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The city of York has a rich history stretching back over the last 2,000 years, and from Vikings to Victorians, the area has played a big part in English history. It's a charming and cultural city which is extremely proud of its heritage, and many of the oldest buildings are very well-preserved and open for tourists to explore. If you're a history buff then just wandering around the narrow streets and balancing on the cobblestones will no doubt make you feel like you've stepped back in time.

Things to see

York Minster stands grandly above the city, with intricate gothic architecture that dates as far back as the 12th century. Inside it's bright and spacious, with high white ceilings and gold accents, and you can wander around and marvel at the stone arches and colorful stained glass windows. The Shambles is a narrow, winding street with timber framed buildings dating back to the 14th century. Many of these buildings used to be butcher shops, with old artifacts still hanging in the windows, but they have mainly been converted into cozy restaurants, and boutique stores. The University of York is spread over many campuses, and one of the oldest is King's Manor which dates back to Tudor times with big iron gates and a dramatic exterior. There are private tours available during quieter periods such as the summer, and you can enjoy sitting in the quadrangle to escape from the bustle of the city. You can learn about the earliest days of the city at the Jorvik Viking Centre which recreates what life was like for these early settlers. Sitting in your own 'time capsule', you'll be taken around a Viking village and can see homes being built, battles being fought, and everyday trades being carried out.

Hotels in York

If you want to appreciate the history of the area then staying in a boutique York hotel allows you to enjoy the amazing architecture of the city. The grand 3 and 4 star accommodation close to the city has features such as spas, indoor pools, fitness centers, and restaurants. Those on business will also find useful extras such as business centers, conference facilities, and free WiFi. Many guestrooms are individually designed and feature plenty of home comforts, and you can enjoy amenities such as 24 hour room service, Egyptian cotton sheets, LCD televisions, complimentary toiletries, combined shower and tubs, and hair dryers.

Where to stay

York's city center is charming and historic, with narrow lanes and cobbled streets full of locally run stores. The city runs along the River Ouse, with plenty of cozy cafés and pubs overlooking the water, and tour boats allowing visitors to get a new perspective on the area. The center also has plenty of shops, with historic streets turned into pedestrianized shopping areas, yet still keeping the architectural beauty intact. With many pubs and bars in a relatively small area, there's a lively nightlife scene, and there are many popular music venues with local and international bands playing throughout the year.

How to get to York

Leeds Bradford International Airport is the closest hub to York, and there are flights arriving from across the UK and Europe on a regular basis. The city is about a 50 minute drive away, and you can pick up a rental car or take a cab to your hotel. You can also take the shuttle to Leeds city center and then take a train on to York. Manchester Airport is about 80 miles away, but has the advantage of a direct rail route which takes under 2 hours and is fast and reliable. York Railway Station is close to the center and has the advantage of being mid-way on the London to Edinburgh line, meaning it's fast and easy to get here from across the UK.

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