Top Places to go in York

Posted on: April 25th, 2018 in General by Active

York is a gem of culture in the North East of England, which makes it a very popular destination for a day out or a weekend away. With all of this history and culture bursting at the seams, though, it can be difficult to whittle down all of the things you have time to see…

Here at Taybell, we work closely with a lot of customers in the York area and often spend a day in the Roman city, so we have put together a quick list of the top places to go in York if you only have limited time.

York Minster

an image of the facade of York Minster

York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in Europe and one of the most popular destinations in the area. The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York – as it is officially known – is an impressive display of Gothic architecture and a true sight to behold.

It is also located right in the heart of the city, so there is plenty of reason to make a quick stop to embrace the historical significance of the Seat of the Archbishop of York, primate of England (which is second in importance only to Canterbury; the primate of all England).

National Railway Museum

an image of the Duchess of Hamilton in the National Railway Museum in York

The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world, with over 100 locomotives on display. The space is expertly appointed and another popular destination for tourists throughout the North East.

The museum is also only a short walk away from York Minster, which makes it an immediate priority when we consider places to go in York. It is also renowned for shattering the stigma attached to railway museums in that it is interesting for even the most casual of fans (and those that aren’t even interested in trains).

No. 8 Bistro

The No. 8 Bistro is an impressive place for a bite to eat in York, and one of the most popular at that. The decor is an interesting juxtaposition of modern and historic, and boasts its signature, Edwardian-esque stained-glass windows.

The menu offers classic bistro dishes using ingredients all sourced from the local area, and the price is a pleasant surprise at (generally) under £15 for a main course of impressive culinary quality. It’s definitely best to book ahead, though, as the restaurant is always busy!

Blue Bell

Finally, we have Blue Bell, which is a true English pub that culminates all that makes York a special place to visit. The location is 200 years old, and the interior decoration remains true to 1903 without having been touched since. The pub is small and full of character, but also therefore busy at almost all times. It is definitely worth a visit to experience some of the fantastic ales on offer.

Something for Everyone

an image of York City Art Gallery from the front

In essence, it’s true that the options for places to go in York are almost endless. In our short list for example, we have yet to mention fantastic places such as the York City Art Gallery, the museum gardens, and Clifford’s Tower – three of the most famous places to visit in the area.

If you are looking for a destination with enviable history and culture, York is one of the best locations in England and has something to offer for everyone.


Here at Taybell, we provide alarms and security systems to customers throughout the North and North East. So, if you are using this list as a reference for the best places to visit after recently moving to York – and are looking to improve the security of your new home – reach out to us by calling 0113 230 4018 or filling out our simple contact form.


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