Nowhere in northern England says 'medieval' quite like York, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its pre-industrial lustre. Its medieval spider's web of narrow streets is enclosed by a magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls. At the heart of the city lies the immense, awe-inspiring minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. The city's long history and rich heritage is woven into virtually every brick and beam, and modern, tourist-oriented York – with its myriad museums, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs – is a carefully maintained heir to that heritage.
Just to avoid the inevitable confusion, remember that round these parts gate means street and bar means gate.
Best places to stay in York
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The Street View function of Google Maps has famously caught everything on camera from houses on fire to medieval-style sword fighting. It can even let you take a virtual stroll down a real Memory Lane.
York destination guides
York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Discover York at your own leisure on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of the city. Explore the once Roman capital of Northern England with a 24-hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights as you hop on and hop off 20 conveniently located stops around the city.