Aldborough Roman Site - English Heritage

Boroughbridge YO51 9ES

Among the northernmost urban centres in the Roman Empire, Aldborough was the 'capital' of the Romanised Brigantes, the largest tribe in Britain. One corner of the defences is laid out amid a Victorian arboretum, and two mosaic pavements can be viewed in their original positions.The site museum has an outstanding collection of Roman finds, a handling collection of Roman objects, and other hands-on aids for children and families.

Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum

Halifax way Elvington
York YO41 4AU

A Memorial Museum based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command Base, RAF Elvington, now the largest example of its type open to the public. Original buildings, including the Control Tower, now house some 15 fascinating exhibitions, including 'Against the Odds' the story of Bomber Command and 'Pioneers of Aviation', charting the work of Yorkshire aviation pioneers such as Sir George Cayley, the inventor of the aeroplane, Robert Blackburn and aviators such as Amy Johnson. The internationally renowned aircraft collection covers the birth of manned flight with the Cayley Glider, through WWI and WWII to the supersonic age.

Archaeology Live Training Excavation

All Saints Church, North Street
York YO1 6JD

York Archaeological Trust offers numerous ways for people to engage with archaeology, none more hands on than our annual Archaeology Live. training excavations. Each year, we carry out an excavation in the heart of York, investigating sites that feature deeply stratified, highly complex archaeological deposits.

Barley Hall

2 Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate
York YO1 8AR

Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block.

Beningbrough Hall & Gardens - National Trust

Shipton by Beningbrough
York YO30 1DD

18th-century mansion with fine interiors and walled garden. York's 'country house and garden', this imposing Georgian mansion was built in 1716 and contains one of the most impressive baroque interiors in England.

Bolton Abbey

Estate Office, Bolton Abbey
Skipton BD23 6EX

Bolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages.

Byland Abbey - English Heritage

Nr Coxwold
Helmsley YO61 4BD

This beautiful ruin in a picturesque setting was once one of the great northern monasteries. A truly outstanding example of early Gothic architecture, Byland Abbey inspired the design for the famous York Minster Rose Window as well as influencing many other religious buildings throughout Europe. Collections: The splendid collection of medieval floor tiles still in situ is the largest in Europe. The museum displays colourful interpretation panels together with archaeological finds from the site, giving an insight into monastic life.

Captain Cook & Staithes Heritage Centre

High Street, Staithes
Saltburn-By-The-Sea TS13 5BQ

As well as looking into the colourful history and heritage of Staithes itself, there is a tribute to the area most famous son, Captain James Cook. Collections: A complete recreation of Sanderson's shop, where a young Captain Cook was once an apprentice as well as an enormous amount of information about the fishing and mining industries which were very important to Staithes, with its rich deposits of alum, iron ore and latterly, potash.

Castle Howard

York YO60 7DA

Built in 1699, Castle Howard is one of the country's finest historic houses and is still the private residence of the Howard family. Collections: Indoors, art treasures include paintings by Canaletto, Holbein, Gainsborough and Reynolds, a collection of antique sculpture, and the porcelain collections include a spectacular Crown Derby botanical dessert service. Outdoors there are temples, lead statues and an array of monuments.

Clifford's Tower - English Heritage

Tower Street
York YO1 9SA

With sweeping views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn't hard to see why Clifford's Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England. The tower has a turbulent history, surviving 1,000 years of flood, fire and siege.


St Saviour's Church, St Saviourgate
York YO1 8NN

At DIG. you will become an archaeological detective, and find out for yourself what York was really like through the ages, from Roman times to the present day. You will get the chance to excavate objects from the streets of York and then decide what they are, what they are made from, and why they got there. You will also have the chance to meet real archaeologists and talk to them about their work, see and handle artefacts from York and view recent exciting discoveries.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Bolton Abbey Station, Bolton Abbey
Skipton BD23 6AF

Now you can travel on a train pulled by a steam locomotive from the historic station at Embsay, built in 1888, or Bolton Abbey Station. The culmination of a dream stretching back almost thirty years, the newly completed track extension and the opening of the award winning Bolton Abbey station offers a whole new experience for the visitor.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden - National Trust

Fountains Abbey
Ripon HG4 3DY

Cistercian abbey, Georgian water garden and medieval deer park.

