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York is an ancient cathedral city with a history that dates back to before Roman times. It is situated in Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, England with some of the best preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe. As of the 2001 census, the population of York was 181,000. York is frequently ranked (often vying with Manchester) the second most visited city in England after London, and is of course famous for giving its name to the city and state of New York in the United States.

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  • Battle of Fulford 1066 tour +44 7877 781003, e-mail: admin@ibattles.co.uk. In 1066 the greatest shield wall battle in world history took place - no, not the Battle of Hastings, but in fact the Battle of Fulford, fought just outside York on the 20th September 1066, just a few weeks before Hastings. Discover the background to 1066, including the great last Viking invasion of England, and the foul deeds and bloody history surrounding the monarchy at the time. A full tour of the battlefield is given by representatives from the ibattles website, who have made a fascinating drama documentary about the battle (a copy is included free with each tour - a great memento of your visit to York or gift for a loved one). Please note the battle site is just a 5 minute drive by car from the city centre, transport can be arranged if required.
  • York Minster +44 1904 557216. M-Sa 9AM-5PM (last entry) Su noon-5PM. The largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, York Minster dominates the skyline & has a history of building that dates back to the 8th century at least. The one place that everybody visits. Stay for Evensong service if you can, especially if you've never been to a church service before. Adult £9.00, concession £8.00, child under 16 free.
  • JORVIK Viking Centre +44 1904 543400, e-mail: jorvik@yorkat.co.uk. Daily 10AM-4PM (winter), 10AM-5PM (summer). The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a must-see for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK outside London. Welcoming over 16 million visitors since 1984, JORVIK Viking Centre invites visitors to journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets as they would have looked 1000 years ago. £6.25 and upwards.
  • National Railway Museum (National Railway Museum), Leeman Road,  +44 870 421 4001, e-mail: nrm@nrm.org.uk. Daily 10AM-6PM. The largest railway museum in the world, responsible for the conservation and interpretation of the British national collection of historically significant railway vehicles and other artefacts. Contains an unrivalled collection of locomotives, rolling stock, railway equipment, documents and records. Free.
  • York Castle Museum, Eye of York (next to Clifford's Tower),  +44 1904 687687. Daily 9:30AM-5PM. An award winning museum of everyday life with exhibitions to appeal to all ages. Exhibits include Kirkgate, a Victorian street; Half Moon Court, an Edwardian street; and costumes and toys through the ages. Built in a part of the former prison there is also an opportunity to explore the old cells and see where Dick Turpin spent his last days. Adult £8, concession £7, child free with adult.
  • Ruins of St Mary's Abbey, Museum Gardens (near Minster). A great place for a picnic.
  • King's Manor. Now part of the University of York, previously a royal headquarters,
  • Clifford's Tower +44 1904 646940. Daily 10AM-4PM. This imposing "tower" represents the medieval castle of York, located in the centre of town, originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebellious north, then rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. Fantastic panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside from the top of the tower. £2.50.
  • Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Fossgate,  +44 1904 654818. M-Th 9AM-5PM F-Sa 9AM-3:30PM Su noon-4PM. Built 1357-1361 and of international importance, this building is Europe's finest medieval Guildhall and scheduled as an ancient monument. Nowhere else can be seen in one building the three rooms serving the three functions of a medieval guild: business, charity and religion. Above is the superb timbered Great Hall, below is the Undercroft or Hospital and Chapel. Audi guides available. Adult £2.50.
  • Eboracum Legion Bathhouse (Roman Bath public house), St Sampson's Square,  +44 1904 620455. Daily 10AM-5PM. A great venue for food, drink and entertainment - complete with a Roman period bathhouse in the cellar. One of York's oldest attractions, visitors can see the remains of ancient York, with insights into Roman military life and hygiene. Adult £2.
  • York Dungeon. Entertaining, though perhaps not for the faint hearted or for young children, there is little blood or gore, and some may find it suitable for children. Definitely worth the entrance price, however check out the pubs beforehand, as you may find 2 for 1 beer mats in the Kings Arms, a pub on the banks of the River Ouse near the Yorkboat landing (Kings Straith).
  • Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens (near Minster). Interesting, and quite good for curious children. Features displays of Roman, Viking and Medieval riches.
  • York Maze (next to Grimston Bar park and ride so by car or bus). A very large maze (the largest in the world, they say) and it's made of maize. Give it at least a couple of hours. There are other activities, such as a mini-maze for children, and games (such as Crazy Mazey Golf). Only open during the summer months.
  • Treasurer's House. National Trust operated town house dating from Medieval times.
  • Barley Hall, Coffee Yard, off Stonegate (phone=), e-mail: barleyhall@yorkat.co.uk. Daily 10AM-4PM (winter), 10AM-5PM (summer). A lovingly restored Medieval townhouse, situated on Coffee Yard (an alley off Stonegate). Hidden gem. £3 and upwards.
  • DIG An Archaeological Adventure, St Saviourgate (phone=), e-mail: dig@yorkat.co.uk. Daily 10AM-4PM (winter), 10AM-5PM (summer). At DIG you get to discover exciting archaeological artefacts from 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York. £5 and upwards.
  • Micklegate Bar Museum, Micklegate, on the city walls (phone=), e-mail: micklegate@yorkat.co.uk. Daily 10AM-4PM (winter), 11AM-3PM (summer). Visit the ancient gateway to explore the pageantry and barbaric history that has unfolded between these walls through the centuries. New for 2011: The Battle of Towton exhibition. £2.50 and upwards.

