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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in York and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some York activities? We have 49 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Skydive over York up to 15000ft

York, Australia
Duration: 2 to 5 hrs
Priced From: USD 192.47


Skydive over the historic town of York – freefall from up to 14,000ft, and parachute away from the congested skies and urban sprawl at our fully self-contained skydiving facility that includes our own private airfield, pool, sauna, café & bar, just 90mins from Perth.

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Afternoon Teas

York Afternoon Tea Cruise

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 105 minutes
Priced From: USD 35.85


Join us for a delightful 1 hour and 45 minute cruise with a selection of dainty home-made sandwiches, fruit scone with preserve & cream and delicious finger deserts. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. Optional Prosecco can be added to adult tickets. All served with freshly brewed tea and coffee.

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Attraction Tickets

Castle Howard and Helmsley at Christmas: Tour from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 32.98


Enhance your Christmas visit to York with a morning and lunchtime tour to Castle Howard and Helmsley at Christmas. You'll travel through the countryside and explore Yorkshire's finest stately home at its festive best. Travelling by minibus or mini-coach, this superb tour gives you ample time to... Read More

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Fountains Abbey - Knaresborough Castle - Ripon Cathedral

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 32.98


Discover the magical, breathtaking beauty of Fountains Abbey on this 5-hour tour from York. On this guided tour you'll visit the ruins of Knaresborough Castle for a magnificent view of the Nidd Gorge and Knaresborough spectacular railway bridge. You'll spend two hours at leisure at the UNESCO World... Read More

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Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey day trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 55.93


Discover two of Yorkshire's finest attractions on grand tour from York. On this small-group tour from York you'll spend an unforgettable day visiting Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park – the UNESCO World Heritage listed Cistercian Monastery and Georgian Water Gardens –... Read More

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The Castle Howard Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 32.98


This half-day trip from York to Castle Howard is the best way to explore Yorkshire's finest stately home. Travelling by minibus or mini-coach, this superb tour gives you ample time to explore the house, grounds and gardens at the historic ancestral home of the Howard family. Discover Castle Howard's amazing setting, the beautiful house and the impeccable gardens and see why it was chosen as the location for the filming of... Read More

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Attraction Tickets

York’s Chocolate Story Guided Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes
Priced From: USD 16.49


At York's Chocolate Story you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A 75-minute fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history.

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Chocolate Tours

2-hour Chocolate Tasting Tour of York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 32.27


What better place to get your chocolate fix than the home of chocolate’ York is home to several chocolate shops like Nestle, Terry's, and Rowntrees! Walk your way through this belly-filling chocolate tour, fueled by handmade treats and drinks. By the time your tour is finished, you will be well versed on the history of chocolate and York. This tour allows a maximum of 20 people and may be shared by multiple groups.... Read More

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Christmas

Bishopthorpe Palace Christmas Cruise

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 17.93


This relaxing cruise is an ideal way to escape the busy shopping streets and step into the Christmas spirit. Your ticket includes a choice of hot drink (tea, coffee or hot chocolate) and a mince or apple pie.

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Cultural Tours

Haworth, The Famous Ilkley Moor and Bolton Abbey

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 54.50


And Interesting Tour taking the Industrial History of Yorkshire, a time when the Iconic Bronte sisters were living and then heading back in time to the Bolton Abbey. The Bronte's are Iconic within the literary world, join us as we head to the quaint town of Haworth where the sisters were inspired to write their masterpieces. Enjoy time to discover more at the former home now converted into a shrine... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Robin Hood Bay, Whitby and the North York Moors

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 54.50


Explore the famous area or the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye. The Moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling. It has more ancient scheduled monuments than anywhere in the country including, standing stones, Stone crosses and burial mounds.... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour from York in Summer

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 54.50


The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in the World. Famed for its iconic scenery of dramatic limestone hills, winding valleys, dry stone walls, meadows and grazing sheep. Our friendly driver/guides will help you see more than you can imagine in a single day as they explore the wild landscape with you.<strong>Highlights<br... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Whitby - Home of Captain Cook and Count Dracula

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 358.53


A private full day tour from York (and surrounding area) to the picturesque seaside town of Whitby. Famous for its beautiful harbour, Captain Cook, the ruined Abbey.  Not forgetting the famous steps that feature highly in the classic horror, Dracula.

