Experiencing the heart of Yorkshire: Roaming in the enormous landscape of purple heather and green pastures in the North York Moors National Park is sure to blow the cobwebs away. The inspiration for romantic literature such as Wuthering Heights and The Secret Garden, the landscape is dotted with quaint villages (most with their own welcoming pub and charming village green), ruined churches and crystal clear streams all just half an hour north of the city.
Enjoying light pouring through ancient stained glass: Wherever you are in the city York Minster makes its hulking presence known, a true gothic masterpiece. Inside, in the hushed interior, is where to really get a feel for this magnificent building. The awe inspiring Rose Window is a sight to behold and seeing the sunlight dappling the floor having picked up its reds and blues is a remarkable experience.
Admiring the sleek lines of the world’s fastest steam train: York has been a long standing hub of Great Britain’s railway industry and it is entirely appropriate that it is home to the National Railway Museum. The highlight of the museum’s enormous collection is The Mallard, the holder of the official world speed record for steam locomotives with a recorded speed of over 100mph
Walking above millenia of history: With such a broad range of historical monuments in such a small area, York’s well preserved city walls are able to provide the best views of many of them. Rising in the early morning to see the dawn rise from atop the wall takes you back in time, a million miles from the thriving modern day feel of the city by day.
Roaring on your horse in the 3.15 from York: One of Britain’s quintessential outings is a day at the races and York’s racecourse is one of the country’s most welcoming, multiple winner of the award for best the best course in the UK. On busy days you will be among 60,000 enthusiasts bellowing your support for the horses as they gallop to the line.