5 Things do in York during May half-term

As May half-term approaches, families are eagerly seeking out exciting activities to fill their days with adventure and fun. Look no further than the historic city of York, where a plethora of captivating experiences await! From delving into the city’s rich chocolatey history to exploring its medieval marvels, there’s something for everyone in this enchanting city. Here are five must-do activities to ensure an unforgettable May half-term in York:

1. York’s Chocolate Story: Indulge in Sweet History

Embark on a delectable Guided Tour through time at York’s Chocolate Story, where you’ll uncover the fascinating tale of chocolate-making in the city. Delve into the secrets behind some of the world’s most famous chocolate brands, learn about York’s pivotal role in the history of chocolate, and even try your hand at crafting your own chocolate treats. With interactive exhibits and tantalising tastings, this experience is sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of visitors of all ages.

York Minster

2. Explore the Enchanting York Minster

Secondly, no visit to York is complete without a trip to the iconic York Minster, one of the largest and most magnificent cathedrals in Northern Europe. You can marvel at its stunning architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and rich history dating back over a thousand years. After that, take a guided tour to uncover the secrets of this architectural masterpiece.

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3. Walk Along the Ancient City Walls
Step back in time as you stroll along the ancient city walls that once fortified York against invaders. While offering panoramic views of the cityscape below, the walls provide a unique vantage point to admire York’s historic landmarks, including Clifford’s Tower, the picturesque River Ouse, and the quaint medieval streets below. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the breath-taking vistas and make memories that will last a lifetime.

York Shambles

4. Discover the Quirky Shambles
Wander through the charming streets of The Shambles, a medieval thoroughfare renowned for its crooked buildings, overhanging timber-framed facades, and quaint cobblestone lanes. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow alleyways lined with boutique shops, traditional pubs, and artisanal cafes. With its timeless charm and whimsical atmosphere, The Shambles is the perfect place to soak up the enchanting ambiance of old-world York.

5. Cruise Along the River Ouse
Lastly, you can experience York from a different perspective by taking a leisurely cruise along the picturesque River Ouse. Sit back, relax, and enjoy stunning views of the city’s historic landmarks, including York Minster, the medieval city walls, and the charming riverside architecture. Choose from a variety of guided sightseeing tours or opt for a romantic evening cruise under the stars. With onboard commentary providing insights into York’s fascinating history and culture, a river cruise is the perfect way to unwind and soak up the city’s scenic beauty during May half-term.

There’s plenty of fun things to do in York to create delightful memories with your family.  Discover more about the events at York’s Chocolate Story here and make the most of your time in York.



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