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The historic city of York is a popular tourist choice for people coming from across the country. Whatever your reason for travel, York has something to offer, from beautiful architecture and unique shopping options to a plethora of museums and other attractions. With so much to do, the real choice is how long to stay.
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York Station is just outside the city walls, so only a short walk from the city centre. The location is convenient for most of the major attractions. Regular buses also connect the station and the city, if you would rather not walk.
York Station has step-free access throughout and is accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Ramps to reach trains, assistance reaching platforms and accessible ticket machines and counters are all available.
A taxi rank right outside the station means you don’t have to brave any prevailing weather conditions. Regular buses connecting the city and the wider area also stop at the station, making it convenient for onward travel.
For further information about York Station, check out our station guide.
York is the perfect place to visit for culture vultures. History buffs will enjoy exploring the fascinating range of architectural styles, from the Gothic York Minster, the largest Gothic structure in northern Europe, to the Tudor Merchant Adventurers' Hall with its distinctive black and white timbers. There are also many museums which will allow you to immerse yourself in York’s fascinating past.
Hidden around almost every corner of the city are churches of every size, style and denomination imaginable. Exploring these beautiful religious buildings is a wonderful way to while away some time. The city also boasts a range of intimate music venues, as well as the York Theatre Royal, a sumptuous venue which hosts an inspiring and eclectic programme.
Shopping in York is an experience not to be missed. As well as all your high street favourites, York is home to an exciting range of independent and boutique shops where you can find everything from local handicrafts to designer dresses. The city is particularly well known for its antique and vintage shops, as well as some of the best book shops in the country, which you’ll find nestled amongst its tangled web of streets. There are also a good number of charity and retro shops tucked away, for those looking for unique classic pieces, or even a bargain.
It would be a shame to spend time in York without visiting one of the many tea rooms in the city. Betty’s is a perennial favourite and it’s easy to see why – the décor is stunning, and the tea and cakes simply can’t be beaten. However, if hot chocolate is more your style, then stop into the York Cocoa House for a decadent treat.
When it comes to restaurants, York has many of your favourite chains, but independent eateries also abound. From cafés serving up freshly prepared sandwiches to cuisine from all over the world, you’re sure to find something to tickle your taste buds. Of course, the city is also known for its excellent historic pubs, and with one on almost every street corner, you’d be hard pushed to miss them.
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