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Cultural Tours

Durham - The Cathedral and Old City

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 358.53


A day tour to one of the most beautiful and historic small cities in Britain. Famous for its magnificent cathedral, castle, winding streets and old market places and with wonderful views of the river far below. Durham is not to be missed!

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Cultural Tours

Harrogate And The Yorkshire Dales

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 358.53


A day trip from York through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales to the famed spa town of Harrogate. Renowned for its elegant buildings, parks, spring water and of course its' tea rooms as even visited in Downton Abbey.

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Cultural Tours

Castle Howard - The Finest Stately Home in Yorkshire

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 322.67


A private guided tour to not just the finest stately home in Yorkshire but one of the very best in Britain. Castle Howard remains a private home to an aristocratic family.  Despite this you may recognise parts of it as it is often used in TV shows and movies such as the recent TV hit, Victoria.

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Custom Private Tours

York Walls Private Walking Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 71.71


Your own personalized tour guide, taking you on a spectacular trip round the world famous city walls! You are provided a unique guided tour experience - you will be picked up at your hotel, or in town at a place of your choosing, at a time to suit you. You will be taken around the walls, no big groups to tag along with or time schedules to keep, and even arrange coffee/food along the way at some of York's very best food and... Read More

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Custom Private Tours

Private Ghost Tour of York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 71.71


Let your own personalised tour guide take you on a spectacular trip round this world famous city at night. You are provided a unique guided tour experience and picked up at your hotel or elsewhere in town at a place of your choosing, at a time that suits you. You will be taken around the major historic points of interest in York, without a big group to tag along with or time schedules to keep, and even arrange coffee or food... Read More

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Day Trips

Whitby - Goathland and the North York Moors from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 40.15


Enjoy a visit to Whitby and see the North York Moors in winter on this great-value small-group day trip from York. Travel through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside to the idyllic village of Hutton-le-Hole before crossing the heart of the wild and rugged North York Moors National Park. Enjoy two... Read More

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Day Trips

An Afternoon & Evening in the Moors

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 45.89


Enjoy an afternoon tour of the North York Moors and visit the coastline at Whitby on this great-value small-group day trip from York. Travel through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside to the idyllic village of Hutton-le-Hole before crossing the heart of the wild and rugged North York Moors National Park. Enjoy two hours in the fabulous seaside town of Whitby, famous for fish and chips as well as its association with Captain... Read More

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Day Trips

Steam Trains, Whitby, and the North York Moors Full-Day Tour from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 55.93


Explore the stunning North York Moors by road and steam train on this wonderful small-group day trip from York. Travel through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and visit the fabulous seaside town of Whitby, famous for its association with Captain James Cook and featured in Bram Stoker's Dracula,... Read More

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Day Trips

Full-Day Yorkshire Dales Tour from York in Winter

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 43.02


The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most famous National Parks in the World. Famed for its iconic scenery of dramatic limestone hills, winding valleys, dry stone walls, meadows and grazing sheep. Our friendly driver/guides will help you see more than you can imagine in a single day as they explore the wild landscape with you.<strong>Highlights<br... Read More

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Day Trips

Full-Day North York Moors and Whitby in Winter from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 43.02


Explore the famous area or the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather Moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye. The moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling... Read More

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Day Trips

North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby Day Tour from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 54.50


Explore the famous area or the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather Moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye. The moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling... Read More

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Day Trips

Lake District Highlights Day Trip from York with Windermere Cruise

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours
Priced From: USD 100.39


