From the pre-historic to the present day, you'll find traces of York's colourful history everywhere you go in the city. You can feel it when you walk down The Shambles, often regarded as Europe's best preserved mediaeval street. You can see it as you walk along the ancient Roman walls offering great views of the city below. And you can get carried away by it in any one of York's incredible array of museums.
Some of Britain's finest archaeological treasures and many rare animals, birds and fossils are housed in the newly refurbished Yorkshire Museum. With ten-acres of botanical gardens surrounding the museum, it's well worth a visit. You can step forward a few centuries at York Castle Museum and walk down a real Victorian street with shops and even a prison. Or why not dig a little deeper and uncover a more unusual side of the city's heritage at the York Cold War Bunker.
Fly over to the former World War II RAF Bomber Command Station at Elvington and visit the Yorkshire Air Museum. Fascinating exhibits span the whole history of flight, including the early pioneers of aviation. Or if you're more interested in tracking York's agricultural roots, don't miss the historic vehicles and carts at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming.
Tucked away in the cobbled streets you can discover some of the city's hidden secrets. Marvel at the interior of Fairfax House, the finest Georgian townhouse, or explore Merchant Adventurers Hall, the finest preserved Guild Hall in Europe. Barley Hall lets you experience life in a mediaeval household or discover the Treasurer's House, said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city. If that's not enough there is also the only museum in Europe dedicated to quilting and textile arts, which is home to the earliest known signed and dated patchwork!
Found in the heart of the city in St Helen's Square, the Mansion House is an architectural masterpiece which plays host to an extensive collection of civic regalia and artefacts.
Discover the Great East Window at York Minster and marvel at the largest expanse of stained glass in the UK. Explore York’s Chocolate Story and get to know the history behind the chocolatiers famous for shaping the city and producing sweet treats such as the KitKat.
To ensure you’ve ticked off all of the historical sites, make sure you buy your York Pass. Giving you access to the city’s popular historical sites, also saving you money. This way you can go ahead and treat yourself with the money you’ve saved.
The great news is the city hosts a packed programme of events, which will allow you to witness what life was like in historic York. Experience Viking York at the JORVIK Viking Festival, with the battle spectacular and crafting sessions. At the Eboracum Festival, Romans march through the streets and witness a real life Roman camp – the question is do you have what it takes to join the Roman Army? Make sure you’re not missing out by keeping up to date.