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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

Viewing: North East England


Great for History

Alnwick Castle

North East England

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The town of Alnwick is dominated by its impressive castle which began as a Norman mott and bailey castle only to be replaced by a stone castle in the 12th century. The castle is a favourite film location, notably doubling as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Bamburgh Castle

North East England

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Further up the coast is Bambrugh Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This impressive and dramatic castle sits on the cliff tops by the sea and boasts beautiful views.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Barnard Castle

North East England

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Barnard Castle, 25 miles from Durham is both castle and town. Set on a high rock above the River Tees, the ruined castle takes its name from its 12th-century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was subsequently used to keep out the Scots. The town itself has a number of atmospheric old pubs and quaint old shops.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Family

Beamish Open Air Museum

North East England

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Beamish Open Air Museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside, tells the story of how the industrial revolution and the coming of the railways impacted the people of North-East England. See what life was like in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s with costumed folks, and period trams and buses wich help you move between the different museum locations.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History

Belsay Hall and Gardens

North East England

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At Belsay Hall and Gardens you can first discover the grand medieval castle with stunning views from the top of the tower. On the same site, Belsay Hall is an architectural work of art inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its magnificent Pillar Hall. Finally, the vast grounds are crammed with a remarkable array of shrubs, flowers, ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Betty's Tea Rooms

North East England

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No visit to Harrogate is complete without calling in at the local institution that is Betty's Tea room. You'll be spoilt for choice with over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 different teas and coffees.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Bolton Abbey

North East England

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Bolton Abbey lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. The abbey dates back to the mid-twelfth century, and while much of it is now in ruins, the nave was rescued and is now the Priory Church, which has some beautiful paintings inside as well as glorious stained glass windows.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Bowes Museum

North East England

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The Bowes Museum is located in a French style chateaux, in a serene gardens and parkland setting. It has 3 floors worth of European fine and decorative arts going back as far as the middle ages plus the museum's most popular exhibit a life size mechanical silver swan, which operates at 2pm every day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Brimham Rocks

North East England

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Brimham Rocks are some curious rock formations at scattered over 50 acres on Brimham Moor. The weird and wonderful shapes have been likened to elephants, hippos, bears and mushrooms! It's also a great place to enjoy some stunning views over Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History

Brontë Parsonage Museum

North East England

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In Haworth near Leeds, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is where you'll learn about the lives of the Brontë sisters. Your 'stepping back in time' experience will be complete by taking a steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway through the heart of Brontë country.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Castle Howard

North East England

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Built over 300 years ago, Castle Howard is a beautiful stately home situated in 1,000 acres of parkland with gardens, lakes and woodland to explore. Children can also enjoy the adventure playground, discovery trails and boat trips on the lake.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

Crook Hall and Gardens

North East England

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Crook Hall & Gardens are just a short walk from the city's bustling market place. With the 13th century medieval hall as a backdrop, you can enjoy wandering through the beautiful gardens and admiring the sculptures along the way.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Durham Castle

North East England

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Durham Castle is now part of Durham University (England's 3rd oldest university after Oxford and Cambridge). The castle was commisioned by William the Conqueror in the 1070s but has undergone adaptations over the centuries and can be visited by guided tour only. (Please note that the entrance price is not included in the quote as it is payable on the day)
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Essential

Durham Cathedral

North East England

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Durham Cathedral is one of the few cathedrals in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship and original design. Even as you walk along Durham's medieval streets, the Cathedral's imposing beauty cannot be missed. Once inside the interior is striking.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Eden Camp Museum

North East England

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The Eden Camp Museum (close to Castle Howard) is housed within the grounds and buildings of an original prisoner of war camp. You can experience the sights, sounds and even smells of life in wartime Britain and on the front line of battle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Farne Islands Boat Trip

North East England

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The Farne Islands sit just off the coast of Northumberland and boast possibly Britain's greatest sea bird colonies with over 23 species making their home here. The Islands are also home to over 37000 pairs of Puffin and over a thousand grey seal pups are born here each autumn. A boat trip around the islands is the best way to see it and get close and personal with the animals.
Time to spend here: 2.5 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

