Considered to be one of the most fascinating cities in the United Kingdom, York thrives with liveliness and diverse cultures. Travel York's narrow streets and enjoy the many local vendors, specialty stores and modish cafes or explore museums and galleries for an artistic look at this ancient city. Situated on two rivers, Ouse and Foss, this amazing city is surrounded by medieval walls and lush farmlands, offering an unforgettable experience to travelers.
When to visit
Spring and summer are the best seasons for traveling to York, as the weather is quite pleasant and there are numerous festivals and events taking place. From May to October, the weather allows for many activities and events but winter in York should not be ruled out entirely. While the temperatures are much lower at Christmastime, the city transforms to offer a magical old world atmosphere for the holidays. Visit the city of York any time of year to experience the local festivals and celebrations as this place is always hoppin' with history, excitement and culture.
You will find York temperatures are at their highest during the month of August, reaching an average of 59°F/15°C although this is also one of the wettest months of the year. November is also quite wet while March is the driest. The coolest month is usually January, as this is when temperatures average 37°F /3°C in York. When looking for sunshine, June is the best month to visit this destination. No matter what time of year you decide to visit York, the natives will tell you it is wise to have an umbrella and other waterproof attire on hand.
You won't want to visit York without taking one of the many Ghost Walk Tours available where you will hear ghoulish stories and take part in group activities as well as witness a few theatrical tricks. York's Guided Walks are also an excellent way to explore and experience the many offerings available to travelers such as shopping, dining and learning about the city's amazing history. There are many festivals and other events held annually in York but some of the most popular include the York Racecourse (horse racing), Spring Festival of New Music, York Races (car racing), Festival of Rivers, York Festival of Food and Drink and the St Nicholas Fayre, held at Christmas time. One festival that is particularly unusual and fun is the Halloween and Guy Fawkes Events, held in autumn each year, which features ghosts and light displays to celebrate England's most haunted town.
There are so many wonderful museums and art galleries that you will likely need several days for exploring York. Some of the more popular destinations include the Museum Gardens, the York Minster and The Treasurer's House. Many opt for a trip to the National Railway Museum or stroll along the city's ancient walls while others visit York's very own dungeons on a theatrical tour that is both gruesome and fascinating. Other monuments to explore in this historical city include the Castle Howard, Barley Hall, King's Manor, Clifford's Tower and the Fairfax House.
Tips & Recommendations
• You could search all of England and never find city walls that are longer or in better shape than those found in York, making this a must see structure for your itinerary.
• Visit York's old town to see The Shambles and you will find yourself shopping on a medieval street that is so narrow, you can almost extend your arms to touch the buildings on both sides.
• You cannot visit York without visiting a teahouse and chatting it up with the natives. Oh, and have a delectable raspberry scone or two with your tea.
• Check out the view from the 19th century Lendal Bridge. Don't forget to bring your camera!
You'll enjoy a touch of opulence at 3-star ibis York Centre. There are enough rooms here to give you lots of choices. You'll be completely mobile, with York railway station connecting you to areas around York. Haunted Walk of York isn't far from here and it's a must-see! The Shambles is one of the York landmarks you may wish to visit. National Railway Museum is located within walking distance of this property.
The 3-star The Churchill Hotel is an attractive option for your stay in York. The accommodation is near York railway station for easy accessibility. Haunted Walk of York and Yorkwalk are close enough to reach on foot from here. In York you'll find distinctive architecture, such as that of York Minster. A stay in York is not complete without seeing National Railway Museum, which is 0.7 km (0.4 miles) from here.
You'll enjoy a touch of opulence at 4-star Goodramgate Apartments. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. Major transportation routes can be accessed at York railway station. Haunted Walk of York and Yorkwalk can be reached on foot from here. You may enjoy a quick visit to nearby The Shambles. A stay in York is not complete without seeing National Railway Museum, which is 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from here.
Offering excellent accommodations and service, Apartment 15 York has 3 stars. For convenient connections, York railway station is easy to reach from here. While staying in York, you might enjoy visiting Haunted Walk of York. One of the landmarks in York is The Shambles. National Railway Museum is located within walking distance of this property.
Looking for something that's a cut above? You'll find it at 4-star Apartment 2 York. Haunted Walk of York is an interesting attraction just a stroll from here. You may enjoy a quick visit to nearby The Shambles. Famous landmarks, such as York Minster, are in this vicinity. National Railway Museum is 0.9 km (0.6 miles) from here.
With a 4-star rating, Apartment 5 York can accommodate a variety of needs. York railway station is close to this location, so you can readily take in attractions too far for walking. The popular attraction Haunted Walk of York is walking-distance close. This property is close to The Shambles. You'll find the museum National Railway Museum just 1.0 km (0.6 miles) from here.
The Fort Boutique Hostel is a relatively small property. Budget-conscious travelers might consider this 2-star property. Make memories at Haunted Walk of York and Yorkwalk, which are close to here. A landmark you'll enjoy while visiting York is The Shambles. The nearby National Railway Museum, 0.8 km (0.5 miles) away, is worth visiting while in York. Located 0.2 km (0.1 miles) away, York Minster attracts locals and tourists alike.
Stay at the 4-star YHA York - Hostel for an enjoyable York experience. A nearby station is York railway station. Walk to Yorkwalk and Haunted Walk of York --just a short distance from this location. The Shambles is just one of the famous landmarks here. National Railway Museum is located within walking distance of this property.
This Astley House is rated 2 star(s). Intimate and authentic thanks to its small size and handful of rooms. The property is only 1.4 km (0.9 miles) away from York railway station. Even if your time in York is short, Yorkwalk or Haunted Walk of York is well worth visiting. The Shambles is one of the York landmarks you may wish to visit. A stay in York is not complete without seeing National Railway Museum, which is 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from here.