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York is a beautiful city, full of character and charm, with something for everyone. I might be a little biased given that it is my hometown, but I would argue that York is one of the finest cities in the UK. The list of reasons why you should travel here is almost endless, but below you'll find a select few to tempt you.
1. York is quintessentially British. If you're coming from outside the UK, you're probably travelling to England with high hopes of experiencing all things British. Tea and scones, grand castles, fish and chips, red buses, cobbled streets, real ale; York has all of this and more.
2. The city is very picturesque. From medieval churches to the city walls, river views to spring daffodils, there is something beautiful to look at whichever way you turn. Be warned, there's a good chance that you will not be able to put your camera down.
3. It is in the perfect location. If you're just doing a quick tour of the UK, two of the main cities you might want to travel to are London and Edinburgh. York is ideally situated right in the middle, with direct train links to both capitals. There's no excuse for not stopping by, even if it is just for a day or two.
4. Everything is within walking distance. Once you're in the city centre, all the main attractions are within a fifteen minute walk. There's no need to stress about bus timetables or pay for expensive taxis, everything is a stone's throw away ready for you to go and explore.
5. York is full of history. There is evidence that people lived in the area as far back as 8000 BC. The city walls, still standing today, were originally built around 70 AD. The city has been invaded by Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. It's the birthplace of Guy Fawkes and the location at which Dick Turpin was hung. The list goes on.
6. There are hundreds of amazing cafes and restaurants. York has one of the highest concentration of eateries in the UK, with over 300 places to dine packed into the city centre. There is something to suit every budget and taste. The cuisines on offer include Argentinian, Chinese, French, Indian, Korean, Moroccan, Thai and much more, though one of my favourites is this amazing Eastern European restaurant.
7. There is an abundance of outdoor space. It's not the sort of city where you're going to get stressed out and need to escape the hustle and bustle, but if you want to spend sometime outdoors there are plenty of options. Find a bench overlooking the River Ouse and relax as the ducks swim by, chill out in the Museum Gardens and watch squirrels jump through the trees or head over to Rowntree Park and take a stroll around the lake.
8. You'll never have to look far to find a drink. Rumour has it that within the city walls there are 365 pubs, one for every day of the year. The majority of these are traditional real ale pubs, but there's a growing number of trendy cocktail bars and a good mix of everything in between.
Have you ever been to York?
PS. If I've tempted you to visit this city, this post on enjoying York on a budget might come in useful!