Adventures around Yorkwith PlusBus

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Walkable York with regular trains arriving from all over the country is perfect for car-free visitors. With a PlusBus ticket, you can explore the city cheaply by bus to see world-class museums and leafy gardens, take riverside walks or tea on an ancient cobbled street. Every era has left traces in York and these layers of history are part of the city’s appeal. Just ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket for unlimited bus travel across the city all day. Here are just three of the adventures you could have.

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  • Great for: architecture | family | flowers and gardens | food and drink | gardens | history | museums | nature reserve | scenic bus |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated in February 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Visit an urban nature reserve at St Nicks

    There are snowdrops and blossom here even in wintry February. Walking through the trees and grassy paths of St Nicholas Fields (“St Nicks” to its friends), you catch the odd glimpse of York minster’s towers or waft of chocolate from the Nestlé Rowntree factory and it’s startling to remember you’re just a mile from the city centre.

    • These 24 acres of urban nature reserve, now alive with birdsong and wildflowers, were once York’s rubbish tip; people say the numerous apple trees grew from Rowntree waste. There’s a mini Stonehenge in the middle, made from stones dumped here when the area was a landfill site. The little environmental centre runs conservation afternoons, ecotherapy sessions and a kerbside recycling scheme using trikes.
    • How do I get to St Nicks by bus? Bus 46 runs from Station Road (Stop CE) to the St Nicholas Fields bus stop near Hull Road Park. You’ll see a sign by the path over the road. Frequent bus 6 from Rougier Street near the station stops nearby on Alcuin Avenue.
    • Is there anywhere to have lunch? The not-for-profit Choose 2 café in Hull Road Park down the river is open until 3pm.
    • For more adventures around York check out Good Journey’s car-free guide.