Around every corner of York’s cobbled streets contains a little bit of history. Combined with shopping, cultural attractions and plenty of eateries, the city of York makes the ideal getaway for the Easter bank holiday weekend.
An easy two hour train journey from London brings you to York station, located west of the city. It’s within walking distance to many of the attractions.
York Minster, in Deangate, is the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe and cannot be missed. Admission prices range from £5 to £14, depending on whether you want to go in the minster or just the tower. A climb up the central tower offers breathtaking views of the city, while artwork and spectacular stained glass windows can be found in the cathedral building.
(The remains of King Richard III could soon be another attraction drawing tourists to the Minster later this year – if York MPs get their way.)
More history awaits at the Jorvik Viking Centre, located in Coppergate. Visitors can discover houses, workshops and backyards of Vikings who lived in York 1,000 years ago found by archaeologists. The centre has been built on the site where the excavation took place, which reveals all the sites of Viking life.
A ghost walk will let you see the city in a more sinister light. There are plenty on offer for tourists but The Original Ghost Walk of York is deemed to be the world’s first ever ghost walk. Guides will take you around the city revealing where all the ghouls and spirits are hiding, with walks running every day from 8pm for £5.
It’s also well worth trying the well known Bettys Tea Rooms for afternoon tea. You may have to queue to get in to this popular tourist destination, but delicious cakes, quaint sandwiches and steaming pots of tea served in china are well worth the wait.
For evening diners a selection of pubs, modern restaurants and international eateries can be found in York. We recommend the Lamb and Lion Pub in Petergate, which serves northern pies and cheap pints in front of big open fires.
York isn’t just a culture filled destination – it is fast becoming a popular destination for hen and stag parties, probably because all the pubs are in close location to each other. The nearby university also means there are plenty of bars such as the Evil Eye Lounge in Stonegate.
This may look like a regular shop on the outside but as you walk to the back of the store you will find a large open cocktail bar complete with reclining beds as well as variety of exciting drinks and shots. (Rumour has it Johnny Depp liked to hang out here when filming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!)
York has accommodation to suit all needs – whether you are on a budget or looking for luxury. You can chose from hostels for backpackers, stylish three star hotels in the city centre or country manor’s on the outskirts. We recommend the Hotel 53 in Piccadilly, located within the old city walls. With contemporary surroundings, en-suite rooms and free wifi, all for £40.50 a night per person including breakfast, this is a real bargain.
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