Learn how to Spend 2 Days in York England

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The attractive walled metropolis of York, England is the right location for a weekend break. It’s simply accessible from many of the UK, there’s lots to see and do, and it’s compact sufficient for strolling round.

We’ve visited York many instances, and on this information we’re going to share with you find out how to spend the right weekend in York. From what to see and do, to the place to remain to find out how to get round.

This information can be utilized for any two day journey to York in fact, it doesn’t should be over a weekend. It’s also possible to lengthen it simply for an extended keep, as there’s lots to see each within the metropolis and within the surrounding space!

Let’s get began with this York weekend itinerary.


Weekend in York Itinerary

Our weekend York itinerary has you visiting lots of the primary sights within the metropolis. After all, as with all our itineraries, it’s a place to begin so that you can plan from. So be at liberty to regulate it primarily based in your pursuits and sightseeing tempo. We wish to see lots after we journey, however for those who want a slower tempo, simply regulate the itinerary to see fewer issues per day.

If you’re visiting over a weekend, you possibly can both arrive in York on the Saturday morning and depart on the Sunday night, or lengthen your keep to reach on the Friday night and depart both on the Sunday or Monday. It’s as much as you.


Day 1 in York

To your first day in York you’re going to study concerning the historical past of town, discover among the medieval partitions, and go to the UK’s largest railway museum.

Observe that in case you are arriving by prepare in your first day within the metropolis, you would possibly contemplate re-ordering this itinerary so that you begin within the railway museum because it’s subsequent to the railway station. There are left baggage amenities simply subsequent to the railway station to save lots of you carrying your luggage.

For getting round, we’ve got a piece on getting round after the itinerary. York may be very walkable, however you may additionally select to take a Hop on Hop off bus. If you happen to do the hop on hop off bus (included on the York Metropolis Go), you’ll doubtless wish to arrange your sightseeing so it follows the route of the bus.


York Minster

The gorgeously Gothic York Minster is a spotlight of a go to to town, and the imposing building is seen from round York.

Two giant towers dominate the western aspect, with a big central tower within the center. It’s really the most important Gothic model cathedral within the UK (sure, it’s greater than Westminster Abbey!), and the second largest in Europe.

A church has been on this location since not less than 627 AD, nonetheless; the current constructing was largely constructed between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries.

There may be lots to see for those who go to contained in the Minster, which we suggest you do. For instance, there’s a beautiful chapter home, the attractive Nice East Window (the most important medieval stained glass window on the planet), a tower you possibly can climb, and there’s even a crypt you possibly can go to.

A spotlight must be a visit up the tower. At 235ft, the Central Tower is the very best level within the metropolis, which means you get great panoramic views of town round you. It prices a bit extra to climb the tower however we predict it’s nicely price it for the view. There are 275 steps to the highest, and there’s no raise possibility.

York Minster is generally open every single day besides Tuesdays and there’s a payment to go to. Finally examine, you wanted to ebook on-line or by cellphone prematurely to go to resulting from COVID restrictions. You’ll be able to see costs and opening hours on the web site right here. Entry is included on the York Metropolis Go.

Anticipate to spend round 90 minutes right here, though this can rely for those who select to climb the tower and the way match you’re if that’s the case! From York Minster to the Yorkshire Museum it’s a 5 minute stroll.

York Minster York Minster York Minster Stained Glass Window


Yorkshire Museum and Gardens

York was based in 71AD, when a Roman fortress was constructed right here. For a time period, it was really the capital of Roman Britannia, and through the years it’s been every thing from a Roman garrison city, a Viking stronghold, a buying and selling centre, a Victorian engineering hub and even a confectionary powerhouse!

That’s quite a lot of historical past to study. For these of you who love studying concerning the historical past of an space, then a go to to the Yorkshire Museum is so as.

That is discovered within the York Museum Gardens, located subsequent to the River Ouse. The nineteenth century gardens have a lot of attention-grabbing sights, together with Roman ruins, an eleventh century ruined abbey, a 14th century Hospitum, and a nineteenth century observatory. You’ll be able to learn extra concerning the sights within the backyard and opening hours right here, and it’s nicely price taking a little bit of time to wander round earlier than or after your museum go to. The gardens are free to go to.

