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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No.1 by GuestHouse, York

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

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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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Pinfold Cottage

A beautiful 19th Century cottage based in York with a rich family history in the hospitality world. Pinfold Cottage has…

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Explore our exciting and child-friendly city!

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Go Quest Adventures - Self-Guided City Walk & Interactive Treasure Hunt

Explore the streets of York's city centre, unlocking a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing …

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York Art Gallery

Spot the L.S. Lowry’s, Turner or Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at one of…

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York Castle Museum

YORK CASTLE MUSEUM - Read more Welcome to the award-winning York Castle Museum - come and immerse yourself in over 400 …

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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 …

See what's on this bank holiday weekend

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York is the ultimate destination for foodies

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Coppergate Centre

The Coppergate Centre is an open-air shopping centre in the heart of York. Home to visitor attractions, including JORV…

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The Hop

The Hop York is situated on Fossgate at the heart of York city centre, home to one of the cities most unique shopping, …

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York Gin

York Gin - 'History in the Tasting' THE YORK GIN CITY CENTRE SHOPFind us at 12 Pavement, YO1 9UP. Opposite M&S and …

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Côte York

Open all day for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner, Côte York is championing relaxed all-day dining, and serving auth…

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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Discover the vibrant world of award-winning artist Lucy Pittaway at Lucy's Gallery in York. Lucy Pittaway, celebrated f…

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

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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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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Winner of the Travellers' Choice Award from TripAdviser in 2023 and 2022. A house of surprises Nestled behind York Min…

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