The local area
The nearest supermarket is 2 minutes on foot (open 6.00 – 23.00). The city walls, the shambles and the main pedestrianised shopping areas are all within 5 minutes’ walk. The major tourist attractions such as York Minster, the Castle Museum, Clifford’s Tower and river sailings are all within 10 minutes’ walk. If you wish to travel further, hop-on hop-off city tour buses and buses to surrounding areas are on the doorstep.
York is probably the only place in the world where you may encounter Romans in the morning, Vikings at lunchtime and stand next to The Mallard (the world’s fastest steam engine) in the afternoon.
You can admire the remains of the Roman tower in the museum gardens, wander through streets with Viking names, walk on the mediaeval city walls, take tea at the elegant Treasurer’s House (complete with Roman ghosts in the cellar!) or perambulate through elegant Georgian terraces and on to the race course.
York’s history has a link to Christianity since Roman times. The Minster was built on top of the headquarters of the Roman fortress. Its vast expanse holds one of the biggest collections of mediaeval stained glass windows. Step down into the undercroft to experience the Minster’s history since Roman times. Don’t miss hearing the magnificent organ and the sublime voices of the choir. There are many more smaller churches in York, often hidden away. Almost all hold their own secrets and treasures and are worth being explored.
And there is more history in the many museums (Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum, Yorvik Centre, National Railway Museum). The Art Gallery always has interesting special exhibitions on offer and also a small but very fine collection of paintings. It also houses an outstanding collection of ceramics.
Quiet walks along the River Ouse to Rowntree Park or the racecourse are an alternative to the bustle of the narrow mediaeval streets of the city centre.
Unique Shopping and Dining
Many small shops invite you to browse and discover interesting things. Apart from the pedestrian areas of the Shambles, Stonegate, Low and High Petergate, we also like the many independent retailers in Fossgate, Walmgate and – just outside the city walls – Gillygate and Bootham.
There are also a range of big department stores within a few minutes’ walk on Parliament Street and at the Coppergate Shopping Centre.
Finally, York is a cool place for food-lovers. There are a lot of excellent restaurants, bistros, and cafés. And pubs for every taste: Why not have a pint in one of the many haunted pubs?