The Best of York


(This is a route developed for the Clarice app)

York is a place full of historical attractions and quirky cafés. Here you will find a list of places that you shouldn’t miss when you travel to York.

Memories of medieval times, one-of-a-kind museums and a taste of the original Kit Kat are all waiting for you!

York Minster

The York Minster cathedral is by far the most visited attraction in York!

Legend has it that couples who kiss under the cathedral’s West Window will stay together forever.

The cathedral features medieval stained glass and underground chambers with over 2000 years old.

Climb up the steps of the Central Tower and enjoy the best view of the city!

Clifford’s Tower

The tower is named after Roger de Clifford who was hanged here for treason against Edward II.

Set on a high mound, the Clifford’s Tower is a remaining piece of the York Castle built by William the Conqueror.

It was used as a prison and a jail for a while and it represents the power of England’s medieval kings.

Railway Museum

Get to know the history of trains with a free visit to the Railway Museum, home to the largest collection of railway objects in the world!

From the fastest steam locomotive to the working life’s experience in a station, this award-winning museum is a great place to spend a day with the family and learn more about the railway history.

JORVIK Viking Centre

Step on this archaeological discovery of a Viking city named Jorvik.

Built by the York Archaeological Trust, the JORVIK Viking Centre tries to recreate the city using remains of the original excavations that took place here over 30 years ago.

Castle Museum

To know more about York’s social history, plan a visit to the Castle Museum!

Historical artifacts like Jacobean dining rooms and memories of the Sixties can all be seen inside this monument founded by Dr.John Kirk in 1938 on the site of the former York Castle.

Kirkgate is a worldwide icon and a big part of the Castle Museum. It recreates a Victorian street with its original cobbled street, a police cell and a Hansom Cab, as well as shops that still exist today and that were once divided between rich and poor.

Yorkshire Museum

With a collection that ranges from prehistorical to medieval times, the Yorkshire Museum houses many of the finest archaeological finds in Europe, like the famous Cawood sword, one of the most well-perserved Viking swords having remained intact for over 1,000 years!

Both the museum and the surrounding gardens were established by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society in the 1830s.

The York Dungeon

Experience York’s historical path in this unique 75-minutes entertainment show!

Actors, 360º sets and specials effects come together to recreate the past, bringing local legends like the last Viking king of York, Eric Bloodaxe and the highwayman Dick Turpin back to live.

An authentic journey that will take you to the York Castle Prison where you’ll hear many of York’s darkest stories…


For a different view of the city’s monuments go on this relaxing boat ride on the River Ouse!

Keep your eyes open and be on the lookout for wildlife species like the Kingfishers.

The YorkBoat organizes several trips from daytime to evening cruises and it’s the ideal place to capture York’s stunning buildings and bridges.

York’s Chocolate Story

Visit the UK’s home of chocolate, where Chocolate Orange and Kit Kat were created!

This tour will introduce you to some of York’s chocolate-making families. You’ll learn more about the origin of chocolate and how to make this delicious treat.

After the tour feel free to explore the shop and take some chocolates home!

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