Destination: York

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Beautiful, romantic historic city with roots in Viking and medeival times

York

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Introducing York


The city oozes culture and history, being one of Britain's best examples of a medieval settlement. The first settlement was founded by Romans in 71 AD. Following Roman rule, it was taken over by the Angles in 415AD. In 866 AD it was captured by the Vikings, who renamed it Jorvik. After the Norman conquest the name York was given. York's centre is enclosed by the City walls of which more miles of wall lay in tact than any other city walls in England. The full circuit is a 3 mile walk. The Shambles is York's oldest street. The narrow medieval cobbled street is lined with 15th century Tudor buildings which lean into the street so that their roofs almost touch. The street has many charming shops, boutiques and tearooms.

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Region: North East England

Time to spend here: 1/2 -2 days

More Information: www.visityork.org

What's nearby? Harrogate, North Yorkshire Moors, Leeds

What transport do you recommend? Central York is largely pedestrianised and you can walk to all the main sites. It has a large railway station.

Did you know? It is technically legal to kill a Scotsman within the city walls but only with a bow and arrow and definitely not on a Sunday!

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What can I see in and around York?


York Minster

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York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in Europe. The present minster was built between the 1220s and 1470s and has all the different stages of Gothic architecture. Climbing the 275 steps to the top of the central tower is an exhilarating experience. You will pass medieval pinnacles and gargoyles and at the top you'll have the best view of the ancient city.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Jorvik Viking Centre

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The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a 'must-see' for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular attractions in the UK outside London. You can journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been in AD975. There is also the chance to come face to face with a 'Viking'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

National Railway Museum

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The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world. With over 300 years of history including over 100 locomotives and almost 200 other items of rolling stock, the museum tells the story of rail travel from the 19th century to present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

York Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Visit York aboard a double-decker bus, and hop-on or hop-off as many times as you like to visit places you want to explore further. This ticket is valid for 24 hours.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

York Dungeon

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This thrilling attraction takes you back to York's dark history, with scary (but funny!) characters sharing the city's frightening stories during this 75-minute tour. The 360-degree sets and 10 live shows with edgy actors in amazing costumes will make this a truly unforgettable experience!
Time to spend here: 75 minutes   More information

York Chocolate Story

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York's chocolate history has been going on for almost 300 years with the Tuke, Rowntree, Terry and Craven families who created world-famous chocolates and sweets. A visit of York's Chocolate Story is great fun for families, here you will discover the secrets of chocolate making through a fascinating guided tour over 3 floors.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Castle Howard

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Built over 300 years ago, Castle Howard is a beautiful stately home situated in 1,000 acres of parkland with gardens, lakes and woodland to explore. Children can also enjoy the adventure playground, discovery trails and boat trips on the lake.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Eden Camp Museum

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The Eden Camp Museum (close to Castle Howard) is housed within the grounds and buildings of an original prisoner of war camp. You can experience the sights, sounds and even smells of life in wartime Britain and on the front line of battle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Nunnington Hall

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Nestling on the banks of the river Rye in a picturesque location, Nunnington Hall has period rooms, the Carlisle collection of miniature rooms and an organic walled garden.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

York Pass

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The York Pass is a wonderful way to make sure you get the most out of your trip to York. It includes most of York's top attractions including York Minster, YorkBoat, York Chocolate Story, York Dungeon, Castle Museum and many more.
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