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You're Going to Love York

From northern Britain's Roman capital to Viking hub and a medieval marvel, York has been many things in its long history. Much of its heritage remains intact, and superb museums provide a window onto what didn't survive, giving this relaxed, self-confident city a timeless quality. If you love history, you'll love York.

But there's more than history to enjoy in modern York. The city has successfully styled itself as the North's shopping capital, and there are few more atmospheric places to shop for fashion, food, and craft souvenirs than York's walled center.

Above all, York is easygoing and friendly. The locals will always recommend their favorite pub (out of many highlights), the nightlife is great, and you can rent a car and be in the middle of a wild, windswept moor in minutes.

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When to Visit York

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York is probably at its best in late spring and early fall. April and May are great times to go. The weather may be chilly at times, but the narrow streets won't be jammed with tourists and you should find some space to relax in the Minster. Late September and October are almost as good. Both times of year also offer fine hiking weather, although summer will suit those who plan to camp on the moors.

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Where to Stay in York

Visitors to York will find plenty of excellent accommodation options. Premium options in the city center include the 5-star Grand Hotel, with its luxury spa, the 4-star Principal (which is right next to the station), and the Hilton York, in the southern part of the city.

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Shopping Streets

York is a first-rate shopping destination, and most of the best streets are clustered around the walled city center. Obviously, you shouldn't miss the Shambles, if only for its architecture, but Coney Street (near the river) plays host to boutiques like Pylones and Leia Lingerie, and Stonegate is another street that is studded with luxury stores.

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City center supermarkets are all over York, including branches of Londis, Sainsbury's, and Boots, so it's not hard to buy essentials if you need them. With a gallon of milk costing around £3.65 and 12 eggs costing £1.75, prices are very reasonable as well.

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Where to Eat in York

York is Yorkshire's culinary capital, and the city has attracted some exceptional chefs in recent years. If you want to head to elite brasseries, the Star Inn the City and Melton's are the places to go. There's great pub food at the Maltings and the Guy Fawkes Inn and veggie delights at El Piano. You should also find time for afternoon tea at Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms - a York institution (but expect to queue for half an hour before being seated). Meals at the best places will cost around £40 per head, but expect to pay half that at the excellent small cafes of the city center.