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At National Railway Museum, learn about the history of trains and their effect on British society. This engaging museum, which won the Europe
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York Minster , York
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York Minster is one of northern Europe's oldest, largest, and most magnificent cathedrals. Join a free tour that points out the building's re
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York Shambles , York
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Take a stroll down one of Britain's most atmospheric streets, York Shambles. This narrow, cobblestoned pedestrian thoroughfare features numer
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Ruin
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Experience York's ancient history by walking along the incredibly well-preserved York City Walls. The walls date back to Roman rule over 2,00
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Experience life in Victorian and Edwardian England at York Castle Museum. Housed in prison buildings within the York Castle complex, the muse
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York

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Nicknamed the "City of Festivals," York offers a plethora of cultural events and tourist attractions that range from Gothic cathedrals to Christmas-themed amusement parks. Some of the most popular things to do in York include attending a regular service at York Minster--one of Northern Europe's oldest and most magnificent cathedrals--and walking along the incredibly well preserved York City Walls that date back to the Roman times. Informative and engaging, National Railway Museum offers fun for the whole family, with all types of trains you can board and a miniature railway you can ride. A giant corn labyrinth with a wide range of farmland games, York Maze is another interesting family-oriented attraction.

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Where to stay in York

Despite York’s relatively small size, accommodations come in a variety of styles. You can choose from privately owned townhouses, low-cost hotels, luxurious international chains, and quiet B&Bs and guesthouses. For that ultimate urban experience, consider staying in the historical city center. This part of town is packed with options for every taste and budget, all close to York’s main attractions, as well as its main transportation systems. Just a short walk from the city center, family-run guesthouses in quiet neighborhoods offer cozy rooms and modern amenities at a fraction of the cost of the big hotel chains. Alternatively, the surrounding countryside is filled with charming private homes eager to welcome guests.
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