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About York


York was known as Eboracum by the Romans, who founded the fortress city on the River Ouse in the year 71. York was home first to the Ninth Legion and later the Sixth. York quickly became one of the most important cities in Roman Britain, and after 211 became the capital of the province Britannia Inferior. Constantine the Great—later responsible for making Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire—was first proclaimed Emperor in the city.

Captured by the Vikings 866, the city quickly took on a new identity as Jorvik (pronounced "Yor-vik") and experienced a major urban revival as a centre of Viking trade and settlement in northern England. The Coppergate excavations of the 1970s revealed much of this Viking past.

York is a fairly small city - four days is enough to see the major sights although York is a city that reveals its charms to explorers with curiosity and patience.

York is known as England's "City of Festivals" as there are regular cultural festivals every year. The official festivals are the Viking Festival, the Festival of Angels, Early Music, Late Music, Horse Racing (the "Ebor Race Meeting"), Multicultural Food and Arts, Chinese New Year, Mystery Plays, Christmas St Nicholas' Fair, and the Food and Drink Festival. It's a romantic city for a weekend break. York is full of magic and a wonderful place to bring children!


  • Walk around the city walls. Daily 8AM-sunset. One of the best vantage points for the medieval city of York is from the ramparts of its medieval city walls, built on Roman era foundations. About an hour's walk: if short on time or energy, the best views are conveniently from the shortest section, from Bootham Bar to Monk Bar, around the Minster (about 15 minutes). Free.
  • Discover the Snickelways. Walk the York snickelways, the famous medieval (and later) alleys and narrow streets that thread the center of the city. Try and get hold of a copy of Mark W Jones' book A walk around the Snickelways of York (ISBN 1871125723) or its hardback companion The complete Snickelways of York (ISBN 1871125049) with their quirky, hand-written descriptions. Alternatively walk downstream to the Millennium bridge, cross and back upstream on the other bank.
  • Walking tours and ghost walks. Wonderful. There are many ghost walks that run throughout the year during the evenings. Walks normally start from 6PM onwards and last for around an hour - just look for the posters and billboards posted throughout the city centre for details and the meeting point for that evening. Walking tours free, ghost walks around £4.
  • Boat hire. Power up the River Ouse. Alternatively have someone else drive and go on a river trip. £20/hr, early in the day can be cheaper.
  • Football (York City FC), Bootham Crescent. They’re a full-time professional club, playing in the N-Power Football League Two and famous for giant-killing victories over Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton. Their home ground of Bootham Crescent, formerly known as KitKat Crescent, is a traditional English football ground surrounded by terraced housing. It is about 15 minutes walk from the city centre, near the hospital.
  • Rugby League (York City Knights), Huntington Stadium. York City Knights [8] are currently playing in National League 2, advertising a good standard of rugby, the Huntington stadium is about 5 minutes walk from Monks Cross shopping centre. Matchdays are usually Sunday afternoons but you are advised to check before setting out as they are usually every other week.

