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York Mystery Plays

The plays present the religious history of the world tackling such grand themes as the mystery of God's creation, the birth, death and resurrection of Christ and the Last Judgement. They are a wonderful example of medieval drama and are part of a dramatic tradition that was revived in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. Performed every four years in various venues around York including among the ruins of St Mary's Abbey, on the stage of the York Theatre Royal and on traditional wagons drawn through the city's streets the performances attract large and enthusiastic crowds

Date: 02 August 2012 - 27 July 2012
Venue: Various venues around York.

Gunpowder Plod

The Gunpowder Plod is York's unique answer to the 5km run. Set to pyrotechnics, fires installations and live music performances, every kilometre will offer more entertainment and dazzle.

Fittingly, in the city which was once home to Guy Fawkes, the event will culminate in York's biggest ever fireworks show. The event is presented by Rat Race Adventure Sports, which is the largest operator of adventure events in the UK. Visitors can either run the 5km or just enjoy the show with family and friends.

Date: 05 November 2012 - 05 November 2012
Venue: York Knavesmire

From £12.50

Eboracum Roman Festival

The sights, sounds and smells of Roman Eboracum come to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, an Archaeological Zone, talks, lectures, tours and much more.

Date: 31 May 2019 - 02 June 2019

Featured Hotels


The Bar Convent

Situated in the oldest existing convent in England (established in 1686), The Bar Convent offers accommodation with a difference, in elegant surroundings and with a unique and informal ambience. This Grade I listed Georgian building was renovated in the summer of 2006.

The Churchill Hotel

All of the rooms in this hotel are individually decorated and its historic charm is guaranteed to beguile. Housed in a Georgian mansion built around 1827, the Churchill offers a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is very good, sourcing its ingredients locally and in accordance with the seasons.

The Grange Hotel

A Grade-II-listed Regency townhouse, The Grange exudes good taste - the attached Ivy Brasserie (which received two AA rosettes in 2006) is worth a mention too. Elegant and luxurious, the hotel also offers modern comfort and convenience, including Wi-Fi access.

Middlethorpe Hall

This country house, built in 1699, offers the optimum in lavishness: set in 20 acres of gardens and parkland, it is decorated with antiques consistent with the period of the house, yet also manages to be modern with its own health and fitness spa.

Romley House

This family-run guest house provides a friendly and efficient service at bargain prices. Rooms are homely, decorated in white and floral patterns. Romley House is also renowned for its pictorial and ceramic clown collection - a typical touch of such child-friendly accommodation. Staying here is a way of receiving some classic Yorkshire hospitality.

York International Youth Hostel

This youth hostel's good service and clean and comfortable rooms guarantee good value for money. Although located just outside the city centre, the 10- to 15-minute walk is a delightfully scenic one along the river. The hostel's bedrooms range from single rooms to dorms accommodating up to eight people.