Fulford Battlefield Society

Parish Hall, School Lane
York YO10 4LR

Fulford Battlefield Society formed to raise funds for research, to preserve the battle site and promote the Battle of Fulford to a wider audience. The battle took place 5 days before Stamford bridge and a few weeks before the clash at Hastings.

Gayle Mill

Mill Lane, Gayle
Hawes DL8 3RZ

Gayle Mill began life as a Georgian cotton mill. Via wool and flax, it became a 19th century sawmill, and is fully restored complete with Victorian water-powered machinery.

Gisborough Priory Gardens

Guisborough TS14 6PR

After the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII the land next to Gisborough Priory was acquired by the Chaloner family. Eventually in the early 18th century a mansion house and magnificent garden was created on the site. This local volunteer-run charity aims to restore these gardens to provide a public green space and ensure the gardens' history is recorded for posterity.

Grays Court

Chapter House Street
York YO1 7JH

Grays Court is possibly the oldest continuously occupied house in the country. Dating back in part to 1080 and commissioned by the first Norman Archbishop of York to provide the official residence for the Treasurers of York Minster, the house has an unrivalled history. The Sterne Room was built above the original Medieval Magnesian Limestone wall (which can still be seen) by Jaques Sterne, Precentor and Canon Residentiary of the Minster and uncle of Laurence Sterne, author of Tristram Shandy, when he owned the house.

Helmsley Castle - English Heritage

Helmsley YO62 5AB

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing site with a wealth of history. It has recently undergone a thorough makeover by English Heritage, making it more accessible to a wide range of visitors.

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

York YO1 6JX

Micklegate Bar, the iconic royal gateway of the City of York, invites you to discover The Henry VII Experience. Explore the life of the first Tudor King as he created a new era in British History, after defeating his rival Richard III.

JORVIK Viking Centre

15-17 Coppergate
York YO1 9WT

At JORVIK Viking Centre travel back 1000 years and visit the Vikings of JORVIK. Explore York's Viking history exactly where our archaeologists found the remains of the original Viking-Age City of 'Jorvik'. Collections: Everything in JORVIK Viking Centre is based on archaeological evidence unearthed during the Coppergate excavations undertaken between 1979 and 1981 by York Archaeological Trust. Archaeologists started digging on the site of an old sweet factory and unearthed remains of 10th century Viking-age buildings that were surrounded by moist, spongy layers of earth similar to that of a peat bog.

Kiplin Hall

Near Scorton
Richmond DL10 6AT

This hidden gem, situated between Richmond and Northallerton, was built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and Founder of Maryland, USA. Since then, the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots, all related by blood or marriage, have left their stamp on the house.

Kirkham Priory - English Heritage

Nr Malton YO60 7JS

These ruins of an Augustinian priory include an elaborate gatehouse and monk??'s washroom, all set in the peaceful Derwent valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Yorkshire Wolds. Collections: New interpretations include the story of the secret visit of Winston Churchill and the role of the site in preparation for D-Day during World War II.

Knaresborough Castle & Museum

Castle Yard
Knaresborough HG5 8AS

Knaresborough Castle and Museum is set beautifully towering over the River Nidd. Discover royalty and colourful local characters.

Merchant Adventurers' Hall

York YO1 9XD

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall is one of York's medieval marvels. Set in beautiful gardens, it is open to the public as a museum, wedding and hospitality venue and meeting place some 650 years after construction began in 1357. Collections: The Hall contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and silver, all of which are on display to the public.

Middleham Castle - English Heritage

Leyburn DL8 4QG

The childhood and favourite home of Richard III, Middleham Castle was a fortress of the mighty Neville family, Earls of Westmoreland and of Warwick. Around the massive 12th-century keep, they progressively constructed three ranges of luxurious chambers and lodgings, turning the castle into a fortified palace by the mid-15th century.

