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Discover Things To Do In York

York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in England, and for good reason.

Most people will have an image in their head when they picture an English city, and that image will probably look a lot like York. Medieval streets and quaint shops nestled within the ancient city walls, along with a castle and the imposing Minster.

Exploring the streets of York is an attraction in itself, but there are also some fantastic places to visit, such as the National Railway Museum and the JORVIK Viking Centre.

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Little Shambles in York

What to see in York

The Minster Quarter is where the quaint cobbled streets lie in the shadow of the gothic spires of York Minster. The Minster itself is a must-see and is just as impressive inside as it is outside. Soaring arches and ancient tombs adorn the interior, with some truly breath-taking stained-glass windows. The National Railway Museum is a must for train fans. Inside you’ll find famous locomotives and carriages, including a collection of royal carriages used by monarchs from Queen Victoria to the current Elizabeth II.

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The history of York

To learn about the history of York you could the JORVIK Viking Centre, a journey back in time to see how the city looked 1,000 years ago. There are the remains of actual Viking houses and many incredible artefacts, and a ride through a recreated Viking York where you can see how they lived. Just outside York you have some beautiful countryside and historic attractions, such as the magnificent Castle Howard with its sweeping gardens and grand rooms, or nearby Stamford Bridge, site of the famous battle that dictated the course of England’s history, and marked the end of the Viking age.

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Betty's tea room in York

Cafes and Restaurants

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cafes and restaurants as the city is home to some famous establishments such as Betty’s Tea Rooms and the Guy Fawkes Inn, birthplace of the famous plotter.

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