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Discover the medieval city walls of York

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile
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Our Editorial team's advice

York is a city steeped in history and rich heritage. Boasting meticulously conserved Roman, Viking and Medieval architecture, as well as a buzzing social scene, it is without a doubt an absolute must when visiting the north of England. The old part of the city is enclosed in fortified walls, dating back to the 13th century, from where you can enjoy lovely views over the web of medieval streets. There are so many top attractions both in and around the city that you will need to take breaks and test out some of York's fine eateries and tearooms!

To do

No trip to York is complete without taking a walk around the city walls. York is home to many beautiful gardens, including those surrounding Yorkshire Museum, which has recently benefitted from a £2 billion refurbishment. On a sunny day, make the most of the guided walks and boat trips on offer around the River Ouse, or alternatively sit back and relax in one of the many cafés adorning the river banks. With a high string student population, York also has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife. For a guilty night of disco dancing, throw away your standards and head to The Willow, a Chinese restaurant that became a disco phenomenon?


  • +  York's wealth of historical interest
  • +  The charming gardens and parks


  • -  Nothing much to do but enjoy a quiet and relaxed visit of the town centre and the green surroudings.

To think about

A Yorkshire pass allows entry to around 40 attractions in the city of York and nearby regions, including museums, churches, castles, traditional villages, and much, much more! The pass is definitely worthwhile if you plan on making the most of everything that York has to offer.

To avoid

York is a charming city, and there is very little that we would advise avoiding! Coney Street is busy at weekends, and less picturesque than other shopping areas in the city centre.

To try

The choice of top food stops in York is as rich as its variety of historical attractions. Stop off for a drink at the City Screen - a picturehouse with a sweet café that looks out over the river. Café No. 8, a yummy bistrot in the town centre, sources its ingredients locally and was recently voted York's top restaurant. For something a little different, top off a day's sightseeing with a cocktail and delicious Asian food at the Evil Eye Lounge.

To bring back

Betty's tea rooms are a must on York's tourist trail. Bring back some of their famous tea cakes, otherwise known as ?fat rascals'. Alternatively York has a thriving arts and crafts scene. Pick up original prints and pottery at any of the quaint galleries dotted around the city.

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