Fountains Abbey

North East England

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Fountains Abbey situated in the beautiful valley of the river Skell is Yorkshire's first world heritage site, which includes the largest abbey ruins in Britain with spectacular Georgian water gardens. The estate also includes a further 10 historic buildings in stunning open countryside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Grassington

North East England

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Grassington is a delightful village on the river Wharfe. Its cobbled square is home to lots of family owned shops, cafes and restaurants. The village is also becoming known as the arts and crafts capital of the Yorkshire Dales, with a number of galleries displaying local artist's work.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Essential

Hadrian's Wall

North East England

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Hadrian's Wall is a stone and timber fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire and built to draw a line to mark the edge of the Roman Army's Empire. Housesteads Roman Fort is a great place to discover more about the Roman Empire history. You can wander the barrack blocks and the hospital, and visit its fascinating interactive museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Harewood House

North East England

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Harewood House, built in the 18th century, contains many treasures such as furniture and paintings. There are also over 100 acres of Gardens full of plants from all over the world – all in a magnificent landscape created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens

North East England

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The Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens have varied landscapes including woodland, streamside, alpine and wildflower meadows plus kitchen gardens and some generally inspirational planting.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Hawes

North East England

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Hawes is a bustling market town and a great base for exploring the Wensleydale area, with plenty of walks and tours available. The town is home to Wenselydale creamery (famous as being Wallace and Gromit's favourite cheese!) One mile north of Hawes is the spectacular Hardraw Force, England's highest waterfall with a 30-meter single drop.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Helmsley

North East England

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Helmsley is another picturesque market town situated at the south-west side of the national park. Like Pickering it has a Norman castle but also a very interesting walled garden which blends history and agriculture. 3 miles from the town of Helmsley is Rievaulx Abbey, one of the most complete and atmospheric of England's abbey ruins.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

North East England

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a road at low tide, and becomes an island again for the rest of the time. Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th-century castle. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquility which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area, with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural history. Lindisfarne Priory is one of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England. Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, it was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert. You can enjoy the ornate carvings on the ruins of the monastic buildings and the peace and serenity that first drew the monks here in the 7th century.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British, Essential

Ingleborough

North East England

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Ingleborough is one of the 3 highest peaks in the National Park at 723 meters, and can be reached within half an hour walking from Clapham, an idyllic village with stone cottages lining the brook. Stunning views can be had as you look across to Ribblehead Viaduct, to the peaks of Whernside and Pen-y-ghent and southwest to the sea. Ingleborough Cave has tours taking you through the beautiful underground world of stalactites and stalagmites, sculpted by nature.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, History

Jorvik Viking Centre

North East England

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The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a 'must-see' for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular attractions in the UK outside London. You can journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been in AD975. There is also the chance to come face to face with a 'Viking'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Kettlewell

North East England

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The charming village of Kettlewell with its narrow streets and classic grey stone cottages looks down on valley pastures divided by the quintessentially English dry stone wall.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Kielder Water and Forest Park

North East England

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Home to England's largest forest and Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a place of pure tranquillity, yet also having a wide range of recreational activities at its disposal, such as walking, sailing, riding and fishing in and around the park.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Kirkstall Abbey

North East England

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Kirkstall Abbey dating back to 1152 is one of the best preserved medieval Cistercian monasteries in Britain. The historic architecture can be enjoyed in a great parkland setting on the banks of the river Aire.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts, Cultural

Leeds City Art Gallery

North East England

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The Leeds City Gallery combines 19th and 20th century British artists with the more contemporary ones. Next door, the Henry Moore Institute also free of charge, showcases the best in international sculpture, both historical and contemporary.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Leeds Industrial Museum

North East England

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Leeds Industrial Museum, housed in a large restored mill, shows how people lived in the 18th century and houses exhibits from that period up to the present day, including the history of the textile, clothing, printing and engineering industries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Leeds Royal Armouries

