York

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.

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The Orange Tree in Rosedale Abbey

The Orange Tree in Rosedale Abbey

Looking after your body doesn’t need to involve colonic irrigation and strenuous yoga workouts.

Location: Near Pickering, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Get the creative juices following and spend the weekend discovering inspiring landscapes just waiting to be captured.

Location: Staithes, North Yorkshire

Arts and cultural events
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Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Culture
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Walk with giants at the Hole of Horcum

Walk with giants at the Hole of Horcum

A spectacular feature in the North York Moors, the Hole of Horcum near Pickering is a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and half a mile across.

Location: Pickering, Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Follow Chris Froome on his road to victory at The Grand Depart 2014

Follow Chris Froome on his road to victory at The Grand Depart 2014

Hold onto your helmets – the Tour de France is coming to England from Saturday 5th July, where competitors will begin their fight to win the coveted yellow jersey.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Cycling
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Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Delightful villages, dramatic views and gentle country walks – do it all by train on a ride through the delightful Esk Valley, near Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Keep it real by the sea in Staithes

Keep it real by the sea in Staithes

Climb aboard a family boat and learn how to catch, clean and cook mackerel on the beach with Real Staithes.

Location: Staithes, Yorkshire

National Parks
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Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Enjoy horseracing as the Romans did 2000 years ago

Go to York Races and take part in a spectacle that first took place over 2,000 years ago.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Sporting Events
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Explore the Forge Valley

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

Forests and woodlands
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Cycle back in time along the Cinder Track

Cycle back in time along the Cinder Track

Enjoy 21 miles of off-road freedom along the Cinder Track, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Thornton Le Dale

Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

Low cost
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Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Black Swan

Enjoy a unique dining experience at the Black Swan

Treat yourselves at the Black Swan at Oldstead, near York, the only Michelin Star and 3AA pub in the North of England.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Eating out
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Explore the city of York by bike

Explore the city of York by bike

York is voted as one of the most bike-friendly cities in England with a wide range of cycle routes through the city and beyond.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Soak up “England’s finest” view at Sutton Bank

Soak up “England’s finest” view at Sutton Bank

It was author and vet James Herriot who gave the view the accolade of “England’s finest” and there’s only one way to find out if he’s right.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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Beware the boggles at Boggle Hole

Beware the boggles at Boggle Hole

Goblins, boggles, bogarts, hobs – call them what you will, they make their home in the caves and coves near the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Eat chocolate in York

Eat chocolate in York

The city that was once host to a Roman emperor, Viking warriors and Saxons also proudly revels in its long history with the cocoa bean, which dates back to the early 18th century.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Receive a warm welcome for weary walkers on Blakey Ridge

Receive a warm welcome for weary walkers on Blakey Ridge

It’s the simple things that matter when you've walked all day in Yorkshire – like a pint, a home-cooked meal and a big, roaring fire.

Location: Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty

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