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True Norse Famed for its role as a vibrant hub of Viking activity, Yorkshire’s most famous city is a much more civilised place these days. Its colourful past is easy to explore whilst its modern-day charms make this majestic city a must-see destination when planning a trip to God’s Own County. York has an eclectic calendar of festivals and events meaning there’s always something exciting going on for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include the popular Early Music Festival, the cutting-edge Aesthetica Short Film Festival and, this year sees the 35th JORVIK Viking Festival, a raucous eight day celebration of all things Norse. York Races is a high point in the social calendar for many people and with several meets a year including the ever-popular Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, planning a fabulous day out is an absolute must. Get your festive on in the winter months with the enchanting St. Nicholas Fair when the city transforms into a magical winter wonderland, a perfect start to the season of goodwill. With markets, comedy nights, exhibitions and a diverse range of cultural venues and theatres, there’s plenty of activity to keep you busy. No trip to York would be complete without a visit to the iconic York Minster. Guided tours run regularly throughout the day and are a fascinating insight into the rich and varied history of this magnificent cathedral. York Art Gallery has a wide-ranging collection of artwork and exhibitions for those seeking some cultural enlightenment, including ‘When All is Quiet – Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation’, an innovative installation bringing together works by internationally regarded audio artists which have inspired the band to look at sound in new ways. Why not invest in a York Museums Trust Card so you can allow yourself 12 months of unlimited access to the gallery as well as York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum, two of York’s other most popular visitor spots? Fans of the macabre won’t want to miss out on the infamous York Dungeon, an epic journey into 2000 years of York’s most horrible history. This fully immersive experience will take you back in time to hang out with all the grisly greats, including Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and some pretty fearsome Vikings! Paranormal buffs will be pleased to find that York has been hailed as the most haunted city in Europe. Pubs with poltergeists and haunted hotels are very much the norm with daily ghost walks


as common as the cobbles on the streets. The Original Ghost Walk of York is a nightly one for the adults whereas the Great York Ghost Search is an enjoyable family-friendly event each October with more emphasis on fun than fright. Shopaholics will be delighted to find that retail therapy in York is second to none. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or indulge in a gift for someone special, a unique shopping experience awaits you. The winsome, winding streets are brimming with bewitching boutiques and conveniently set out in speciality areas making it that little bit easier to spoil yourself. Parliament Street, Coppergate and Coney Street are the go-to spots for high-street shops, with Stonegate and Swinegate housing a variety of stores set amongst quirky medieval and Georgian architecture. If you fancy exploring whilst scouting for bargains, head off the beaten track to Gillygate and Petergate for a wealth of independent shops. The renowned Shambles Market has more than 85 stalls offering an incredibly diverse range of goodies. If food tops your list of priorities you’re not going to struggle for options. Whether you seek world cuisines or something closer to home, afternoon tea for two or fine dining, there are eateries to suit every palate. If you’re in the mood for casual dining or looking for something to grab and go, York’s fantastic street food offerings won’t disappoint. Craving a crepe or seeking flavourful North African & Levantine cuisine? There’s something to cater for all tastes in this scrumptious city. Look out for the offbeat Spark York, a hip hub built from shipping containers and encompassing a whole host of flavourful foods (as well as retail, arts and culture businesses). The more discerning palate will appreciate Roots York, an exciting new venture by Tommy Banks encompassing the chef’s family farming ethos by only incorporating local produce into seasonal gourmet dishes. Le Cochon Aveugle is a fresh, modern restaurant in the heart of York serving an innovative and frequently evolving tasting menu to delight one and all. The Star Inn The City, located

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This is Y Magazine 2019  

This is Y Magazine 2019