After all, the spotlight goes to be the precise Yorkshire Museum. Right here you’ll be capable of study concerning the historical past of town, from prehistoric instances by the the arrival of the Romans and Medieval instances. There’s an entry payment to go to, and you may learn extra about opening instances and costs right here.

Observe that the Yorkshire Museum is closed till Spring 2022 however the gardens are open.

Yorkshire Museum York Museum Gardens Abbey Ruin


Medieval Wall Stroll

One in all my favorite free issues to do in York is wander alongside the partitions. These partitions have surrounded town since Roman instances, though they’ve been restored and improved upon through the years. Right this moment, the vast majority of the partitions you possibly can see and discover date from the twelfth to the 14th century, with main restorations happening in Victorian instances.

The partitions are probably the most full set of metropolis partitions within the UK, encircling giant components of town centre. You’ll be able to stroll alongside the highest of them on the wall stroll, which elevates you above town streets and provides some beautiful views throughout town. If you happen to had been to observe the entire route, you’d be taking a look at round a 2 hour stroll of round 2.6 miles.

After all, you don’t should do the entire route and there are various sections you possibly can stroll. If you’re following this itinerary, from the Yorkshire Museum merely cross over the River Ouse and be a part of town wall path to the south of the river. You’ll be able to observe it round to Micklegate Bar, one of many medieval gateways out and in of town. It was historically the gate that monarchs would use for coming into York.

It’s a few 15 minute stroll from the Yorkshire Museum to Micklegate Bar through town partitions.

For a few years, you would go contained in the gate to go to an exhibition and sights. Nevertheless, the Richard III and Henry VII Experiences at Micklegate Bar needed to shut through the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s unclear when or if they’ll reopen.

There are a selection of pubs, eating places, and outlets round Micklegate , so this is usually a good place to have lunch or cease for espresso earlier than heading to the following cease on the itinerary.

For these concerned about non secular historical past, The Bar Convent is situated subsequent to Micklegate and is the oldest residing convent in England. It’s a museum and residing heritage heart and you may go to the exhibition for a small payment (included as a part of the York Go). However there’s additionally a restaurant right here that serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea Monday to Saturday. We visited right here and located it actually attention-grabbing.

From Micklegate Bar to the Nationwide Railway Museum is a 12 minute stroll.

York City Walls Micklegate Bar York City Walls


Nationwide Railway Museum

If you’re into trains (and even for those who’re not!) we will extremely suggest a go to to the Nationwide Railway Museum in York. This free museum is discovered proper subsequent to York railway station.

The museum is the most important museum devoted to all issues rail within the UK. It’s residence to among the most important locomotives in railway historical past, together with the Mallard, which nonetheless holds the report for the quickest steam locomotive ever constructed. There are normally round 100 locomotives or rolling inventory on show, which after we visited included a Japanese bullet prepare and a Eurostar prepare.

Having the museum in York makes quite a lot of sense from a historic standpoint. First, York was well-known within the nineteenth century for the manufacturing of railway carriages. As well as, direct trains had been operating from York to London as early as 1840, and the railway basically saved York from years of decline. York was firmly on the railway map, and mass tourism took off. Sure, folks have been visiting York for the weekend for fairly a while!

Observe that if there’s a explicit prepare or object you have an interest in seeing, you must undoubtedly examine their web site to make sure it’s on show. Typically trains or different objects are despatched on cellular exhibitions, or put in storage.

The Nationwide Railway Museum is free to go to though donations are significantly appreciated. There’s additionally a store and cafe on web site, in addition to a lot of paid journey sights together with a enjoyable Mallard simulator and miniature prepare rides. A number of enjoyable right here for the entire household!

We’d suggest spending a few hours right here. You’ll be able to see extra, together with opening instances and days, on the official web site right here. You also needs to examine to see if it’s essential ebook tickets prematurely.

From the Nationwide Railway Museum to metropolis cruises departure is round a 15 – 20 minute stroll, relying on which cruise you are taking.

