Visit York Summer Guide 2021

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Contents Love York


Love Walking

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Getting to York

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Love Al Fresco Dining

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Love Indie Retail

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There’s a lot to love in York. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old romantic or an unsentimental grump - York is sure to win your heart. The city’s world-renowned heritage is complemented by inspiring innovation. York is the UK’s only UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, with a varied cultural offering to suit all tastes.

Summer of Sport

York also boasts an incredibly vibrant food and drink scene, with everything from international street food, to a Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s so much to see in the city, and a great deal more in its beautiful surroundings, so extend your stay, and Love York for longer. Things are a little different at the moment, with measures in place for you to enjoy York safely. Pre-booking is a must at many attractions and venues. Be sure to check online for the most up-to-date information.

It’s a bumper year for sport, with Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics, the Euros and more on the way. York is even set to co-host the Rugby League World Cup this autumn. We’ll be celebrating sport this summer.

Follow @VisitYork for the latest info.



Discover the Vikings Book now for an unforgettable trip to Viking-Age York | Coppergate, York, YO1 9WT 06

National Railway Museum Escape the day-to-day at National Railway Museum and take a journey through time.

Discover the world-changing stories of the railway through star objects like Stephenson’s Rocket and the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard. Admire the splendour of royal travel including Queen Victoria’s ‘palace on wheels’, and marvel at the power and innovation of the Japanese Bullet Train.

Recharge with a warm drink and some cake or even a spot of lunch in the onsite cafes, before meeting Railway Heroes. This timely exhibition showcases the tremendous railway workers who have helped key workers to and from their jobs and given back to their communities—and country—during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experience a day out unlike any other. Hop aboard a miniature railway for a little taste of train travel and unleash your curiosity on selected holiday dates with family-friendly activities.

National Railway Museum is open 10.00-17.00, Wednesday – Sunday during term time and every day during selected holiday dates. The museum is free to enter but booking ahead online is encouraged and can even be done on the day (capacity allowing). There may be a few additional safety measures in place since your last visit, so check the National Railway Museum website before your visit.

Journey to Russia in Trans-Siberian: The World’s Longest Railway. Opening this summer, the exhibition will bring to life the story of one of the world's most celebrated railway journeys, with objects including a famous Fabergé Easter egg (booking required).

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Experience York in the open air! Choose from daytime and evening sightseeing and dining cruises, or explore the City in your own self drive motor boat! & SAVE 10% WHEN YOU PRE-BOOK ON SELECTED EXPERIENCES!

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Explore York’s hidden medieval townhouse Discover the fine line between science, religion and magic in medieval society at the Magic & Mystery exhibition.

Glimpse into medieval York at Holy Trinity Church Goodramgate

Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF Get in touch at 01904 613451 or tweet us at @YorkHolyTrinity Image © Graham White

Open Tuesday - Saturday 11.00am – 3.00pm

Stretching your legs is a great way to get a little exercise, and York is a fabulous city for walking in. This beautiful part of the world provides numerous interesting spaces that can be reached and enjoyed on foot. Little Vikings I Spy Trail This family friendly trail is the perfect way to explore York with kids. The map highlights 22 fascinating features of York, for your little ones to look out for as you walk around the city. It’s beautifully colour coded, making it super easy to follow. From a mischievous devil, to a cute little cat, what will you discover? The I Spy Trail map can be collected from the Visitor Information Centre at 1 Museum Street. York Chocolate Trail Modern York was built on the chocolate industry, home to famous names like Rowntree and Terry, and this rich, chocolatey heritage has left its mark all around the city. Our Chocolate 12

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Trail showcases the landmarks and businesses which have a strong link to the confectionery industry, and the families who built it, covering hundreds of years of history. Find it on our website. The City Walls One of York’s defining features, the city walls make for a brilliant walk. At 3.4 kilometres long, these beautifully preserved structures are the longest medieval town walls in England. A walk around the remaining walls takes about two hours, and there is a great deal to see along the way. The North York Moors If you want to really stretch your legs, the North York Moors National Park is just 30 miles North of the city. For a multi-day trek, the 109-mile Cleveland Way takes in stunning heather moorland and dramatic coastline. For a shorter excursion, walks from the family-friendly National Park Centre at Sutton Bank offer some of England’s finest views. For more inspiration go to



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Richard III Coming Home 9 July – 31 October 2021 The iconic portrait of Richard III on display in York on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

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Exhibition organised by the Holburne Museum, Bath.

Find out more and book tickets at Grayson Perry, ‘Cocktail Party’, 1989 © Grayson Perry. Image courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro.

Getting to York By Bus

Regular bus services run to York from many nearby towns and cities, including Leeds, Selby and Scarborough. Call Bus Info on 01904 551400 or visit

By Train

York Train Station is a short 10-minute walk from the city centre. For more information on services please visit

By Taxi

Check the travel section on for reputable taxi services.

Left Luggage

Store your luggage on Queen Street, adjacent to the long stay car park at York Railway Station, you will see the left luggage office on the right next to Europcar, YO24 1AD. Alternatively you can use Yorbag Left Luggage located at 20 High Petergate, only 90 metres from York Minster.

Park & Ride

Visitors travelling by car are encouraged to use York’s Park & Ride service for ease. Find out more about services at the six sites by visiting

Parking in York

There are a number of convenient and secure car parks in York city centre. For details, visit

Access All Areas

During your summer visit we want to make sure you are able to get around safely. Visit accessable. to check for easily accessible venues.


Call 01904 679222 to hire a scooter or wheelchair from the second floor of Picadilly car park (YO1 9NX). Visit to find out more. Please check online for the most up-to-date information.



