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York is a beautiful medieval city in northeast England. It is a walled city, previously called Jorvik and one of England’s most popular holiday destinations. Brimming with culture, history and interesting sites, you will always be busy exploring, relaxing, or enjoying the wonderful English food and drink. It is a scenic vacation destination with the pretty River Ouse dividing the city.
The best time to visit York in England is during the spring months of March to May. The weather is gorgeous, with flowers in full bloom. It is also peak season, so high room rates and crowds can be expected. Christmas in York is delightful.
Keep this in mind when you book your flight to York from Toronto. There are many great Air Canada flights to Leeds-Bradford Airport about an hour from York or other major cities in England.
Stay in a pub, quaint guest house, bed and breakfast, or fancy hotel while in York. Whatever your travel needs, you can easily find a place to stay in York.
Just the name tempts you to book a room at the Lamb & Lion Inn in York. Expect quaint rooms with a nod to tradition, a scenic courtyard to relax and fantastic customer service. This 17th-century pub with rooms is centrally located too.
Grays Court York dates back to 1091 and is a peaceful boutique hotel with a warm and cozy yet also luxurious atmosphere. Your room might have velvet bedding, gold wallpaper and a four-poster bed fit for a King or Queen. The garden is beautiful and you can imagine having high tea in this classic English setting.
Sentence yourself to a few nights at The Judge’s Lodging which was a Georgian townhouse, then judge’s residence before it became an inn. The big beer garden and cellar bar are where you will spend some time before retiring to your room that is elegant and traditional.
The Churchill Hotel is a grand Georgian mansion built-in 1827. It gets its name from the previous long-term owners, the War Department. Combining English heritage with modern design, the rooms are fresh and stylish, and the service is of the highest standard. You are close to many major tourist attractions. Enjoy a cocktail at The Wellington Bar or a pint in the beer garden every evening of your stay.
A York city pass gives free entry to many attractions so can save you money if you are a busy sightseer.
Walk the city walls that go for 2.5 miles with many spots to exit the walls if you wish. See views of the city as you take the scenic walk along the walls. There are some museums along the way too. Four of the old gates have been preserved. They are Walmgate Bar, Monk Bar and Bootham Bar, all with their original portcullis, and Micklegate Bar with its three knights.
The Shambles is a well-preserved medieval street with shops and restaurants, including many chocolate specialty shops to indulge your sweet tooth. Take a chocolate tour if you are a true chocolate lover. At the Shambles Market, you can find all kinds of tasty treats.
York Minster took about 250 years to build, and the church is stunning inside and out. There is an admission fee to see the gorgeous interiors, including stained glass windows and carved stonework in one of Northern England’s most prominent churches. Climb the York Minister tower to see lovely city views.
In 866, the Vikings invaded and they ruled for over a century. At Jorvik Viking Centre, you can learn all about the history and culture of the Viking times.
Clifford’s Tower is a 13th century stone tower that was part of the Norman Castle. Here also gives fantastic city views. Nearby is York Castle Museum inside old prison buildings. Go back in time as you wander a replica of a Victorian street with period shops and horse and carts.
Explore the scary side of York, which has a reputation as being haunted. Take a ghost walk through the ancient streets or go to York Dungeon with interactive shows that are thrilling. There are pubs with haunted themes to grab a drink. Pub life is big in York with over 300 pubs in the city to choose as your new drinking hole. An authentic English meal of fish and chips with mushy peas with a few pints of ale will leave you satisfied.
York Museum Gardens is a scenic place to wander around. The botanical gardens are free and always looking beautiful no matter the season. See the Saint Mary’s Abbey ruins inside the garden grounds.
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