National Railway Museum York Mallard National Railway Museum York Mallard


River Cruise

By now you might have in all probability spent sufficient time in your ft and would love a little bit of a break. Properly, a preferred possibility for guests to York is to take some type of boat cruise. These normally run from April by to the top of October.

These will take you up and down the River Ouse which runs proper by the centre of town, affording you a singular view of town from the water. Most cruises function reside commentary, they usually additionally typically have drinks out there for buy.

There are a selection of boat cruise choices in York, from self-drive boat rent by to quick excursions, lunch cruises, afternoon tea cruises, sundown cruises and night meal cruises.

They range in period from 45 minutes as much as 2.5 hours. You’ll be able to see all of the choices and ebook prematurely right here. Observe {that a} metropolis cruise possibility is included with the York Metropolis Go.

If you happen to’re visiting from November by to March, many of the boat cruises are usually not operational. There are nonetheless a quantity bus tour choices to contemplate.

York River Cruise York River Cruise


Night Ghost Tour / Shambles Stroll

Because the day begins to fade to nighttime, it’s the right time to study a bit extra concerning the darker previous of town. York is well-known for its ghost excursions, and the genuine medieval streets across the Shambles are an incredible backdrop to those tales and tales.

After all, you possibly can discover the realm across the Shambles by yourself. Nevertheless, the ghost excursions are quite a lot of enjoyable, led by entertaining costumed guides who’re going to shock, thrill, and humour you.

The 2 excursions we advise you try are this 90 minute tour or this 90 minute tour, each are led by costumed guides. Each excursions have glorious critiques and have received awards.

We additionally suggest you spend a little bit of time strolling the streets across the Shambles at evening, as it’s remarkably fairly and photogenic. The precise road with the title “Shambles” is our favorite, with the leaning homes that appear to be they’re straight out of a Harry Potter movie set. Out of all of the streets within the UK which have been mentioned to appear to be they’re Diagon Alley out of Harry Potter (we’ve been to all of them), that is the one that appears most prefer it.

If you happen to’d want a bus tour slightly than a strolling tour, there’s additionally a night ghost bus tour you would possibly contemplate.

That wraps up your first day in York! Time for some meals and relaxation, earlier than heading on to your second day!

York Ghost Tour York Shambles


Day 2 in York

To your second day in York you’re going to do some extra sightseeing, study York’s Viking and Victorian historical past, and even attempt some chocolate. Then there’ll be time for a little bit of retail remedy earlier than you wrap up your weekend in York.

Once more, every thing on our record in the present day is well walkable, or on the York Hop on Hop off bus route. Let’s get going!


York Fort Museum

Regardless of the title, the York Fort Museum will not be in a fort, neither is the museum a few fort. It’s constructed on the previous web site of York Fort, which was largely rebuilt as a jail within the 18th century. The one actually apparent remanent of the fort is Clifford’s Tower, which is discovered on the hill reverse the York Fort Museum.

So, now that your expectations across the lack of a fort have been managed, you could be questioning what it is a museum of.

Properly, within the early twentieth century, a Yorkshire doctor by the title of John Kirk determined to start out gathering objects that he felt mirrored the time, in an effort to seize a glimpse of life in late nineteenth century Yorkshire. His assortment grew prodigiously, and in 1931 he requested if anybody would wish to show it.

In 1934, his assortment was bought by town, and in 1938 the York Fort Museum opened to show the objects. A spotlight of the museum on opening, and nonetheless a spotlight in the present day, is the recreated late Victorian road referred to as Kirkgate. This was a primary of its form within the UK, and continues to be fashionable with guests in the present day.

There’s tons extra to see within the museum, which is maze like and sprawling, and never specified by any significantly logical order that we may discern. Displays embody data on the jail, the Nice Struggle of 1914-1918, the Swinging Sixties, and vogue during the last 400 years. There may be additionally a Victorian mill that’s typically open to guests.

It’s quite a lot of enjoyable with lots to see and do, and you would simply spend 2 to three hours exploring. There’s a payment to go to, and you may see opening instances and costs right here.

York Castle Museum Kirkgate Street York Castle Museum


Clifford’s Tower

Instantly reverse from the York Fort Museum sitting atop a big mound is Clifford’s Tower. This was the preserve of York’s authentic fort.