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What would summer be, without sitting out and enjoying sensational flavours in glorious sunshine, savouring the open air? Shambles Food Court The wide range of food on offer at the Shambles Food Court allows you to travel all around the globe with your feet firmly planted in York City centre. As an extra treat this year, the historic Shambles Market will be transformed into an occasional pop-up restaurant. Follow @VisitYork to stay in the loop THOR'S Tipi On Parliament Street, a tipi-style covered seating area with benches has been set up in partnership with THOR’S Tipi, offering an extra, leafy space for you to enjoy the delights of local food vendors. 22

College Green A similar set-up is being provided by York BID on College Green, with temporary outdoor seating in place so that you can revel in the scale of York Minster’s Great East Window while sampling a tasty snack or drink from the Goodramgate locale.

Forest’s Secret garden On Low Petergate, Forest have transformed their outside area into a Secret Garden, an enchanting space perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and complete with its own bar. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book ahead. For more inspiration go to

Lesser-Known Coffee Spots After a busy day soaking up York’s history and culture, a tea or coffee and a slice of cake really hits the spot. You can combine the two activities in the peaceful gardens of The Bar Convent, the medieval grandeur outside Merchant Adventurer's Hall, or the piazza-like bustle of Exhibition Square, just in front of York Art Gallery.


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14 Colliergate York YO1 8BP 01904 411444 At village gallery we offer a great, eclectic selection of antique, less-old and new art, jewellery and decorative items. We are Lalique specialists, and York’s official stockist, with an extensive range of new and pre-owned pieces. Our jewellery selection also contains new and pre-owned pieces; new items are predominantly by local artists, designers and makers ... and using their skills we offer a bespoke jewellery service. We also host rolling exhibitions of work (2D and 3D art, glass, ceramics and jewellery), much of it (including greetings cards) the work of local artists. Our normal opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm. Simon and Helen look forward to welcoming you to the gallery. “A gem of a shop selling gorgeous collectibles and hosting a gallery showcasing local artists. Check out the Lalique and contemporary art. And a burgeoning jewellery collection.” Tripadvisor review Check out our offerings online at


York’s independent scene is thriving, especially when it comes to retail. By exploring the city’s shops and stalls, as well as picking up quality products, you will meet the passionate and local people who make York, York.. The village gallery

If you’re looking to spruce up your home or treat someone special, you’ll find the village gallery just around the corner from the Shambles. They sell art old and new, and pride themselves on showcasing talented local artists.

York Gin

You’ll be sure to find York Gin in pubs and bars across the city. If you want to take some of their award-winning gin home with you, visit their beautiful shop in the historic Herbert House, and pick up a bottle or two. Monk Bar Model Shop 26

Monk Bar Model Shop

Located just inside the city walls at Monk Bar, this model shop is an enthusiast's paradise. With what seem like the dimensions of the TARDIS, the shop is an absolute treasure trove, and packed to the rafters with items that will bring you childlike glee, no matter your age.

Finest Fashion

There’s never been a better time to bolster your wardrobe, and York is the place to do it. Dog & Bone Vintage on Castlegate sells pre-loved garments to suit all styles. You’ll struggle to leave without a whole new outfit. Put the icing on the cake at the Hat Shop, on Pavement, where you can finish off your new look with formal or casual headwear for any occasion.

Shambles Market

The historic Shambles Market is home to York’s largest collection of independent traders. From fresh fruit and veg, to delightful dresses and handmade crafts, it’s one of the city’s most unique shopping experiences. For more retail inspiration, go to


Dog & Bone Vintage York's one stop Vintage, Retro, Fashion and lifestyle paradise, located by The Coppergate Centre, at 28 Castlegate.

Nic fell in love with wearing vintage during his university days in the early 2000s, and buying and selling not only became a passion, but a necessity to help fund that lifestyle itself. It was in 2011 when he setup a market stall in Brighton, on a windy racecourse in order to sell all the clothing he'd purchased over the years, in the midst of the recession. From then, grew what was to be called Dog & Bone Vintage - a name derived from Nic's surname, Barker, trading online and referencing the rag & bone trade.


From online, to market stalls, the first clothing shop on Gillygate was born in 2013, and expanded to the store it is today in 2015, stocking a huge range of vintage fashion sourced from across Europe & America for guys and girls. The extensive hand picked selection of vintage clothing features on trend, branded and classic items from the 50s through to the 90s & early 00s. Dog & Bone Vintage are also home to selected lifestyle & apothecary products. Instagram: @dogandbonevintage


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Sutton Bank National Park Centre • Home to the ‘finest view in England’ • Walking and cycling trails • Bike skills area, pump track and bike hire • Park Life Café and gift shop • Nature Hub – opening this summer • Events and activities 29

EXPERIENCE 24 MILES OF YORKSHIRE’S AMAZING SCENERY The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Travel behind a steam or heritage diesel locomotive and enjoy the authentic sights, sounds and smells of a working heritage railway.


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Extend your stay in our holiday cottages or campsite

A place like no other

Find outstanding local produce in our Farm Shop Visit our Garden Centre for great choice and value

There is nowhere quite like Castle Howard, with its spectacular landscape, gardens, house and collections. Taste award-winning food in our cafés and take home treats from our gift shops, Farm Shop and Garden Centre. Visit our website and discover more about one of Britain’s finest stately homes. Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

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Breezy Knees Gardens

Gardens open 1st May - 30th September Tues - Sun (plus BH) Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm (last entry 3.30pm) Common Lane, Warthill, York, YO19 5XS 01904 488800

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