Activities in York

York has long been a city of great importance and a meeting place for over 2000 years. Today it’s one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities, take a look to see what sites you can enjoy in the city.

THOR’S tipi is back for the Summer!

The Vikings have given a lot to York, not least its name! And now to celebrate the coming of summer, as we welcome back THOR’S tipi to our Principal York gardens from Friday 18 June until Sunday 5 September 11:30am to 11pm.

SOL AST is the place for glamorous get togethers, inspired by luxe-Ibiza vibes and celebrating the finer things in life! With cabanas, a bespoke THOR’S playlist and delicious food offering from Frango Eduardo, serving Piri-Piri grilled chicken and chips, a perfect fit with the chilled, Mediterranean vibe.

The safety of customers is of paramount importance and to ensure the most efficient and comfortable experience for guests, we will continue to offer QR code ordering and table service, as well as ensuring the latest COVID-secure guidance is being followed at all times.

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Cocktail School

You might already be an expert at drinking cocktails, but wouldn’t it be great if you could craft some concoctions of your own? Join our Chapter House team for cocktail making in your own private group

Cost: £24 per person (includes 3 cocktails per person and nibbles)

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Slingsby Gin School

Sit back, drink in hand, whilst we take you through the fascinating history of gin, right back to original gin styles and tastes, the London gin craze of the 18th century and how gin has developed today.

Cost: £45 per person (includes 4 drinks per guest)

York Dungeon… Fear is a Funny Thing

The York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York’s horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, feel and smell. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.

Cost: £15.95 per person

City Cruises York

York city cruises provide a unique way to see the sights of York whilst cruising on the stunning River Ouse.

Cost: £12.95 per person

York Brewery Tour

You will gather in the brewery taproomn bar, possibly taking in a pre-tour drink should you so wish, before you join one of our excellent tour guides as they take you on a tour of the premises and explain the whole brewing process to you, from grain, to glass!

Cost: £10 per person (includes guided tour and 4 samples)

York Original Ghost Walk

Believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the World!, they offer a night of History and Mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind. This is the genuine, the authentic, the magical and the famous… ORIGINAL GHOST WALK of YORK

Cost: £7 per adult

York Minster

Is anything quite as grand as York Minster? It’s the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and can be seen from the entirety of the city.

Cost: £12.00 per Adult

York City Pass

A great way to see all the attractions of York during your stay! Enjoy the hop-on-hop-off bus, discounts on attractions, plus a dish at ASK Italian

Cost: £48 for 1 day pass, or £65 per for the 2 day pass

The Shambles

Think Diagon Alley mixed with Tudor England, and you’ll get the Shambles. Full of quaint little boutiques and shops, this is York’s most famous street. Stop here for a cup of tea, head to the Shambles Market nearby, or simply take your photo with the overhead touching houses. Places of note are the wonderful Flax & Twine, and the Shambles Kitchen!