The charming city of York lies in north-east England and is full of architectural wonder, designer shops and some pretty amazing walks.
There are some things in York you simply can’t leave without seeing. The first is York Minster, the city’s famous cathedral, of course. This magnificent building has attracted people from across the world for more than 1000 years.
Learn about the city’s Viking past at the JORVIK Viking Centre, built on the site where a series of archaeological findings revealed valuable information about the city’s Viking past. The centre has undergone a whole new re-imagining since it first opened in the 1980s. The updated ride experience and galleries provide a fascinating insight into York’s days as the Viking capital of England. Located a five-minute walk from the JORVIK Viking Centre and York Minster, The Shambles and its cobbles, slanted buildings, inviting cafes and unique shops delight everyone who sets foot on this street in the city centre.
After a walk down The Shambles, you can carry on shopping in Coney Street, which is one of the main streets for shopping in the city or call in Coppergate Shopping Centre. Further out is the Monk's Cross Shopping Centre, a sizeable retail park with plenty of stores to browse, especially fashion stores. Clifford’s Tower is the best place to capture an inspiring view of York. From the tower, you’ll see the Minster and the city, and in the distance you can see the North York Moors. The tower is nearly all that remains of York Castle and has served as a prison and a royal mint in the past.
The tower forms part of a route walking York’s historic city walls. These walls stretch for two miles (3.2 kilometres) and are the longest in England. Take the opportunity to walk the walls and appreciate them: they almost became a thing of the past in the 19th century, but for a campaign of public resistance which eventually led to them being restored. The city of Leeds and the spa town of Harrogate are only 40 to 45 minutes away by car. Shopping centres such as the Merrion Centre and the Trinity Centre make Leeds a nice city to pick up some great gifts, while the Grade II listed Valley Gardens and the RHS Garden Harlow Carr near Harrogate offer beautiful spaces where you can go for a stroll and enjoy the fresh air.