Loading, please wait...

Pick the best UK travel insurance for your trip to York. Our policies start from just *

Voted by the Times as one of the top cities in Europe for tourism, there's a host of things to keep you busy on a trip to York. From vast Cathedrals and medieval monuments, to quaint marketplaces and innovative eateries, the question is where to start? Here's a breakdown of the top attractions in York, along with our recommendations for where to eat and drink.

York Castle museum - an immersive historic experience, gives you a taste of what life was like in Victorian York, with the old streets recreated. Browse the quaint victorian style shops selling traditional sweets and tea, and interact with period actors that populate the exhibition.


The Shambles - Taking its name from the Anglo-saxon word 'Fleshamels' (meaning 'flesh shelves') the street was once home to 25 butchers shops. Nowadays, the street is lined with quaint little shops selling quintessentially British products from teas, chocolate, fudge to medieval memorabilia. It's said to have been the original inspiration for Diagon alley in J.K Rowlings' best-selling series.



The House of Trembling Madness - a medieval ale house dating back to 1180 A.D! Here you find a shop on the first level selling a huge selection of craft beers and spirits. Upstairs is the cosy pub, were you can enjoy a pint and some traditional Yorkshire pub food.



The Original Ghost Walk of York - If you're one for tall tales and spooky stories then taking The Ghost Walk of York might be for you. The tour sets off nightly from the Kings Arms pub at 8pm, costing £5 per head with no need to book in advance. The first ghost walk in the world, the tour delves into the gruesome past of the most haunted city in Europe.



Jorvik centre -housed here are the remains of a 1,000 year old viking settlement. The main attraction is the 70min long dark ride, which takes you on a journey back in time to 10th century Viking York. There's even a full scale exhibition featuring ancient artefacts and Viking skeletons.



Betty's tea rooms - stop over here for a traditional english afternoon tea which has been served here since the 1920's. You'll need to book in advance though, as it's is a very popular place amongst visitors. If you don't have time to make a reservation, you can always sample their various sweet and savoury bakes from the counter.



York's chocolate story - Unwrap the history of chocolate at the York's Chocolate factory, and try your hand at making your own chocolate lollipop. York is also known as the UK's capital for chocolate as it was here that the Rowntree brothers first started importing Coco beans and established the world famous Kitkat, Aero and Quality street chocolate brands.



Clifford's tower - This is almost all that's left today of York castle built by William the Conquerer. Clifford's tower is a great spot for panoramic views of old York.



The York Roast Co. - a quirky modern take on a British classic, the York Roast Co. specialises in giant Yorkshire pudding wraps filled with your choice of roast meat, stuffing, gravy, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and your favourite sauce!


Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.

Holiday Extras is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered address: 2nd Floor, 1 Tower View, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UY. Company number 03220410.