The history is there in abundance and you can lap it up without the need to splash out. In this brief article we give you three free or affordable things to do in York, from a walk around York Castle, to the awe inspiring York Minster and visit to the National Railway Museum, York has much more than this, but these three things will keep you entertained whilst taking in the sights of the city.
York Minster has been the centre of Christianity in the north of England from around the 7th century. It still survives as a busy place of worship with daily prayers and regular religious events, it's literally a piece of living breathing English history. “The Minster was built for the glory of God.” which means nothing was spared when this stunning building was erected, and it's been beautifully maintained ever since. Even if you have no interest in religion, York Minster is worth your time. You will discover exquisite, handcrafted stone through to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass . York Minster is free to wander around and has been a place of pilgrimage for over one thousand years. Why not sit in on a service, or enquire about a hidden tour?!
York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
09:00 - 17:00
York Castle Museum
York Castle Museum offers over 400 years of fascinating local history. For a small entrance fee, visitors can expect t find Jacobean dining rooms, stories of Victorian criminals, Space Age technology and the swinging Sixties all under one roof. There are interactive galleries containing thousands of historic objects that bring the past to life, with a constant stream of new galleries and features each year. The latest addition is “Museum of Broken Relationships” which runs until March 2020. This examines Britain's relationship with Europe in light of the Brexit negotiations. “York Castle Museum brings a collection of stories and symbolic possessions to the city which relate to the ways we fall out of love.”
National Railway Museum
York has played an important part in rail history, and the National Railway Museum brings together interesting stories from centuries of railway history. With over 250,000 objects and archives from the collection of the Science Museum Group, visitors can go on a personal journey of discovery taking in the unexpected objects from the world's largest railway collection. These incredibly important collection include the world's fastest steam engine Mallard, the beautifully iconic streamlined Duchess of Hamilton, a replica of the legendary George Stephenson's pioneering Rocket. If you've ever fancied a look at the famous Japanese bullet trains, the museum has the only bullet train to be found outside of Japan. Entry is free!