York Tourism Guide says of York:
“The ancient capital of Yorkshire is York, one of the great cities of the medieval world. Still encircled by its ancient walls, the city is dominated by the soaring pinnacles of York Minster, the finest Gothic church in northern Europe.
From narrow streets, lively with chic cafes and specialist shops, to trips on its tree-lined river, York is a treasure house with a superb choice of museums and galleries.
York is one of the world’s most fascinating cities with surviving evidence from the different cultures that have ruled the area.”
The Independent adds:
“In many ways, of course, York needs no discovery. It has dotted the map of England since 71AD, when the Romans founded it as the crossroads city of Eboracum.
There are, of course, sights galore, many emphasising York’s epic history – the longest city walls in England, which date back to Roman times; that glorious medieval street The Shambles, with its many inviting shops.
There is much to taste too – the gorgeous cakes and sumptuous afternoon teas served at the iconic Bettys (bettys.co.uk); the gourmet fare crafted under award-winning Yorkshire chef Andrew Pern at The Star Inn The City (starinnthecity.co.uk). And if you want the smells of York, head for the Jorvik Viking Centre (jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk), where the heady stench of life under Danish occupation in the 10th century will reach your nostrils.
You can hear enchanting choral concerts at York Minster (yorkminster.org), the city’s enormous Gothic masterpiece of a cathedral. As for touch – you can get your hands on a few fashionable bargains at York Designer Outlet (mcarthurglen.com). And you will certainly feel at home in a city where a short weekend will stay with you for a long time.”
York in Wikipedia.