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Castle Howard

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.

Historic York

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:

The Atlas fountain at Castle Howard, York. Courtesy of Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Opening times:
House: daily 11am-4pm (last admission)
Garden: daily from 10am-4.30pm (dusk in winter) Mar - Oct 2013 (various dates)

Harewood House

Opening times:
Good Fri-Nov: State Rooms daily 12pm-3pm; Main gardens daily 10am-6pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Tolling the Devil's Knell

Opening times:
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)

Fort Paull outside the village of Paull, near Hull. Courtesy of Fort Paull
Fort Paull

Opening times:
Daily 10am-6pm (last admission 4pm) Mar - Oct 2013 (annual)

Mr Straw's House

Opening times:
Tue-Sat 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)

What's on in York:

Haunted Hall

Dates Open:
26/10/2014 to 26/10/2014

Gardeners' Question Time - The Live Tour

Dates Open:
11/11/2014 to 11/11/2014

York Ghost Festival, York. Courtesy of Past Images of York
York Ghost Festival

Dates Open:
22/10/2014 to 31/10/2014

Illuminating York, York. Courtesy of Visit York
Illuminating York

Dates Open:
26/10/2014 to 29/10/2014

Wetherby Festival. Courtesy of Wetherby Festival
Wetherby Festival

Dates Open:
21/10/2014 to 30/10/2014

White Rose Winter Music Festival

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 19/11/2014

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