A beautiful city where history and culture are always at the forefront
A train to York will whisk you to a place where history and culture come together in a picture-postcard English city. One of England’s oldest cities, the winding cobbled streets of York give visitors glances of unique architecture, bustling markets, and quiet corners. There’s something for everyone in the city, from the soaring gothic minster to quiet antique shops, traditional pubs to hipster cafes, exhilarating horse racing to tranquil countryside. Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, you’re sure to have an amazing time in this historic city.
York train station is just a short walk from many of the major sights, alternatively regular busses also run into the city centre.
When it comes to shopping, York has something to offer everyone. With plenty of high street favourites dotted around the city, you’re sure to find your go-to stores. However, for big names the best choice might be to head to the York Designer Outlet just outside the city centre which is easily accessible by bus and has not only your favourite designers at amazing prices, but also a great selection of food and drink options for when you start to flag.
The city centre is home to unrivalled collection of independent stores, which you will find tucked away around every corner. The tangle of streets around the city centre constantly open up surprises, with second hand charity shops brushing shoulders with fashion boutiques, gift shops and hand-crafted jewellery shops.
One of the things York does particularly well is second hand, vintage, antique and retro shops. From clothing to books, if you’re looking for a completely unique pre-loved piece, you’re sure to find it in the city. Make your way along Fossgate for a great choice of stores, although there’s plenty more throughout the city.
York has a proud history as a chocolate making centre- home to the Terry’s factory amongst others. Today, there’s still the distinct whiff of chocolate in the air, and there’s plenty of ways to get involved in this tradition, whether you visit the chocolate museum, one of the amazing sweet shops, or simply treat yourself to a hot chocolate in one of the amazing cafes.
York is well known for its café scene, you’ll find everything from ultra-modern streamlined establishments to snug cafes built right into the city walls themselves. You’ll also find a selection of traditional tearooms in the city, the best-well-known of which is Bettys where there’s often a queue to taste the delicious cakes and buns.
When it comes to restaurants, the offering at York really does run the gamut of cuisines from around the world, from Nepali to Chinese, Italian to Indian and beyond. There’s something for everyone whether you’re looking for a late-night kebab or a slap-up celebratory meal. From favourite chains to independent establishments, you can find it all in York.
In terms of culture, history and tradition are very much at the fore in York. Whether you’re coming for the races or the nightlife, you’re sure to fall in love with the traditional welcome and Yorkshire spirit.
If you’re visiting with the kids, you might decide to explore the rich history of the city. Discover the York Dungeons, the York Museum, and the York Art Gallery. Or, alternatively, make your way up Clifford’s Tower, with its ramparts and views over the city. If it’s views you’re after, you might choose to climb York Minster’s central tower- but be warned! It’s 275 steps to the top!
Music and theatre also play a big part in the culture of York. With a beautifully refurbished theatre dating all the way back to 1744 in The York Theatre Royal, as well as The Grand Opera House. The former shows a mostly local programme, while the later hosting a range of touring productions.
Of course, there’s plenty of folk heading to York for a great night out, whether it’s part of a hen or stag do, or for a special celebration. The compact nature of the city means that you’re ensured a great experience, and many of the bars and clubs even have live acts playing – so make sure you check out what’s on.
York train station has step-free access throughout and is fully accessible to those with a range of needs. Accessible ticket machines as well as ticket counters are available in the station. If you require an accessible taxi on reaching York, we recommend booking ahead.
For those with an onward journey from York, the excellent bus and coach service is a popular choice, and the station is also a great place to connect for trains to rural Yorkshire. A taxi rank is available at the station.
For further information about York Station, check out our station guide.
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