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 homely pubs serving locally-brewed craft beers.

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

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  • 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 historical...

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Where to go & what to do at night in York

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  • York Travel Essentials

    Our York Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in the UK. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I...

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