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9 TOP THINGS to do in York

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    If you are in England, you can’t keep York off your travel list. There is no shortage of popular tourist attractions in York, making it difficult for travelers with limited time to choose what to see.

    Through this York blog, I will share with you some of the most interesting things to do in York.

    In my opinion, 3 days in York is good time to see the best that city has to offer. But if you can spare couple of days more that’s even better, you can take the sights more slowly. Here is a combined list of best tourist places in York as well as some of the best things to do in York.

    1. York Minster

    York Minster

    York Minster is an old Cathedral located in the York city.

    The church’s side altars have a number of magnificent pieces of art by some of the England’s top painters. The cathedral’s importance is further underscored by the presence of the tomb of the patron saint.

    Quick Facts:

    • This 72 m tall structure is certainly magnificent to look at.

    Address: Deangate, York YO1 7HH, United Kingdom

    2. York Shambles

    From magic tricks to music performances, enjoy the street performers put on a spirited display. The famous street is one of the first sites you’ll see when you arrive in York.

    Quick Facts:

    • Some of the things York Shambles features include beautiful timber-framed buildings.

    Without a doubt this wonderful historic street is one amongst the top things to do in York.

    3. National Railway Museum York

    An interesting railroad museum, National Railway Museum York showcases the history of railway in the region.

    Exhibits include a collection of railway memorabilia and historical photographs and documents.

    In my opinion the rustic steam engines are the highlight of the museum.

    Address: Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ, United Kingdom

    4. Jorvik Viking Centre

    Quick Facts:

    • The reconstructed Viking village was opened on April 1984.

    With so much to offer, no wonder Jorvik Viking Centre is one of the top things to do in York.

    Address: 19 Coppergate, York YO1 9WT, United Kingdom

    5. Clifford’s Tower

    Clifford’s Tower

    Clifford’s Tower is a fortified medieval tower located in the city of York.

    It was once part of the defensive walls which surrounded the city.

    Quick Facts:

    • The medieval tower was built somewhere around 13th-century.

    Address: Tower St, York YO1 9SA, United Kingdom

    6. York Museum Gardens

    York Museum Gardens

    York Museum Gardens is a large landscaped park, an oasis of greenery, located in York.

    Take a walk through this lovely park and simply enjoy the outdoors.

    It’s easy to spend an entire day here, wandering through these flourishing gardens. A riot of colour erupts in the spring and early summer.

    Quick Facts:

    • Some of the things York Museum Gardens features include an ancient abbey from middle ages and ruins of a roman settlement.
    • The park was built somewhere around 19th-century.

    If you have time, it makes for a nice addition to your York trip.

    7. York city walls

    York city walls

    An old stone wall which once served to defend the city from aggressive invaders.

    These tall and seemigly imperious walls were once an integral part of the city’s defence system. Consider walking along the path which runs parallel to the wall admiring the amazing craftsmanship.

    As it get hot during the day time, make sure you visit either early or late in the day. With numerous entrances and decorated with religious iconography, it was these walls that stood as first line of defence.

    8. York’s Chocolate Story

    York’s Chocolate Story

    It is a museum that explores the history and evolution of chocolate in the region.

    And not only that, you can also try on a variety of chocolates here.

    Add it to your York trip if you have time.

    Address: 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD, United Kingdom

    9. Treasurer’s House

    Quick Facts:

    • Some of the things Treasurer’s House features include a serene garden.
    • Easy to get to Treasurer’s House is located in the city center.
    • The historic house was built somewhere around 18th-century.
    • The year 14 June 1954 saw Treasurer’s House being designated as a world heritage site.

    Address: Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL, United Kingdom

    Thanks for reading this travel blog, hope now you know plenty of must see places in York. All in all, whether you are a backpacker, a solo traveler, slow traveler, a female traveler or a couple there are plenty of interesting things to do in York for everyone.

    And it’s not difficult to create an itinerary that includes some of the best tourist attractions in York. So what are York sights to see or you have already been here? Let me know in the comments along with your tips and experiences.

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