Historic York sits north-east of Leeds in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, a picturesque walled city famous for its beautiful architecture, unique character and cosmopolitan vibe. It’s well known for a variety of iconic landmarks including York Minster, the 12th century cathedral that dominates the city skyline. Its situation on the River Ouse gives it a slightly continental vibe – with waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s also famous for the Shambles, a medieval street with a fascinating past that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.
You’ll never be short of things to see and do in York – whether you like to put your feet up and indulge or get out and about. Those interested in its rich history can explore its heritage at the National Railway Museum, York Castle, York Cold War Bunker and Castle Howard. It is an ancient Roman town – and this heritage can still be found within its famous York City Walls, Roman Bath and Museum Gardens featuring ruins from the era.
Foodies and artisan lovers can grab a bite to eat at Vanbrugh Food Court, enjoy a cream tea at Betty’s Tea Rooms or sample local ale at Brew York. Nearby the North York Moors and beautiful Yorkshire Dales offer up breath-taking vistas and rambling trails for those keen to get out and take in the fresh air.
If you love to shop you can find high street brands at Coppergate Shopping Centre, Monks Cross Shopping Centre and Vangarde Shopping Park. York also has a fabulous outdoor market on the iconic Shambles which is open every day – showcasing the finest fresh foods, local crafts, fashion and flowers. York is close to motorway links and frequent trains from major UK cities arrive and depart each hour.