York Englands Top 10 Fun Activities


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York England is known as “Tolkien’s Middle Earth”. The city has a population of 170,000, and there are lots of fun things to do.

Here are the top 10 fun activities you may do in York England!

1) Visit York Minster

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York Minster is the biggest Gothic cathedral that is still standing. It took construction 283 years to complete and has been in service for 7 centuries! It’s truly a magnificent sight to behold (with brilliant acoustics), and even if you’re not religious, it’s well worth a look. The entry price isn’t affordable, it’s definitely worth the money!

2) Visit Jorvik Viking Centre

A large stone building

What many don’t know about York England is that in the past, the Vikings ruled England for a while. This museum takes you back to what it’s like living during those times and reminds you how rich York England has.

3) The Shambles

The Shambles is a very narrow cobbled street that takes you back to medieval times. It’s amazing to see all the old architecture in full effect. There are also lots of cafes and tea shops where you can relax after the long walk over there. During Christmas time, it’s also for market stalls, you get to see that too!

4) Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a beautiful manor house situated 30 minutes out of York England. It’s near the city but just far enough to escape the noise and enjoy nature. The tour gives you several insights into what it’s like living in such an extravagant home, especially when there are servants to help you. You can even see the grave of Lord Byron!

5) Watch an olde worlde riot

York England is known for its riots against King William (of Orange). One might not think that it’s ‘fun’ watching people fight but the Olde World Riot puts on a show with “period” armor and weapons. It does get a bit bloody, and there are lots of firecrackers, so it’s not for the faint-hearted, but anyone with an interest in history (or seeing things get smashed) will love this!

6) Shop for bargains at the Shambles Market

Every Saturday, The Shambles turns into a market! You can buy all kinds of knick-knacks and random objects. It’s great fun going around looking at what people have to sell and enjoying a hot pie from a nearby stall. Street performances also happen every weekend so you get a show with your shopping!

7) Go underground at York Dungeons

York Dungeons is a themed attraction filled with actors and scary things. You get to go on a dark ride where you experience sights, sounds, and even smells that’ll get under your skin. There are several gruesome torture devices from the past just waiting for you to get on.

8) Watch a traditional Punch & Judy show!

The Punch & Judy show is an old-timey platform where you’ll see all the classic characters come alive. There will be nonstop action on this small stage, and even if you don’t understand what’s going on, it’s still fun to look at. It won’t cost you much to get in but you might have to wait a while before the next show starts.

9) Visit world-famous Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate – oldest Tea House in England!

This quaint tea house is an experience in itself. There will be several traditional decors and even more teas to choose from their menu. If you’re not in the mood for a hot drink, they even have a range of chocolates to choose from now!

10) Explore Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in York. It was part of the old town walls but now they’ve built a new museum called Jorvik nearby. The tower has been used for purposes over time, including things you wouldn’t expect, before finally becoming what it is now.

So there you have it. These are 10 fun things to do in York, England that will keep you occupied during your stay. It might be just one big city, but there are lots of things happening at all hours so you’ll never be bored!

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