York Regional Overview

Welcome to York. This page will give you an insight into the many different aspects of York that are waiting to be discovered. 

Actually walking past truly historic buildings alongside modern shopping streets creates a unique destination. York is the most visited city in England after London. In 2007 it was voted as the European Tourism city of the year. With a population of approximatley 182,000 residents (including over 20,000 students), and over 7 million visitors to the city every year it is always a bustling and vibrant destination.

York is the perfect destination for a short break or as a base for a longer holiday as there is so much to see and do in and around the city of York. There is at least one pub for every day of the year and so many restaurants to choose from that you are spoilt for choice. 

Within the city of York itself there is an abundance of amazingly well preserved historical buildings that you can visit. The most famous of all is the Majestic York Minster. As well as history and architecture dating back to the Roman times, there are world class Museums including the National Railway Museum, Art Galleries and Theatres.York also offers diverse shopping opportunities ,both within the city and on the outskirts.

Theme parks, Stately homes and country walks are all within easy reach of York. Why not visit Lightwater Valley Theme park or Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo for a fun day out with the children? Castle Howard or Harewood House offer a chance to experience the grandeur and opulence of the past. Marvel at the magnificent countryside by walking in the North Yorkshire Moors or the Yorkshire dales. Or take a trip to a typical seaside resort such as Scarborough, Bridlington or Filey. Whitby is another seaside resort that has plenty of History and Mystery. It is associated with Captain Cook and Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.

York and the surrounding area have much to offer the Visitor. Walking along the medieval walls and gateways (Bars) that enclose the ancient city is one of the best ways to see some of York's hidden treasures. A visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre will allow you to see exactly how and where the Vikings lived in York. Strolling through the Shambles will provoke images of Elizabethan lifestyles. Visiting Historical Houses complete with original furniture and fittings enables you to step into the past.


Check out this fabulous video for a taste of York and the surrounding countryside