York in a Day

Photo by Phil Richards

A day in the capital of "God's own county"

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You have only one day in York?
You don’t have time to plan your own itinerary?
Yet you want to get an impression of the place?

This typical one-day itinerary should help you with suggestions. But remember, York features oodles of official attractions, but the biggest attraction is the city itself, so when you think about what you might do, budget extra time to explore an interesting snickleway you might stumble upon, or browse shops at or linger over a pub lunch….

York Morning in York

(Around the Minster)
Minster ExteriorMinster Tour Walls Walk Section 3StonegateGrape Lane

(If you are arriving at the station, turn left out of the main entrance and walk alongside the city walls, over Lendal Bridge and past the Tourist Information Centre towards the Minster.)

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York for Lunch

(Around the Minster)
• You could try El Piano in Grape Lane, or one of the other bistros in that maze of back streets known as Swinegate.
• If you fancy a pub lunch, Ye Olde Starre Inn in Stonegate would be conveniently near.
• Or for an imaginative light lunch with freshly prepared ingredients, visit Café No. 8 Bistro in Gillygate.
(Walk back through Bootham Bar and turn right.)
• For a
fish and chip spread Wacker’s (also on Gillygate) would be a near option. If you prefer to walk in the general direction of the afternoon’s sights, however, Drake’s Fish and Chips would be a local choice.

(Drake’s is on High Petergate, at the top of Stonegate near the Minster. Turn right facing the Minster.)

A York Afternoon

(Around the Castle)
Jorvik Viking CentreCastle MuseumThe Shambles WhipmawhopmagateFossgate
You could of course vary the order of these items. Bear in mind, however, that the Castle Museum closes at 5pm.

(Jorvik is in the modern Coppergate Shopping Centre. To reach the Castle and Castle Museum from there, follow the passageway at the side of Fenwick’s department store.)

For an afternoon refreshment, there is a café in the Castle Museum. Or try one of the cafés on Fossgate. (Spring Expresso at no. 45 can be recommended.)

Evening in York

In the evening you could join a Ghost Walk Tour. Alternatively, if tiredness is setting in, dinner beckons at one of the restaurants, such as riverside The Star Inn the City.

If you’re lucky enough to have more than one day in York, check out the Two Day Visit Itinerary.

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