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With just one day to see this amazing ancient city, here are my suggestions for getting the most out of 24 hours in York.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie

8 Places

2 City Tips

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8 Places

York Castle Museum

Speciality Museums

York City Walls

Ancient Ruins, Scenic Walking Areas

Shambles Kitchen

Restaurants

The York Dungeon

Speciality Museums, Game & Entertainment Centres

York Brewery

Breweries

National Railway Museum

Speciality Museums, History Museums

Jorvik Viking Centre

Speciality Museums

Shambles Tavern

Restaurants

Paulpatr's City Tips

  • An All York day pass gives you unlimited transport on York's bus system.
  • When you dine out at a restaurant, tipping around 10% is the norm.
  • York Castle Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Paulpatr Says:

    The York Castle Museum is a great place for a fun day out. There's lots to discover here: Walk down a replica of a Victorian street and explore exhibits about how life was back then, and how times have changed! Here, you will also find offbeat collections of miniatures, patchwork quilts, and World War I Christmas cards.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Give yourself a good 2-3 hours, as there is a lot of very interesting information on display and it's worth taking your time to go through it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 513 things to do in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not to be missed! 19/01/2020
    • Excellent 16/01/2020
    • York Castle Museum
    Address:
    Eye of York
    Tower St
    York YO1 9RY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 687687
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • York City Walls
    Ancient Ruins, Scenic Walking Areas
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    Paulpatr Says:

    This is your chance to walk along an amazing piece of history dating back to the year 71 AD; you can tour a stretch of the walls, or circle the whole city! Some great views of York can be enjoyed on this walk. An absolute must when in town!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The Friends of York Walls society provide a handy guide with maps and descriptions of the various sections you can walk.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 513 things to do in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed because it was icy ( it was sunny and 6 degrees) 20/01/2020
    • Wonderful and unique 13/01/2020
    • York City Walls
    Phone:
    +44-1904-621756
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Shambles Kitchen
    Restaurants (Cafe, Fast food)
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Named after the historic street where it is located, Shambles Kitchen offers a great selection of freshly prepared food, from wraps to pulled pork to hearty stews. An excellent stop for lunch!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Open for breakfast and lunch only.
    • Before or after a good meal, take some time to explore The Shambles, the unique street where some buildings are nearly 500 years old!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best lunch in York 29/12/2019
    • Shambles kitchen 30/11/2019
    • Shambles Kitchen
    Address:
    28 Shambles
    York YO1 7LX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 674684
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • The York Dungeon
    Speciality Museums, Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Prepare to be educated, entertained, and thrilled all at the same time at the York Dungeon, which gives you a glimpse of the darker side of York.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Not recommended for the weak-hearted!
    • Book online for a discount.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 42 Museums in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Well Worth It 19/01/2020
    • Great fun 18/01/2020
    • The York Dungeon
    Address:
    12 Clifford Street
    York YO1 9RD
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 632599
    Price range:
    US$21 - US$21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • York Brewery
    Breweries
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    Paulpatr Says:

    The staff here at York Brewery provide an entertaining and informative tour of the entire beer-making process. Tastings included!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The tour price includes four mini tasters — great value.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Brewery Visit 27/11/2019
    • York brewery 18/06/2019
    • York Brewery
    Address:
    12 Toft Green
    York YO1 6JT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 550907
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • National Railway Museum
    Speciality Museums, History Museums
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Explore train history first hand, from the locomotives of yesteryear to the modern-day Japanese bullet train.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Free entry with suggested donation.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 513 things to do in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best attraction in the UK. 19/01/2020
    • Brillant day out 17/01/2020
    • National Railway Museum
    Address:
    Leeman Road
    York YO26 4XJ
    England
    Phone:
    03330 161 010
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Jorvik Viking Centre
    Speciality Museums
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    Paulpatr Says:

    Head here to explore Viking houses and experience scenes, sounds, and smells that give you a flavour of what Viking life was like.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You can take in this museum in a fairly short visit.
    • A ticket allows free return visits to the museum for 12 months.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 513 things to do in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Learn a little history 20/01/2020
    • Highlight of our trip 20/01/2020
    • Jorvik Viking Centre
    Address:
    19 Coppergate
    Coppergate Shopping Centre
    York YO1 9WT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 615505
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Shambles Tavern
    Restaurants
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    Paulpatr Says:

    A great little pub with nice ales, Ye Old Shambles Tavern is a great place to relax after a day spent uncovering the history of York. Plus, you have an opportunity to visit The Shambles at night, when the street takes on a completely different feel!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Complimentary crisps are served with your ale.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great spot for a bite to eat and a drink 06/01/2020
    • Great lunch 06/01/2020
    • Shambles Tavern
    Address:
    44 Shambles
    York YO1 7LZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 633005
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$26
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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