A grand gothic cathedral, Viking heritage and Roman city walls. York is quite literally steeped in history. This North Yorkshire city can be seen from every angle. Look up and be prepared to be awestruck at soaring buttresses and 23-metre medieval stained glass at York Minster. Snickleway alleys and cobbled streets wind past rickety, overhanging 14th-century houses in the city centre. Cruise the rivers Ouse and Foss for views of abbey ruins, Victorian bridges and motte-and-bailey forts. The gentle slopes of the Vale of York are great for laid-back bike rides and farmland walks.