With around 20,000 students and thousands of tourists visiting the city all year round, York really is a lively place to be.
York is great for nightlife of all kinds, it has restaurants, pubs, wine bars and cafés to suit every taste imaginable and it’s fantastic for shopping. York St John is literally minutes away from the city centre, so is perfectly placed for nights out and retail therapy jaunts.
York’s nightlife caters for all, from traditional and quirky pubs, to ghost walks, cinemas and theatre, to the lively, modern and vibrant bars, clubs and live venues – York really does have it all.
To start your night look no further than the Students’ Union, with a variety of entertainments to suit every taste, it is true ‘value for money’. Alongside great promotions throughout the week, it is the perfect place to meet your friends before heading into the city centre.
York has many late night venues catering for every music taste from rock to cheesy pop. Commercial bars such as Revolution and Yates are complemented by independent and popular bars such as Evil Eye and Vudu Lounge. They often have themed nights with student-friendly prices. There are a variety of different clubs in the city; Tokyo, Kuda, Salvation and Fibbers - a live music venue to suit all tastes. All in all York boasts a great night out for everyone.
York is paradise for shopaholics - everything from famous high-street names to intriguing specialist, designer and curiosity shops. The outdoor Newgate Market, in the centre of the city, offers a more traditional shopping experience, with stalls selling everything, all at brilliant student-friendly prices.
York also hosts a variety of specialist markets which offer a taste of local and international produce. In September the UK’s largest Food Festival takes over the city for 10 days and one of the largest Christmas markets, the St Nicholas Fayre, arrives just in time for those last minute presents.
There are three out-of-town shopping centres, all within easy reach of the city centre. At Clifton Moor there are shops galore plus a Vue cinema and tenpin bowling. Monk’s Cross Shopping Centre has a layout like a classic American shopping mall with many high street stores and the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet features over 100 designer name stores full of best buys!
Let’s get cultural
Shopping and socialising aside, you can’t fail to notice York’s history and culture. It’s hard not to find history fascinating when it lives and breathes around you. York Minster is world renowned and well worth a visit.
The city’s Viking heritage comes to life every year in a rowdy, fun packed festival with hoards of Vikings taking occupation of the streets. You can also step aboard a time car in the world-famous Jorvik Viking Centre to travel back to 948AD. The condemned cell - where the infamous highwayman, Dick Turpin, spent his last night in 1739 - lies within the walls of York Castle Museum. The National Railway Museum is not just for train spotters (so we’re told!) and you can even catch the plague at the York Dungeon.
The arts feature strongly in York’s cultural life. The York Mystery Plays continue a tradition of community performances dating back to the 14th century. Contemporary drama, and much more besides, is on offer at the Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House.
Film buffs will appreciate City Screen - an arts cinema housed in a refurbished printing works. Music, in all its guises, finds an audience in a variety of venues across the city. York Barbican hosts the UK snooker championship as well as offering comedy, music events and family shows.
York is also a fantastic starting point from which you can explore more of what Yorkshire has to offer. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are both National Parks, accessible by public transport, where you will find incredible scenery and bracing, fresh air. The seaside resorts of Scarborough and Whitby also make the perfect destination for a day out (and do great fish and chips).