Focus on York


York is reputedly one of the most intriguing cities in England, no other English city offers the layers of history, beauty and sheer diversity of York.

The superbly preserved walled city has witnessed more than 2000 years of vibrant history. Combine this with quaint tea- shops, bustling shopping streets, the brightest bars and cafes and award winning attractions and you've got the perfect holiday destination.

Award-winning attractions are thick under foot in York. With over 30 museums, galleries and tours to choose from in its compact centre, England's Finest Historic City has something for everyone whatever the time of year. Highlights include the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, the magnificent Minster, the National Railway Museum- the largest railway museum in the world, the Castle Museum with its perfectly recreated Victorian and Edwardian streets, and the new £5 million Jorvik, which 'flies' you through time to get face to face with vikings.

Not forgetting The York Dungeon, a thrill-filled attraction that takes you on a journey through York’s dark history. Enjoy 11 different shows from characters including a visit to 1739 to meet Dick Turpin at York Castle and The Witches, filled with special effects to give the illusion of a Witch being burnt at the stake! The Dungeons are the black comedy of attractions; dark, ironic and very very funny!

For those who love to shop, York offers a first- class opportunity to browse in traditional gift shops, independent boutiques and investigate curios and antiques. An exploration into Stonegate and Swinegate will reveal some hidden treasures, the medieval Shambles shows a city steeped in history with buildings leaning so far forward they almost meet. For designer shopping head to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, just a short journey from the city.

Evening entertainment is equally varied and could include a cruise along the beautiful River Ouse, theatre visit or evening at the state of the art City Screen cinema. Those feeling brave could try one of the hugely popular ghost tours around what is allegedly one of the most haunted cities in Europe.

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