Events & Festivals

There is a very full series of events in York. The most important are:

  • York Races.. Held 6 to 8 times in the year with the key meetings in May and August.
  • Mystery Plays.. Medieval Passion plays, revived after the Second World War and the forum which first brought Dame Judi Dench to critical attention. Don't run every year and vary between the traditional plays acted on floats carried around the city and more formal renditions which change venues, last being staged in Museum Gardens in 2012.
  • York Festival of Food and Drink.. Late September every year. The Food element majors on Yorkshire food, while the drinks program has a world wide and wine orientated theme. The range of events is very wide with demonstrations, tastings, markets and dinners everyday for 10 days. Big 'Slow Food' / Fairtrade and other 'worthy' food element allied with lots of hands on cooking for kids.
  • Viking Festival,. February. A big event with a lots of appeal for children - lots of dressing up and mock fighting but backed with the serious educational purpose of the Viking Centre.
  • York Early Music Festival.. Early July. World class event with very serious intent.
  • York Beer & Cider Festival. The Knavesmire (Tadcaster Road end) is the new venue for an expanded York Beer & Cider Festival held in September. The increased capacity means they will be able to offer up to 200 beers, 30 ciders and perries and a foreign beer bar, with wine and soft drinks also available. This is an exciting expansion for the branch which they hope will be enjoyed by people from York and beyond. There’ll be live music on the Friday and Saturday evenings as well as a good range of food from mainly local caterers and other stalls. There’ll be a large amount of seating – inside the tent if it’s wet, with some outside if the weather’s good. Children are welcome during the afternoon sessions. The festival site is less than 15 minutes from York Station and is served by regular buses (12 Woodthorpe, 4 FTR Acomb, 13/13A Copmanthorpe and the Coastliner).
  • York Festival of Traditional Dance. Early September. York’s own Ebor Morris, in conjunction with City of York Council and other local teams, invite a rich variety of traditional dance sides from all over the country to join in a non-competitive celebration of the diversity of ritual dancing. The Festival occupies the first weekend of September. The Saturday begins with a colourful dance procession from the Guildhall to Parliament Square, before the teams separate to dance on site, in King’s Square and St Sampson’s Square throughout the day before a final grand show in front of dignitaries. The Sunday dancing is less formal, taking place in St Sampson’s and King’s Square on the Sunday morning. Over the years we have had representatives of all the leading traditional team styles: the stick and hanky Morris of the Cotswolds, the large clog-stepping sides of the North West, the intricate weaving Yorkshire Longsword, the country-dance like East Anglian Molly, the bizarre costumes and disguises of Welsh border Morris and the swift interlacing of Northumbrian Rapper sword. This year’s Festival details are to be confirmed. We'll be inviting teams from all round England to join in this celebration of English Traditional dance, hosted by local team Ebor Morris. The two other local sides Acorn Morris & Minster strays should be in attendance, together hopefully with old favourites such as Brackley Morris from Northamptonshire.
  • A Yorkshire Celebration.*. 2009 sees some of the world's finest performers gather at York Minster for a charitable musical celebration of the county of Yorkshire. Taking place on Saturday 10 October at 7.30PM, The King's Singers are joined by the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, David Childs (euphonium) and host Frank Renton of BBC Radio 2. All proceeds go to The Yorkshire Foundation. Contact York Minster Box Office for tickets.
  • Illuminating York 2009 Discover York in a New Light.23 October - 1 November The event is now in its fourth year and continues to showcase York as a vibrant, contemporary and creative city. The event breathes light and innovation into York's historic and urban environment, attracting visitors from far and wide. 2009 will see three exciting new commissioned art works each of which invites you to join-in and become part of the action. At the end of the day, when the park gates are locked, life continues into the night. Bright White present 'Vespertine', a captivating instillation that exposes the magnificence and brutality of nocturnal wildlife. The specially created sound track uses animal samples that are acoustically tuned to the space, creating a unique visitor experience. The latest technology allows you to explore pools of sound, which are linked to fascinating video effects. Tucked away in the grounds of King's Manor, this promises to be a real treat. KMA and Pilot Theatre present the world premier of '5Circles' a radical, imaginative, and beautiful global project. You can modify and manipulate the sound, light and content online and then visit St Sampsons Square to see your ideas projected on to the paving. Watch people and dancers playing in the space and triggering unique patterns of light - you can even join in yourself. GaiaNova provide an exciting opportunity to draw with light onto the multangular tower in Museum Gardens. Using 'Tagtools', a simple interactive drawing board, which allows you to see your drawings and doodles projected onto the walls and brought to life. International artists will also be using the tagtools at designated times to create colourful and inspiring works of art. Illuminating York is fantastic for people of all ages. Events are free.
  • St Nicholas Fair and other pre Christmas events. 2009 : 26–29 November The Fayre offers a range of markets specialising in gifts, crafts, and the very best in local farm produce. Outside markets move into Parliament Street, St Sampsons Square and Coppergate while York's grand medieval Guild Hall provides a home for 'Made In Yorkshire' artists and crafters from across the region. The magnificent medieval townhouse, Barley Hall, presents a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders and St William's College houses an arts and crafts market for fine hand-made items not to be found in the shops. Carol singers and buskers flock to the city to perform over the weekend to thousands of festive shoppers.
  • York Early Music Christmas Festival 2–8 December 2009 The 2009 Christmas Festival will run from Wednesday 2nd to Tuesday 8 December. This popular festival of Christmas entertainments includes performances by The Carnival Band; Joglaresa, the Dufay Collective, orchestral ensemble La Serenissima, Concordia with Robin Blaze & Elizabeth Kenny and Ensemble Gilles Binchois. Full programme details and tickets will be available from September 2009.To join our free mailing list, contact the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL telephone York +44 1904 658338 or email boxoffice@ncem.co.uk Who will enjoy it? Anyone interested in listening to early music of the highest international quality; adults wishing to join with like-minded colleagues to make music together; youngsters wishing to learn more about historically informed performance; children wanting to know something of the history of the City of York and music in general.