Mount Grace Priory - National Trust

Staddle Bridge
Northallerton DL6 3JG

Set amid woodland below the escarpment of the North York Moors and the Cleveland Way National Trail, Mount Grace is a monastic ruin of an unusual kind. It is the best-preserved of the ten British 'charterhouses', whose Carthusian monks lived as hermits in cottage-like cells.

Museum of North Craven Life

The Folly, Victoria Street,
Settle BD24 9EY

The Folly is a beautiful 17th century Grade I listed building, in the heart of the pretty market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. In 1996 The North Craven Building Preservation Trust purchased part of The Folly and completely restored the building and opened it to the public in 2001.

National Railway Museum

Leeman Road
York YO26 4XJ

For a fantastic free day out in York visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Explore our three giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, the iconic Japanese Bullet Train a stunning collection of Royal Trains and the towering Chinese locomotive. With daily demonstrations, loads of interactive exhibits, a special event programme and FREE museum admission, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Newby Hall & Gardens

Ripon HG4 5AE

Newby Hall is one of Britain's finest Adam Houses. Built under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren in 17 century, the superb contents of the house, collected by William Weddell, ancestor of the Compton family, include the Gobelins Tapestry Room, a renowned gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale's finest furniture. The site also features 25 acres of award-winning gardens, full of rare and beautiful plants.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Pickering Station
Pickering YO18 7AJ

Britain's most popular heritage steam railway running through 18 miles of the North York Moors National Park.

Nunnington Hall - National Trust

York YO62 5UY

One of Ryedale's finest attractions, Nunnington Hall nestles on the banks of the picturesque River Rye. With period rooms, major exhibitons, an organic walled garden, a full events programme, peacocks and ghosts, this honey-coloured Yorkshire family manor house offers something for everybody to enjoy. Collections: Period rooms displayed with a 1920s feel reflecting the donor family's period of occupation with layers of history then going back to Tudor and Stuart times before that. There are some nice examples of needlework and paintings, among a varied and interesting collection of contents.

Ormesby Hall - National Trust

Ladgate Lane,
Ormesby TS3 0SR

Home of the Pennyman family for nearly 400 years, this classic Georgian mansion, with its Victorian kitchen and laundry, attractive gardens and estate walks, provides lively resources for local schools and community groups, and a unique venue.

Pickering Castle - English Heritage

Pickering YO18 7AX

Pickering Castle is set in an attractive moors-edge market town. It is a classic and well-preserved example of an early earthwork castle refortified in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries, centred upon a shell-keep crowning an impressive motte.

Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Monk Bar, Goodramgate
York YO1 7LQ

The JORVIK Group's newest attraction invites you to step foot into the historic Monk Bar to discover The Richard III Experience. Explore the life of the last Plantagenet King as he struggled for the throne and power during his short reign. Experience his mighty moments of battle, with multimedia presentations, and displays of the authentic medieval weapons and armour used to fight his opponents during the bloody War of the Roses.

Richmond Castle - English Heritage

Tower Street
Richmond DL10 4QW

Breathtakingly sited on a rocky promontory above the River Swale, the great castle of Richmond is among the oldest Norman stone fortresses in Britain, begun in the decades after the Conquest. The story of conscientious objectors imprisoned in the keep during World War I is told in an interactive display exploring Richmond's nine centuries of development, and woven into the Cockpit Garden.

Rievaulx Abbey - English Heritage

Helmsley YO62 5LB

Escape the crowds and experience the serenity and beauty of this impressive monastic site, situated in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Rievaulx Abbey was founded by St Bernard of Clairvaux in 1132 and become one of England's wealthiest monasteries before its dissolution by King Henry VIII in 1538.

Ripley Castle

The Ripley Castle Estate
Harrogate HG3 3AY

In 2009 Ripley Castle has been the home of the Ingilby family for the last seven hundred years. The castle's history is one of political, military, religious and social turbulence, of plague and persecution, of renaissance, enlightenment and industrial revolution.

