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2-day travel itinerary in York, England

Calling all history buffs, ghost hunters, and wizards in disguise! Forget the time machine, because York, England, is your passport to a bygone era. This captivating city isn’t just a charming maze of cobbled streets and timber-framed buildings; it’s a living, breathing testament to a rich and dramatic past. Imagine yourself walking the same path as Roman soldiers, Viking raiders, and medieval merchants. Or, maybe you’d prefer to hear chilling tales of York’s haunted past on a ghost walk, or raise a tankard in a Viking-themed pub!

This 2-day itinerary will take you on a journey through York’s captivating past, with a dash of spooky thrills and a sprinkle of Harry Potter magic. Buckle up and get ready to discover hidden gems, delve into history at The York Dungeon, and even test your puzzle-solving skills in a Harry Potter-themed escape room – the magic awaits!

Day 1


Start your day with a dose of awe at the spectacular York Minster. Climb the central tower for breathtaking city views, marvel at the intricate stained glass, and let the grandeur wash over you.

York Minster

Then unleash your inner wizard in Little Shambles, where you can find multiple magical stores, including The Shop That Must Not Be Named, a treasure trove of Harry Potter goodies.

The Shop That Must Not Be Named

Afterward, capture a quirky photo by the Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate sign! While in Shambles Street, check out the nearby market, buzzing with independent vendors and food stands. Sample local delicacies like Yorkshire pastries or melt-in-your-mouth fish and chips.

Local Market in York


Keep the magical vibes flowing by testing your swing skills at a wizard-inspired mini golf, The Hole in Wand, or work together to escape a Harry Potter-themed escape room. May the magic be with you!

Mini golf in York

After a (hopefully) victorious game, grab a pint at a presumably hunted local pub, like The Golden Fleece or Blue Boar. Or check out Kings Arms, a pub so close to the river’s water level that it sometimes floods. 😅

Blue Boar pub


The Shambles at night

Day 2


Start the day by enjoying a classic must-have English Breakfast. Then explore York from a different perspective by walking along the York City Walls, some of the most complete medieval walls in Britain. Imagine archers guarding the city, and soak in the historical atmosphere.

York walls


Dive deeper into history at The York Dungeon, where the past isn’t just a story, it’s an experience! Prepare to be transported through time with interactive exhibits that let you become part of the action. Live actors bring history to life, from Viking invaders and imprisoned witches to characters from York’s darker side. Be prepared for a thrilling and slightly spooky journey through York’s turbulent past!

End your York trip with a walk around York Station, where a scene from Harry Potter was filmed. Relive the magic of Hagrid giving Harry his Hogwarts train ticket in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

Bonus Tips

Little Shambles

Where to stay in York

York offers a variety of options, from charming B&Bs to luxury hotels. Staying within the city walls makes for easy access to all the sights. But don’t be afraid to stay outside the city walls. You’re most likely to find even more affordable accommodations a 5 to 10-minute walk from the city walls.

Getting Around

Best Time to Visit

Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) offer nice weather and fewer crowds. Christmas transforms York into a magical wonderland, but expect higher prices.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip, pack your bags, and get ready to discover the magic of York! Remember, a little bit of history, a sprinkle of spookiness, and a dash of Harry Potter make for an unforgettable adventure.

If you need help booking your York or Northern England vacation, read my blog about the best websites to book affordable travel. Or check out my services and let me help you!

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March 7, 2024

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