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Things to do in York - City Guide by IHG


Discover York

About halfway between London and Edinburgh, York is unique among cities in the United Kingdom. York is still deeply connected to its history. As you explore, you'll find reminders everywhere that York has its roots in Rome and its heritage in Viking lore. However, the city embraces the modern as well, with independent shops and restaurants sitting next to ancient landmarks. York is an appealing combination of old and new, where the classic and the trendy coexist side by side. Whether you're going for a day or a week or a month, you'll find plenty to fill your time and your belly in English heritage York.


Top York Guides

Let this York city guide help you start planning your trip, and be sure you include these can't-miss destinations in your itinerary.


Music and Entertainment in York

York is known as the City of Festivals, as there is an event going on each month of the year.




Top York's landmarks

Whether you are looking for history via medieval churches, walls or castles, or you prefer to explore the natural beauty of the area, you'll find it at these landmarks in York.


Best places to eat in York

Here are some of the best places to eat in York, including both fine dining and casual eats.




Day Trips nearby York

York's city centre is a place that offers a one of a kind visit, but if you feel like getting out there to explore the surrounding areas, York can also serve as a nice base.


Short visit? Only 24-48 hours in York

How do you get the very most out of York in your short trip? Better yet, what can you see in 48 hours? Let us help you imagine the possibilities.



York Neighbourhoods

Select a few of these attractive neighbourhoods in York, and you will be an expert of the city in no time.



Where to Stay

With 5 hotels throughout York’s neighbourhoods, IHG has everything you need for a wonderful stay.

Hotel Indigo York

Things to Do

Find the best local tours, activities and attractions in York and earn 1,000 IHG® Rewards Club points.

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The 1-hour York Early Evening Cruise is both an entertaining and informative tour of the River Ouse.


Discover York’s sinister side on this 1-hour ghost bus tour, led by a hellishly hilarious guide.


This Day Trip from York provides the opportunity to explore the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


Take a 2-hour guided Harry Potter walking tour for a magical journey through all things wizarding in York.


Experience some of the best restaurants throughout York and book your reservation using OpenTable.