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With history, beauty and so many things to see and do in one place, York is an ideal destination for any day of the year

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Having been voted Europe's most favourite City in 2007, containing Europe's most visited street and being one of the UK's most popular tourist bases, it is no surprise that millions flock to the City of York, every year.
They are of course, not disappointed. York is a beautiful place, walled in with medieval stone that encloses a wealth of rich history. York has been a major and influential religious site for 2000 years. It is one of the most prominent locations in the North of England for its part in the country's Christian history. In its day it was also one of the two capitals of Roman Britain. Excavations under the impressive York Minster have revealed some of the original Roman walls. However, the beautiful medieval city walls that you can still walk on today are certain to provide some rivalry for your attention!

Part of York City Walls
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York's history provides much of its attractions and places to see. It is home to some world renowned museums and places of interest. The Yorkshire Museum houses Roman artefacts, Viking discoveries and the exquisite medieval Middleham Jewel. This is a must-see for anyone with a partiality for expensive jewelry! There is also the JORVIK Viking Centre, with a collection to exhibit that is over 1000 years old. And who could miss out the National Railway Museum. This is the world's largest railway museum, and is also free!

The Castle Museum in York
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The National Railway Museum
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One of York's most stunning pieces of history and architecture is its gothic Minister. The largest medieval gothic Minster this side of the Alps, it is imposing and beautiful, containing 800 years worth of crafted stained glass, and well worth a visit. You can also walk The Shambles, Europe's most visited street - where shopping, attractions, delicious food and history all come together in one place. Also look out for Clifford's Tower. Built by William the conqueror to suppress Northern rebels, when you see it you'll realize why it's hard to miss! You can experience some truly amazing views of Yorkshire and the surrounding countryside from the top.

York Minster
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Strolling along the Shambles
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Cliffords Tower
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Yet York is not only alive in its history. It has developed a wonderful vibrant culture of today too. You can cruise the River Ouse in comfort in all weathers, or relax in one of York's numerous cafes, restaurants or bars. There are theatres, particularly the large Grand Opera House, art galleries and some great festivals throughout the year too. Illuminating York is just one; it has set about lighting up the city's beautiful attractions after dark as an art-form, and makes York a treat for the eyes whatever time you're up to! Shopping in York has also taken on an original twist. You can follow any of 5 themed trails that take you straight to the kind of shops you're looking for, and showing you some of York's unique, individual shops that you wouldn't find anywhere else.

Cruises on the River Ouse
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With history, beauty and so many things to see and do in one place, York is an ideal destination for any day of the year. Also being a perfect place to stay for touring the surrounding countryside, when you come to York you are quite simply, spoilt for choice.
Visitor Information
Castle Museum is open daily, 9.30am to 5pm. Entry costs around £8 (kids FREE). There is a cafe and shop inside the museum.
National Railway Museum is open daily 10am to 6pm. Entry is FREE.
York Minster is open for sightseeing Mon to Sat 9am - 6.30pm, Sun 12noon - 3.45pm. Entry costs around £9 for adults, children FREE.
Clifford's Tower is maintained by English Heritage. It is open daily 10am to 6pm (4pm in winter). Entry costs around £4.
Jorvik Museum is open daily 10am - 5pm (4pm Nov to Mar). Entry costs around £9.

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