The beautiful and historic City of York is England’s most visited city outside London, situated by the River Ouse, in the glorious County of Yorkshire, the biggest County in England. The history of York is said to be the history of England, it is an ancient city with Roman walls and Viking remains. Any visit to York wouldn’t be complete without a walk around the medieval city walls or a visit to the magnificent York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, which towers over the Medieval streets, you can even climb up one of the spires if you’ve got a head for heights!
With its many tourist attractions: impressive architecture, museums, riverside walks, cafes and restaurants, York is a wonderful place to visit. The city has the good fortune to be situated approximately two hours by train from London and Edinburgh with frequent direct train services. Once the capital city of England, York is a much-loved destination, offering a mix of a modern, cosmopolitan city in an ancient setting.
If you like to shop, York is a great place to be! The city centre has a wide range of stores and there are two large shopping malls nearby. In addition to the usual chain stores, York has a number of independent shops and boutiques: interesting to look around for gifts to take home! The quaint streets are perfect for a wander around the beautiful boutiques before stopping for an afternoon tea break in the famous Betty’s tea rooms.
York has numerous eateries and bars to suit everyone and hosts events and festivals all year round, showcasing different types of music, theatre, culture, food and drink. On an evening there are so many great bars and restaurants to discover, from the mouth-watering fine dining food served by Tommy Banks and his team at his York outpost Roots to the more casual, relaxed street food offerings at SPARK. York has a reputation for being a friendly city, where visitors can relax while immersing themselves in the history and culture on offer.
The ancient City of York is the perfect city to explore, it has something for everyone, it’s small enough to feel like you’re living like a local after just a couple of days.
- Castle Howard 16 miles
- Cathedral City of Ripon 26
- Howardian Hills AONB 14 miles
- North York Moors National Park Centre at Danby 50 miles
- Whitby and the magnificent North Yorkshire Coast 48 miles
- Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre 40 miles
- Thirsk and the James Herriott Centre 25 miles
- Rievaulx Abbey 30 miles
- Byland Abbey 20 miles
- Harrogate 20 miles
- York mainline railway station 0.5 mile – London Kings Cross 2 hours
- Leeds Bradford Airport 29 miles
- Manchester Airport 83 miles