York is one of Britain’s most beautiful cities.
The influences of the Vikings, Normans, Tudors and Victorians can still be felt on every street corner, making York one of the country’s most significant historic places to visit.
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Stroll through time in a visit to York
With over 30 museums, theatres and tourist attractions, cobbled streets, unique shops, cosy tea rooms and traditional pubs, York recently topped a poll of Britain’s most popular cities.
Few cities in the world can rival York’s heritage. The story of the city goes back 2,000 years. The ancient walled settlement makes for an ideal day out or short break and can be explored easily on foot.
Walking through York is a stroll through British history and culture. If you are visiting the city of York, relive the city’s early roots by exploring the two miles of city walls. Originally built in 71AD, they were fortified in the 13th century. Experience the Viking invasion and the hustle and bustle of a marauder's life at the Jorvik Centre.
A trip to York is not complete without a visit to York Minster, Europe’s oldest medieval cathedral. Approach the Gothic wonder via the Shambles, a cobbled street of 14th century houses whose upper floors reach out to almost touch each other.
For a comprehensive journey through York’s past, the Castle Museum chronicles 400 years of history. Standing on the site of a fortification built by William the Conqueror and later a prison, the Castle Museum is best known for its replica streets salvaged from old York buildings.
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Though every turn of a corner in York reveals another splendid historical feature or stunning view, there is so much more to the city.
There are lots of unique, quirky, and celebrated places to eat. Betty’s Cafe may be York’s most famous tea shop and you will find casual dining and high-end cuisine abound in the city’s famed streets.
Discover York’s unique place in sweet making history by exploring the stories of Rowntree’s and Terry’s. Take a boat trip along the River Ouse and before you depart, discover York’s unique place in locomotive history with a visit to the National Railway Museum.
To round off an evening, opt for a ghost walk and explore the spooky and sometimes gory past of the city. York is reputed to be Europe’s most haunted place and there’s an unnerving tale behind every snickleway.
York is well served by railway and road links. It takes around two hours to get to York station from both London and Edinburgh on the East Coast Mainline. A trip by car would take about three and a half hours from London. York has an extensive Park and Ride network with car parking and pick up points dotted around the outskirts of the city.
The city has no airport and the nearest regional air terminal is situated near Leeds, around 30 miles away. The National Express coach service has regular services to York from many UK regions.
York Minster - Deangate, York YO1 7HH
JORVIK Viking Centre - 19 Coppergate, York YO1 9WT
York Castle Museum - Tower St, York YO1 9RY
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