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York Minster
York Minster © Keith Laverack : Licence

York is an ancient cathedral city, with a long history that dates back to before Roman times. Luckily for us, York has some of the best preserved historical buildings in the whole of Europe, and it makes for an excellent weekend break to visit this historical city. There is much to see and do, and it’s easy to get to York by road or train. Once in York we suggest leaving the car outside the main city – the old city is foot-only and many of the sites are a short walk from each other, parking spots are expensive are difficult to find.

York Festivals
York is known as the “City of Festivals” due to it’s regular cultural festivals throughout the year. Some of the most important are:

York Attractions
A lot of York’s charm lies in it’s historical background, and it’s main attractions stem from this. York Minster is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, and is perhaps York’s must see tourist attraction. Another popular attraction is the Battle of Fulford 1066 tour. Less known than the Battle of Hastings, the Battle of Fulford was in fact the greatest shield wall battle in world history, fought just a few weeks before the Battle of Hastings. The battle site is a 5 minute drive from the city centre.
Jorvik Viking Centre is an impressive recreation of the Viking settlement at York, situated at the site of the archaeological excavations of the 1970s. It’s a short tour though, perhaps only around 15 minutes.

Tudor Buildings in York
Tudor Buildings in York © Keith Laverack : Licence

York Dungeon is entertaining (perhaps not for young children as there is some elements of blood and gore), and Eboracum Legion Bathhouse is a great venue to pick up some food or drink, one of York’s oldest attractions it comes complete with a roman period bathhouse in the cellar.

Do walk around the city walls, some of the best vantage points of the city are from the ramparts built on Roman era foundations. Then snake your way through the ‘snickleways’ – York’s famous medieval alleys and narrow streets that thread the city. Walking tours and ghost walk in York are excellent and normally run from 6PM daily. And for something entirely different, head out to see York City football club play most Saturdays, the football ground is traditional and only around 15 minutes walk from the city centre.

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