I can personally recommend as one of the best cities in the north of England. It has a huge amount to offer in a relatively small area - you are never far from something completely different. Along with the railway links and the park and ride it is a very accessible city too. Attractions include the York Dungeon, National Railway Museum (free entry), Jorvik Viking Centre, The Shambles, markets, castles, cathedrals, walls, gardens, York's equivalent of the London Eye and a whole lot more.

With the rich history and River Ouse, York is enjoyable to walk or cycle around. There is a lot of castle wall to walk on for better vantage points, and walking along the river you will find peace and tranquility. York has shops, pubs and bars on most streets. In the city centre there are a huge variety of shops, mainly with an emphasis on culture and history. Lots of market stalls, quaint shops, bakeries, butchers and confectionaries - you'll never be short of things to eat.

Useful links:

Visit York - York's official visitor information service, you can book countless things through here too.
The York Dungeon - Reopened in March 2013, one of the most popular attractions in York.
National Railway Museum - Free to enter (though they do ask for donations), plenty to see and do whatever your interest level.
Jorvik Viking Centre - If steam trains are a little modern for your tastes try two millennia's worth of history.
York Minster - For those who fancy something a little more spiritual.
York Castle Museum
York City Bus Tour
York Boat

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