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 Principal York Hotel

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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 Sidings Hotel

Our unique hotel gives you the pleasure of experiencing not only the wonders of early 20th century rail travel but also…

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York Boutique Lets - Luxury Properties

York Boutique Lets offers a range of luxurious apartments located in and around York City Centre. Ranging from 1 bedroo…

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Explore our exciting and child-friendly city!

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The York Dungeon

York Dungeon - Dick's Back! Get ready to journey back through 2000 Years of York's darkest History as you see, hear and…

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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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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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The Hole In Wand

Can you find the missing Gargoyle Grobblenook at The Hole In Wand Wizard Golf? Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Cour…

See what's on this bank holiday weekend

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LOL Comedy Club

Enjoy a Night of Laughter and Merriment! We’ll be bringing you comedians off the telly from such shows as BBC2’s Mock t…

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John Bishop - Back At It

Comedy superstar John Bishop is getting Back At It – doing what he does best - with a new UK stand-up tour for 2024. Af…

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The Punch Bowl Speed Quiz

Join us for our weekly Speed Quiz at The Punch Bowl, Stonegate. Starting at 8pm £2 per person entry Prizes... 1st Place…

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Maura Jackson: More O' Me

At 53 Maura can't decide if she is a public speaker, charity CEO or stand up comedian. Thanks to the recklessness of me…

York is the ultimate destination for foodies

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The Whippet Inn, Steakhouse

We opened our doors in 2014 committed to injecting some theatre, flair, character and bloody-good local food and drink …

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Find the Best Burgers in York Your favourite independent burger joint is now open in York city centre! Enjoy our full m…

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200 Degrees Coffee

Our distinctively independent coffee shop, where coffee lovers can relax in comfort and drink our coffee served by our …

There's no better place for some retail therapy

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Avorium is a family run business, established in 2021, located in York City Centre. Style your workspace with our gorge…

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Visit York Information Centre & Gift Shop

Welcome to York, a city steeped in history, culture, and charm. Before you embark on your exploration, make sure to dro…

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York's Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story, located in the heart of York, is an entertaining and informative guided tour through the histor…

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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…

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

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RHS Garden Harlow Carr

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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Garden Visit the gardens of the former home of the Terry family, part of York’s chocolate heritage and now cared for by…

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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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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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