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Rows of half-timbered homes huddle atop cobblestone alleys. Candles flicker behind the mist-stained windows of hearty English pubs. The mighty Minster towers overhead, its vaulted Gothic ceilings and glowing stained glass a reminder of the town's rich heritage. Welcome to York, a city where 2,000 years of history twists and turns between the fascinating museums and the stony streets. Whether you come to trace the tale of invading Vikings, glimpse Medieval relics, slosh homemade ales in the pubs, or just stroll the centuries-old city walls, York holiday rentals have you covered for this UK city break favourite.
Holiday rentals in York offer a chance to really feel immersed in the history and heritage of North England's ancient city. By trading in a traditional hotel stay for characterful holiday apartments in York, you'll get to settle down amidst the ornate spires and cobbled lanes in your very own pad. That means no bustling hotel lobbies to detract from the atmosphere, or other guests to deal with. Just your very own bolthole that's surrounded by history. What's more, York holiday apartments often tend to be more spacious than classic hotel suites, which is great if you need extra room to dump the luggage and unwind.
History and heritage ooze from every 13th-century brick and cobbled alleyway of this enchanting town. A visit to the world-famous York Minster is perhaps the best place to start. It's unquestionably the most notable thing to do in the city, and will provide visions of kaleidoscopic stained glass and encounters with impeccably preserved Gothic architecture. From there, a stroll around the winding city walls is a good way to see the formidable defences that have been raised here since Roman times, while the so-called Snickleways represent the maze-like warren of streets that York is so famous for. More history of a Scandinavian kind awaits at the JORVIK Viking Centre, and gruesome tales of the Middle Ages unfold with dramatic aplomb in the York Dungeon.
The heart of historic York is totally walkable. You can delve into the labyrinth of streets that’s known as the Snickleways and use the towering tops of York Minster to guide you if you do happen to lose track of direction. The city walls encircle the whole of the old district too, offering another laid-out route around the top sights. Cycling in York's pedestrian area is prohibited at certain times of the day, so be sure to check that before you get on 2 wheels. Hiring a car is a good idea if you’re staying for more than a few days, and fancy heading out to explore the moors and forests of North Yorkshire – a truly beautiful corner of England.