You know York is a historic city as soon as you step out of the station. A portion of the Roman city wall lies directly opposite the forecourt, and leads northwest through the serene Memorial Gardens to the River Ouse. On the opposite bank are the Museum Gardens, home to the Yorkshire Museum and the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey; and it’s a short walk from there to the great York Minster, with its Gothic façade and famous Great East Window.
In the city centre, wander through The Shambles, a warren of narrow, atmospheric streets filled with independent shops and cafes, and see the history of York brought to life at the Jorvik Viking Centre and the York Castle Museum, which delves into the city’s later golden age with hands-on exhibits and a recreated Victorian street.
When it’s time to eat, you’ll find a range of award-winning restaurants, charming cafes and traditional pubs – and you can indulge your sweet tooth on the York Chocolate Trail, discovering the surprising role chocolate has played in the city’s history.
Back at the station, don’t miss the National Railway Museum, packed with famous engines like the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, as well as railway posters and vintage photos.