Attractions in York

Polly Checkland Harding

When you pair the cultural venues of the ancient city of York with not only Hull but the nearby town of Skipton too, you’re in for a guide to the best attractions in the area that’s absolutely bursting with recommendations – from the incredible Fruit Market cultural quarter in Hull, to the 1,000-strong collection of paintings at York Art Gallery. Between them, this trio of destinations are home to the incredible York Minster, to Skipton Castle and the multi award-winning aquarium The Deep. There’s no shortage of heritage venues, theatres, outstanding art galleries and legendary live music joints here – some of the best in the North, in fact. Read on to discover more.

  • 1. York Minster

    York Minster
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    York Minster, York Minster, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7HH - Visit now

    The stunning and historic York Minster has been a place of Christian worship in the since the Middle Ages up to present day.

  • 2. Skipton Little Theatre

    Skipton Little Theatre

    Skipton Little Theatre, Clifford Street, Skipton, BD23 2AD - Visit now

    Skipton Little Theatre is a cosy local theatre with just over 70 seats that’s the home of Skipton Players the Craven area’s active amateur thespians.

  • 3. Fruit Market Hull

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    Fruit Market Hull, Queen Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 1UU - Visit now

    Fruit Market Hull is the name of Hull’s vibrant cultural quarter – featuring places to visit, shop, eat and live, it’s a must visit.

  • 4. Jorvik Viking Centre

    JORVIK Viking Centre
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    Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9WT - Visit now

    Jorvik Viking Centre is a visitor attraction covering all aspects of Viking life. Expect a sensorial experience you’ll never forget.

  • 5. Yorkshire Museum

    Yorkshire Museum
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    Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7FR - Visit now

    The Yorkshire Museum features five galleries full of fascinating archaeological treasures and many rare animals, birds and fossils.

  • 6. Skipton Castle Woods

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    Woodland Trust

    Skipton Castle Woods, The Bailey, Skipton, BD23 1AW - Visit now

    Skipton Castle Woods has idyllic spaces to walk and play in as well as a wealth of local wildlife, check out their events and tours.

  • 7. Ferens Art Gallery

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    Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3RA - Visit now

    Ferens Art Gallery houses a superb collection, including masterpieces by Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.

  • 8. National Railway Museum

    National Railway Museum
    National Railway Museum

    National Railway Museum, Leeman Rd,, York, Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ - Visit now

    The National Railway Museum tells the story of rail transport in Britain and how it affected society in countless ways.

  • 9. York Festival of Ideas

    York Festival of Ideas
    York Festival of Ideas

    York Festival of Ideas, Creative Tourist, Creative Tourist, Creative Tourist, YO10 5DD - Visit now

    York Festival of Ideas is an annual cultural festival that takes place for two weeks every June in venues across the city centre.

  • 10. Craven Arts Studios

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    Craven Arts Studios

    Craven Arts Studios, 7A Otley St, Skipton, BD23 1DY - Visit now

    Craven Arts Studios is an artist-led organisation with an aim to support local artists creating space for contemporary visual art in Skipton.

  • 11. Hull Minster

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    Hull Minster, South Church Side, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 1RR - Visit now

    The UK’s largest medieval ‘town church’, Hull Minster was awarded £3.9 million for restoration and the addition of a heritage centre.

  • 12. York Theatre Royal

    York Theatre Royal
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    York Theatre Royal, St. Leonard's Place,, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7HD - Visit now

    York Theatre Royal is one of the country’s leading theatres, and each year entertains over 200,000 people.

  • 13. The Basement

    The Basement

    The Basement, 13-17 Coney St, York, YO1 9QL - Visit now

    The Basement on Coney Street in York is a live venue specialising in cutting edge music and comedy, plus classes in scriptwriting and acting.

  • 14. Skipton Castle

    Skipton Castle

    Skipton Castle, The Bailey, Skipton, BD23 1AW - Visit now

    As one the best preserved examples of a medieval castle in the country, Skipton Castle was originally built in 1090, and very much worth a visit.

  • 15. Wilberforce House

    Wilberforce House
    Wilberforce House Museum

    Wilberforce House, 23-25 High Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1NQ - Visit now

    Wilberforce House tells the story of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition, as well as dealing with contemporary slavery.

  • 16. York’s Chocolate Story

    York’s Chocolate Story
    York Choc Story

    York’s Chocolate Story, King's Square, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7LD - Visit now

    York’s Chocolate Story is a chocolate museum and fully guided tour through the history of York’s chocolate-making families.

  • 17. Blossom Street Gallery

    Blossom Street Gallery
    Blossom Street Art Gallery

    Blossom Street Gallery, 2 Blossom St,, York, Yorkshire, YO24 1AE - Visit now

    Blossom Street Gallery is an independent art gallery, design shop and gift emporium, based in historic York.

  • 18. York Castle Museum

    York Castle Museum
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    York Castle Museum, Tower St,, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9RY - Visit now

    York Castle Museum is based on the site of York Castle, which was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068.

  • 19. City Screen Picturehouse

    City Screen Picturehouse
    City Screen York

    City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney St, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9QL - Visit now

    York’s City Screen Picturehouse is a riverside arthouse cinema with food and drink options, with a space for live events in the basement.

