Wherever you live in the UK, York is accessible for a weekend break. It is easy to reach by road, or, if you fancy a break from driving, there are direct rail links from most major cities. London Kings Cross is only two hours journey time away. York Station with it’s massive curved glazed roof is an architectural masterpiece.
York’s city centre is compact so leave the car and explore on foot. It is full of sights to see.
What to see
York Minster is one of the finest Gothic cathedrals and is the star attraction, close by is the medieval street, the Shambles. York has some of the finest museums outside of London. The National Railway Museum is the home of the Flying Scotsman and Mallard locomotives. There is the Yorkshire museum and the York Castle museum has a recreated Victorian street often featured at Christmas. Also on show, is the final prison cell of legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin. The Jorvik museum recreates the cities (then Jorvik) Viking past. The ancient city walls are still largely in place and can be walked.
Horse racing in York dates back to Roman times. The Knavesmire course dates back to the eighteenth century, as well as one of the oldest, it is one of the most famous. The Ebor Festival held every year in August, is the highlight of the year.
York is a popular place to live, study, shop and visit. It’s many historic buildings have been sympathetically restored whilst new developments blend in well. The modern university is east of the city.
Eating and sleeping
There is plenty of choice for eating and drinking. As well as the familiar chains, there are many independent restaurants and bars. Bettys the famous tea rooms, have two outlets in the city. There is a wide choice of places to stay covering all price bands. If you go for a long weekend, a day visit to Harrogate is not too far to go. For more information visit the tourist office www.visityork.org
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