- Explore medieval streets, historical landmarks and open green spaces across 20 stops in York with City Sightseeing tours.
With its Viking past and Roman roots, York is a city steeped in fascinating history. And with more attractions per square mile than any other city in the UK, this hop-on, hop-off bus tour is the perfect way to explore the medieval walled city.
With so much to do and see in York, you'll have plenty of time to discover the city at your own pace. Just a few of the highlights include Monk Bar, the Stonebow, Peasholme Green, York Barbican, the South Bank, Rowntree Park and Fishergate. One of Yorkshire’s most popular attractions, the 11th-century Clifford Tower is well-worth a visit. Go inside and unearth the medieval history of all that remains of York Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror. Don’t miss York’s beautiful botanical gardens, the York Museum Gardens, which make the ideal picnic spot. From here, you can take a stroll to the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey Church, a Benedictine abbey that dates back to the mid-11th century.
What to know before you go
- The ticket includes unlimited access to one bus tour route and 20 stops for 24 hours on a hop-on hop-off open-top bus in York, along with audio commentary in nine different languages, including English, Russian, Mandarin, and even Yorkshire Dialect!
- The ticket is flexible and can be used within three months.
- You’ll receive an e-voucher after booking. Please print your voucher and present it at any of the 20 tour's pick-up points.
- The tour operates from 9am until 5.30pm.
- City Sightseeing tour buses run every 15-30 minutes.
- A full loop of the city on the bus takes 60 minutes.
- Children up to four years old go for free. There are concessionary tickets available for seniors aged over 60 and students with a valid ID. Families (two adults and three children) and children aged 5 - 15 years can get reduced-rate tickets.
- There are no refunds or exchanges after booking.
- You can join the route at any of the 20 route pick-up points in York.
- The Red Route starts at Exhibition Square. The postcode is YO1 7EP.
- There is a bus stop situated at York railway station, which is on the East Coast main line between Edinburgh and London. Or, if you'd prefer to walk to Exhibition Square, it’s approximately 10 minutes away from the station.
- There are six convenient park and ride services in York with frequent buses to the city centre. City centre car parks include NCP York Tanner Row (YO1 6JL), York Railway Station Long Stay Car Park (YO24 1AB) and Q-Park Shambles (YO1 7NZ).
Read more about City Sightseeing’s tours here.