  • 20. Hull Maritime Museum

    Hull Maritime Museum
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    Hull Maritime Museum, Queen Victoria Square, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3DX - Visit now

    Housed in one of the city’s finest buildings, Hull Maritime Museum has been showcasing 800 years of maritime history since 1975.

  • 21. York Art Gallery

    York Art Gallery
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    York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7EH - Visit now

    York Art Gallery consists of seven magnificent, newly-designed galleries displaying world-class collections of historic and contemporary art.

  • 22. Skipton Town Hall

    Skipton Town Hall

    Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1AH - Visit now

    Skipton Town Hall is a live arts and theatre venue in the heart of the town as well as holding the Craven Museum and art gallery.

  • 23. Hull Truck Theatre

    Hull Truck Theatre

    Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, Yorkshire, HU2 8LB - Visit now

    Celebrating its 50th birthday in 2021, the Hull Truck Theatre is dedicated to putting on high-quality productions of intimate and epic scales.

  • 24. York City Walls / Wall Trail

    York City Walls / Wall Trail
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    York City Walls / Wall Trail, Unamed Street, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7LJ - Visit now

    Known as York City Walls, the Bar Walls and the Roman walls, these structures have defended York for centuries, dating back to Roman times.

  • 25. Skipton Boat Trips

    Skipton Boat Trips
    Skipton Boat Trips

    Skipton Boat Trips, The Wharf Office, 3 Coach St, Skipton, BD23 1LH - Visit now

    Skipton is the meeting point of three canals, making it the perfect place for a light-hearted aquatic tour with Skipton Boat Trips.

  • 26. Humber Street Gallery

    Humber Street Gallery, Hull
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    Humber Street Gallery, Humber Street Gallery 64 Humber Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 1TU - Visit now

    Home to year-round events, performances and activities, Humber Street Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of Fruit Market.

  • 27. Guild of Media Arts

    Guild of Media Arts
    Guild of Media Arts

    Guild of Media Arts, 1 Museum Street, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7DT - Visit now

    The Guild of Media Arts was formed in 2015 as the lifelong custodian of York’s designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts.

  • 28. Mediale

    Mediale
    York Mediale

    Mediale, Swinegate Court East, York, Yorkshire, Y01 8AJ - Visit now

    Mediale is an international media arts festival bringing world premiere commissions from leading artists and a platform for emerging artists.

  • 29. Hesketh Farm Park

    Hesketh Farm Park

    Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, BD23 6HA - Visit now

    For a fun day out with the little ones, Hesketh Farm Park is the friendliest place with lots of animals to meet, things to play with.

  • 30. The Deep

    The Deep

    The Deep, Tower St, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 4DP - Visit now

    One of the UK’s biggest aquariums, with 5,000 different species, The Deep is a multi-award-winning venue and a player in marine conservation.

  • 31. Bloom!

    Bloom!
    Bloom!

    Bloom!, Creative Tourist, York, Yorkshire, YO19WY - Visit now

    Bloom! is an annual flower festival, focusing on colourful floral displays and hidden horticultural gems in and around York.

  • 32. Skipton Auction Mart

    Art in the Pen

    Skipton Auction Mart, Skipton Auction Mart, Ling Fields, Skipton, BD23 1UD - Visit now

    Cattle auction by week, cultural venue by weekend. Skipton Auction Mart hosts a variety of live music, comedians and theatre on a weekend.

  • 33. Hull and East Riding Museum

    Wooly mammoth Hull and East Riding Museum
    Hull and East Riding Museum.

    Hull and East Riding Museum, 36 High Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1NQ - Visit now

    The Hull and East Riding Museum of archeology offers a detailed, immersive introduction to history, reconstructing ancient civilisations.

  • 34. Art of Protest Gallery

    Art of Protest Gallery
    Art of Protest Gallery

    Art of Protest Gallery, 11 Walmgate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9TX - Visit now

    The Art of Protest Gallery is a contemporary Art Gallery showcasing work inspired by political and social unrest, featuring works by Banksy.

  • 35. Lotte Inch Gallery

    Lotte Inch Gallery
    Lotte Inch Gallery

    Lotte Inch Gallery, 14 Bootham, York, Yorkshire, YO30 7BL - Visit now

    Lotte Inch Gallery launched in 2012 as a pop-up art gallery space and is now a permanent fixture in the heart of the city.

  • 36. The New Adelphi Club

    The New Adelphi Club

    The New Adelphi Club, 89 De Grey St, Hull, Yorkshire, HU5 2RU - Visit now

    One of the most unusual small music venues, The New Adelphi Club has legendary status, not least for being among the first places to host Pulp

  • 37. The National Centre for Early Music / York Early Music Festival

    National Centre for Early Music
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    The National Centre for Early Music / York Early Music Festival, The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, Yorkshire, Y01 9TL - Visit now

    The National Centre for Early Music is the national advocate of early music in England and hosts the York Early Music Festival.

  • 38. Hull New Theatre

    Hull New Theatre
    Hull New Theatre

    Hull New Theatre, Kingston Square,, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 3HF - Visit now

    With an inspiring history, welcoming acclaimed productions and legendary performers, the Grade II-listed Hull New Theatre reopened in 2017.

  • 39. Bish Bash Pot

    Bish Bash Pot
    Bish Bash Pot

    Bish Bash Pot, 64 Walmgate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 9TL - Visit now

    Bish Bash Pot provides creative ceramic, pottery painting and glass making classes for everyone in the heart of York city centre.

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