I will be arriving in York, England by train in September for several days. Are there full or half day bus tours from the city into the countryside or to the coast?
This website might help you.
Hey, York though it is a nice realivily large city has a rather limited bus tour option. though they exisit. I am including a link for the York Dales Bus. THey have a stop in York and it would allow you to explore the Yorkshire Dales and various national parks. There are a lot of them!!http://www.dalesbus.org/ and the National Parks site, http://www.traveldales.org.uk/dalesbus/index.cfm
The Yorkshire Coastliner also offers more regular bus trips to and from York to the surrounding Coastal areas and even the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. I have not taken them before, but I see them go buy all the time.
I have included there link. They are not a tour in the traditional sense but they will get you to the major tourist sites, or at least those big ones of intreast.
I visited York in 1997 & 1999. York in and of itself is terrific. Study the websites the others provided, because all tours don't depart York on every day of the week. I found out the hard way that a trip to the Yorkshire Dales did not run on the days I was in York. I did take a tour to Castle Howard, though, and if you like that sort of thing, I highly recommend it. It was rainy,cold and dreary when I visited Castle Howard, and still I enjoyed it, even the beautiful gardens. I got soaked, but it was well worth the discomfort.
I wanted you to know, I wrote you earlier and shortly after i did I was walking in the city and saw a day tour bus! The York Pullman Bus Company runs day tours. http://www.yorkpullmanbus.co.uk/ I havent been on their trips, but they have trips!
There is a river cruise you can do that you might enjoy and there is a Disney-type Viking "museum" that is enjoyable. I love just wandering around in York. If you haven't book a hotel yet, consider the the Royal York. It is attached to the rail station. it has beautiful gardens and is a nice 5-10 min. stroll from the center of town. Also Gert&Henery's is a great resturant at the edge of the Shambles in a half-timbered house. Marvelous food!!!!