A preserve has been on this location for the reason that time of William the Conqueror within the eleventh century, however the current stone model dates from the mid thirteenth century. It’s the one actually visibly apparent surviving a part of York Fort that you could go to.

The tower itself is essentially a shell, with the spectacular partitions surrounding a courtyard. A spotlight of a go to is to go as much as the highest of the partitions, from the place you get good views throughout the rooftops of York and the York Minster.

Clifford’s Tower is operated by English Heritage and there’s a payment to go to, though it’s free for English heritage members. You’ll be able to see opening instances and costs right here. It’s additionally usually included on the York Metropolis Go.

Observe, Clifford’s Tower is closed till mid-2022 for renovations.

From Clifford’s Tower to Jorvik Viking Centre it’s a 4 minute stroll.

Clifford Tower York


Jorvik Viking Centre

Within the ninth and tenth centuries, York and a big swathe of northern England was captured and dominated by the Vikings. They referred to as town Jórvík, and turned town into an essential centre of economic system.

A enjoyable approach to study life in York throughout Viking instances is the go to the favored Jorvik Viking Centre. This attraction consists of two components.

First, there’s an journey which takes you thru a reconstructed Viking village, the place you’ll see many scenes of life in Viking instances. This was created by the York Archaeological Belief, and primarily based on excavations within the space. As well as, among the mannequins are primarily based on facial reconstruction applied sciences utilizing skulls discovered from the time.

Following the informative and enjoyable journey, there’s a museum space, which has many objects of curiosity and additional explanations of life in Viking instances. As well as, there are costumed workers who show crafts from the time, reminiscent of coin making.

A visit to Jorvik Viking Centre is certainly price together with in your go to to York, and it’s a extremely popular household attraction as nicely. Anticipate to spend round an hour to 90 minutes visiting. There’s an entry payment, and it’s additionally included on the York Metropolis Go.

From the Jorvik Viking Centre to York Cocoa Home is a 1 minute stroll, and to York Chocolate Story it’s a 4 minute stroll.

Jorvik Viking Centre York Jorvik Viking Centre York


York Chocolate Story or York Cocoa Works

Within the nineteenth century confectionary and cocoa making turned main industries in York. The railway improved the power to move items, and main producers like Rowntree’s produced their merchandise in York. Actually, after the railways, cocoa producers had been the second largest employer in York at the moment.

Chocolate continues to be very a lot an essential a part of life within the metropolis. Nestlé’s UK confectionary enterprise is predicated right here, as is their world R&D centre for confectionary. Rowntree’s nonetheless make their iconic KitKat bar in York, over 4 million of them a day!

In case you have a candy tooth, or just wish to study a bit extra concerning the historical past of chocolate making within the metropolis, then you might have a few choices. These are York’s Chocolate Story, or the York Cocoa Works. Each these areas function outlets the place you should purchase chocolate. Nevertheless, extra importantly, additionally they each an academic expertise and you are able to do a tour at every for a payment.

York’s Chocolate Story takes you on a journey by the historical past of chocolate in York. You’ll study concerning the folks and firms that put York on the chocolate making map, in addition to the method for the way chocolate is made. You’ll additionally get to make your individual chocolate and naturally, eat some chocolate as you go!

York Cocoa Works focuses extra on the chocolate product course of. While the tour does share the historical past of chocolate making in York, the expertise is extra about visiting a working chocolate manufacturing unit and studying how chocolate is made out of bean to bar. A wide range of excursions can be found, with the usual tour included on the York Metropolis Go.

So, which to decide on? Properly, for those who’d wish to get extra into the historical past of chocolate in York, we’d in all probability suggest York’s Chocolate Story. If you wish to study extra about chocolate making, flavours and so forth, then we advise the York Cocoa Works. After all, you would additionally do each, though there’s going to be some overlap!

In case you have a York Metropolis Go then the York Cocoa Works would in all probability make extra sense because the tour is included.

From both of those sights to the Shambles Market is lower than 5 minutes stroll.

