This location is in the heart of Yorkshire and is partial to a party or two. Going to the pub and holding festivals is almost civic duty in York, so make like the locals and take advantage of the wide variety on offer. Sight see stunning medieval buildings during the day and join the party by night. More popular with the Hen Parties than Stag’s due to goo pubs and wine bars but not enough to maybe allure in the crazier stag do’s. The Shambles is an attraction as one of the most picturesque roads in Europe. The historic Minster at the centre of the city is also a favourite. The city is not as good at hosting a stag do than a large majority of the other destinations and is more geared towards the quieter Hen do.
In a city with streets designed with horse-drawn carts in mind, cars are not among the most convenient ways to get around. Besides, most of the old city is closed to cars during the day so it's best to travel by foot or bus, only £3.70 for a day pass. But by far the best way to get around York is by bike. The city is one of the most bike-friendly in the UK, having an extensive network of cycle lanes and a flat landscape. Just remember not to bike in the pedestrian-only parts of the city or you could be slapped with a £30 fine.
Must See/Must Do:
• York Minster – the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe
• Venture into York Dungeon for a macabre but entertaining experience
• Take a Ghost Cruise on the River Ouse
• Traipse through The Shambles – Britain's Most Picturesque Street
History and Culture:
A city about as ancient as it gets, York was initially settled by Celts then built into a walled fortress by the Romans. Under Viking rule York became an important river port but a rebellion by locals hostile to Norman rule invited the wrath of William the Conqueror and the city was ravaged by him in 1068. The building of the imposing minster that sits at the heart of the city was begun shortly after. In 1968 the importance of the city's historic structures was recognised and it was designated a conservation area. Known as the City of Festivals, York hosts a ton of festivals and events. Annual highlights include the Beer & Cider, Early Music and Traditional Dance festivals, as well as the St Nicholas Fair. Today the economy depends heavily on tourism and in 2007 York was voted European Tourism City of the Year.
There are so many pubs in York some people joke there's one for every day of the year – at least finding one should hardly be a problem. There are several distinct bar districts - choose which one most suits your mood. Mickelgate features wall to wall pubs and a young and rowdy party crowd. A more upscale area is Coney St, and the Goodramgate and Swinegate areas have a nice mix of trendy and traditional.
Eating & Drinking
Foodies and upmarket eaters should head straight to the restaurant district in Fossgate and Walmgate where there are highlights like J Bakers Bistro Moderne, run by the Michelin-rated chef, and Harveilles, seafood specialists with a stellar champagne selection. Don't miss Betty's Tea Rooms, a 1920s-style patisserie that patrons regularly line up for, as much for the ambience as the excellent food. Groups and big parties create a party atmosphere at Fiesta Mehicana, a Mexican restaurant that lives up to its name.
The Yorkshire horse racing track is popular and the city becomes busy the times of the year when the horse racing events are on so book early to avoid disappointment.