York City Cruises church York Sightseeing and dining cruises, and private hire Home / York

Essential York

Enjoy the best of York with City Cruises and experience the extraordinary in this majestic city!
City Cruises
Sightseeing and dining cruises, iconic attractions, private events, and more

Recommended Experiences in York

Frequently Asked Questions

Best things to do in York

  1. Visit York Minster – one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, and home to an awe-inspiring collection of medieval stained glass.
  2. Take a stroll around The Shambles – a narrow, medieval street lined with quaint shops selling everything from fudge to Harry Potter memorabilia.
  3. Wander through the picturesque streets of York’s historic city centre and admire the traditional architecture.
  4. Explore the Jorvik Viking Centre – an interactive museum which brings York’s Viking history to life.
  5. Visit Clifford’s Tower – a 13th-century castle perched atop a hill overlooking the River Ouse.
  6. Take a boat trip along the river to get a different perspective on the city.
  7. Learn about York’s ghosts and ghouls on a spooky walking tour of the city centre.
  8. Enjoy afternoon tea in one of York’s many charming tearooms.
  9. Sample some of the local produce at one of York’s farmers’ markets.
  10. Catch a show at the Grand Opera House – a spectacular Edwardian theatre which plays host to a variety of musicals, operas and ballets.

What are the top activities in other areas near York?

What do I need to know before visiting York?

    1. York is a walled city, so there are plenty of historic buildings and sites to explore within the city walls.
    2. Many of the streets in the city centre are narrow and cobbled, so comfortable walking shoes are a must!
    3. York is located in Northern England, so the weather can be quite cold and wet depending upon the time of year you visit.
    4. There are plenty of pubs and bars in York, but many close early (around 11pm), so don’t leave your night out too late! You can also look to do a dinner cruise as they offer drinks as well!