Our pick #9
Nowhere has preserved medieval Britain’s heritage better than York. The city’s 13th century walls enclose a network of historic narrow streets, the most picturesque of which is The Shambles with traditional shopfronts and overhanging timber-framed houses lining a pretty cobbled street. Open every day, the Shambles Market is close by with around 70 stalls offering fresh produce, local crafts and more. At York’s heart is the breathtaking York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Once the capital of Viking territory, York was previously called Jorvick, and its Viking history can be traced at the immersive Jorvick Viking Centre. The National Railway Museum also uncovers 300 years of railway history with some one-million train-related artefacts. The city is brimming with vibrant cafes, restaurants and traditional pubs, with the lovely Rowntree Park the perfect place to unwind. Further afield, visitors can explore Castle Howard or marvel at the Brimham Rocks.