North East England

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The Royal Armouries museum has a vast array of armour, swords and guns with lots of historical stories and background. It is family friendly with falconry shows, horse shows, including real jousting with knights in armour doing combat in the Tiltyard.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British, Essential, Beauty

Malham Cove

North East England

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The countryside around Malham provides you with some of the finest scenery in Britain. Malham Cove is a limestone amphitheatre formed through ice and water erosion after the last ice age. At the top, there is a remarkable limestone pavement with its clints (small flat blocks) and grikes (deep crevices between), and a sensational view over the valley. Beyond, the Dry Valley leads northwards towards Malham Tarn, a great spot for a picnic.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Coal Mining Museum for England

North East England

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The National Coal Mining Museum shows you the inner workings of one of the oldest coal mines in Britain with a superb underground free tour.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

National Media Museum

North East England

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The National Media Museum in Bradford near Leeds covers the history of television, film and photography right up to the current day, and looks at the future. The museum is extremely interactive and excellent for children.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Railway Museum

North East England

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The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world. With over 300 years of history including over 100 locomotives and almost 200 other items of rolling stock, the museum tells the story of rail travel from the 19th century to present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Newcastle Castle

North East England

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Newcastle Castle was built by Henry II between 1168-1178, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in Britain, and is where the history of the city was shaped. It also has great views across the river Tyne and the bridges.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North East England

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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a steam train taking you from Whitby to Pickering (or vise versa) through the stunning countryside of the North York Moors National Park, stopping at charming stations along the way including Goathland, which was used for the location of Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Nunnington Hall

North East England

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Nestling on the banks of the river Rye in a picturesque location, Nunnington Hall has period rooms, the Carlisle collection of miniature rooms and an organic walled garden.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Oriental Museum

North East England

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Inside the castle the Oriental Museum is dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient. Highlights include one of the largest and finest collections of Chinese artefacts in Europe and an ancient Egyptian collection
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Pickering

North East England

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Pickering is an ancient market town and is known as the gateway to the North York Moors National Park. As well as being the terminus for the North York Moors Railway, the other main attraction here is its Norman castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Ripley Castle

North East England

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Ripley Castle and Gardens lie just 3 miles north of Harrogate. You can take a tour of the 700-year-old castle from one of the extremely knowledgeable guides.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Ripon

North East England

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Ripon, around 10 miles north of Harrogate can be reached easily by bus and train from Harrogate. The city is most famous for its 1300-year-old cathedral. But the city which goes back as long has much to offer the visitor, with a great blend of historic buildings, quirky shops, cafés and pubs.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Christian

Ripon Cathedral

North East England

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Ripon Cathedral is thought to date back to 672, although only the crypt of the original church survived several destructions by English kings in the 10th and 11th centuries.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Robin Hoods Bay

North East England

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Robin Hoods Bay, 6 miles to the south of Whitby is one of the most picturesque fishing village in Britain, and was notorious for smugglers in the past. The village has tearooms, pubs and craft shops a plenty along the narrow winding streets that come down the cliffside.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, History

Ryedale Folk Museum

North East England

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Hutton-le-Hole is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, which records the daily life of North Yorkshire people from the earliest inhabitants to 1953. The tranquil village of Hutton-le-Hole is also worth a visit in its own right.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Saltaire

North East England

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The village of Saltaire was built between 1851 and 1872 by Titus Salt, who wanted to build a Victorian village giving industrial workers decent housing and good amenities, rare in towns of the day. Now a World Heritage Site, you can wander through the unspoilt mill and houses in the village.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, British

Settle and Carlisle Railway

North East England

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The Settle and Carlisle Railway is a great way of getting between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District national parks. The 72 miles of track take you through the Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the splendid Ribblehead Viaduct, through the gentle rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at Carlisle.
Time to spend here:    More information

Great for Culturual, British, Family

Seven Stories Museum

North East England

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The Seven Stories is a the National Centre for Children's Books. Each of the 7 levels has something different, including exhibitions, activities and events.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Thackray Medical Museum

