Visit York – City of History, Stunning Architecture and World Class Museums

Written by: Elmtree Press

The elegant city of York is surprisingly compact, especially considering how much beauty, history and culture it boasts. At the heart of the city lies the magnificent York Minster one of the most impressive gothic cathedrals in the world, which towers above the winding medieval streets packed full of interesting shops.  With a vast choice of museums, theatres, festivals and tours happening throughout the year, the city makes an excellent base for a school trip.

From Railways to Chocolate, York has been the central hub for many industries throughout the centuries.  Over the last ten years £800 million has been invested into York’s science and technology infrastructure creating a strong network of 500 science and technology related businesses, attracting new skills and opportunities.

Home to two universities the city has a large student population that adds to the vibrant feel of the city.  The best way to explore is on foot and wander down the many beautiful cobbled streets packed full of interesting shops.  You will be spoilt for choice as to where to visit.  We recommend taking a ghost walk with The Original Ghost Walk to learn about the city’s colourful past, take time to enjoy a visit to York’s Chocolate Story, and for older children a trip to York Dungeon is a memorable experience. 

No trip to York is complete without journeying back in time at Jorvik  which opened this spring after a multimillion pound make over caused by the terrible flooding that occurred when the River Ouse broke its banks the previous year.  Jorvik,  along with their sister museum DIG makes a perfect mornings visit.

Did you know that the aeroplane is a Yorkshire invention?  Just outside York is the Yorkshire Air Museum where you can learn about Sir George Cayley and his ground breaking man carrying glider of 1853! Another famous Yorkshire woman was  Amy Johnson who ‘blazed the trail’ for long distance flights.  Learn about her epic solo flights to Australia and Southern Africa in her tiny bi-plane “Jason”, and other amazing facts about the history of flight with our fun and interesting Aviation Trail.

Recommended places to stay
Within the city

The Fort – situated in the heart of the city just off the Shambles this modern hostel is in a great location to be able to explore the city on foot.  Clean and Comfortable with themed rooms you have a choice of self-catering or fully serviced catering.
Hedley House is a comfortable hotel which accommodates groups. A short walk from the city centre it is ideally located to explore the city and there is overnight parking for coaches nearby.

Outside the City Walls

Queen Ethelburgas College
For a safe secure environment with excellent sports facilities including a 25 metre swimming pool, internet café and more this 5 star boarding school situated in extensive grounds just outside of York, offers high quality accommodation for schools.

If you fancy a combination of outward bound activities as well as visiting York this centre is a perfect combination for a week away then Carlton Lodge near Thirsk is the place to stay. 

Educational Visits UK   offers a complete tailor made service to help plan and organise your school trip to York or anywhere in the UK and Europe.  For more information either drop us an email to or Telephone 01677 427334.