The bank holiday is finally here!

York is jam-packed full of fun events and things to do this bank holiday, from must see attractions, gardens and galleries to family friendly fun and hidden gems to be uncovered.

Book your stay in York and treat yourself to some retail therapy in the city's web of winding streets flaunting designer stores, independent shops and boutiques! There's also an incredible range of food and drink venues to enjoy during your stay, discover fine dining, independents or enjoy the thriving street food scene at the Shambles Food Court.

Whether your visit to York is focused on shopping, culture, food or any of the other fascinating things the city has to offer, it's the place to be this bank holiday!

Bank Holiday in York

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York offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury spa hotels to self-catering getaways, giving you an eclectic choice of inviting places to rest your head after a day of exploring.

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Things to Do

Our city is built on 2000 years of incredible history and has more attractions per square mile than anywhere else in the UK. York is home to many world-class museums, art galleries and other fun filled experiences for you to enjoy.

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What's On

York has a vibrant calendar of festivals, events, gigs and shows and there's always something exciting taking place for you to enjoy whilst visiting the city.


Eat & Drink

York is the ultimate destination for foodies and those looking for a special culinary experience with a huge range of dishes on offer from a wide variety of quality cafés and restaurants.



York offers a unique shopping experience. If you are looking for a special gift idea, want to spoil yourself or treat someone special, there is no better place for some retail therapy.

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Beyond York

Once you’ve experienced the magic of York, venture beyond the city to discover the natural beauty of national parks, countryside and coast.

Rest your head after a day of exploring.

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The Sidings Hotel

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Aldwark Manor Estate

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York Riverside Apartments

York Riverside Apartments are 11 beautiful, modern, and stylish apartments based in the centre of Historical York.The n…

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The Spa at No.1, York

No.1 York, by the small boutique hotel group GuestHouse, is in the heart of the city just a 10-minute walk from York Mi…

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York Leisure Centre: Clip 'n Climb

The brand new York Leisure Centre, part of the York Stadium Leisure Complex located in Monks Cross, Huntington, York. T…

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Stump Cross Caverns

Welcome to Stump Cross Caverns where a visit is more than a family day out. It's a voyage back in time – a portal to a …

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The Hole In Wand

The Hole in Wand York – The Search for Grobblenook! Visit York’s most magical Golf course in the Coppergate Shopping C…

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National Railway Museum

Visit the National Railway Museum for a day out like no other! Not only do we have icons of the railway and thousands …

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Malton Christmas Festival

Malton Christmas Festival Sat 7th and Sun 8th December 2024 9am-3.30pm Malton Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire. O…

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The Room Upstairs - A Ghost Story

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Showstopper! The Improved Musical

Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest – direct from the West End and now heading back to York Theatre Royal…

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May Half Term Family Fun at Eden Camp!

Step back in time this May Half Term and explore the sights, sounds and smells of a time gone by! You and your family w…

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York's Chocolate Story

Welcome to York's Chocolate Story, the ultimate destination for families, chocolate lovers, and anyone seeking a truly …

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Aldwark Manor Estate

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Loopy Scoops

An independent ice cream parlour located on Church Street in the centre of historic York. Loopy Scoops offers a wide se…

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Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

At Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, we cherish the authentic Brazilian tradition of Churrasco, where the most delectable cuts …

There's no better place for some retail therapy

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The Potions Cauldron

Visit us at The Potions Cauldron on Shambles, the most magical drinks emporium in the world. Open daily you can enjoy …

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York Designer Outlet

York Designer Outlet is home to over 100 designer and premium brands all with discounts of up to 60% off RRP. With new …

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Il Gusto

We offer a wide range of liqueurs, spirits, oils, and balsamic vinegars sourced from the best small distilleries from a…

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Embrace nature in one of York’s many grounds and gardens

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Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest stately homes, situated just outside York in the Howardian Hills, an Area of O…

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Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect place to escape, relax and adventur…

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One of England’s most relaxing and innovative gardens at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Harlow Carr is a showcase …

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Yorkshire Museum & Gardens

Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum, is the i…

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