Book a hotel in York , the home of Gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes, famed as the Royalists’ heartland during the English Civil War and for the double-fingered Kit Kat manufactured here for many years.
From your York hotel, head to the outskirts to Castle Howard, which was used during the filming of Brideshead Revisited. It’s still owned by the Howard family, whose ancestors include two of Henry VIII’s wives – Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Did you know that two Roman emperors, Septimus Severus and Constantius Chlorus, died in York? You can discover interesting facts like these on city walking tours.
Art and museums in York
You can walk along a re-created Victorian street at the York Castle Museum. There are more than 100 historic locos at the National Railway Museum, the world’s largest train museum. At the Yorkshire Air Museum and the Allied Forces Memorial you can get close to thermonuclear devices.
Quirky things to do in York
The Jorvik Viking Centre takes visitors back to 975 when York was in Viking hands. Here you can learn how Norsemen lived, the language they left behind and see – wait for the ugh – a mineralised Viking stool containing whipworm eggs.
Events in York
The February Jorvik Viking Festival has hundreds of “Vikings” acting out mass battles, reading poetry and demonstrating Norse crafts. In September the Festival of Food and Drink, the largest in the UK, features cooking classes, chef demos, food tastings and beer tents.
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Attractions in York:
May - Oct 2013 (annual)
House: daily 11am-4pm (last admission)
Garden: daily from 10am-4.30pm (dusk in winter) Mar - Oct 2013 (various dates)
Good Fri-Nov: State Rooms daily 12pm-3pm; Main gardens daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)
Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 4pm) Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)
What's on in York:
07/07/2013 to 22/07/2013
06/07/2013 to 14/07/2013
16/07/2013 to 16/07/2013
14/07/2013 to 02/09/2013
10/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
21/07/2013 to 21/07/2013