The historic walled city of York is a medieval jewel in the North of England. Known for its Roman and Viking heritage as well as an imposing Gothic cathedral, the city is a UNESCO City of Media Arts and was named European Tourism City of the Year in 2007.
The best way to explore the city is by foot, winding through the ‘Snickleways’ between the ancient buildings, or taking in the sights on a gentle stroll around the medieval city walls. From here you can enjoy views that include the stunning York Minster, which dominates the skyline.
York’s modern history is well-documented in a range of highly-recommended museums, such as the National Railway Museum and the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens. Children will love the world famous Jorvik Viking Centre, where they can learn about the city’s Viking past and the sea-borne barbarians who invaded the monasteries in the area. If museums are your thing, then why not invest in a York Pass? A one, two or three day pass which grants access to over 30 attractions around the city.
If your cultural thirst still needs quenching, then York offers numerous artistic ways to spend an evening; why not take in a performance at the Grand Opera House, or the Joseph Rowntree Theatre? York has multiple venues across the city, which play host to touring West End musicals, ballet shows, operas, and concerts from across all musical genres.
Shoppers have plenty to choose from in the cobbled streets of the old town. There is an eclectic mix of designer, high street and independent shops, with unique boutiques nestled in Tudor buildings. A short bus ride will take you to York Designer Outlet, where you can find bargains galore on a great range of designer labels.
After a long day shopping or exploring the sights, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to eat. York has over 10 restaurants awarded a Michelin star or an AA rosette, and many are situated in the beautiful riverbank area. Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive though, and York has an expansive selection of pubs and street cafés for those who seek a more informal dining experience.
York also happens to be situated at the meeting points of the rivers Ouse and Floss. Surrounded by stunning countryside and bordered by the Pennine Hills, a visit to the city also offers easy access to the great outdoors for those who enjoy keeping active whilst away from home. The city is host to the popular Yorkshire Marathon in October each year, and is a popular destination for cyclists, with events such as the Tour De Yorkshire, which takes place in May.
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