  • Vue Cinemas. The city's largest multiplex, located on Clifton Moor Retail Park on the north-west outskirts of York. Access by car, or take the no.6 bus to Tesco. 0871 224 0240
  • City Screen Ltd. A new, modern cinema located just off Coney Street in the centre of York. Has a bar/cafe with a fantastic balcony overlooking the River Ouse. No private parking available. 0870 758 3219
  • Reel Cinema York. Located inside a distinctive art deco building and known for decades under its Odeon ownership, the cinema is held close to the hearts of the residents of York. Despite protests, it shut down a few years ago due to increasing competition. It has recently been bought and reopened by Reel, although many people still refer to it as the Odeon. It is located just a 10 minute walk south of the city centre on Blossom Street. It is on the bus routes 1, 4, 5, 10, 13 and the Askham Bar Park & Ride no.3. Very limited parking is available but not recommended. +44 1904 733633



For budget eating, try any traditional pub (though food quality may be variable).

A cafeteria in an old church facing away from Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate sells cheap good food - eat on the grass outside.

  • Hungry Horace - Authentic working men's cafe. Greasy and tatty but the food is of a very high standard. The staff at the cafe are very friendly and may refer to you as love or flower.
  • Meltons Too - 5 minutes walk from the center in an area called Walmgate - good food in pleasant olde worlde environment.
  • Miller's. Delicious fish and chip shop in Fulford, which also works as a restaurant. Reasonable prices and as good a plate's worth as you'll get in York.
  • Pizza Express, Lendal. Needs no introduction, but worth a look for the setting - a spectacular Victorian brick edifice perched on the bank of the River Ouse. Summer evenings on the terraces are pleasant, and their toilets are marble temples of Victorian excess - it's worth eating there just for the chance to use a solid brass-and-marble urinal.
  • The Golden Dragon, King Street, not far from Ouse Bridge. (Just round the corner from the famous riverside pub the King's Arms. Within falling distance of the Gallery and the Lowther.). Open till late.. Cheap and cheerful Chinese food.
  • The Spurriergate Centre on Spurriergate - a great little cafe in an old church, well worth a visit just for the architecture but the food is good and there are vegetarian options. Very child-friendly.


  • ASK, The Assembly Rooms. Like Pizza Express, come for the setting rather than the food (which is fine, just nothing special). A marble-pillared Georgian assembly rooms with 40-foot ceilings and plaster cherubs. Extremely busy at weekends and tourist periods.
  • Bari's, The Shambles. Cheerfully unpretentious Italian bistro serving pizza and pasta in an authentically Italian style (overly-phallic pepper grinders and waiters adopting cod accents.) Food's not bad, it's reasonably priced, and it's pretty lively of an evening.
  • El Piano. Grape Lane. Mexican influenced vegetarian food. Very relaxed atmosphere, you can carve your name in a table for a £1 donation to Amnesty (they lend you the tools). Has toys and games lying around. If you have children, ask nicely and they'll give you a room upstairs to yourselves.
  • Old Grey Mare. A good curry place about halfway between the city walls and the YHA hostel.
  • The Lime House. Goodramgate. This restaurant has won many awards but still doesn't seem to be on the tourist radar. This is a shame, because it serves some of the most inventive, lovingly-prepared food in the city. Starters from £5, mains from £13.
  • Viceroy of India, Monkgate,  +44 1904 622370. Always busy even in early evening, this long established Indian Restaurant is a favourite of York residents who keep returning time after time for its excellent food and friendly atmosphere. As they say - when in Rome...


