For a more serene day, try one of York's Red Boats - a leisurely hour exploring the city's historic sites from the helm of your own self-drive motor boat.
Sightseeing is a big attraction, and open-top bus tours take place all through the day.
If adventure is what you're looking for, York is the right place. Spend a day at Waterworld, with its rapid descent flumes, wave pool, toddler pool and much more, this is affordable fun for all the family.
If dry land is more your scene, spend a day in the Web Adventure Park, which features thrilling wired high rope rides, and lots of treetop fun for all ages.
Dining & Shopping
The cobbled streets of York city centre are lined with everything from modern high street names to vintage stores, shops selling collectibles and many independent boutiques selling clothing, books and more. A daily open market, also in the city centre, features over 100 stalls and is the perfect place to grab a gift or bargain.
For dining, cafes are in abundance in the city centre, and local produce such as cheese and chutneys is in high demand. Visit Betty's Tea Room, a huge draw for locals and visitors alike, for afternoon tea.
Did you know?
The Shambles is thought to be the oldest shopping street in Europe. Still thriving today, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
York has the world's largest railway station, and the only Japanese Bullet Train outside of Japan.
According to the International Ghost Research Foundation, York is officially the most haunted city in Europe.