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Heworth (York) Good 7.4
  • "We were visiting York and booked to stay at this wonderful guest house for a few days. The staff were all very nice and our room was absolutely spotless with good facilities. It was around 10-15 minutes into town and the breakfast was great with lovely homemade jam." Bruce
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  • "This place is brilliant, my wife and I had a lovely weekend break here recently. The room was clean and comfy, it could probably benefit from an update but this was not an issue for us. The staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome and breakfast was delicious." EB
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Fulford (York) Superb 9.4
  • "What a find this was, the hosts at the Chelmsford guest house were very nice and the room was also nice with a comfy bed and well maintained. Breakfast was very good as well, lovely cooked full English, lots of extras - delicious. Would definitely book to stay here again when we next visit York." D&G.M1664
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Clifton (York) Fabulous 8.9
  • "A lovely building and located a 10 minute walk from the centre of York. Tastefully decorated throughout, our room was a good size and contained every necessity including toiletries. There is a good breakfast menu and I can recommend the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, delicious. The added advantage of parking. Recommended." Diane
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Bootham (York) Fabulous 8.8
  • "This a lovely family run lodge where I had a superb stay for a recent business trip. It was really good value for money and the room was very well appointed with all the necessary amenities. I really enjoyed the breakfast in the morning and would definitely book to stay here again if I’m back in the area." Werner
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Heworth (York) Very Good 8.1
  • "Burton Villa was a nice cheap place to stay, it was pretty close to the city centre – around 10 -15 minutes on foot. The room was comfy and the shower was nice and powerful. There was parking at the rear of the property and we enjoyed the breakfast served in the mornings." Win
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Bootham (York) Superb 9.1
  • "Great stay here, it’s situated in a nice quiet location and the room was very clean as were the shared bathroom facilities. We were warmly welcomed on arrival and Andrew was such a pleasant host throughout our stay. The full English breakfast was great made with local produce." Susie
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Heworth (York) Good 7.7
  • "This place was good value for money and was perfect for a family break in York. The staff were all very pleasant, the room was lovely with a nice comfortable bed and good amenities. It was just a 10 minute walk to the city centre and local attractions." John
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Fulford (York) Fabulous 8.9
  • "This is a lovely guest house and this is now our second visit here. The host is very pleasant and helpful and really makes guests feel welcome. The rooms are immaculately clean with beautiful decor and very comfortable. It was around a 10 minute walk into town and a good quality breakfast is served in the morning." John Barry Moult
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Fulford (York) Fabulous 8.7
  • "A true gem, and it was just a short walk into the centre of York. The room was spotless and the bed was comfy, breakfast was excellent and plentiful." AllsWell72
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Bootham (York) Very Good 8.4
  • "Stayed at the Beckett Guest house and had a pleasant stay, it’s in a quiet location and was around 5 minutes away from the Minster. My room was clean and there was free parking facilities." mattjames
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Bootham (York) Superb 9.1
  • "A lovely guest house, which is well situated for the city centre. Our room was a good size, with a lovely comfy bed and it was spotless. There was free parking facilities and the staff really made us feel welcome. Breakfast was exceptionally good with a nice selection of food and drinks available." Peter
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Holgate (York) Good 7.8
  • "We had an overnight stay in the family room which was clean and comfortable with a good hospitality tray and everything requirement taken care of. Breakfast was good and enjoyable and the staff all friendly and helpful. A long walk into York but a good bus service available. Just wish we had a longer stay to visit everything we wanted to see." Belinda
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Tourist Info

York's history may be long and varied but its present and future are equally fascinating. This delightful city is a jewel in the north's crown and has long been thought of as one of the cultural capitals of the UK. Having been conquered and fought over by the Romans, the Danes, the Anglo Saxons, and later the Royalists and the Roundheads in the Civil War, York is something of a living museum to this area's storied past. Naturally that means there's a wealth of charming and attractive places to visit that should keep anyone interested in the heritage of old England fascinated for hours.

Almost every visit to York starts with the inimitable Minster. This is the largest medieval cathedral in northern Europe, and almost certainly one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in the world. The architecture on display here is sure to take your breath away, but it's also an ideal example of the ecclesiastical influence on York. For example, the first church here was a simple wooden chapel built in 627 to baptise King Edwin of Northumbria, while later a Roman basilica was built, then a Norman minster in the 11th century, and still later the beginnings of the cathedral we see now. It was built over an exceedingly long period - between 1220 and 1480 to be exact - but this has allowed the church to take in all the major styles in Gothic architectural development.

For another, slightly different taste of York's history, head even further back in time at Jorvik, the city's hands on, immersive experience of all things Viking. With interactive multimedia exhibitions complete with the sights and smells (yes, smells) of 9th century life, this museum is a great hit with children and families, but provides ample distractions for visitors of any age.

In a similar vein to Jorvik, Dig allows visitors to become 'archaeological detectives' by sifting through the York's past, and discovering its many secrets. The most popular museum, however, is the National Railway Museum, which far from being the boring, fusty memorial to the rails that you might imagine is a gleaming homage to one of the modern world's greatest inventions.

Much of the joy of visiting York can be found in simply wandering its crooked alleyways and narrow streets. Surrounded by its very own medieval walls, the city centre has atmosphere oozing from every brick, and nowhere more so than The Shambles. Looking like something out of Harry Potter, The Shambles is a narrow cobblestone lane with overhanging Tudor shopfronts and buildings and is easily one of the most attractive streets in Britain, and almost definitely one of the most visited in Europe.

Not far from The Shambles you'll find Stonegate, another historic, albeit slightly wider, York street which actually lies just six feet above the original Roman road, Via Praetoria, which connected the Roman basilica to the civilian settlement across the River Ouse. Now it is lined with shops, boutiques, bars and restaurants, with St Helen's Square at the end of it, where you'll find the famous Bettys Tea Room.

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