The Grand Tour: Discover York
Known to the Romans
as Eboracum, Eoforwick to the Saxons and
Jorvik to the Vikings, York is one of England’s sophisticated and historic
cities. In discovering the rich city, one can see that every aspect of York’s
modern life is linked with its past. From fine designer shops, exclusive
restaurants, bars, cafes and evening entertainment the attractions are endless.
Stroll around, be it day or night through the pleasant traffic-free streets or
take a Yorkboat tour along the magnificent River Ouse. You definitely don’t
want to miss the wonderful treasures, Fairfax House, Georgian townhouse, and
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall tucked away in historic cobbled streets of the city.
If you're planning a trip to York, we've listed some of our favourite things to do in the city during your stay at The Grand Hotel and Spa, York.
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York’s Chocolate Story
To all chocolate lovers out there. Did you know some of your all-time favourites, including KitKat, Aero and Terry’s Chocolate Orange originated from the historic city of York? Discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, bite into the secrets of chocolate making and become a chocolatier through a fully guided city walk.
National Railway Museum
Jump on board historic carriages and travel back in time to enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea at railway carriage, Countess of York or step into the royal Queens’ saloons and locomotives in Station Hall.You definitely don’t want to miss the giant halls full of steam and diesel engines, exhibiting railway legends like Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. Oh, and children can let off their own steam in the outdoor play area with its own miniature railway and explosive science shows.
The Cathedral and Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, commonly known as the York Minster, is one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. Book a free guided tour to learn about historic artefacts and architecture or take a heroic and historic journey through the interactive chambers beneath the Minster.
York Cycling Tour
‘’History on wheels with some humour and gentle exercise thrown in.’’ Ride through the city and discover where the Romans, Viking and Normans left their marks. Learn about the history of the railway and cycle through stories about villains and heroes of the past.
The Ghost Bus Tours
Feeling bold? Hop on the York Ghost Bus Tour with professional actors that deliver technical trickery and an award-winning comedy script. A night filled with adventures of the Ghoulygate, the River Ooze, Treasurer’s Hearse, Skulldergate, and Gravesmire. Make sure you’re prepared for a few surprises along the way; rumour has it that it was once a funeral bus so the dead may have left some imprints on the vehicle.
If you’re a beer lover, you’re definitely in the right place. Brewtown Brewery Tours takes you on a journey to sample the best beer in Yorkshire. Ofcourse, beautiful views and historic scenes are part of the deal. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
York Races & Ebor Festival
Modern grandstands, manicured lawns and some of the world’s best racehorses. York Racecourse stages 17 race days from May until October. Be entertained by headline music concerts, family events and top-seasonal fashion all around. The Yorkshire Ebor Festival features exciting events including, £1 million prized contest and Ladies Day.
York Food and Drink Festival
Known to be the biggest food festival in the UK, The York Food & Drink Festival is the ultimate spot for a foodie. Shop at the Festival’s large markets, master Yorkshire produce with free lessons from cookery experts and local chefs and taste some of the best food & wine York has to offer.
Jorvik Viking Festival
The annual JORVIK
Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage and
recognised as the largest Viking Festival in all of Europe. A combination of
living history encampments, talks and dramatic combat performance, Vikings from
all over the world will descend on York for the week-long celebration.