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Acknowledged as the capital of Yorkshire, York is the jewel in the crown of the Yorkshire region and possibly the whole of the North of England which is set on the confluence of the rivers Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of Yorkshire, to which it lends its name. However, it did not form part of any of the three historic divisions of Yorkshire, the North, West and East Ridings.

The central location of York makes it ideal for the visitor to use it as a base for exploring the whole of the Yorkshire region, but the city itself has so much to offer the visitor, they may find that they spend the whole of their planned weekend within the walls of the city. There is much to see, stunning York Minster, walk Stonegate and Shambles, live the York history at the Jorvik Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum to name but a few of the many attractions. Possibly as a result of the attractions on offer, York has been crowned Europe’s top city destination after scooping an international award launched by European Cities Marketing.

Looking at some of the attractions mentioned the Shambles is a narrow medieval street, lined with shops, boutiques and tea rooms. Most of these premises were once butchers' shops and the hooks from which carcasses were hung and the shelves on which meat was laid out are still to be seen outside some of them. The National Railway Museum is situated just beyond the station, and is home to a vast range of transport material and the largest collection of railway locomotives in the world. Included this collection are the world's fastest steam locomotive LNER 4468 Mallard and the world famous 4472 Flying Scotsman, which is being overhauled in the Museum. Other museums that should be on the visitor list include; Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum & Gardens, Jorvik Viking Centre, the York Art Gallery, Richard III Museum and the Merchant Adventurers' Hall. The Jorvik is an interesting time travel adventure incorporating not just sights bust the smells that go with it! Beyond this is an extensive museum area, which combines an exhibition of some 800 finds from the site with interactive displays and the opportunity to learn about tenth-century life and to discuss it with "Viking" staff.

York is an all round centre for all kinds of taste, which could be visiting the ancient past through museums or the Minster, or simply walking round the walls, stopping off for refreshment on the way round. York can justifiably claim to be an all year round destination offering a lively café bar and restaurant culture and vibrant entertainment and festivals. Accommodation in York is abundant, you can stay at stunning hotels in York, perhaps select one of many B&B's, or you could use one of the camping sites. York is ideally located as a touring base; only 2-hours by rail from London, Edinburgh and Manchester have direct rail connections too.