This fantastic tour allows you to tick off Britain's two most popular and famous National Parks in one day. The Morning section take you for a gentle drive through the Yorkshire Dales. You will enjoy fantastic Dale's views including the Medieval Castles of Middleham and Bolton, Aysgarth... Read More

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North Yorkshire Moors and Castle Howard Day Tour From York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 66.69


Explore the famous area or the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye. The moors are one of the most important historical areas in Britain in terms of religion, farming, mining, fishing and smuggling... Read More

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Day Trips

York Breweries Bus Tours

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 78.88


Hop on the Brewtown minibus and let our designated driver take you to three breweries so you can enjoy a true taste of God's own county with our selection of Yorkshire breweries tours. Pick up at York Tap, York Station at 11.30pm you will get to visit 3 breweries and meet the people who are revolutionising beer-making around York. You will be back in York depending on traffic, drinking speed and how much talking is done.

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Day Trips

Full-Day Heartbeat Locations Tour from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 71.71


Step back to the 1960s on a guided bus tour exploring Heartbeat country in Yorkshire. Explore Aidensfield, Ashfordley and the beautiful moorlands of Yorkshire.

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Day Trips

North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 60.23


Take a day out from York on this small-group guided tour to explore the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park and Whitby, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure and visiting the market town of Helmsley, the village of Goathland (Heartbeat and Harry Potter filming location) and the fishing port of Whitby. See Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Museum, shop... Read More

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Day Trips

Haworth, Bolton Abbey and Steam Trains Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 60.23


This Day Trip from York provides the opportunity to explore Bronte Country and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the West Yorkshire Pennine Village of Haworth (made famous by the Bronte sisters and home to the Bronte Parsonage Museum), Bingley Five Rise Locks (the most spectacular... Read More

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Day Trips

Private Group Haworth, Bolton Abbey and Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 423.06


This Private Day Trip from York provides the opportunity to explore Bronte Country and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the West Yorkshire Pennine Village of Haworth (made famous by the Bronte sisters and home to the Bronte Parsonage Museum), Bingley Five Rise Locks (the... Read More

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Day Trips

Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 60.23


Explore the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on this small-group guided day trip from York, visiting Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, Askrigg, Arncliffe, Pateley Bridge and the traditional Dales Market Town of Hawes, where you will have the opportunity to visit the award winning Wensleydale Creamery, the home of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group... Read More

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Ghost & Vampire Tours

York Ghost Tour by Vintage Bus

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 21.51


Discover York's sinister side on this 1-hour ghost bus tour, led by a hellishly hilarious guide. Visit some of city's spookiest sights and learn about the restless spirits whose sightings have earned York the accolade of the most haunted city in the world. From your blood red seat aboard a Routemaster — a classic double-decker bus — pass by top historical attractions such as York Minster, Clifford's Tower and the... Read More

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 20.08


There is no better way to see York than on a double-decker City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus! See top York attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as Clifford's Tower, Exhibition Square, York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and much more. The buses are open top, allowing 360-degree panoramic views along the route. Hop on and off at any of the 18 stops around Yorkshire's capital during 24 hours of sightseeing.

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Lunch Cruises

Lunch Cruise

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 105 minutes
Priced From: USD 42.31


Enjoy a delightful 1 hour and 45 minute cruise with a delicious 2 course, buffet-style lunch freshly cooked and served on board the Captain James Cook, the largest boat on the River Ouse.

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Movie & TV Tours

The York Harry Potter Experience

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 19.36


Take a 2-hour guided Harry Potter walking tour for a magical journey through all things wizarding in York. See where JK Rowling was inspired to create her iconic characters, and visit some of the film sites and wizarding locations in the Harry Potter universe. See the entrance to the station where the Hogwart's Express past through, the original Diagon Alley, and historic York city centre. Tour group size is a maximum of 35... Read More

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Night Cruises

Ouse River 1-Hour Early Evening Cruise from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 12.91


The 1-hour York Early Evening Cruise is both an entertaining and informative tour of the River Ouse. Escape the city rush and enjoy York from a different perspective whilst your friendly and knowledgeable team guide you leisurely up and downstream. During your cruise, your Captain will keep you entertained with a live, sightseeing commentary.

