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Culture Guide To York

Culture in York When it comes to culture York is ahead of the game. A thoroughly modern city in one respect, York uses its historical background to its full potential with a heady mix of new and old coming together in some
culturally diverse displays and museums.

From the traditional venues such as The York Art Gallery [map] , which is home to more than 600 years of art, to newer attractions such as the modern York Barbican [map] on Barbican Road, visitors are spoilt for choice. York is also home to The Impressions Gallery [map], Castlegate. One of the most important photography galleries in the UK Impressions features exhibitions from UK and internationally successful photographers and displays Jerwood winners and runners up.

York City Screen [map], Coney Street, is the place to be for European and world cinema, as well as contemporary indie films. The cafe bar has a chilled and relaxed atmosphere and the basement is handed over to a wide variety of bands and comedians as well as social groups who use it as a meeting house.

If you like your history real and bloody, there's a range of museums and ghost walks to cater for those less sensitive souls. For others there are the traditional venues such as The Castle Museum [map], Castle Road, which is home to a beautiful Victorian exhibition.

York is largely regarded as "festival city" and plays host to a range of
events during the year from the Snow Angels ice sculpture festival in
January right through to the St Nicholas Christmas Fayre, whatever month you plan on visiting York there's sure to be a lively festival taking place.

If you like a giggle the York Comedy Festival takes to the streets
in June and guarantees some famous funny people, along with a range of street theatre, puppetry and fun activities to join in with.

There's a range of fantastic restaurants, impressive bars and quaint
traditional pubs to soothe appetites and those seeking liquid beverage.

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