Free things to do in York, England

As part of the #WelcomeToBritain campaign we asked our teachers and staff at English Language Centre York what you can do for free in York, and here are their top 10 recommendations:

Photo: National Railway Museum © TheTurfBurner

1. See the country’s greatest steam trains at the National Railway Museum


2. Find out what life was like in an old Benedictine priory at the ‘Monks of Micklegate’ exhibition, at the Holy Trinity Priory

Photo: St Mary's Abbey © Kaly99 

3. Discover the peace and tranquillity of the ten-acre botanical Museum Gardens and St Mary's Abbey


4. Walk around the ancient city walls for the best views of York Minster, immersing yourself in medieval history

Photo: Rowntree Park © Vincej

5. Pack a picnic and enjoy a sunny day in Rowntree Park


6. Take some outdoor games down to the river bank, or simply wander along the river and enjoy the views!

Photo: Clifford's Tower

7. Check out the ancient architecture, like Clifford’s Tower, a 13th-century castle keep


8. Go on a free walking tour around the city, available every day from Museum Gardens

Photo: Museum Gardens © David Dixon

9. Taste different foods at one of York’s food festivals or street markets – visit in September-October and you’ll be there in time for the York Food & Drink Festival, the biggest food festival in the UK!


10. Get a York library card for £5 and you’ll be able to visit York Minster for free (excluding the tower) as well as discounted rates for many local attractions, like the Jorvik Viking Centre and Fairfax House!

Would you like to learn English in York? Click here to find out about English Language Centre York or contact us and a member of the team will be happy to help.

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