Just a short bus ride away from Hull, lies the historic city of York, a true gem filled with rich history, stunning architecture, and an array of activities perfect for visitors of all kinds. Whether you’re a food lover, history buff, or simply looking for a memorable day trip, York has something to offer everyone.
Thanks to East Yorkshire Buses, services run every day to major towns and cities across the East Riding and even into North Yorkshire up to every 30 minutes on weekdays! Plus, until 30th June, single fares are capped at just £2 per person, making it an affordable option to experience the beauty of York and its top attractions and hidden gems.
No visit to York would be complete without exploring the York Minster, one of the largest and most magnificent Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe. Take a guided tour to learn about the Minster’s fascinating history, marvel at the intricate stained-glass windows, and don’t forget to climb the Central Tower for a breathtaking view of the city.
Ancient City Walls
Walk the ancient city walls As you leave the Minster, take a stroll along the well-preserved medieval city walls that surround the heart of York. The walls stretch for over 3.4 kilometres (2.1 miles) and offer a unique perspective of the city. Make sure to stop by the four main gatehouses, known as “bars,” that serve as entrances to the city.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Discover history at the Jorvik Viking Centre Travel back in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre, where you can experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Viking-age York. Interactive exhibits, detailed reconstructions, and even a ride through a Viking settlement make this museum an immersive and educational experience for all ages.
Unravel the mysteries of York’s most famous street, The Shambles The Shambles is one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. With its overhanging timber-framed buildings, narrow cobbled streets, and unique shops, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Don’t miss the chance to sample some local treats or pick up a souvenir from one of the many independent retailers.
Indulge in York’s culinary delights. York boasts a diverse food scene that caters to all tastes. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional English pub meal or a taste of international cuisine, there are plenty of options. For a sweet treat, visit York’s Chocolate Story to learn about the city’s chocolate-making history and sample some delicious creations.
Enjoy the tranquility of York’s Museum Gardens Take a break from sightseeing and relax in the beautiful Museum Gardens. This 10-acre botanical garden is home to a variety of plant species, the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, and the Yorkshire Museum. It’s the perfect place to unwind with a picnic or a good book.
National Railway Museum
Step back in time at the National Railway Museum Train enthusiasts and history buffs alike will love the National Railway Museum. Discover the history of rail travel and explore the vast collection of locomotives, carriages, and other railway memorabilia. Entry to the museum is free, making it an excellent budget-friendly option.
York is an enchanting city that offers a wealth of activities and attractions for visitors arriving from Hull. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in its rich history, explore the charming streets, or sample delicious local cuisine, you’ll be captivated by this extraordinary destination. So, hop on that East Yorkshire bus and embark on an unforgettable day trip to York.