For upmarket eating, try York's 'restaurant district' on Fossgate and Walmgate.

  • Betty's Tea Rooms, 6-8 St Helen's Square,  +44 1904 659142. Open 9AM-9PM every day.. World-famous for its nostalgic atmosphere and spectacular Swiss-Yorkshire patisserie-style catering. It is a twenties-style tea rooms complete with palm trees, aproned waitresses and piano player, and serves the kind of food that comes with the crusts cut off. The quality is superb, but it's not cheap - and be prepared for a queue at peak times, it's not unknown for potential customers to wait outside in the rain for a seat.
  • J Bakers Bistro Moderne, Fossgate,  +44 1904 622688. Run by Michelin-starred chef J Baker (10 consecutive years with Michelin stars)this is regularly reviewed and acknowledged as York's best restaurant by some way. Booking is essential for evenings as there is often a waiting list but the Lunch time menu is a bargain and it is easy to get a table.
  • Little Betty's, 46 Stonegate,  +44 1904 622865. Open Su-F 10AM-5:30PM; Sa 9AM-5:30PM. This is a smaller version of Betty's in Stonegate which doesn't get quite so busy, and serves exactly the same kind of food in a similar ambience.
  • Monty's Grill, St Peter's Grove,  +44 845 460 2020. An award-winning steak and seafood restaurant close to the centre of York. It is based on the concept of a Victorian chop house and specializes in serving high-quality, traditional British food.
  • The Judges Lodgings. Has the largest outside dining area in York. Its upstairs restaurant, located inside the hotel, serves freshly prepared meals, a selection of fine wines and homemade desserts. These are enjoyed among the splendour of gilt mirrors, antique paintings and beautiful architecture.


York has perhaps the most pubs per square mile of any city in the country (supposedly one for every day of the year). You shouldn't have any problem finding somewhere to get a drink. There are three key City Centre areas for Drinking depending on your taste:

  • Micklegate area: which includes Rougier Street: Young, loud, brash, boozy, hen & stag nights abound. Wall to wall pubs in a very small area serving a younger clientele intent on getting well oiled and having a good time until 3 - 4AM.
  • Coney Street area: Goes from St Helens Square along Coney Street turning right to the edge of Ouse Bridge. Pubs & Bars are a lot more upmarket and it takes in 3 bars on Coney St overlooking the River Ouse.
  • Goodramgate, Swinegate area: Probably the best area for those who like a mix of traditional pubs, nice continental bars and 2 good swanky modern bars for dressing to impress. The atmosphere is the most laid back in this area and has the widest age range appeal.
  • The Quarter which includes Little Stonegate & Grape Lane, houses several nice bars such as Pivo, Stonegate Yard, Bobo Lobo, Slug and Lettuce (chain bar), 1331, Wilde's & Oscar's to name but a few. Tends to be slightly more chilled out but more expensive than other areas. Still rowdy on a weekend but more relaxed during the week where salsa lessons take place in a couple of the bars. The area is sometimes referred to as the 'Latin quarter' due to the nature of some of the bars and restaurants.

An excellent map of York bars, complete with reviews, is available here: [9]

