The City of York was founded in 71 AD, when the 9th Roman Legion set up their encampment.  They name given to the settlement was Eboracum.  The city remained a vibrant provincial capital throughout the 4th century.  More than 800 years later, ample architectural evidence of the Roman Empire can still be seen clearly throughout the city.  History-buffs will also rejoice in discovering the 13th century medieval walls which frame the city as well as the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter which sits in the center of the town. Popularly known as the York Minster, this imposing cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Along with the city’s architectural treasures from antiquity, York also offers visitors a wide range of modern sightseeing attractions.  From trendy bars with live jazz, romantic English gardens, fine art galleries, an opera house, and a myriad of biking, boating, walking, shopping, and bus tours. Interested in learning more about what York has on offer?  Click here.  Below are some of York’s most popular sighseeing highlights:

The York Ghost Walk

York Afternoon Tea Cruise

York Minster

National Railway Museum

York Castle Museum

Clifford Tower

The Shambles

Jorvik Viking Centre

Castle Howard

Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

Stonegate and Barley Hall

Yorkshire Wolds Way

The York Dungeon

York’s Chocolate Story

More tourist information about York can be found here.  If you are planning to do a bit of sight-seeing during your stay, you might find it cost effective to invest in a York Pass which offers you substantial discounts on ticket costs for many of York’s leading attractions. In addition, the pass offers the following:

  • Full colour guidebook on York and Beyond York attractions
  • Free 1 day hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus tour
  • Discounts in many shops, cafes and restaurants around York

The Passes are also available for  two and three days. Special passes may also be purchased for children.  Information on purchasing and using the York Pass may be found here.