York is an enchanting university city with a rich history and a stunning setting on the River Ouse and Foss. Medieval city walls and the magnificent 13th-century Gothic York Minster cathedral highlight an illustrious past, while bustling restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene keep the young happy and entertained. If you're after traditional England (think cobbled streets, quaint shops, timber-framed pubs and a Viking past), York is the place for you!
The top sight in York is undoubtedly the Cathedral, which earns the title for the largest Gothic building in all of Britain. Step inside to see some of the most beautiful stained glass windows adorning the cathedral walls. If you're up for a climb, it's 275 steps to the top of the Central Tower, where you'll be treated to panoramic views of the whole city.
You should also take some time to wander down The Shambles, one of the best-preserved Medieval streets in the country. You'll feel like you're stepping back in time to the 15th century as you explore all the nooks and crannies on this picturesque stretch.
Of course, you don't have to be a history buff to enjoy a trip to York. Vibrant cafes, family-friendly attractions and a calendar full of exciting events (York is known as Britain's "City of Festivals") makes this unique city appealing to just about everyone.