York Chocolate Story Chocolate


Shambles Procuring

We’re going to complete up your final day in York with a little bit of procuring within the Shambles. In addition to plenty of impartial retailers on this space, you’ll additionally discover the Shambles Market itself. This historic market has over 70 stalls to select from, with every thing from arts and crafts to garments and meals in the stores.

We’re fairly positive you’ll discover one thing to purchase within the Shambles Market and procuring space, be it a memento of your time in York or a present for another person. If you happen to’re not into procuring, you’ll additionally discover cafes and bars all through, and the stunning medieval streets are nicely price wandering round anyway.

If you’re searching for one thing to do within the night after dinner, there are in fact a lot of bars, golf equipment, and cinemas. However you would additionally try what’s enjoying at York’s performing arts venues, such because the York Theatre Royal, Joseph Rowentree Theatre, and Grand Opera Home, as there’s typically theater exhibits, operas, live shows, pantomimes, and so forth.

York Shambles Market Shambles Market


York Weekend Itinerary Abstract

Right here’s a fast overview of this 2 day York itinerary.

  • Day 1 – York Minster, Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, Medieval Wall Stroll, Nationwide Railway Museum, River Cruise, Night Ghost Tour / Shambles Stroll
  • Day 2 – York Fort Museum, Clifford’s Tower, Jorvik Viking Centre, York Cocoa Works, Shambles Procuring

After all, there’s lots extra to see and do in York, so you would lengthen this itinerary to extra days or swap a few of these sights with others to fit your pursuits and time.


Map of two Day York Itinerary

That will help you along with your planning we’ve put collectively this map of the sights in our itinerary. It’s also possible to see this on Google Maps right here.

York weekend itinerary map of things to do



Points of interest Close to York

If you happen to’re planning on spending a bit extra time in York, there’s in fact many extra issues to do in central York. However there’s additionally lots to do round York. Many of those sights will certainly be simpler to go to with a automobile.

After all, there’s lots extra to do within the space round York, however this could provide you with some concepts for what to see and do!

Harewood House


The place to Keep in York

York has a variety of lodging choices starting from hostels and flats by to excessive finish lodges, and every thing in between.

Our advice for York is certainly to remain close to to the centre so you’re inside simple strolling distance of all of the sights, eating places and sights. We’ve put collectively some suggestions for York throughout all budgets. These are roughly ordered by value, nonetheless do examine to your dates as costs range.

  • Astor York Hostel – for those who’re searching for a hostel, this is likely one of the finest choices in York. Set in a grade II listed constructing, the property options each shared and personal lodging. There’s additionally an on-site bar in addition to kitchen, eating and lounge areas. It’s quarter-hour stroll from the prepare station and 20 minutes to most metropolis sights.
  • Gillygate Guesthouse – This very nicely reviewed and fashionable 4* guesthouse is discovered simply 3 minutes stroll from York Minster. Rooms are en-suite and a superb worth full English breakfast is on the market.
  • The Bar Convent – how about staying in a working convent throughout your time in York? This quiet location options personal and shared lodging in an precise convent, which can also be some to an interesting residing heritage centre which is nicely price visiting. Breakfast is included, and it’s quarter-hour stroll to the primary sights, and solely 5 minutes from the prepare station.
  • Roomzzz York Metropolis – simply to the south of town centre, round a 15 minute stroll from most sights, it is a nicely reviewed aparthotel possibility. En-suite rooms have kitchenettes.
  • 23 St Mary’s – we stayed at this luxurious guesthouse on a current go to to York and beloved it. It was simply quarter-hour stroll from most sights, and the rooms had been splendidly spacious with luxurious facilities.
  • The Grand – this 5 star lodge is present in York’s former railway headquarters, in order you may think it’s very near the railway station. Rooms are spacious and en-suite, there’s on-site eating and a bar, in addition to a spa and pool. If you happen to’re searching for luxurious in York, this is a superb possibility, and you may get some nice offers relying on whenever you keep as nicely.

If you happen to’re searching for an condominium, we suggest the Plum Information. They provide a number of curated properties which have to satisfy a excessive normal to be listed, and we’ve all the time had a optimistic expertise after we’ve stayed with them. See their listings for York right here.

23 St Mary York


Learn how to Get to York

York is a nicely linked metropolis which is simple get to from across the UK.

