Explore York – The Abbey Guest House Guide To York

York is crammed full of exciting things to do and places to see, from the very old Roman and Viking parts of the city through to more modern day attractions such as the Railway Museum; there is something for every taste, age and interest.

Whilst planning your visit you might like to consider the following which we think are the highlights of York’s attractions.

Museum Gardens, St Mary’s Abbey and the Yorkshire Museum

This group of attractions are right on our doorstep – only yards from the Abbey Guest House.

The Yorkshire Museum is well renowned for interesting and informative exhibits, particularly the Roman and Medieval sections which draw on rich local historical finds.  The museum sits in the botanic Museum Gardens which are attractive year-round and border the River Ouse.  Also in the Gardens are the remains of St Mary’s Abbey – a powerful monastery for many years and now ruined, but atmospheric – the Hospitium, and the Observatory.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum website

The National Railway Museum

A premier attraction in the city, this fascinating museum offers something for those of every age – and you don’t need to be a ‘train spotter’ to find things interesting here!  Special exhibitions operate regularly.

Visit the National Railway Museum website

York Art Gallery

The city’s outstanding art gallery re-opened in Summer 2015 after an extensive refurbishment.  In addition to collections of modern art and Italian Old Masters the gallery includes the Centre of Ceramic Art.

Visit the York Art Gallery website

York Minster

No visit to the city would be complete without having a look at our spectacular Minster.  The largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe, it towers over the city and also represents the hub of the Christian community.  The undercroft and climb to the top of the tower could be the highlights of your visit.  Evensong is held daily.  There are unparalleled views of the exterior of the Minster from the section of the City Walls between Bootham Bar and Monkbar.

Visit the York Minster website

The City Walls

York is a walled city – with an almost complete ring of stone walls around the inner city centre.  It is possible to walk round the city largely on the walls themselves and this is a great expedition which will take you a couple of hours to complete, but gives you a view of aspects of the city which you would not otherwise see.  If you fancy a shorter walk we will tell you which is the most scenic part of the walls to choose.


With the core of the city pedestrianised during the day, York is a popular destination for shoppers.  Whilst there is a good selection of common high-street shops it’s the boutiques and one-off traders which provide the most interesting selection of fashion, jewellery, art, food and gifts.


If you are planning to stay for a few days, York makes an ideal base to explore the rest of North Yorkshire and we would particularly recommend visits to the North Yorkshire Moors and coast – including the ‘Heartbeat’ village of Goathland and the coastal town of Whitby; the Yorkshire Dales taking in the pleasant towns of Harrogate and Richmond; and also a visit to Leeds – shopping heaven and location of the Royal Armouries – easily accessible by bus or train from York.

We are happy to provide you with further information or suggestions for activities.