city of York, and you’re in for some architectural treats, and a whole lot of culture.

York and history are two things that will always go hand in hand, and this city has a lot of stories to tell. A first class tourism destination, York offers a variety of sights and sounds, from castles, museums, and gardens, to a popular live music and theatre scene, to family orientated fun. York city centre is compact, with a large pedestrian zone which means you are never far from an attraction, but what can you see in this ancient walled city centre and beyond? Here’s a round-up of some of the best sites in historic York.

Yorvik Viking Centre

Re-opening in Spring 2017 after being hit by flood damage, this attraction still remains one of the best, and most fascinating insights into Viking Britain in the UK. When it re-opens you’ll be able to take a ride through Viking streets re-created and brought to life in superb detail. There’s also artefact galleries and exhibitions and the popular Jorvik Viking Festival.

York Minster

See medieval stained glass and high quality stone work, climb the steps up the central tower to view York from the highest point in the city, or attend one of the special events or performances. Don’t miss the exhibition galleries located in the underground chambers, they’re not just for adults! Children can take a free discovery trail, meet Monty the Minster’s monkey, or relax in the children’s chapel.

York’s Chocolate Story

The Terry’s, The Rowntree’s and The Cravens – three local families that have contributed to 200 years of chocolate history in the city. Find out more about them, and the famous brand names that they have created at this attraction, and learn the subtle art of being a chocolatier. Guided tours and interactive galleries will take you on a journey, which will predictably end at a tasty gift shop.

York Maze

One of the biggest mazes in Europe, with over 20 attractions, rides, and even shows, which means a lot of family fun. Open from July-September and during spooky Halloween events.

Castle Howard

Nearly 1,000 acres of parkland, woodland paths, temples and fountains to explore, and not to mention the 300 year old house and artefacts. Knowledgeable guides have plenty of stories to tell of the Howard family, which includes Thomas Howard who was a key figure during Henry VIII’s reign.

The York Pass

You know you’ll be spoilt for choice when a city has its own tourism pass scheme, and the benefits of The York Pass are well worth a look. Buy one of these passes and you’ll receive a free guidebook, pass exclusive discounts you can use around the city, and free entry to 30 plus attractions located in the city centre and beyond. You’ll be saving on the purchase price of individual tickets so it will more than repay your investment. Attractions included in the York Pass are – Castle Howard, DIG – An Archaeological Adventure, York’s Chocolate Story, Yorkshire Museum Of Farming, and the beautiful Castle Howard.

Alongside offers and discounts available for tickets, and maybe accommodation as well, have you considered adding in travel insurance for your pre-booked trip to York? Booking travel insurance for a UK trip may not be as common as foreign holidays but there are benefits to be found. These benefits will vary, in the same way the conditions of travel do – you’ll have to pre-book accommodation for example. The benefits though could include cancellation cover, missed/delay departures on some modes of transport and also personal property.

There’s plenty to think about, but with the Best Sites in Historic York ready and waiting to welcome you, a bit of planning will ensure you make the most of what this city has to offer.