York CitySightseeing Treats
You can save money on local attractions when you explore the historic city of York with us! Just ask your driver for a City Sightseeing Treats voucher and get a fantastic discount at many of York’s best attractions. No need to book in advance – with City Sightseeing Treats you get ultimate flexibility when you’re planning your day in York.
Hop off the bus at stop 7 for Clifford’s Tower and visit one of York’s most iconic sites. Head on inside and you get stunning views across the City! New staircases and a roof deck have been built in previous years which means you can visit parts of the tower which have been off-limit for centuries.
Your journey continues on the factory zone; you will first learn how a simple cocoa bean is transformed into the finest chocolate in our virtual chocolate factory. Also you’ll discover the history of some of York’s most iconic chocolate brands – take a trip down memory lane and reminisce with some retro favourites from times gone by.
You’ll also learn the secret of why chocolate makes us feel so good and why it has an ethical and sustainable future. Then it’s time to master the secrets of the chocolatier, as you create hand-made chocolates for yourself, before seeing how our very own experts do it. Watch our Chocolatiers as they showcase the art of chocolate-making and sample the fruits of their labour: fresh hand-made chocolates.
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of the finest remaining examples of a medieval guildhall still in existence in Britain. This impressive grade I listed building consists of a great hall for meetings and business, a chapel, and a charity hospital.
Explore fascinating architecture and intriguing, rare artefacts, all under the stunning 14th Century oak roof.
Whether you’re popping in to pick up a take-out or grabbing a coffee with a friend, Bean & Gone Coffee has you covered.
They have a super range of sandwiches, hot ciabattas and amazing soups, as well as delicious cakes and treats.
York Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York, positioned at the heart of city society and civic life for almost 300 years.
A masterpiece of 18th century architecture and a celebration of the city it inhabits, York Mansion House and its infamous residents have a colourful history, filled with scandal, decadence, and outlandish feasting. In 2018 the house opened to the public for the first time, allowing all to experience this extravagant mayoral life, and take an interactive walk through York’s Georgian past.
Take a tour and explore all four floors of this remarkable building. Following the sweeping staircase through the house. Or why not look behind-the-scenes of the conservation work, to a deep dive into the unique heritage.
Tucked away behind bustling Goodramgate stands Bedern Hall, the 14th century dining hall of the Vicars Choral of York Minster. The area around the hall has changed much over the centuries – from medieval splendour, through Victorian slums to its final role before restoration as William Wright’s pork pie factory!
Learn about the Vicars’ lifestyle and the things they left behind, discover the story of the restoration of the Hall, and perhaps trace your family tree!
Explore over 300 years of military history at the award winning York Army Museum. One of York’s hidden gems, the museum is close to the historic city centre and an easy walk from Clifford’s Tower.
The museum holds some of the most important regimental collections in Britain, going back to the 17th century.
Get to grips with historic objects and weapons handling, enjoy museum trails and dress-up, and discover the stories of two serving regiments of the British Army: The Royal Dragoon Guards, and the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire.
How many pubs in Britain can boast a 2,000-year-old Roman Bath house in the cellar?
Located smack-bang in the centre of York, in the cellar of a rather unassuming pub, lies one of the few Roman remains still visible in the city; the Roman bath house.
Descend 5 metres below the bar room and into the world of legionaries. Excavated in 1930 while digging a new cellar. A modern steel walkway suspended above the ancient remains now takes visitors through the Trepidarium (warm room) Caldarium (hot steam room) and Frigidarium (cold plunge room) before returning to the modern world and perhaps a drink at the bar!
Established in 1984, Drake’s came to York in 2010, and are now one of the city’s most longstanding family owned and run Fish & Chip restaurant and takeaways.
Newly refurbished and fully licensed, Drake’s is well known in the city and around Yorkshire not only for their world-renowned traditional Yorkshire fresh fish and chips but also their quality, local produce.
Discover the history of England’s oldest living convent in this fascinating exhibition and stunning 18th Century Hidden Chapel, one of the finest examples in Europe.
The remarkable story of this magnificent heritage building spans more than 300 years. It was established in great secrecy during the reformation and is still the home of a community of Catholic sisters today, welcoming those of all faiths and none to step into York’s best kept secret since 1686.
After exploring over 300 years of history, enjoy a visit to the café for some of the best scones and cakes in the city. Don’t miss the chance to stay in their award-winning guest house.
York Gin is a small independent distiller of some of the world’s finest gins.
It is York’s only distillery, and to make their gin they use the traditional, centuries-old method of vapour infusion in a copper still.
Over the past three years, York Gin has won gold medals at the most prestigious international spirits competitions, so they really do make some of Yorkshire’s best gins, England’s best gins – and the world’s best gins!
York Cocoa Works is a working, learning chocolate factory where visitors can see, eat and craft their very own chocolate using rare and flavourful cocoa beans sourced from farms and communities around the world.
With the whole production process fully observable, you’ll see the chocolate making process from the cocoa beans sourced from our farms and communities around the world through the roasting
and making process into delicious chocolate products. the company celebrate the origins of their ingredients and have a passion for reigniting the lost art of chocolate making in York.
If you’re a bit of a sweet tooth, why not stop of in the café, offering a choice of luxurious seasonal drinking chocolates and handmade cakes.