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Night Cruises

70-minute York Evening River Cruise

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 70 minutes
Priced From: USD 20.08


Step aboard, relax and enjoy a romantic end to your evening in York. Sailing at 9:15pm, the Floodlit Evening Cruise offers an ideal opportunity after an evening meal at one of York's numerous restaurants and hotels nearby, to finish your night over a glass of wine or a hot chocolate while taking in the sights of the walled city of York illuminated in the evening light.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey Private Tour from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 494.77


Discover two of Yorkshire's finest attractions on this flexible private tour from York. Travel by spacious and comfortable luxury executive car, with pick up from your hotel in York, accompanied by an experienced local driver-guide. You'll spend an unforgettable day visiting the amazing Castle... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour to Whitby and the North York Moors from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 494.77


Explore the stunning North York Moors on this tailor-made private full-day tour from York. Drive through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, visit the atmospheric seaside town of Whitby, ride a steam train across the wild North York Moors, and visit the railway... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private 2-Hour York Walking Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 107.56


This private 2-hour walking tour is tailored to what you want to see, ensuring you make the most of your time in the beautiful city of York.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Viking Walk of York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 71.71


Take an exclusive, personalized 2-hour walking tour of Viking York. Part history, part legend, all enthralling... meeting you at a time and location to suit you (for example at your hotel) there are no set times to meet or big groups to join with, this is your own tour which you can take at your own pace. For a small additional fee this can also include a stop off at an authentic Viking Themed Bar in York (great in the cold... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private York Christmas Walking Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 71.71


Let your own private guide take you around the world famous city of York, which is at its most beautiful during the Christmas season. Your bespoke tour will include visiting some of the key sites of the city, in addition to a number of our hidden gems usually missed by tourists, with your well informed and friendly guides.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Group Yorkshire Dales Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 423.06


Explore the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on your own private small-group day trip from York, visiting Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, Askrigg, Arncliffe, Pateley Bridge and the traditional Dales Market Town of Hawes, where you will have the opportunity to visit the award winning Wensleydale Creamery, the home of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this private... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Group Haworth, Bolton Abbey and Steam Trains Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 709.88


This Private Day Trip from York provides the opportunity to explore Bronte Country and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including the West Yorkshire Pennine Village of Haworth (made famous by the Bronte sisters and home to the Bronte Parsonage Museum), Bingley Five Rise Locks (the... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Group North York Moors and Whitby Day Trip from York

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 423.06


Take a day out from York on your own private tour to explore the North York Moors National Park and Whitby, passing by the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure and visiting the market town of Helmsley, the village of Goathland (Heartbeat and Harry Potter filming location) and the fishing port of... Read More

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Sightseeing & City Passes

The York Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 54.50


Enjoy free entry to 30 top York attractions with the York Pass, a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites that interest you most. Entrance to some of York's finest showstoppers such as York Minster and York's Chocolate Story are included. Choose from a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and sightsee as you wish; all options include an informative York guidebook, discounted entry to attractions in the wider Yorkshire... Read More

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Walking Tours

York Walking Tour including York Minster

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 27.52


This 2-hour walking tour provides you with fantastic insights into the most historic and world famous sites in York. Starting with Romans you will explore the 'Snickelways' of York - a unique collection of small streets and footpaths - and architectural wonders that have captivated the world's attention for centuries. The tour culminates in the magical York Minster - a must see for any walking tour, and you have an... Read More

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Walking Tours

York - 2000 years of history in one walking tour

York, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 272.48


A private guided walking tour with a dedicated local guide around the narrow streets of York.  We'll take you to the best and most beautiful sights that the city has to offer.  Along the way you'll learn about some of the great history of York along the way.

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