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Visit The Top 9 York Attractions With York Pass

Gothic buildings, gruesome tales, and ghosts galore: York may be small, but its history is mighty.

York is one of England’s most beautiful northern cities, known for its heritage buildings and historic sights. Make the most of your visit with a York Pass. The card gives you access to over 30 attractions, with online prices starting at £38 for adults and £22 for children.

1. National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum is a gem and perfect for anyone who has an interest in locomotives. Kids will be mesmerised by the trains exhibited here. Step back in time through rail history with some of Britain’s most famous trains and steam engines, many of which you can board. Also on display are vintage posters, artworks, old photographs and more.

2. Castle Howard

Castle Howard Yorkshire England

Set in the Howardian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s no surprise Castle Howard is known for its 1,000 acres of grounds and gardens. Give yourself plenty of time to stroll, but don’t forget to check out the dramatic stately home – you might recognise it as the setting for TV and film portrayals of Brideshead Revisited.

3. York Chocolate Story

While other northern cities are known for their industrial origins, York made its name as the chocolate capital of Britain. The Chocolate Story explores this unique heritage with guided tours and interactive workshops. A special 2014 exhibit celebrates the WWI centenary, explaining chocolate’s happy impact on soldiers and civilians, and how the industry changed after the war.

4. Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

A unique northern partner of the National Portrait Gallery, Beningbrough Hall is beautiful inside and out. This National Trust property is known for its expansive grounds, including a Victorian walled garden and a labyrinth, and for the paintings and sculptures displayed inside.

5. Treasurer’s House

The jury’s out on whether or not Treasurer’s House is really haunted, but it certainly looks the part. With a Roman road buried below the basement and Edwardian service quarters tucked away in the attic, this townhouse has a long and intriguing history.

6. Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum near York

©Yorkshire Air Museum

Celebrating Europe’s aviation history, Yorkshire Air Museum occupies a former WWII Bomber Command Station. The collection exhibits over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles. There’s plenty to discover about the early days of flight, and history buffs will particularly enjoy the collection of restored aircraft. Tornado aircraft represent the supersonic age and you can learn of the Bomber Command Story, Air Gunners Room and about the pioneers of Aviation. Before you leave, be sure to pay tribute to the fallen in the Memorial Gardens.

7. York Castle Museum

Journey through the decades at York Castle Museum from Victorian times, life during WW1, the sixties and seventies, and the space age. Marvel at 150 years of toys, bikes and games, see memorabilia that shaped the sixties and view the collection of miniature artefacts. See this and more at this inspiring museum, perfect for old and young.

8. The Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Located in Murton Park, the Yorkshire Museum of Farming is dedicated to the history of local agriculture. With a petting zoo and an adventure playground, this one is sure to please the kids.

9. The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

The 14th century Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s hidden gems, now operating as an event venue and a museum. Tour the carefully preserved chapel, learn about the guild’s history, and be sure to check out the artistic depictions of York throughout the centuries.

The Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre places you perfectly for exploring the city’s attractions and beyond, with good links to local transport near the hotel. Start planning how to use your York Pass and see the city’s highlights.

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