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A majestic castle, a gothic cathedral and a maze of cobbled streets make up the charming city of York. Beyond its exquisite architecture, you’ll find a thriving café culture, plenty of cultural sights, cosy pubs and restaurants.
Take in some amazing views by doing the 2-hour walk around the City Walls. These are the longest medieval town walls in England and follow the lines of the original Roman walls. You’ll find plenty of hotels in York city centre with gorgeous views of this majestic backdrop.
While you’re exploring York’s medieval roots, York Minster Cathedral is not to be missed. Follow in the footsteps of Roman soldiers through the underground chambers of the Undercroft and explore the cathedral’s 2000-year history. If you’re feeling energetic, try the 275-step climb up the Central Tower for panoramic views of the city.
There’s plenty of choice if you want to eat and drink in historic surroundings too. The Black Swan on Peasholme Green shows off its original 17th Century exterior and is one of the oldest pubs in the city. Or, you can climb to the top of Grand Old Duke of York’s hill and stop of at The Durham Ox where you’ll sink into worn leather armchairs in front of the fireplace of this traditional boozer.
When it’s time for a rest-stop you’ll find great cafes popping up all over the city. Chocolate lovers can grab a hot chocolate or some homemade truffles at York Cocoa House or even try your hand at one of their chocolate-making workshops. Or, enjoy the friendly atmosphere and tasty afternoon tea at renowned Betty’s Tea Rooms.
There’s always a good time to enjoy York’s packed calendar of events, including Spring’s annual York Chocolate Festival, Summer’s Yorkshire Medieval Festival or Autumn’s Illuminating York, which sees light projections transform the city’s landmarks. Cutting-edge light technology will give you a whole new perspective on Clifford’s Tower and other iconic York sites. Why not pick a hotel near Clifford’s Tower to be close to the action?
Foodies will be in their element here as some of the UK’s finest produce comes from York. The number one spot is the bustling Farmers’ Market on Parliament Street where you can pick up fresh produce at a bargain prices. When you’ve finished exploring the market, there are tasty lunches on offer at Henshelwoods Delicatessen. Yorkshire has an abundance of farm shops too so you’re never far from great food.