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It is very hard to think of many cities that can compete with York in terms of both character and history. A wonderfully picturesque city, encircled with ancient walls and with a beautiful riverside setting, York’s past stretches back two centuries and has seen many remarkable sights - from Roman coronations to the horrors of the Civil War. Despite its often bloody history, the city is in remarkably good condition and evidence of its turbulent past is visible on every corner as you wander through this delightful city.

York is the perfect city to explore on foot as it is almost entirely predestined. A warren of atmospheric ‘snickleways’ -medieval passageways - lead the eager visitor from traditional tearoom to quaint pub, with every turn revealing yet another stunning view or notable historic building. And amongst this delightful jumble of cobbled streets you will find dashes of perfect modernity - high end retailers and quirky boutiques sit side by side with a whole plethora of galleries, cages, restaurants and delis. On the fringe of the city is the world famous York Racecourse, and within the city walls you will find theatres, museums and nightlife galore. If you crave some country air, York is ideally positioned to make the most of the wonderful Yorkshire landscape - the famous hills and dales, and of course the wild, rugged beauty of the coast.

York really is a year round destination, with a packed calendar of cultural events and festivals that runs right across the seasons.

Shoppers, foodies, sports fans, history buffs, culture vultures and general tourists alike are drawn to the city like moths to the flame whatever the weather, although July and August are probably the business months, so avoid visiting then if crowds are not your thing.

In contrast to many other UK cities, York positively comes to life during autumn and winter. It has a truly magical atmosphere as the year draws to a close - with lamp-lit streets, the magnificent Minster lit eerily in the moonlight, and the sound of church bells filling the chilly air. Head to one of the many delightful pubs to sit by the fireside and enjoy a pint of locally brewed ale, or join one of the ghost tours that navigate the city as darkness falls. It is a perfect destination to visit during the festive season - with its wonderful Christmas Markets stalls offering homemade gifts and edible goodies - not forgetting the delicious mulled wines and ciders.

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