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon HG4 1QS

For over 1300 years people have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon. The cathedral building itself is part of this continuing act of worship, begun in the C7th when Saint Wilfrid built one of England's first stone churches on this site, and still renewed ever day.

Ryedale Folk Museum

Hutton le Hole
Hutton le Hole YO62 6UA

Wander into 16th, 18th and 19th century thatched cottages, the Edwardian photographic studio, Iron Age roundhouse, working blacksmiths and many attractions of Ryedale Folk Museum's 5 acre site.

Scarborough Castle - English Heritage

Castle Road
Scarborough YO11 1HY

Scarborough Castle defends a prominent headland between two bays, with sheer drops to the sea and only a narrow landward approach. Specially contructed viewing platforms on the battlements offer panoramic views.

Shandy Hall

York YO61 4AD

The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1967 in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne, the 18th century novelist and vicar of Coxwold. Shandy Hall is where he lived and wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy. The Trust promotes Sterne's work and international reputation through exhibitions, events and public access to the property and its collection.

St Robert's Cave

St Robert's Cave, Abbey Road
Knaresborough HG5 8HX

Sitting snugly beside the River Nidd on the outskirts of Knaresborough, Saint Robert's Cave is a rare survival of a medieval hermit's home. This site once attracted thousands of pilgrims to this North Yorkshire town. Robert of Knaresborough lived on this site in the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre

Ferry Road, St Hilda's
Middlesbrough TS2 1PL

This visitor centre is dedicated to the rich industrial heritage of Middlesbrough. One of the powerhouses of the industrial northeast, the town was a major player in the Industrial Revolution, and especially shipping. The visitor centre promotes the history of the bridge and surrounding area through the use of graphic panels, video, computers, photographs, objects and models.

Treasurer's House, York - National Trust

Minster Yard
York YO1 7JL

Elegant town house dating from medieval times. Originally home to the treasurers of York Minster and built over a Roman road, the house is not all that it seems.

Upper Wharfedale - National Trust

Upper Wharfedale
near Buckden BD23 5JA

Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic dry-stone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.

Whitby Abbey - English Heritage

Whitby Abbey
Whitby YO22 4JT

High on a cliff above the seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, a home of saints and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.

World of James Herriot, The

23 Kirkgate
Thirsk YO7 1PL

The World of James Herriot is a unique tribute to vet and author James Herriot. Based in his original surgery at 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire - the 'skeldale House' of the Herriot books - it takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940s. When James Herriot died in 1995, Hambleton District Council bought the old surgery and set about painstakingly restoring it.

York Archaeological Trust

47 Aldwark
York YO1 7BX

York Archaeological Trust is a registered museum. Our professionally accredited team has over 30 years experience in investigating buildings, landscapes and buried remains.

York Castle Museum

The Eye of York
York YO1 9RY

Come and see hundreds of years of York's history in one place - from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to infamous Victorian criminals and all the way to the Space Age and the swinging Sixties. Kirkgate, the famous reconstructed Victorian Street that provides the core of the castle Museum, is a milestone in the history of museums.

York Cold War Bunker - English Heritage

Monument Close
York YO24 4HT

The most modern and spine-chilling of English Heritage's properties, the York Cold War Bunker uncovers the secret history of Britain's Cold War. Enter the blast-proof doors and investigate the more unusual side of York's heritage. In active service from the 1960s-1990s the bunker was designed as a nerve-centre to monitor fall-out in the event of a nuclear attack.

York Minster

York Minster
York YO1 7HH

York Minster provides a wealth of history for you to discover. The minster itself is an architectural masterpiece and a treasure house of stained glass.

Yorkshire Museum & Gardens

York Museum Gardens
York YO1 7FR

The Yorkshire Museum sits in the heart of York Museum Gardens, in the centre of York. The museum was opened in 1830 by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and was one of the first purpose-built museums in the country. Housing some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe, the Yorkshire Museum is the ideal first port of call for any trip to York. Collections: The collections cover numismatics, archaeological finds from Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Medieval times, biology, geology and studio pottery.