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11th April 2018 Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Top 10 reasons to visit York!

1. Vikings

Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival

The one and only Jorvik – the only attraction of its kind that is based on a real archaeological dig – and the authenticity of Jorvik makes it unique. York was the trading hub of the Viking world. Jorvik has attracted over 13.5 million visitors in 20 years and it has become one of Britain’s top visitor attractions.

2. York Minster

The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe – York Minster. This massive cathedral took 250 years to build, from 1220 until its consecration in 1472.

3. Trains

The fastest ever steam engine in the world – The Mallard – is at the National Railway Museum.

4. The great outdoors



We have two of the country’s most beautiful national parks right on our doorstep – the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. The North York Moors Steam Railway at Goathland was the location for the first Harry Potter film.

5. Chocolate

York has a long history of chocolate making – Nestlé (formerly Rowntrees) and Terry’s (now owned by Kraft) chocolate factories grew up here. All of the famous names are made here, Kit Kat being the biggest seller. Some 150 bars are eaten every second.

6. Eating out

Finally, don’t forget there are a lot of new things in the city – if you haven’t visited for a year or two you will find a multitude of new bars, cafes and award-winning restaurants.

7. Festivals

The biggest festival of food and drink in Britain takes place for 10 days in autumn.

8. History

Reasons to visit York

York is full of award-winning restaurants

York has the longest and best-preserved town walls in England.

9. Ghosts

The Treasurer’s House in York was in the Guinness Book of Records for having the ‘Ghosts of Greatest Longevity’. Built over the main Roman thoroughfare leading into York, the house was the site of a remarkable apparition in the 1950s. The Original Ghost Walk of York meets every night at the Kings Arms at 8pm.

10. York Races

The best racecourse in Great Britain – York Races run from May to October. Did you know the Romans started racing in York in 208 AD?

Everything you need to know about York

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The best things to do in York

The best shopping in York

The best nightlife in York

Your guide to arts and culture in York

Image credits: ©Nick Pautrat/Adobe Stock;; York Archaeological Trust

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