With a heritage that dates back to long before Roman times and some of the most impressive and best-preserved historical structures anywhere in Europe, including York Minister and Clifford's Tower, it's easy to understand why York is one of the most-visited cities in England.
The impressive locomotives at the National Railway Museum, the largest of its kind in the world, will appeal to everyone, not just train spotters and you can enjoy a glimpse of what life was like in days gone by at the York Castle museum and at the hugely popular Jorvik Centre which celebrates York's Viking heritage. The displays at this centre will give you an impression of the sights, sounds and even smells of life during the Viking occupation of the city
For a change of pace, try a Yorkboat cruise along the River Ouse or, if you're feeling brave, head to the York Dungeon where teams of actors appear alongside the exhibits to provide a thrilling glimpse into the brutal past of the city.
When you need a proper break simply head to the York branch of Betty's Tea Shop - a Yorkshire institution specialising in local tea blends. You can further indulge your sweet tooth by following York's Chocolate Trail to discover the origins of well-known confections such as Smarties, Aero and the Kit Kat, all of which were created in the city.
With so many visitor attractions, York hotels tend to get full very quickly, especially when there are major events going on such as Ebor Handicap at the local racecourse or the many festivals held in the city. York is also popular as it is a great base from which to explore other Yorkshire cities, including Hull and Leeds, both of which are within easy reach.
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