First, you possibly can in fact attain York by automobile. If you happen to go for this selection, make certain to examine the parking choices on the lodge you select, as parking might be tough to come back by. If the lodge doesn’t have parking, you would possibly must reap the benefits of the park and journey choices into town. When you’re in York, you’re unlikely to wish a automobile.

York is round a 4 hour drive from London, 90 minutes from Manchester, 45 minutes from Leeds and 4 hours from Edinburgh.

One other glorious possibility for reaching York is to take a prepare. York is on the east coast mainline, with quick prepare companies linking it with the remainder of the nation. London is just below 2 hours away by prepare, and Edinburgh is round 2.5 hours by prepare from York. You’ll be able to examine prepare instances and ebook tickets on-line prematurely right here. With rail tickets, reserving prematurely is almost all the time going to land you the most effective offers.

It’s also possible to journey to York by lengthy distance bus, though this can take a bit longer and so may not be appropriate for a weekend journey. From London to York is between 6 and seven hours by coach for instance. You’ll be able to examine instances and costs on Nationwide Categorical right here and Megabus right here.

York doesn’t have an airport. If you wish to fly to York, the closest airport is Leeds Bradford Airport, which is round 30 miles away. This presents home and a few worldwide flight connections.


Learn how to Get Round York

York has a compact metropolis centre which may be very simple to get round on foot. Most sights are inside 20 minutes stroll of one another within the metropolis centre, so getting round on foot is normally our most well-liked possibility.

After all, there are different choices for getting across the metropolis centre, together with public buses and taxis. iTravel York is a superb useful resource for route planning, with every thing from strolling maps to cycle maps to data on parking.

One other good possibility for getting across the sights in York, in addition to studying concerning the sights, is to take a hop on hop off bus tour. You should buy tickets for these individually right here, and there are additionally Hop on Hop off bus excursions included as a part of the York Metropolis Go.

York Citysightseeing Hop on Hop off bus


York Sightseeing Passes

After we go to a metropolis, we all the time examine if there’s some form of sightseeing go that features the sights we wish to go to. If that’s the case, we are going to spend money on the go if it’s going to save lots of us cash, which is usually the case.

For York, the one go out there that we had been capable of finding is the York Metropolis Go. This consists of greater than 20 sights and actions within the metropolis, in addition to some reductions and even some meals. The go is on the market for one to 3 days.

To resolve if a go like this can prevent cash it’s essential take a look at the sights you propose to go to, the prices of these, after which examine the entire price to the go price.

For our itinerary for instance, the next sights are at present coated by the York Metropolis go (notice that inclusions can change):

  • York Minster
  • Bar Convent Museum (elective)
  • Railway Museum Street Practice
  • River Cruise
  • Clifford’s Tower
  • Jorvik Viking Centre
  • York Cocoa Works
  • 24 hour sightseeing bus ticket (elective)

If you happen to paid particular person grownup entry to all these sights, it might price simply over £65.

If you happen to did all of the sights however skipped the Sightseeing bus, you’re taking a look at round £50.

A two day York Metropolis go prices £65 as of November 2021, though it may typically be discovered at a reduction.

As you possibly can see, you must undoubtedly examine what the go consists of and examine that to your pursuits, and resolve if the York Metropolis Go is sweet worth to your journey. For instance, for those who added on a metropolis sightseeing bus tour, or switched among the sights, it could be price it to your journey.

As well as, you possibly can typically get the York Metropolis Go with a reduction. We suggest checking the value on Tiqets right here, GetYourGuide right here and the official web site right here to see if there are any presents.


Additional Studying

That’s it for our information to spending a two days in York, maybe over a weekend or maybe not. We hope you discovered it helpful. Earlier than you go, we wished to share just a few of our different guides that will help you plan your journey to York in addition to the remainder of the UK, in addition to some third occasion assets we predict you’ll discover helpful.

And that’s it! Have you ever ever visited York? Do you might have something you’d add to the above? Simply tell us within the feedback beneath!

A detailed guide to spending a weekend in York. Detailed 2 day York itinerary, plus tips on getting around, where to stay and saving money!


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