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York

With a nice range of things to do and see, York is suitable for both brief breaks and longer visits.

It's an area of North Yorkshire that some 140,000 people reside in.

This destination lies 170 miles north of the national capital of London. It's also approximately 13 miles east of Wetherby.

Give the kids a break from sightseeing and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at the York Maze and York Waterworld. The Yorkshire Lavender and Yearsley Pool are also worth visiting if you're looking for more ways to keep little ones busy.

This region boasts some fantastic breweries that produce some world-class beers. To learn the secrets behind the final product, make your way to the Black Sheep Brewery or theakston's Brewery. Both of these establishments are open to visitors.

Find a seat among the action and enjoy the smell of burning rubber at the Tockwith Motor Sports Centre, the area's favored destination for speed freaks.

From beautiful plants to long and winding garden paths, the treasures of the York Museum Gardens are just waiting to be explored. You can also go on a pleasant stroll through the Breezy Knees Gardens and Nursery and the Dutch House.

Bring along some lunch and take five in the tranquil, green surroundings of the Hemsley Walled Garden and Hull Road Park. Homestead Park and the Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens are two more pleasant spots to while away the day and catch up on some reading.

Surrounded by woody trees and scrubby grass, Redwood Park Fishing Lakes is a popular escape for wildlife and travelers alike.

The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with intriguing facts and stories. The Yorkshire Air Museum and the Merchant Adventurers' Hall offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. The National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre are also worth a visit.

Browse a fascinating range of science history artifacts, exhibits and models as you wander through York Observatory, a renowned science museum.

The wonderful specimens at the Jorvik DIG are more than just a lot of fun to look at. They also play an important role in helping us understand the complexity of the natural world.

You needn't be an art enthusiast to enjoy the works at the York Art Gallery and the New School House Gallery.

Amateur historians can explore chronicles of former times at the York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum. Do you like the sound of those? Continue your explorations at the Roman Bath Museum or the Ryedale Folk Museum.

York Dungeon and Rievaulx Abbey are certainly worth visiting, even if you're not that into history. You might also like to snap a few photos at Fairfax House and the Duncombe Park.

Many travelers enjoy spending a few hours appreciating Helmsley Castle, a fascinating cultural monument that has been standing for centuries.

The region's spiritual side is evidenced at York Minster and Holy Trinity Church. If you'd like to check out a couple more religious sites, check for guided tours at St. Columba's York, United Reformed Church and St. Olave's Church.

Before you pack your bags and head off home, make sure you see some of York's other attractions. Shambles and Holgate Windmill are certainly worth a look. Also, contemplate a visit to the York Motorsports Village and the York Racecourse if time allows.


Guide to Exploring York


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Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street

Staycity Aparthotels Paragon Street

Paragon Street, York
4.6
of 5, from 871 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in York, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Clifford's Tower, and York Castle Museum. Merchant Adventurers' Hall and York Dungeon are also within 15 minutes.

£119
The Grand Hotel & Spa

The Grand Hotel & Spa

Station Rise, York
4.8
of 5, from 1,504 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

The Grand Hotel & Spa sits next to York’s Roman city walls, just across the road from the Memorial Gardens and the River Ouse. Guests can walk 5 minutes to York Train Station, or 15 minutes to York Castle Museum and The Shambles, a charming medieval street.

£45
Jorvik Hotel

Jorvik Hotel

50-52 Marygate, York
3.7
of 5, from 141 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Bootham, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Olave's Church and York Minster. York National Railway Museum and York Dungeon are also within 15 minutes.

£68
Hotel 53

Hotel 53

53 Piccadilly, York
4.1
of 5, from 1,035 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of York, this family-friendly hotel is steps from York Castle Museum and Clifford's Tower. Merchant Adventurers' Hall and York Dungeon are also within 10 minutes.

£83
Hampton by Hilton York

Hampton by Hilton York

Toft Green, York
4.5
of 5, from 1,538 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of York, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Micklegate Bar, York Dungeon, and Jorvik Viking Centre. York Minster and Shambles are also within 15 minutes.

£53
Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

Shipton Road, York
4.0
of 5, from 505 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Skelton, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Homestead Park and 3 mi (4.9 km) from York Minster. Bootham Bar and York Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£32
Best Western Burn Hall Hotel

Best Western Burn Hall Hotel

Tollerton Road, York
3.8
of 5, from 339 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Homestead Park, York Minster, and Shambles. Merchant Adventurers' Hall and York National Railway Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£82
The Principal York

The Principal York

Station Road, York
4.4
of 5, from 220 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Set amid manicured grounds, this handsomely renovated Victorian hotel is next to the main railway station and within 0.7 km of the National Railway Museum, York Dungeon, and the Gothic York Minster.

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