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Discover York

Be inspired by this magnificent medieval city amid Yorkshire’s pastoral beauty

There is no easy way in which to summarise all that the beautiful, medieval city of York offers its visitors. The city enjoys a location amid some of England's finest scenery, founded almost two thousand years ago where the rivers Ouse and Foss meet, and surrounded by the rolling green countryside of the Yorkshire Moors and Wolds and the Pennine Hills.

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Yorkshire by Steam

Discover glorious Yorkshire, from the edge of the rugged Dales to its spectacular coastline, via the majestic North York Moors. Enjoy ancient York, delightful Brontë country and scenic railway journeys.

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5 days from £349 pp

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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

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5 days from £419 pp

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A Flavour of Yorkshire at Christmas

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the festive spirit of beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us to famous monuments, vintage railways and the magnificent city of York.

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6 days from £679 pp

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Yorkshire & Durham

Uncover the beauty of northern England by heritage railway from its sweeping valleys to its wild moors. Along the way discover historic York and Durham before stepping back in time at the open-air Beamish Museum.

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A Flavour of Yorkshire at New Year

From our base in the spa town of Harrogate, enjoy the New Year in beautiful Yorkshire. Our holiday takes us along vintage steam railways and to the magnificent city of York.

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York's Historic Heritage

One of the most visited cities in Britain, York offers every attraction the modern visitor could wish for, yet has taken meticulous care to preserve its ancient heritage and architecture. Enclosed by the most complete medieval defensive wall in England, York's ancient streets wind their way to the cherished centrepiece of the city: the breathtaking York Minster. The largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, and easily one of the most beautiful in the world, York Minster was built in the thirteenth century but occupies a spot upon which churches have been built since 627AD.


York's historical legacy is undeniable; stunning buildings from virtually every period from the medieval era onward can be found in and around the city, whilst popular attractions such as the Jorvik Centre and a host of museums entertainingly recount every aspect of York's life story. But history aside, modern-day York offers a seemingly endless fund of enjoyable sights, attractions and activities to suit the interests of every visitor, young or old.

National Railway Museum

York's only national museum contains more than one million exhibits spanning three hundred years of British railway history, but the trains themselves - a collection of almost three hundred items of rolling stock including famous locomotives such as the Mallard, the Flying Scotsman and the Duchess of Hamilton - are the real stars of the show.

Holgate Windmill

This eighteenth-century five-sailed windmill, the last surviving of York's three original mills, once produced high-quality flour for the city. The subject of a restoration project by devoted volunteers in 2001 Holgate Windmill, surrounded today by modern houses, is both a fascinating museum and a remarkable feat of engineering.

City Walls

Following the lines of original walls built around York by the Romans, the current city walls date from the thirteenth century and can be walked in their four-and-a-half mile entirety, taking in various original medieval features including the city's gates and to providing excellent views of York's different aspects.

Yorkshire Museum Gardens

The Yorkshire Museum is undeniably a York highlight but its beautiful ten-acre botanical gardens are unmissable in their own right thanks to the stunning flower displays, immaculate lawns and historic buildings within.

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