Bars and pubs

  • The Ackhorne, St Martin's Lane (off Micklegate).
  • Bar 38 (Besides City Screen off Coney Street).
  • The Bedroom, Micklegate.
  • Biltmore, Swinegate. Probably the plushest upmarket bar in York and this is reflected in the clientele who don't mind paying extra for the scenery. Huge bar drinks menu comprising cocktails, premium spirits, bottled beers and wine. Usual mass produced beer brands on Draught.
  • The Blue Bell, Fossgate.. Tiny but unforgettable. Real beer. A locals' favourite.
  • The Brigantes, Micklegate.
  • The Charles XII, Heslington, right next to the University.. Cheap beer and full of students.
  • Dusk, New Street (off Coney Street). another great place for cocktails, with 2-for-1 Monday through Thursday.
  • Evil Eye, Stonegate. the best place in York for cocktails, and the south east asian food is out of this world, too! Limited capacity due to fire regulations so you may have to queue to gain entry.
  • The Hansom Cab. A Samuel Smith's pub right in the centre of town, with cheap local ales.
  • The Keystones. A Yellow Card pub beneath Monkgate Bar.
  • KoKo International Bar, Goodramgate.. Lovely relaxed bar overlooking York Minster serving 10 draught rare imported lagers & UK ales, over 200 bottled continental beers & 300 Spirits.
  • The King's Arms (located beneath the River Ouse bridge). Another Samuel Smith's pub but a few pence dearer than the Hansom Cab. It's traditionally flooded every winter.
  • Lendal Cellars, off St. Helen's Square. Yes, it is underground.
  • The Living Room (on the East side of the Ouse bridge).
  • The Lowther. Overlooking (and occasionally in) the River Ouse; highly recommended - try the diesel.
  • The Maltings. absolutely cracking real-ale pub close to the train station.
  • The Micklegate (just beneath Micklegate Bar.).
  • The Minster Inn, on Marygate, close to the northern entrance to Museum Gardens. confusingly not that near the Minster at all. As it's slightly off the tourist trail, most of the people in there are local regulars, but you're guaranteed a warm welcome, some local colour and an excellent pint.
  • The Nags Head, Heworth.
  • Orgasmic (Besides City Screen off Coney Street).
  • Pitcher and Piano (Besides City Screen off Coney Street).
  • The Postern Gate (beside the Travelodge on Piccadilly, overlooking the River Foss.). a J.D. Wetherspoon franchise (otherwise known as The Wetherspoon's, or simply "Spooooooooons")
  • The Priory, Micklegate. often to be found serving a well-known Irish stout at a very reasonable price.
  • The Punch Bowl, 2 locations: Stonegate and beside Micklegate Bar.. a Wetherspoons franchise
  • Roman Baths Inn, in St. Sampson's Square, in the middle of town, on top of the remains of a real Roman bath that you can visit.. Frequently has open-mic nights.
  • The Rook and Gaskill. a Tynemill pub just outside Walmgate Bar. 12 ever-rotating cask ales available.
  • The Rose and Crown. an Australian-run pub just outside Walmgate Bar, home of the Auzzie Burger.
  • Slug and Lettuce (on the West side of the Ouse bridge (formally Capitol)).
  • The Three Legged Mare (just a stone's throw from the Minster). a York Brewery Pub
  • The Winning Post in York, Bishopthorpe Road. Voted the pint best Lager York 2009 (keeps Head and Effervescent longer then other pubs in the City). Free event venue for new bands.
  • The Windmill (opposite Micklegate Bar.).
  • Yates's (on the West side of the Ouse bridge). Cheap and cheerful, if notoriously fighty on a weekend.
  • The York Brewery Pub, Tanner Row. Brewery and pub.
  • The York Tap, York Station. Newish pub in the old station tea-room, a perfect place for a decent (if not cheap) pint while waiting for a train.
  • Ye Olde Starre Inn, Stonegate. the oldest pub in York, nice and cosy, with a beer garden that, just, overlooks the Minster.


  • Club Salvation, 3 George Hudson Street, York YO1 6JL,  +44 1904 635144, e-mail: matt@clubsalvation.co.uk.
  • Kuda Bar and Club, 12 Clifford Street, York YO1 1RD,  +44 1904 647947, e-mail: kudaclub@luminar.co.uk.


York comes highly recommended for its unique shops & boutiques. There's the usual range of high-street stores, but York is also a great place if you're looking for tourist tat of the highest order. Tat-central is The Shambles - the narrowest (and most crowded) street in York, with a full range of a present from York - emblazoned merchandise manufactured in the Far East. Shops in York change from year to year but the beautiful old fashioned wooden shop fronts and buildings have not changed much since they were first built.

  • Gillygate and Low Petergate. There is a good range of stores apart from the standard high street, try these for some nice small shops and galleries.
  • Browns, Parliament Street. A local good quality department store.
  • Walmgate and Fossgate contain some interesting shops, including several small independent book stores and retro clothes sellers.
  • York Deisgner Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, Fulford,  (+44)01904 682 700. Of particular interest to followers of fashion, this indoor shopping centre on the southern outskirts of York contains 120 clothes stores from many top-name brands such as Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker. Located on the A64 dual carriageway and frequently served by bus services from the city centre.

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