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York town guide

With its superb Minster, innumerable old churches, twelfth century city walls and ancient remains, York is a fascinating city to visit. Standing on the broad sweep of the River Ouse, York is the seat of the Archbishop of York.

Even today, York seems more mediaeval than almost any other English city. It is best seen on foot, and a good starting point is to explore the city walls to give excellent views of the city. Later, drop down to explore the web of narrow streets around the Shambles and Stoneygate. Allow plenty of time to visit the Minster, York's chief glory. A relaxing boat trip on the River Ouse will then refresh the aching feet.

A trip to York would not be complete without a visit to the National Railway Museum- see the Mallard, Queen Victoria's Royal train, numerous steam engines - something of interest for all the family.

York is surrounded by the most fabulous countryside, so a hire car would be useful to make a trip to the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Coast - or why not have a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway - the setting for the popular TV series "Heartbeat".

The spa town of Harrogate, only a short distance away, will reward any visitor. Also nearby is Sutton Bank that sports a magnificent chalk horse - the famous White Horse.

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