North East England

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Thackray Medical Museum shows how medicine has changed over the past 200 years. Here you can discover what 18th-century living conditions were like with great interactive and educational displays.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Arts

The Angel of the North

North East England

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The Angel of the North is Britain's largest sculpture. If you're driving along the A1 motorway towards Newcastle, you cannot miss it! Designed by Anthony Gormley, It weighs 200 tons, is 20m high and has an amazing 54m wing span.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for Arts, Cultural

The Baltic Centre

North East England

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The Baltic Centre just over the river in Gateshead, houses contemporary art exhibitions which are always changing, whilst views from the revamped old mill up and down the river Tyne are stunning.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

The Forbidden Corner

North East England

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The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four-acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It's great fun for families as you try to find all the clues within the maze.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

The Great North Museum

North East England

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The Great North Museum includes a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, ancient Greek artifacts and Egyptian mummies, a planetarium with an out of this world show using brand new LED projectors, plus a life-size T-Rex skeleton.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts, Cultural

The Mercer Art Gallery

North East England

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The Mercer Art Gallery housed in the Promenade Room, Harrogate's oldest spa building houses 19th and 20th century paintings by some of the greatest artists of the period.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

The Royal Pump Room Museum

North East England

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The Royal Pump Room Museum explains the history of the spa and how the sulphur springs have shaped the town since. You can also sample a taste of the water if you're brave enough!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

The Turkish Baths

North East England

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The Turkish Baths are where you can feel the benefits of the waters, as many have done since Victorian times. Steam rooms, heated chambers, plunge pools and more.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, British

The Tyne Bridge

North East England

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The Tyne Bridge is one of Britain's most famous landmarks, and symbolic of Newcastle, whilst the newest bridge on the Tyne is the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, which opens like an eyelid, in a remarkable engineering design.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for History

Warkworth Castle

North East England

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South of Alnwick, the 14th-century Warkworth Castle was and remains one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in North East England.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential, Cultural

Whitby

North East England

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Whitby combines a traditional British seaside resort, with sandy beach, arcades and promenade with a lively harbour full of fishing boats and pleasure craft. It's also famous for its fish and chips. The town is also rather fond of the explorer Captain Cook, who began his seafaring career here. You'll notice a number of establishments named after one of Britain's most famous explorers!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential, Cultural, Beauty

Whitby Abbey

North East England

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Dating back to AD657, Whitby Abbey is perched on a cliff top looking over the bay. The dramatic ruins are well worth a visit, and can be accompanied by an audio tour.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family, History, Cultural, British

York Chocolate Story

North East England

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York's chocolate history has been going on for almost 300 years with the Tuke, Rowntree, Terry and Craven families who created world-famous chocolates and sweets. A visit of York's Chocolate Story is great fun for families, here you will discover the secrets of chocolate making through a fascinating guided tour over 3 floors.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

York Dungeon

North East England

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This thrilling attraction takes you back to York's dark history, with scary (but funny!) characters sharing the city's frightening stories during this 75-minute tour. The 360-degree sets and 10 live shows with edgy actors in amazing costumes will make this a truly unforgettable experience!
Time to spend here: 75 minutes   More information

Great for Essential, History, Christian

York Minster

North East England

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York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in Europe. The present minster was built between the 1220s and 1470s and has all the different stages of Gothic architecture. Climbing the 275 steps to the top of the central tower is an exhilarating experience. You will pass medieval pinnacles and gargoyles and at the top you'll have the best view of the ancient city.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Cultural

York Pass

North East England

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The York Pass is a wonderful way to make sure you get the most out of your trip to York. It includes most of York's top attractions including York Minster, YorkBoat, York Chocolate Story, York Dungeon, Castle Museum and many more.
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Great for Cultural

York Sightseeing Bus Tour

North East England

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Visit York aboard a double-decker bus, and hop-on or hop-off as many times as you like to visit places you want to explore further. This ticket is valid for 24 hours.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information