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Visit York with P&O Ferries. Once the capital of the north of England, York is one of England's greatest treasures.
THINGS TO DO IN YORK
Once the capital of the north of England, York is one of England's greatest treasures.
Founded by the Romans, surrounded by wonderfully preserved castle walls and full of winding cobbled streets, it's an enchanting place to visit.
Along with a rich wool trading heritage, this lively city is famed for its Medieval minster, the prestigious York Races and the Jorvik Viking Centre and festival. There are plenty of amazing things to do in York whatever your taste.
A short distance from the port of Hull, visit this northern gem with P&O Ferries today to embark on your own English adventure.
Inner City Explorations in York
This ancient city holds some of the most beautiful attractions in the whole country.
Start your journey with a visit to the York Minster, one of the world's most stunning Gothic cathedrals. Climb the central tower for an awe-inspiring view across the River Ouse or head down to the Undercroft to discover a fascinating interactive exhibition about the area's history.
Walk a short distance to the west to find the lush Museum Gardens, which contain both the Yorkshire Museum and the ruins of St Mary's Abbey – once the richest Benedictine monastery in northern England. Next, be sure to seek out the Shambles, a narrow medieval alleyway lined by leaning timber-framed buildings which was voted Britain's most picturesque street in 2010.
Once you've finished shopping in this atmospheric district, you can indulge your sweet tooth at the popular York's Chocolate Story – while learning about the city's confectionary tradition.
Continue on towards to the peak of Clifford's Tower for a glimpse of the final remaining structure of the great York Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city skyline before exploring the interactive exhibits at the Castle Museum.
Top Attractions in York
Whether you want to follow in the footsteps of Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre or patrol the 13th century city walls, you won't be short of things to do here.
Close to the station, the National Railway Museum is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting railway enthusiasts from all corners of the globe to see the famed Flying Scotsman, the Mallard or the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train.
You can also sip a pint in a traditional brew house at the York Brewery close by, before heading west to the York Cold War Bunker – a must for those interested in a tense period of British history.
For those interested in the city's heritage, look out for the Georgian residence known as Fairfax House, the medieval oak-framed Barley Hall, or explore the splendour of Treasurer's House and its award-winning garden.
In the evening, take in a spectacular show at the prestigious Grand Opera House or – for something altogether more spooky – join a ghost walk around a city that claims to be Europe's most haunted.
Things to do around York
If you have more than a few days in the area, make sure to explore the sights outside the city too, as it's located in a prime position to discover northeast England's most beautiful landscapes.
Hit the road through the woodland of the Howardian Hills to stumble upon the majestic Castle Howard, which is widely regarded as one of the finest stately homes in the country. Next, head east through the North York Moors National Park to arrive at Robin Hood's Bay. This old smugglers' village is full of red-roofed cottages and is the starting point of a five-mile clifftop walk that stretches all the way to the charming seaside town of Whitby.
Start your own English escape to York with P&O Ferries today.