York is among Europe's most stunningly preserved medieval cities, with craggy city walls and the Gothic grandeur of York Minster making a dramatic first impression. You can while away hours getting lost in its maze of winding alleys, which are lined with chic fashion boutiques, treasure-filled antiquarian bookshops and homey pubs serving locally-brewed craft beers.

    But York is by no means stuck in the past, with a cosmopolitan population fueling thriving theatre and live music scenes, and cutting-edge galleries showcasing the work of innovative local artists.

    Where & what to eat in York

    • 10 Places Locals Love to Eat in York

      York is known mainly for its diversity, with many cultures playing a significant role in its attractions, culture, technology and education. The city has a long history dating back to the 1st century when it was founded by the Romans as Eboracum, but has grown quite a bit in the thousands of years since. York is also the first city...

    Where to shop & what to buy in York

    • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in York

      The best places to go shopping in York are mostly found around the city centre and are often small, independent outlets. It makes for a shopping scene that is unique and interesting. Don’t go looking for the high-end luxury of London’s Oxford Street – instead, expect typical Yorkshire friendliness and banter with some weird and wonderful wares. Away from the...

    Where to go & what to do at night in York

    • 12 Best Nightlife in York

      The best nightlife in York mostly takes the form of traditional-style English pubs, many of which genuinely have hundreds of years of history. While the city isn’t known as one of the world’s liveliest nightlife destinations, it has a generally friendly atmosphere. If you want a pint of excellent beer, stout, bitter or cider in a cheerful setting, York...

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