Welcome to my York Pass Review, a great way to save money whilst visiting the many cultural and historical attractions around York.

In this post I will cover how much a York Pass costs, where to get one, what’s included and how much we saved.

Enjoy!


How much does a York Pass cost?

Passes for up to 3 days are available, prices below:

1 day pass

  • £40 for adults
  • £26 for children

2 day pass

  • £55 for adults
  • £30 for children

3 day pass

  • £65 for adults
  • £35 for children

TOP TIP: There often seem to be discount vouchers available on the site which can be used straight away. Scroll around the homepage and you will see the latest offer. These normally take the format of the month/year (IE We used Jan2018, as I’m writing this there is a live code for March2018). I assume it depends on the time of the year and demand for tickets, but we managed to save 15% when we booked in January.

*Prices correct as of March 2018


What Is Included with the York Pass?

The York Pass includes:

  • Free entry to attractions, tours and museums. At the time of writing there are 20 attractions within the city walls, 4 attractions in outer York and 11 attractions outside York included with the pass.
  • Free 1-Day City Sightseeing “Hop on Hop off” Bus Tour ticket to explore York and discover all of its iconic attractions.
  • Free guidebook packed with helpful info and maps.
  • Exclusive special offers which currently includes discounts at 39 different places: from money off shopping at the designer outlet to discounted rates for ghost tours! 
St Mary's Abbey at the Yorkshire Museum
St Mary’s Abbey at the Yorkshire Museum

How Much Will I Save?

Well, clearly this all depends on how much you use it!

But I thought I’d give you an idea how much we saved from our trip.

We booked 2 x 3 day adult passes. We arrived in York on a Friday lunchtime and left on Sunday afternoon.

You’ll find York is quite a compact city, so you can get to alot of the attractions quite easily. It’s not unrealistic to see alot of them over a weekend if you plan it well.

Initial Cost:

  • 2 x tickets at £65 each = £130.
  • There was a live discount code for 15% so we ended up at a cost of £110.50

Attractions Visited (Price for 1 ticket):

  • YorkMinster £10
  • York’s Chocolate Story £12.50
  • Open Top Bus Tour £13
  • York Castle Museum £10
  • Clifford Tower £5.50
  • Roman Bath Museum £3.50
  • Merchants Adventurer’s Hall £5.50
  • Jorvik Viking Centre £11
  • Richard of York Museum £5.50
  • Yorkshire Museum £6

So we would have spent spent £82.50 per person on tickets to attractions, a grand total of £165.

Over 3 days this means the York Pass saved us £54.50!


Ok, you’ve convinced me. How do I get a York Pass?

Head over to the York Pass website YorkPass.com.

You can then choose to either have them delivered to your home address, print them off before you leave or (as we did) pick them up from the conveniently located ‘York Visitor Information Centre’, which is on route from the train station to the town centre:

York Visitor Information Centre:
1 Museum Street,
York,
YO1 7DT 
(close to York Minster) 

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday: 0900-1700 
Sunday: 1000-1600


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