York is an ancient cathedral city dating back to before Roman times and today is one of the most visited cities in the UK, after London and Manchester. While it’s a popular tourist destination, the town itself is quite small making it easy to explore all York has to offer on foot.
York is known for its festivals, and indeed there are plenty of cultural events throughout the year, covering everything from history and music, to sport and food. The major tourist attractions in this pretty city are the York Minister, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, the JORVIK Viking Centre where you can see a recreation of Viking streets, and the York Dungeon, famous for its bloody and gory history. However, if you prefer something a little milder, there are plenty of charming pubs around where you can enjoy a quiet drink! However, if the Dungeon didn’t scare you enough, you can try ghost tour walk which is actually a great way to see the city, even if you don’t spot any spooky friends.
As you’d expect, York is also full of shops, restaurants and pubs. The closest dining area to the McCarthy & Stone development is the adjacent Micklegate where you’ll find drinking holes and restaurants to cater to all tastes. The Reel Cinema is worth a visit, even if you don’t see a film, just to see inside the lovely art deco building. The best shopping is around The Shambles, an area just across the River Ouse. It’s the narrowest street in all of York and where you’ll find everything from high street fashion to little knick-knacks and souvenirs.