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Walk the dramatic city walls and enjoy the wild Yorkshire moors when you book with one of our York hotels.
In windswept Northern England, York’s position at the confluence of two rivers has long made it a significant political and religious center. Roman emperors such as Hadrian held court there, and the city was once considered the seat of the Northumbrian kings. As a dominant arm of the Anglican church in Northern England, and home to a prosperous wool trade, York’s dominant medieval walls and cathedral have seen the rise and fall of many centuries, and now support other institutions such as confectionary and a highly regarded university.
Everywhere you look in York, the imposing York Minster Cathedral seems to dominate the view. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, York Minster is the home of the Archbishop of York, and so represents one of the most important religious sites in the country. The church itself is a patchwork of centuries of building and rebuilding, and rewards close contemplation. York Castle sits atop the hill and can be viewed as you circuit the city’s intact medieval walls. Get lost in the Shambles, a medieval street lined with quaint buildings and tearooms, or the narrow Snickelways passages that can only be made on foot.
Chock full of historic landmark, York is also a great city for museums—the Yorkshire Museum and Gardens, National Railway Museum, and JORVIK Viking Center are just a few of the many offerings. Each year, the Theatre Royal draws back its curtains for a popular tradition of pantomime, and another historic theatre tradition is resurrected with the York Mystery Plays. Relying on rare 15th century texts in Middle English, the plays are performed at various places of historic import around the city.
With its winding cobblestone streets flush with boutiques, bookstores, and antiques, York is a lovely place to lose yourself for the day. The Shambles is the perfect place for many of these goods, while the Newgate Market is open daily, rain or shine, to vend produce and local crafts. Give the city center a try for a mix of recognizable brands and the more independent shops of Coppergate or Swinegate streets.
Direct trains to Manchester Airport make it easy to catch your flight, and York’s busy train station provides an important hub for both English and Scottish destinations.
Immerse yourself in the past while enjoying the perks of the present, such as high-speed wireless, when you choose one of our York hotels. With consistently excellent service, superb value, and rooms that let you truly relax, your visit to Yorkshire is sure to exceed your expectations.
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