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October 18, 2018

The Essential Guide to a City Break in York

Anyone who can lay any legitimate claim to being a tourist simply needs to have a visit to the little romantic and historical city of York. It’s a total must, whether you live in the UK currently or indeed if you’d be travelling from further afield. Voted The Times’ best place to live in the UK in 2018, this hotspot makes for the perfect setting for a beautiful getaway. It’s a compact and walled city which is only half the size of Leeds and can be reached in under two hours if you’re travelling from the northern heights of Newcastle or the southern lows of London.

In conjunction with used Mercedes dealers, Lookers, we take you through exactly what you should aim to see and do in this northern gem.


With its unique ambience and fine selection of historical buildings that break up the modernised brilliance, York has many attractions you cannot leave without visiting.

Check out the York Minster website to see if they have any activities or events listed for your visiting time, otherwise no trip to York would be complete without visiting one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, York Minster. Take in one of its daily masses if you’re religious, otherwise purchase yourself an admission ticket to enjoy the tour.

York Maze offers attractions, shows and rides in addition to the quirkiness it holds from having been created from more than a million maize plants. Check online before you book and see exactly what seasonal activities they have available for you by way of the likes of pig racing, and over 20 different rides.

In order to fully appreciate all which the street has to offer, read up on the past story of the Shambles before making your way to what was previously home to a butcher’s. Shop to your heart’s content at this history-filled famous street of the world.

Activities to Take Part in

Walking York city walls is an absolute must-do activity if you can ever lay legitimate aim to having been to York and had the one experience which gives it its uniqueness. They’re quite the delight and are very well-preserved, marking the longest stretch of medieval walls in all of England’s cities.

The York Boat would make for another unique way of exploring what is clearly a very special place to visit, with the open top deck option making for a great way to take in the rolling sights of the city.

Where to Eat and Drink

Ye Olde StarreInne is one of the oldest established drinking spots the city has to offer, making for just one of many ‘real pub’ experiences available. There are so many other drinking and dining spots waiting for you to discover them and experience them yourself, with quirky cocktail dens and watering holes located in haunted basements for a unique mix of experiences.

Greek Street Food Souvlaki York has you covered if you’re looking for quick bite to fill up on, otherwise you can sit in at the Circles Cafe and Gin Bar for another affordable place to eat. For a fancy wining and dining experience you can head on over to Arras Restaurant at the Old Coach House, but again, so much more awaits you if you take the time to look around and pop in to ask!