These Are the Most Popular Tourist Attractions in York

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The City of York is steeped in history, offering a wealth of experiences that few other regions on Earth can. From the Medieval warrens of the Shambles to the towering remnants of the Industrial Revolution, York is a city that punches well above its weight when it comes to the quality and quantity of attractions on offer.

According to, tourism brings in over £8 billion to the wider regional economy a year, with overseas visitors flocking to York in such huge numbers that the city council is considering installing separate walking lanes for tourists. The tourism industry also supports 243,000 jobs and is one of the most buoyant in the UK.
But what is it that people are going to see? If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, read on to find out the most popular tourist attractions in and around York.

Flamingo Land

Only a 30-minute drive from York, Flamingo Land theme park takes the top spot as the most visited paid attraction in the Yorkshire region, with York often serving as a popular stopping-off point for visitors. The figures from show that Flamingo Land Theme Park was by far and away the most visited paid attraction in Yorkshire last year, with a total of 1.6 million people queueing up for a whirl on the Mumbo Jumbo rollercoaster.

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National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York is one of the most popular locomotive museums in the world, featuring such iconic trains as the Flying Scotsman and original models for the Thomas the Tank Engine television series. Part of its appeal is that it is a completely free museum, making it popular with travellers who have a brief stopover in York, given that the museum is located directly behind York Railway Station.

York City Walls

York’s Roman legacy is one of the most powerful draws for tourists and the city walls, visited by millions every year, is one of the most potent symbols of the legacy. Roman tourism is immensely popular as of late, fuelled partly by a resurgence in the popularity of Roman culture, personified by TV shows such as Rome and Brittania. This interest is also pronounced in the world of online gaming, where Roman themed slots have proliferated on major casino platforms in the past few years to cater to this sudden resurgence. One particularly successful title is the Gladiator Jackpot slot machine offered by, which is just as popular for its top jackpot of £500,000 as it is for its Gladiator imagery and nods to Roman culture.

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York Minster

There are few cathedrals that can match its stature and elegance in all of Europe. The imposing York Minster, which dominates the surrounding skyline, is a 1000-year-old architectural marvel which draws close to a million paying visitors every year. It was recently described by as “the most beautiful Gothic building in the world” and it’s not hard to see why.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

While the more well-known Edinburgh Fringe may be the most-visited arts festival on the entire planet, a copycat event south of the border is rapidly catching up. The Great Yorkshire Fringe is now entering its fifth year of existence, in which the historic city centre is transformed into a warren of comedy venues, pop-up food trucks and beer festivals throughout July. Tens of thousands of people attended last year and you can see the line-up for GYF 2019 right here:

It’s clear from this list that York and the surrounding Shire really do have something for everyone. As tourist numbers continue to swell, we’re keen to see how these rankings change in the future.


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