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How to Explore York on a Budget

Visiting the ancient and historic city of York in North Yorkshire doesn’t have to be expensive. In the blog, we list out some of the best free and low-cost attractions that York has to offer.
Travelling around the City
York has a sightseeing bus that allows you to hop on and hop off at any location. Whilst York isn’t a huge city, having the convenience of a bus to save tired legs is a bonus if travelling from one end to the other. The buses provide useful and interesting information about the city and can be useful to orientate you on your first visit!
Museum Gardens (Entry: Free)
The gardens are set on an historical site which includes the remains of the Roman fortress tower, and the medieval St Mary's Abbey and the Hospitium. Established in the 1830’s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, the gardens are known for their fantastic collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs set against the stunning backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. The Gardens are open from 7am to 8pm in summer and from 7am to 6pm in Winter.
National Railway Museum (Entry: Free)
The National Railway Museum holds The National collection of Railway artefacts and includes over 300 locomotives and rolling stock, 628 coins and medals, 4899 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway related photographs. The National Railway Museum houses a world class collection of Royal trains, which includes a collection of Royal carriages, from those used by Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II.
York City Walls (Entry: Free)
No visit to York would be complete without a walk along the infamous City Walls. At 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England. About 2.5 million people walk along all or part of the City walls each year, taking in the stunning views as they go. To complete the entire circuit will take around 2 hours. There are five main bars or gateways, one Victorian gateway, one postern (a small gateway) and 45 towers.
York Races Course Enclosure (Entry: £5 per person)
A great way to enjoy York Races if you don’t have the budget for the stands and endless glasses of Moet! The grassy course enclosure if a family favourite. Why not take a picnic of your own and soak up the atmosphere of York Races. The course enclosure has its own food area, bars and bookmakers allowing you to enjoy everything the races have to offer without spending a fortune. Whatever you decide to do, we hope you decide to stay in one of our short stay properties. We have a range of properties to suit all budgets!

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