The award-winning city of York is one of the top destinations for visitors in the UK. Sited half way between London and Edinburgh, it is perfect for those visiting by train as it a 2 hour journey from London and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh. It is less than an hours drive from the coast and within easy reach of the spectacular countryside of the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Wolds, so a visit to this picturesque part of the country will exceed your every expectation.
York has so much to offer visitors - all year round. There are many festivals and events taking place starting with the famous Jorvik Viking Festival in mid February. This is followed by numerous York horse races, the Early and Late Music Festivals, the ten day annual Food and Drink Festival in September and the very popular series of speciality street markets highlighted by the St Nicholas Fair and the Festival of Angels in November and December.
Within York itself you will probably find more attractions and museums per square mile than anywhere else so whatever the weather there is something to do.... You can spend hours enjoying a wealth of exhibits in historic houses like Fairfax House and the Treasurers House and museums like the National Railway Museum, the Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum. There is a National Quilt Museum, a Richard III Museum, Cliffords Tower, the Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC), Yorkshire Air Museum, Barley Hall and the Medieval Merchants House as well as the most spectacular Gothic cathedral north of the Alps - York Minster.
You can admire the towering impact of York Minster, or wander amongst the many cobbled streets with their eclectic mix of chic shops, cafes and flower stalls. Take a walk along the ancient and substantial city walls, take a river boat cruise on the river Ouse or just sit and watch the world go by in the lovely Museum Gardens.
And then in the evening after a hard days shopping or sightseeing you can wander amongst the cobbled streets to enjoy a meal at one of the many wonderful restaurants and eateries, or sip a glass of wine overlooking the river in a cafe or bar. You can catch a show or watch a film in the comfortable surroundings of the York Theatre Royal, The Grand Opera House, or City Screen Cinema whilst York Barbican Centre stages events from classical, comedy and sports fixtures to rock concerts.
York is also known as Europe's most haunted city so you can always enjoy one of the numerous ghost walks - they are fun, informative and a great way of seeing the city in the evening...
So whatever you decide to come to York for, there is always plenty to keep you happy...