Enjoy the May Bank Holiday Weekend with These Fantastic York Activities


Are you on the hunt for houses for sale in York? But wondering about which areas in York to live?

Why not combine the house hunt with getting to know York’s unique vide a little better?

The upcoming bank holiday weekend is just the opportunity you’re looking for.

York is never short of activities; it’s a hotspot of culture, shopping and history. With activities and attractions for everyone, you’re sure to have a great day out whatever your interests!

Yorkshire’s Jurassic World

Have you been following the Jurassic World movies? The second instalment- Fallen Kingdom– comes to the UK in June, and you can get into a dino-centric mood by visiting the Yorkshire Museum.

Yorkshire’s Jurassic World is a major new exhibition that looks back at dinosaurs and the incredibly varied environments they lived in. The exhibition was opened by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and contains a veritable treasure trove of fossils and other items for dinosaur fans to enjoy.

Visitors can see life-sized dinosaur models, dig for fossils, and see rare fossilised remains. They can even use augmented reality and a VR headset to get a little closer to our scaly friends. See a massive sauropod up close and personal (or longneck to us ‘Land Before Time’ fans), before feeding it lunch!

This exhibition is due to run for at least two years, but the May Bank Holiday is an excellent time to visit. And while you’re there, why not have a look around Fulford, Foxwood or Walmgate. Visit the Yorkshire Museum website to plan your visit and contact us in Walmgate to plan some house viewings, too.

The York Selfie Trail

York selfie trail York Minster

Is your Instagram account desperate for new photos? Want to spend some time out and about in the sun? The York Selfie Trail might be the perfect activity. It’s a walking route around the city that takes you past its most iconic landmarks, from the Ouse Bridge to the city walls!

If you’ve never taken the chance to explore York properly, the Selfie Trail is the perfect excuse. There’s something for everyone on the walk; as well as historical landmarks and open air spaces, the trail includes the city’s biggest tourist attractions. Grab a bite to eat, take in a bit of history and relax in the open air… all on the same day!

It’s also a great way to get a feel of different areas in York and can help you narrow down your shortlist of houses for sale in York. Learn more about the Selfie Trail now by visiting the official page on the Visit York website.

Half Term at the National Railway Museum

steam engine wheels

The National Railway Museum is a highlight of York’s tourist scene. That’s why we’re pleased to report on the excellent half term attractions they have in store!

Younger visitors can take part in a range of exciting, educational events. Learn about the history of rail travel in an explosive live show, and go back to the very beginning in a workshop on George Stephenson’s Rocket locomotive.

Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy the other exhibitions on offer. See the royal carriages in the station hall and learn what it was like to travel in the lap of luxury. Take a tour through the North Shed, and uncover the stories behind thousands of historical artifacts. You can even enjoy live demonstrations of railway technologies, including the turntable and signals!

Half term events run from Saturday the 26th of May to Monday the 4th of June. Other attractions may run for longer. For full details visit the National Railway Museum website. And there are often some charming properties in Leeman Road to peruse, too. Win-win opportunity.

Wolf Hall at Barley Hall

If you love period dramas- the costumes, the intrigue, the thrills- make Barley Hall your first stop this weekend. Their special exhibit of Wolf Hall costumes comes to an end this month, making now an excellent time to visit.

Based on the book of the same name by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall was a miniseries broadcast in 2016. The show was set in Tudor times and explored the lives of famous historical figures like Thomas Cromwell, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn (first and second wives of Henry VIII). The exhibit includes costumes worn by these characters in the show, as well as others such as the Duke of Norfolk and Stephen Gardiner.

The exhibit also boasts costumes from other Tudor-inspired TV shows, including The Tudors and The Six Wives of Henry VIII (broadcast on BBC in 1970). They form part of Barley Hall’s Power and Glory exhibit, which focuses on Henry’s visit to the city in 1541. For Tudor fans or history buffs, this is an opportunity that can’t be missed!

To learn more about Barley Hall, click here to visit the official website.

And as Barley Hall is very central, you’ll be able to have a good look around Off Parliament Square and Feasegate at the same time.

York Chocolate Tour

bars of chocolate

When people look for houses for sale in York, the city’s history is often a big draw. Another major part of that history (besides Barley Hall) is York’s chocolate manufacturing; the city has been home to prestigious companies like Terry’s, Craven’s and Rowntree’s over the years. This Bank Holiday you can explore York’s chocolate history in more detail, thanks to a dedicated chocolate tour!

The tour is organised by York’s Chocolate Story and takes you on a winding journey through the city. Learn how chocolate companies shaped York during the Industrial Revolution, see the location of the original Rowntree’s shop and delve into York’s rich chocolate heritage!

Although this tour runs daily you will need to book ahead of time to get a slot over the bank holiday weekend. For more information visit the York’s Chocolate Story website.


This is just a small sample of what you can do in York this bank holiday weekend. And if you’re looking to make your stay a permanent one, Quantum is here to help.

Quantum makes finding the latest houses for sale in York as simple as possible. We’ve got a wide selection of houses in a range of styles and price ranges. No need to worry about complex house hunts as our friendly team can support you at every step of the way. Call 01904 631631 today to discuss your dream home.

Or start browsing our properties here, and take the first step towards your new home!

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