One of the UK’s most beautiful cities, York has both Roman origins and a Viking history, both of which are well-covered by attractions in modern-day York. The ancient city walls, designed by the Romans to keep out invaders, cover over 20 hectares and make for a fascinating leisurely walk. The city is full of medieval history, including the Gothic halls of York Minster and the hugely-popular Jorvik Viking Centre, while the Yorkshire Museum takes visitors as far as back as the Jurassic era (keep your eyes peeled for the ‘museum ghost’).
And the city boasts many more museums and art galleries, from the grand York Art Gallery with its collection of art that spans over half a century, and the York Castle Museum where visitors can walk down Kirkgate, a meticulously recreated Victorian street; to more intimate spaces like the Art Of Protest Gallery which focuses on contemporary works, and the Lotte Inch Gallery with its mixed media collection of work from local and global artists.
You’ll find a wealth of charming places to eat and drink, from small plates at Skosh to street food at Spark:York. And a visit to York wouldn’t be complete without a drink at the gloriously-named House Of The Trembling Madness, with its multitude of taxidermied animals. Afternoon tea doesn’t get better than that on offer at Bettys tea room, which is well placed for a quick refreshment break midway through a day of shopping.
Whether you’re looking for culture, food, drink, shopping or simply to catch the sights of a stunning city, York has the lot. And it’s easily accessible from all over the UK, clocking in at less than two hours on the train or by car from Manchester. It’s remarkable that a place teeming with history is practically on our doorsteps.