OrangeSmile Tours Best destinations around the world - Travel Guide

Colors of York - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

York Magistrates York is famous for its magnificent festivals and national holidays. There are more than fifty of them during a year. Among these national celebrations tourists will find both quite young festivals and events that have been organized by the local people for centuries. Travelers who are fortunate enough to visit the city at the end of October will be able to attend beautiful Festival of Illumination. As a rule, it starts on October 27 and lasts during four days. This is one of the youngest but no less attractive holidays.
In York, there are a lot of attractive places for shopping. Experienced tourists, first and foremost, go to McArthur Glen designer outlet. This is a real world of fashion and chic. Suitable … Open
During the days of the festival all sights of the city are miraculously transformed. They are equipped with a sophisticated lighting system, so numerous people come to enjoy the view of the beautiful landmarks not only during the daytime but also at night. York Minster is certainly the main object of the holiday. The height of this majestic building is 40 meters. It order to create spectacular lighting of the building hundreds of colored lights and spotlights are used. In addition to visiting beautiful architecture sights, guests of the festival are invited to visit fascinating master classes, during which professionals will share the secrets of their skills with visitors.
Last week of October is the time for another interesting festival - The York Festival of Ghosts, which is held every year on the eve of the most mystical holiday - Halloween. During the festival you can meet people wearing most unusual costumes in the streets of the city. Numerous parades and solemn processions are an essential part of the holiday. The public is even invited to take part in spiritual séances and make an excursion to various mystical places that can be found in York. Copyright
York is a particularly interesting city from the historical point of view. Its fort walls, cathedrals and churches, medieval streets and museums feature really great interest for guests of … Open
Viking Festival is one of the oldest national holidays of the city. The festival is held in the middle of February. This holiday is associated with an important historic event. During the period from 866 to 952 AD the city was ruled by the Viking king named Jorvik. To commemorate this important period every year the residents of the city organize interesting competitions. Participants are traditionally invited to demonstrate their power and participate in various contests. During the festival visitors are welcome to attend street performances, which introduce viewers to the Viking culture, colorful fairs at which attendants are welcome to try traditional delicacies and buy interesting souvenirs. This is only a small part of the enchanting national holidays that are held in this hospitable city. Beautiful celebrations are one of aspects that attract travelers to York from other countries.
York Bridge Food and Drink Festival is one of the most popular events with tourists. It is usually held between the end of September and the beginning of October. It is a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with local culinary and beer brewing traditions. Numerous restaurants and cafes in York prepare a special festive menu for the event. It is virtually impossible to resist to visit them and try amazing food – imitable aroma of spices lures everyone, inviting to enter. In addition to sampling sessions, visitors are always welcome to participate in master classes and watch famous chefs at work.
York will delight travelers with children with a wide selection of water parks and entertainment centers, interesting museums and attractions. One of the most original amusement parks not … Open
Mid-November is the time for Aesthetica Film Festival in York. This festival is dedicated to short films. It is held not only in cinemas but also in cultural venues in York – museums, theater, and galleries. Every fashionista dreams of visiting York at the end of March because the city hosts York Fashion Week at this time of the year. The schedule of the popular festival features fashion shows and interesting seminars. The event is sponsored by famous fashion brands that even people not interested in fashion are aware of.
York Castle Museum York Literature Festival is an event that is particularly popular with tourists. The festival, which takes place in mid-March, is usually held in different locations in the city (York Theatre Royal, York St John University, Waterstones bookstore, numerous pubs, and bars). The event is impossible to imagine without educative seminars, performances, various shows, and thematic excursions to different landmarks of York. Even better, it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see popular writers in person and ask different questions to them. Early Music Festival is one more event that brings many visitors from different parts of the world to York. The event is held two times a year – on Christmas Eve and in the middle of July. Early Music Festival is dedicated to classical music of the XVIII century. The event’s locations are different. Usually, these are York Minster, University of York, and the National Centre for Early Music.
In York tourists will find approximately three hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes that provide food of different culinary trends. Selecting the best restaurants among them is not easy, … Open
One of the most colorful events in York lasts four months. It starts at the beginning of May and ends only at the beginning of September. This is the time for a magnificent carnival, Fossgate Festival. One of the oldest streets in the city (Fossgate) becomes very crowded as numerous visitors want to purchase interesting and unique items, participate in master classes, play games, listen to live music, and simply dance. Tourists should follow their example and join the fun – satisfaction and warm memories for months to come are guaranteed. York is also a brilliant place to celebrate Christmas – the city has a special charm during this time of the year, taking visitors to the atmosphere of magic and fairytales. Surely, St Nicholas Fair is one of the reasons for that. The fair trade, which works during the holiday season, is a wonderful place to purchase unique and interesting items, drink mulled wine, dance, and simply have a good time.
York - guide chapters 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

City tours, excursions and tickets in York and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near York
♥   Former Cathedral of St. Peter, York, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Church of St. Wilfrid, York, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Church of St. George, York, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Leeds, 35.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Fountains Abbey, Ripon, 36.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Coulby Newham, 63.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Church of St. Marie, Sheffield, 69 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around York
♥   Castle 'Clifford’s Tower' , 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Cawood Castle' , 14.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sheriff Hutton Castle' , 15.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Crayke Castle' , 19.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hazlewood Castle' , 19.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Wressle Castle' , 22.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Spofforth Castle' , 24.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Car rental on Rentals in York

Saudi Arabia to Open 38 Hotels in Diriyah

Diriyah is one of the first mega projects in Saudi Arabia. Hotels and other infrastructure will start opening next year, and all works are expected to end in 2026. The first 18 restaurants in Bujairi Terrace will start operating already in early 2022. Read this


Colors of York in photos

Search for popular touristic sites on York map

Address/Sight name City/Region Country Within radius, km
 Types of touristic objects to search for
Hotels & Car rental
Carhire locations
0 star
1 star
2 stars
3 stars
4 stars
5 stars
Touristic places
Art galleries
Touristic areas
Attraction parks
Aqua parks
Train stations
Bus stations
Fuel stations
Open the list of object types
Open the list of object types
Open the list of object types
Open the list of object types
Open the list of object types
City services
Open the list of object types
Useful services

Traditions and festivals in cities around York

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in York. Learn the best periods to visit York to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in York. - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
Secure Server
Head office
Weegschaalstraat 3, Eindhoven
5632 CW, The Netherlands
+31 40 40 150 44

Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | About us
Copyright © 2002 - OrangeSmile Tours B.V. | | Under the direction and management of IVRA Holding B.V. - Registered at Kamer van Koophandel (KvK), The Netherlands No. 17237018