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Top Free Things To Do York 22/23

Best Free Things To Do In York in 22/23

Looking for free things to do in York? here are my favourite FREE activities to do in this historic city of York – without spending a single penny – such as walking the York walls.

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1. The Shambles

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This is York’s most popular street, and it’s not only because it looks like Diagon Alley. The structures, which date from the 14th and 15th centuries, showcase everything British. The intriguing aspect is that ‘Shambles’ is the mediaeval name for a ‘butcher’s slaughterhouse,’ and you can still see the hooks outside where the meat used to hang if you look closely. It’s also considered Europe’s best-preserved mediaeval street. What are your thoughts?

Did you know that if you extend your arms out far enough, you can touch both sides of the street? Try it if you come on a calm day! Best of all, this renowned location is one of York’s free attractions. Free admission to Diagon Alley? Yes, you are accurate. You can even go to the Harry Potter shop!

Tip: If you don’t want to be surrounded by people, go early in the morning, since this street may get extremely crowded!!

2. Visit an ancient Benedictine priory and step back in time

The free ‘Monks of Micklegate’ Exhibition will show you what life was like for the Benedictine monks who previously resided at Holy Trinity Priory. The cloisters, workshops, gardens, and fishponds of the building are all free to see!

3. Enjoy the calm and quiet of the ten-acre floral Museum Gardens and St Mary’s Abbey

Bring a blanket and your favourite song, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this historic garden.

4. Take in the finest views of York from the city walls

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The city walls, also known as the Roman Walls or Bar Walls, are a great opportunity to see York Minster from above and get a sense of the city’s rich mediaeval history without having to pay for a guided tour!

5. Bring a picnic and visit Rowntree Park

This award-winning park has a picnic area, as well as children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, bowling greens, and skate parks. Spend the day doing some exercise or simply unwinding with a meal in this beautiful setting.

6. Stroll by the York river

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On a hot summer day, nothing beats a stroll along the River Ouse. Take a stroll down to Rowntree Park and watch the boats go past.

7. Clifford’s Tower offers spectacular views

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Although admission to the tower may be charged, the view from the top of the hill is completely free!

8. Take a free walking tour

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York offers free walking tours every day at 11 a.m. (no matter what the weather). Explore York’s sights for free, including the city walls, the Museum Gardens, and, of course, York Minster. is the source for this information.

9. At the York Food & Drink Festival, you may sample some delectable cuisine

If you visit York between September and October, you’ll be in time for the York Culinary & Drink Festival, the UK’s largest food festival! The festival is free to attend, however you may need to purchase tickets for some activities.

10. York Minster is open to the public for free

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If you purchase a York Card (for just £6), you will not only be allowed to enter York Minster for free, but you will also be able to access the city’s great libraries (excluding the tower). Many other nearby attractions, such as the Jorvik Viking Centre and Fairfax House, will offer you discounted prices.

Do you want to study English in York? To learn more about studying English in York, please contact British Study Centres, where a member of the staff would be glad to assist you.

11. Take a stroll around York’s Street Markets

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While you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by the Shambles Market. There are 70 vendors selling anything from flowers to records to food and presents. There’s certain to be something that piques your interest. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is well worth your time. If you visit during the Christmas season, you will also be able to visit the Christmas market!

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