York Travel Guide
Why? It is one of England's favourite tourist destinations, so a holiday in York is not to be missed when touring the UK. York is a compact medieval cathedral city that can trace its history back to the Vikings, and features some of the best-preserved historic buildings in Europe. Apart from the sights, many travel to York for its numerous festivals, which range from celebrating ancient Romans to horse racing and jazz.
When? Typical British weather is to be expected when you holiday in York, meaning that summers will be warm to hot, and winters wet, cold and frosty. The best time to travel to York is during spring, when flowers and trees come into bloom, enhancing the aesthetics of the city.
Who for? With plenty to do and see for all ages, a holiday in York is ideal for families with children, who will enjoy seeing the sights and experiencing fun attractions such as a huge maze and the frightening York Dungeon. York is also popular as a romantic weekend break destination.
More Info: Find out all you can see and do on a merry holiday in York in our York travel guide, which has details on all the main attractions.
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From the remains of a Viking settlement discovered deep beneath Coppergate Street, to the medieval wall surrounding the old city and the splendour of Castle Howard (the setting for TV's Brideshead Revisited), York is a city richly steeped in history.
Founded in the year 71 AD, York is located at the convergence of the Ouse and Foss Rivers, and was thus a strategic Northern hub, passing through the hands of the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans respectively. The varied history of the city is evident in its magnificent architecture - from Viking ruins and the walled city to York's most imposing building, the spectacular York Minster cathedral. Northern Europe's largest Gothic Cathedral, the Minster took more than 250 years to complete, and is an impressive and photogenic structure surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Other popular attractions in the city include the fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre, the York Maze, the York Dungeons and the Shambles, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cobbled streets. The Shambles area is well worth an afternoon stroll, with its winding narrow lanes, picturesque buildings and quaint shops. Alternatively, a more 'otherworldly' way to experience this historic area is on the York Ghost Hunt - a fun and fascinating tour that operates rain or shine through the city streets, in search of York's more illusive residents.
This is not just a city of history, however, and the presence of York University makes for a lively mix of the old and the new. There are plenty of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants, and weary travellers in York can spend their afternoon in one of the city's excellent tea rooms or coffee shops, while the evenings offer West End-style shows at reasonable prices, and plenty of places to find some solid English pub grub.
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