Visit York - Best of York

York is an ancient city at the converging point of River Foss and River Ouse. The city developed through the ages as primarily a river port. But one look at this gorgeous walled city and you are compelled to dig deeper into the tale of its birth and growth.

York was founded by the Romans in 71 AD and named ‘Eboracum’. The city was a prized possession during the reign of Constantine. In fact, the great Roman Empower was first proclaimed thus in the city of York. In 866 AD, the region was captured by Vikings and renamed ‘Jorvik’. Each settlement that took control of York painted it over with its unique culture and left behind an array of monuments that adorn the city even today.

With the arrival of railways in early 19th century, York became a prominent economic centre in the country. Visitors with a sweet tooth will be happy to know that confectionary happens to be a major industry in York.

Today, tourism has become a defining feature of the city. Any York travel guide will tell you that the city is considered to be one of the safest places to visit. The York Minster defines the city skyline, being the most famous attraction. York holidays have something to interest all guests. There is a wide variety of historical monuments, guided tours around the city, gardens and farms. The city has a good theatre scene – Theatre Royal, Grand Opera and Joseph Theatre pull in crowds from all over the world. The recent revival of 16th century York Mystery Plays has been hugely popular. Visitors will also find themselves being mesmerized by very talented street performers. The York University students make a commendable contribution to the arts too. With many media houses and active sports scene, the city is pretty much an all-rounder tourist attraction.

The people of York don’t just eat their food, they celebrate it. Countless restaurants and cafes offer you traditional delicacies and quirky local snacks. York also has a vibrant nightlight – whether you’re in the mood for a pensive evening by the river or a full blown party experience, the clubs and bars of York will not disappoint. Although shops in York carry numerous designer labels and well-known brands, do check out the amazing range of independent designers, antique shops, and vintage stores.

Get your hands on the York Pass. It gives you free access to over 30 top York attractions including the York Minster, Castle Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and Castle Howard. You also get a colour guidebook and tons of discount coupons with your York pass. There are different types of York Pass deals available. An adult pass costs £ 36.

York Travel Tips

Essential travel information and York tips for your visit

  • Buy your rail and bus tickets in advance if possible. Some intercity trains tend to be very expensive. 

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Facts and Stats for York*

  • Pollution Statistics in York

    Know the pollution level of York before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 9.38 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.33 (Low)
  • York: Crime and Safety

    How safe is York for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in York.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.89 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.39 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 33.33 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 20.83 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 26.39 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30.88 (Low)
    • Attacks 31.94 (Low)
    • Drug offense 42.65 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.94 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 69.44 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 34.72 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.78 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.12 (Moderate)
  • Living in York - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of York is 189.49 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 65.71 (High)
    • Climate Index 85.23 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.34 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.67 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 66.46 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 72.69 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.06 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 111.47 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in York

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in York

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.49 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.04 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 76.85 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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