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"York: The city of festivals"

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An ancient cathedral city, York is situated in Yorkshire in England. This is the second most visited city in England after London and has some of the best preserved historical buildings and architecture in Europe. York is often referred to as the city of festivals as there are festivals going on all throughout the year. It is a place full of magic and a perfect place for a short romantic trip.

A city of extraordinary historical and cultural wealth, York is a picturesque riverside city in England. Encircled by ancient walls, the history of the town dates back to the Roman times when it was known as Eboracum. York is almost traffic free and can be explored very well by walking on the Snickelways. Each turns provides you with a new experience and you can find a lot of things hidden in the city. It is also home to the oldest and greatest racecourse in Britain and has a wealth of museums as well. One thing you need to remember in order to avoid confusion is that gate means street and bar refers to gate. The city is dominated by the imposing York Minster and other medieval churches.

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Currency in York

Though UK is a member of the European Union, Euro has still not been adopted in this country. The pound is the basic unit of currency in England. Pennies are also used here and it stands for the plural term of pence. 100 pence makes one pound. Currency in England is more of coins and less of notes as there are coins of even 5 pounds. The pound is generally referred to as a "quid".

Shopping in York

If you are addicted to shopping or want some unique ideas for gifts, York is the place to be. York satisfies the cravings of every shooper by offering a wide range of high street names, designer labels and antiquee stores with vintage jewellery. One must defineityly not miss the winter sales in YOrk at John Lewis. beautiful homewares can be bought from Mulberryy Hall. The Shambles is the narrowest street in York which has a full range of emblazoned merchandise.

Nightlife in York

Partying out in York is pretty common. It is said that it has the most pubs per square mile of any city in the country. Finding a place to drink is not a problem at all. There are three major areas for nightlife and drinks depending on your choice. The major areas are Micklegate area, Coney street area and the best one being the Swinegate area.

History of York

York is one of the most popular historic cities in England. It was reffered as Eboracum by the Romans, whereas the Saxons named it Eoforwick. It was also known as Jorvik by the Vikings who invaded the city and stayed on the settlements. The Romans founded the fortress city on the River Ouse and it was home to the Ninth Legion. Constantine the Great was the first proclaimed Emperor here. Later, the Roman York was captured by the Angles and then again by the Vikings. After the Norman Conquest, York became the second city of England.

Language of York

The main language spoken in York is English.

York Customs

Religion, homophobia, racism and criticism of government must be avoided. When talking or listening to someone, making eye contact is necessary to show respect. Tipping is not always expected in York.

Religion of York

Christianity is the most followed religion in York. A lot of people in York also follow "no religion". There is also a minor portion of Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Jews.

Daily Budget for York

York is one of the affordable places in UK which is not as costly as London. One can travel in York with an average budget of 60-70 GBP per day if one can find budget places for eating. Availing public transport is another means of saving a huge amount of money.

Exchanging Money in York

The rate of exchange of money will be varying as one travels and in major tourism areas, one can find traders who specialise in converting currency including American Dollars and Euro into British Pounds. The best option is exchanging cash at a bank or using an ATM for this. ATMs are pretty common in York and one can use their debit or credit card to withdraw cash in pounds from any ATM. One can also exchange currency at the airport or opt for options like Eurochange.

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What are the top hotels in York?

There are 766 in York which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in York are Franklins Apartments, Lilac Tree Cottage, Walker House, Coppergate Apartments, Arndale Court Apartment, Grove House Bed & Breakfast. You can see all the hotels in York here

What are the places near York?

The top places near to York are Manchester which is 92 km from York, Liverpool which is located 139 km from York, Blackpool which is located 128 km from York, London which is located 280 km from York, Bath which is located 299 km from York

What are the things to do in York?

The top things to do in York are York Minster, Yorkshire Museum , Ruins of St Mary's Abbey, King's Manor, Snickelways, Guildhall. You can see all the places to visit in York here

What is the local food in York?

York is a city filled with hundreds of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars and they provide food from different parts of the world. Selecting the best restaurant is a difficult task and it mostly depends on your budget. If you are looking for budget eating, you may try out the popular places like Hungary Horaces, Miller's or the Pizza Express. The restaurants with mid range budget includes Bari's, ASK and El Piano. For upmarket eating, you may try out the restaurant district in Fossgate and Walmgate. The food scene here is modern, vibrant and fresh, with a lot of choices. You can get Italian delis here, as well as some Japanese food. Try Masons bar and bistro if you want to taste local food.
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What is the best time to visit York?

There is no specific off season in York and it is filled with tourists all round the year. However, spring and summers are considered to be the busiest and costliest period as it is time for various major events across the city. If you do not like travelling in crowds, it will be advised to avoid the weekends in July and August. Though its bit cold during the autumn and winters, that is the main time when York comes to life. Snowfalls and Christmas is a really good experience in York.
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