The most popular attraction in the city is undoubtedly York Minster, a magnificent cathedral that took over 200 years to complete. It is considered to be one of the finest Gothic churches in Northern Europe. The Jorvik Viking Centre is the site of the remains of the ancient Viking city of Jorvik, which evolved into the city of York. The Bar Walls are the city's mediaeval walls, offering the visitor stunning views of the city. For a little relaxation, take a stroll through the splendid Museum Gardens, which extend down to the river Ouse.
The shopping experience in York will appeal to every taste, as there are all manner of shops and boutiques; from high street names and independent outlets, to antique shops and vintage stores. There is also an open air market that sells a large variety of wares.
The City is a great sporting city, with local teams such as York City Football Club and the York Wasps rugby team. York racecourse is one of the best horse racing venues in the world and regularly holds top quality events. A wide cross section of sports is available to both professionals and amateurs in various sporting centres around the city.