York is now opening up following the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Many outdoor activities and tours are now open to the public since April 2021, and indoor hospitality is expected to reopen from 17 May. Here’s our list of things open in York now, that need to be booked in advance. Since the start of COVID, all attractions require advance booking with timed entry slots to avoid overcrowding and allow for distancing measures.
Make the most of spring with our round-up of things open in York now!
York Hop on Hop off Bus
York hop on hop off buses are now open and operating daily. Discover this beautiful Roman city with a convenient bus ticket that allow you to get on and off at all the major locations around the city. You’ll also get views of stunning landmarks including the Roman walls and York Minster.
See York lit up at night on this evening walking tour limited to 10 participants. You’ll walk through the medieval streets and rediscover 2,000 years of history with a knowledgeable guide. Suitable for all ages, with families especially welcome.
See another side of the city on a York cycling tour, now open for bookings. Taking you off the beaten track, you’ll ride along quiet back streets, river paths and parks. The tour includes a bike and helmet, and you will travel at a safe and leisurely pace, staying on cycle paths and designated lanes for most of the ride.
Many more attractions are opening in York from 17 May 2021. Don’t miss out and book your tickets today!
Afternoon Tea at the Grand York
Afternoon Tea at the Grand York is reopening from 17 May. Enjoy a sumptuous selection of the finest sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks at this 5-star hotel in the heart of York. You’ll dine with a view of the historic city walls. A wonderful treat for all the family!
York Evening cruises are also open from 17 May 2021. This romantic floodlit evening cruise is the perfect way to welcome in the summer months. Enjoy a glass of prosecco or hot chocolate from the on-board bar whilst listening to relaxing swing and jazz music in the background.
Join our Ghost Bus Tour of York…if you dare! Opening from 28 May 2021, see the sights of one of England’s most haunted cities. Board the Necrobus and get ready to embark on a 75-minute theatrical sightseeing tour!
York’s Chocolate Story is reopening on 21 May 2021. This fun activity is perfect for adults and kids alike. Enjoy chocolate samples, learn how its made and explore three floors of interactive exploration.
Merchant Adventures’ Venue Hall will open indoors from 17 May. The garden is already open to visitors. Discover one of the finest original medieval guild halls in the world
York Dungeon will reopen from 17th May
JORVIK Viking Centre will reopen from 17th May with new safety procedures and distancing in place
Wednesday 19 May: The National Railway Museum York reopens to the public, with free entrance
What’s Still Not Open?
Most attractions have either reopened or are planning to reopen from mid-May. However, there are some attractions that remain closed. Notably, Clifford’s Tower remains closed until summer 2021 whilst English Heritage undertake conservation work.