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Bored and low on cash? Five Things to do for free in York

There is always so much to do in such a busy and bustling city, however the same old problem arises every time – budget. It can be expensive trying to find things to do, especially over the long summer so we’ve put together a list of things you can do in York without spending a penny.

Museum Gardens


Museum Gardens are home to the stunning medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, the Yorkshire Museum and ten acres of greenery and beautiful scenery including gold award winning gardens. The are the perfect picturesque setting for relaxing, catching up with friends or going for a stroll. Not only that, but there’s also a Squirrel Trail for the little ones, an Ice-Cream Van and a variety of wildlife including 40 different species of bird.

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York Walls










One of the more obvious suggestions, however, sometimes its easy to forget the beauty of the walls that you walk past every day. Not only are the walls themselves a treat to look at but the fact that you can see the whole of the city is what really makes them special.  The fact that you can hop on and off the walls as you please to see the city up close means that every trip can be a unique experience.

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Free Walking Tours







The Association of Voluntary Guides to the City of York offer a free two-hour walking tour every day and have been doing so since 1951. The team of over 80 local expert guides take tourists from all around the world through the streets of York. The tours depart from outside York City Art Gallery and are a wonderful way to see the highlights of York – and best of all, you don’t need to book.

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National Railway Museum











The National Railway Museum is a good alternative for when the weather isn’t quite as bright. The museum is home to centuries of railway history as part of the largest railways collection in the world. The museum features real trains, model railways, paintings, artefacts and trains that you can climb aboard.

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The Fabulous York Cat Trail







The Fabulous Cat Trail is a unique way to see some of the historic buildings of York; the trail begins at York Glass which is home of York Lucky Cats (where you can pick up a handy guide), and takes you through the streets of York, all in the hunt of up to 22 curious cats statues. All the statues are made of different materials and can be spotted climbing up walls, over fences and anywhere else they could manage, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled.

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