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England’s rich medieval history colors the iconic landmarks and streets of Northern England’s walled city. Travelers are treated to numerous things to do in York, with its famous narrow cobbled paths, the country’s longest circuit of medieval city walls, and more. Experience the best places to visit in York from July to August, the peak period to enjoy the sights!

York Minster

Known as the The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, the gothic cathedral York Minster has become an icon in the history of the city and England. With a story dating as far back as 2,000 years, this Church Of England is the current seat of the Archbishop of York. Discover its roots at the Undercroft Museum through interactive digital displays and significant artifacts from the cathedral’s past. Appreciate the beauty of the medieval stained glass windows that color the cathedral’s walls, during your visit.
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With all the historic tourist attractions in York, Shambles is one sight you shouldn’t miss! The famed narrow cobbled paths filled with busy shops and markets is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval shopping streets. Admire the storefronts’ timber-framed architecture as you explore, some of which were built during the 14th-century. The iconic area has been said to have inspired Diagon Alley from the popular book series Harry Potter.
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York Castle Museum

Travel through 400 years of York’s rich history with a visit to the award-winning York Castle Museum. Tourists will be treated to interactive exhibits that share the stories of infamous Victorian criminals, tales from the York Castle Prison, the swinging Sixities, and more! Enjoy a closer look at thousands of historical objects and artifacts, each holding a piece of what makes York the city it is today.
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National Railway Museum of York

Discover the history of rail transport in Great Britain and its impact on the world with a stop at the National Railway Museum of York. With over 200 years of stories, the museum is home to a world-class collection of iconic locomotives, artifacts, and impressive interactive displays on railway transportation. See up-close the famed Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive, and the first bullet train while you explore the museum. Families visiting with children will surely enjoy the fun miniature railway experience during your day out!
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