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York has played a key role in the history of Britain ever since it was founded by the Romans back in 71AD. It served as de-facto 'capital of the north' under the Romans and the Vikings and still carries the same role within the Church of England. Spanning the River Ouse at its centre, the city grew up around industry and, latterly, the railways.

The signs of this illustrious history are all around, and any trip to York is a history lesson. From the medieval walls which still ring the inner city, to the stunning cathedral (known as the Minster) and the 14th century timber buildings of the Shambles, York has plenty of stunning sights which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. You can explore the city's heritage in numerous museums, including an insight into life as a Viking stronghold at the Jorvik Viking Centre, or relax in beautiful open spaces by the river. Whether you're looking for an educational break with the kids or an exciting weekend in a vibrant city, York has everything you need.

Hostels in York
Hostels in York

YHA York is set in spacious grounds and is the perfect place to base your stay. A ten-minute stroll along the picturesque River Ouse and you're in the heart of this compact and vibrant city, ready to enjoy great shopping, dining, nightlife and plenty of historical sights.


Five Free Things To Do In York

Walk the Walls
The medieval stone walls which circle the city make a great way to get an overview of this picturesque city. There is a rule in York that no city-centre building can be higher than the Minster, so the views from the walls are spectacular.

Take in the River
York is a small city, and you can stroll from one side to the other along the river even with the kids in tow. Overhanging trees and wildlife make it a beautiful journey at any time of the year.

Rowntree Park
At one end of this river walk is a 30-acre park created by the local chocolate magnate Joseph Rowntree in the 1920s. With wide open spaces, tennis and basketball courts, a lake with ducks and geese, an adventure playground and even a skate park, as well as a café, there is plenty to keep kids and adults occupied.

National Railway Museum
York is home to the National Railway Museum, the largest museum of trains anywhere in the world. You can get up close the famous engines and enjoy all sorts of interactive exhibits - this award-winning museum is a great experience for kids and adults.

York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery regularly hosts enthralling exhibitions from many famous artists, and if you have an interest in art it's a must-see on your visit to the city.

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