As soon as you board your coach to York, you’re already on your way to a trip filled with incredible scenery, history and classically English culture.
On arrival at York Coach Station, you’ll find the whole city at your feet, ready to explore. Plus, with tickets available to book today, there’s never been a better time to go.
Now that you’ve arrived, it’s time to make the most of your coach trip to York! Check out some of our favourite things to do in the city, from the best in food and drink to fun kids’ activities and more!
With Holidays by National Express, you can combine our great value coach travel with hotels in York. There is so much to see and do during a city break or short break in York, here is a suggested holiday itinerary:
Day 1: York Landmarks - Spend the day exploring the iconic York Minster Cathedral in the heart of the city and visit Clifford's Tower - all that remains of York Castle and where you will find magnificent views of the city.
Day 2: York Museums - Visit the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, with 10 acres of grounds to discover, admire the art exhibitions at York Art Gallery and immerse yourself in 400 years of York's heritage at the award-winning York Castle Museum.
Day 3: York city - Spend the day wandering through the cobbled street of the Shambles, where you will find plenty of independent boutiques and restaurants to enjoy. Then take a stroll along York's City Walls trail, a medieval monument that circles the city.
If you’ve set aside a good budget for a nice meal out, Skosh is the restaurant for you. Quality but informal, Skosh serves up little plates for grazing or a course by course experience for larger dining appetites. It’s an ideal first stop as you take in the York nightlife.
Looking for something more casual? The Block is one of the premier independent pizza places in the city. Catering for everyone from carnivores to veggies and vegans, locals were quickly charmed by The Block’s fresh, street-style pizza, fair prices and friendly atmosphere. Order by the slice, or go all out, it’s your choice!
Penny’s Bespoke Foodhouse
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so ensure you fuel up before exploring the city with a trip to Penny’s. This sweet little cafe and coffeehouse boasts locally sourced produce in order to create some of the city’s finest breakfasts. No matter your order, it all comes at a great price too.
House of Trembling Madness
A staple of York nightlife for locals and visitors alike. This medieval-themed bar offers so many rare German and Belgian beers, it’s become an ale connoisseur’s paradise! Plus, with a shop in-house, you can take a souvenir away too.
The Drawing Board
This bar takes its name from the chalkboard covered walls that house it. Visitors are encouraged to doodle, sketch and scribble to their heart’s content, making each night’s decor entirely unique! For a fun and quirky atmosphere, The Drawing Board ticks all the boxes.
More into spirits? ...In the beverage sense that is. Evil Eye is on the Guinness book of records for most gins available to purchase! Sample a wide range of flavours with your favourite mixers or in speciality cocktails. There are plenty of mocktails for non-drinkers too! Be sure to enjoy your drink of choice on their colourful outdoor terrace for maximum enjoyment.
York Minster Cathedral
Regarded as one of the world’s most incredible cathedrals, you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the majesty and creativity that fills its walls. From the beautiful stained glass windows to the classic stonework, you’re sure to find a sense of peace and tranquility as soon as you arrive.
See the sights of the city in a way like no other with a trip to Clifford’s Tower. This is almost all of the remnants of the old York Castle, still offering amazing panoramic views of York, and on a clear day, as far as North York Moors! Don’t miss your chance to step inside a true relic of English history.
York Art Gallery
With a constant stream of fantastic exhibitions, events and collections on show, York Art Gallery is the ideal destination for art lovers both big and small. Explore everything from paintings and pottery to ceramic decorations and the impressive automaton clock.
The street said to inspire the infamous Diagon Alley in Harry Potter, The Shambles features a host of unique shops and eateries along its cobbles. Long have the days passed since it was known as the place for locals to buy meat, you can now purchase anything from chocolate to jewellery and more.
Coppergate Shopping Centre
For something a little more contemporary, Coppergate is the modern shopper’s place to be. Home to the biggest names on the highstreet, including some delicious options for a bite to eat, you can easily find something special to treat yourself to.
From Stonegate to Fossgate and beyond, you’ll find a huge amount of hidden gems to keep the keenest of shoppers busy. If you’re willing to venture out far enough you’ll find Bishopthorpe Road (affectionately known as Bishy Road) a former winner of Best Local Parade in the GB High Street Awards. This popular area houses a number of award-winning shops and cafes and even has hosted its own Bishy Road Summer Party in the past.
Part of a group of dungeons throughout the country, York Dungeon is a spooky journey into the city’s murky past. You’ll find yourself on the run from Saxon raiders, hunting for a witch and even taking a look at a few internal organs! Kids will love the over-the-top acting and audience participation.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Discover what life was really like during the Viking Age, from the boats and tools they used to the places they occupied. Kids will find out some amazing facts to share with their friends and see genuine Viking artefacts up close.
Although only available in the summer months, York Maze is worth the well-timed visit. Constructed from over 1 million maize plants, over a plot the size of eight football pitches, the maze is one of the largest in the world! With everything from dinosaurs on the loose to illusions to trick your mind, are you up to the challenge of finding your way out?
Once you’re off your coach to York, you can begin exploring some of the fascinating museums on offer, such as York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and York St Mary’s. Or to see one of York’s biggest cultural attractions, head straight to York Minster to visit one of the UK’s finest cathedrals.
Find a unique treat
Once you’ve had your fill of York’s rich history and culture, explore the independent shops of the city and find the ideal souvenir. The Shambles is the perfect place to start, with a number of great shops and eateries to tempt you inside once you need to refuel.
Enjoy an evening of food & drink
Enjoy a hearty meal on the go with a slice (or two!) of pizza at The Block. Then make your choice from the incredible ales at The House of Trembling Madness, or sample some creative cocktails at Evil Eye.
York Cold War Bunker
Operating from the 1960s to 1990s, this outdoor bunker was used to measure the impact of a nuclear attack and it’s fallout. Take a tour of the bunker, discover how it operated and delve into a whole new side of York’s past.
Kiosk: Project Space
Located on Fossgate, this tucked-away coffee shop is more than meets the eye. Kiosk is one part coffee house, combined with a seasonal kitchen and topped off with an art gallery, all in one cosy space! A feast for the senses, don’t miss out on the incredible breakfast options in particular.
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
This former base for charity, religion and business is now a Grade 1 listed building as well as an engrossing museum of local history. Explore the beautiful timber-framed building, see the impressive collection of silver, furniture and paintings and finish off with coffee and cake in the medieval guildhall.
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