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City Guide: York

City Guide: York

City Guide: York

York - a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient castle walls surround contemporary independent shops and vibrant bars and restaurants and there’s a festival for every month of the year. Although it might be famous for its History, York is far from boring. There’re thirty world-class museums you can explore, its home to the best racecourse in the country, there’s never a shortage of things to do. Let’s not forget it was also voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times in 2018.

Food & Drink

Perhaps not known for its wild nightlife, yet York is still bursting with fantastic bars and restaurants to enjoy. From the Shambles to the riverside, York has bars and clubs suitable for any occasion. If sophistication is what you’re looking for then head down to The Cut & Craft steakhouse, its high-end steaks and cocktails are to die for.

The Riverside is especially busy in the summer with its table service river-side beer gardens and scenic views you’d be silly not to stop for a pint at the Kings Arms or take a walk up the steps and you’ll find the well-known favourites the Slug & Lettuce and Yates. For music fans The Stone Roses bar is located just a stone’s throw away from the riverside and here you can enjoy a cold beer or cocktail and a game of pool whilst indie greats including the likes of Oasis and Ian Brown serenade your ears.  Ye Olde Starre Inne was first licensed in 1644 making it the oldest pub in York, and the beer is still as cold and crisp as it was back then.

The Red Chilli restaurant promises to enhance your experience in Chinese food, whilst looking after your pocket, stomach and soul. The glamour and sophistication of Manahatta makes it the ideal place for private birthday parties, VIP meetings or catch up drinks with friends. 


The hub of incomings and outgoings of York is the Central Railway Station, located in the heart of the city centre. With is close proximity and cobbled streets, perhaps the best way to manoeuvre around York is on foot. The city centre itself is small and you’ll never be more than a 20-minute walk away from where you want to be. However, there are lots of buses going between A&B, including the city sightseeing buses which are easy to hop on and off. There is also a strong Uber and taxi presence in York city centre should you require this option.  

Where to live

Voted the best English city to live in, York certainly has plenty of options:

  • If you want to be within walking distance to the city centre then area's such as Bootham Mount (located near the racecourse), Heworth or The Groves.
  •  Bishophill – located inside the city walls and only a 10-minute walk from the historic centre and all the shops bars. 
  • Clementhorpe – 10/20% cheaper and located slightly further out just outside the city walls but close to a great local shopping area and still only 10 minutes away from the City Centre and station by car.

What to do in York

York railway museum is a must see and is only a short walk from the railway station, either on the road or via a staircase from the rear of the platforms and admission to the museum and all exhibits is free. If shopping is more your thing then fear not, you’re still in the right place, from the beautiful shambles market to the McArthur Glen designer outlet York has it all.

Hop on the number 7 bus outside of Central Station and you’ll be at the outlet and spending your money in the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Molton Brown in less 15 minutes. Pretend you’re in Harry Potter and take a meander down the famous Shambles, and discover its’ unique and quirky shops offering the perfect souvenir to take away with you. Then when the shopping is complete York has numerous activities and something for all ages. For those much braver than myself you’re sure to love exploring York’s darker side. From the York Dungeons to evening guided city ghost walks, all of which are made better by York’s gothic charm and enthusiastic locals.

Charm is certainly one thing York is famous for, although not for the faint hearted, walking all along those famous city walls will allow you to see this for yourself from a birds-eye view. With so much choice, there’s certain to be something for you to do in York.


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