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York is a beautiful city with over 2000 years of history packed into its compact space, a good indicator of which are over 30-odd museums enabling visitors to familiarise themselves with the local history. While culture steals the limelight on York tours with the Minster undoubtedly setting the example, York also owns a pub for each day of the year and is a fabulous place to shop. 'The Shambles' in particular, is a popular choice with hordes of people flocking to one of Europe's best preserved medieval shopping streets to peer into its original shop fronts.
Towering above everything else in its path is the York Minster which is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe and the largest of its kind in England. At least two million people walk under its gothic archway every year to admire the dizzyingly high ceilings, over 100 striking stained glass windows and to climb the Central Tower affording awe-inspiring views of the city below.
Another place to visit on your tour of York, which will suit families, is the Jorvik Viking Centre which is actually built upon the remains of Viking York and offers visitors the chance to step back in time when Vikings ruled in England. You can walk down reconstructed Viking streets and take in the sights, sounds and (horrible) smells of a 10th century Viking city. The gallery here contains over 400 authentic Viking artefacts and at some point you will come face to face with a Viking.
York's City Walls are a must-see attraction as they coil around the city for at least 2 miles and are apparently the longest intact medieval town walls in England. You can stroll around the city walls and take in the views, the stretch from Monkbar to Petergate is particularly picturesque. As you walk around you will come across the Micklegate Bar Museum, which presents the history of Micklegate's sentinel.
When you have had your fill of sightseeing, meander through the twisting, atmospheric cobblestone streets of 'The Shambles' on your York city break before resting those tired feet in one of the charming culinary establishments. No city break to York would be complete without sampling the sumptuous afternoon tea presented at the world famous Betty's Tea Rooms but if this is too upmarket for you, there are plenty of traditional English pubs to frequent offering great value food and drink to tickle everyone's taste-buds!
York coach holidays typically include; return coach travel, accommodation in good standard hotels, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions so you can really get a taste of what life is like in beautiful historic city.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in York, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside of the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist that you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about York, you can visit the official tourism website at visityork.org