|| "The history
of York is the history of England itself," said George
VI and standing in the heart of York city centre with The Minster [map] bells ringing out across the historic city walls it's
easy to see what he meant.
From the Elizabethan splendour of The Shambles to the eerie surroundings of Clifford's Tower [map] and the archaeological significance of the Jorvik Viking
there's a wealth of rich culture to explore.
Museums range from the gruesome York Dungeons [map] to the Victorian cobbled streets of The Castle Museum
[map]. The York Railway Museum [map],
on Leeman Road, is the largest rail museum in the world
and if you've always wanted to see the kind of luxury Queen Victoria travelled in or ride a bullet
train without having to go all the way to Japan, this
is the place for you.
On a sunny day take a picnic and sit beside the river
or catch a boat ride and guided history tour.
When evening closes in check out one of the ghost
walks that run regularly through the snickets
and back-ways of York. Listen to the stories of those
that are said to still haunt the cobbled streets they
once called home. Look out for the ghostly faces of Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin as you are guided back in time.
Of course, York might have a lively past but it is
very much looking to the future with a great bar
culture, a range of top restaurants and some of the best shopping in the
Head to Gillygate [map] for alternative
home furnishings, Coppergate [map] for stylish
clothing and unusual gifts and Fossgate [map] for a range of quality restaurants.
If you're in search of culture there's The City Art
Gallery [map], the famous Impressions Photography Gallery
[map] and York Theatre Royal [map],
a great venue for watching some of the leading lights
in British theatre take to the stage.
If you fancy a flutter the racecourse at Knavesmire is an exciting way to spend the day. Looking forward to
welcoming The Queen in 2005, the racecourse is at its
Take a ride out into the countryside with the North
Yorkshire Moors railway and enjoy great views
of the beautiful Moors around York from the comfort
of a real working steam engine.
There's also a great range of accommodation from the luxurious
setting of The York Royal Hotel [map] on Station Road,
to the fun and frivolous surroundings of Jacks Tapas
on Fossgate, which offers rooms to rent above the Spanish
Whether you stay within the city walls or venture into
the stunning countryside, York draws tourists from far
and wide to experience and enjoy its heraldry, history
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