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York is a beautiful historic city that offers an eclectic blend of the ancient, the old and the new. It is difficult to do justice to the city's place in history in such a small space, click here for a good overview of York's history. York's most famous landmark is York Minster whose beautiful choirs can be heard on an almost nightly basis at Evensong (entry free). A great outing for children and those interested in York's Vikings the Jorvik Centre is a must. Original Tudor architecture can be seen all around York, but most particularly in The Shambles. Much of the town was renovated by the great and good of the 17th and 18th centuries, resulting in many fine examples of Georgian architecture, not least Mansion House, the residence of the Mayor.

Take time out to refresh yourself by taking lunch or a traditional Yorkshire tea at Betty's Tearooms; Little Betty's on Stonegate is smaller and more intimate, but you need to get there early to avoid the queues!

York is the perfect base from which to explore England's largest county. Yorkshire boasts a spectacular diversity of countryside, ranging from Herriot's dales to the west, the moors to the northeast, the rolling wolds leading to the cliffs on the east coast. Whitby is well worth a visit, particularly as it boasts some of the best fish 'n' chips in England (Magpie Cafe). Fans of Bram Stoker will already be familiar with the harbour town as he is reputed to have written Dracula there. Yorkshire's rich cultural history can be seen all around from the ruins of Norman abbies, such as Rievaulx and Bolton, to magnificent stately homes, such as Castle Howard and Harewood House. For those who love the great outdoors there are myriad opportunities to enjoy the fresh air cycling the Sustrans route, monkeying around at Go Ape, or chugging back in time on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

London is less than 2 hours by train and so the capital can easily be included as a day trip. Other cities easily reached by direct train are Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

York is a vibrant cultural centre for arts, theatre, music and food. Click here for information on what is happening in and around York.

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