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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Premise
“Famous the world over, it's also the largest Gothic Church in Western Europe. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Park
“Nice place to hang out. Visit the observatory and the remains of the Abbey - or go to the museum itself”
  • 44 locals recommend
History Museum
“Travel back in time with Jorvik Viking Centre. One of the highlights of visiting York. Another must see place.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Church
“ Look up Evensong, usually at 4pm or 5pm. You can go in for free and listen to the minster choir. Amazing.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Obvious if you like art, but also The Association of Voluntary Guides start their tour at 10am each day from outside the Art Gallery”
  • 24 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A short walk from York train station it is home to the nations collection of historically significant trains and railway heritage. Free entry and plenty of activities.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Tea Room
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“A family favourite. Great for breakfast or book in the Belmont rooms for afternoon tea. Please note there are 2 Bettys - one down stonegate and one in st helens square. The St helens square serves pre-bookable afternoon tea. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Castle
“Step back in time and visit the Castle Museum, an attraction well worth seeing. Experience the reconstructed Victorian Street, the Edwardian shopping experience and Dick Turpins Cell along learning about the World War’s and living in the 1960’s. With more than 100,000 items on display there is something for everyone Note: The museums main areas are ground floor and are fully accessible to wheelchair users. No access to upper floors. Prepare to spend plenty of time here! Castle Area Eye of York York 01904 687687 Open daily 9.30am – 17.00pm *Closed 25th & 26th December and 1st January Note: The museums main areas are ground floor and are fully accessible to wheelchair users. No access to upper floors ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Family park with a lovely little cafe. You can join the river from here and walk into town too. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cinema
“Excellent independent cinema with a great cafe too - the views over the river from the terrace are not to be missed either.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Historic Site
“at the end of the lovely cobbled street of the shambles with its quaint little shops the is the beautiful York minster,”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“Well worth a trip! As if the museum itself wasn't enough, the museum's gardens, simply known by locals as 'museum gardens' is very pretty. With St. Mary's Abbey, a ruined Benedictine Abbey as a back drop, you will amaze your friends with some pretty fanatastic photographs!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“You can sit and enjoy the views of the river in this restaurant....the food is nice too.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Deep in the heart of historic York lurks the north’s infamous museum of horror, taking you more than 2000 years back to life and death. Everything you experience really did happen. There are scenes from the Plague, Dick Turpin, the lost Roman Legion and Guy Fawkes. If you like a little horror, then this is one attraction you should go and see. **The Dungeons are not recommended for children under the age of 10 as it is scary!! Note: Get your discount tickets from The Queens Hotel Reception team. 12 Clifford Street York 01904 632599 *Closed 25th December ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beer Shop
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“We are lucky enough to have two of these bars in York, both different in appearance but equal in their offering. Great beer and wine and a wholesome food offering. A York staple.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Café
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“The Pig and Pastry is great for breakfast/brunch - family run cafe, it is not open on Sunday's and you can't book so just turn up and enjoy”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“You can sit and enjoy the views of the river in this restaurant....the food is nice too.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beer Shop
“We are lucky enough to have two of these bars in York, both different in appearance but equal in their offering. Great beer and wine and a wholesome food offering. A York staple.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“York's finrst. Enjoy sharing plates of the most interesting and stunning flavours. You can make this restaursnt whatever you want it to be. Casual lunch or formal evening. Simply brilliant.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious and inventive Spanish food - book if you want to eat mid-evening! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Choose one of the hundreds of cocktails on offer (Eva's favourite is The Battenberg) before taking a seat outside along the wall mural or stumble up the wonky staircase to sit on a four poster bed looking over the bustling Harry Potter style streets of York. You'll be sure to meet some interesting characters here. Johnny Depp gives it a thumbs up!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Italian Deli and cafe by day, lovely authentic Italian restaurant upstairs during the evening”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Just a short walk out of town to Bishopthorpe Road area you will find a bustling high street with plenty of places to eat and do a spot of local grocery shopping. Angel on the Green, a converted bike shop still has a repair service and small area with bike accessories. A local independent place to relax and enjoy a drink and something to eat. They always offer a specials board with light bites and something a little more substantial. Try the fish finger sandwich.....fresh light battered fish goujons between two thick slices of soda bread! Delicious! Homemade food, with something for everyone.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Eastern European Restaurant
“Independent polish owned restaurant. Wholesome, comforting and tasty. Stews, pierogi dumplings and amazing breakfast and polish cakes! You won't be disappointed. ”
  • 16 locals recommend

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