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Don't Go For the Day! Get a Hotel, York

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As far as city breaks in the UK go, you can't do much better than York. Although its Northern location means you might not get the perfect weather, it is still the perfect city for a romantic, cultural break. You'll need a hotel (York has plenty) because there is simply too much to do in one day.

There really is nowehere that comes close to this small and historical city.It has an unmatched number of charming cobbled streets with everything from large chain stores to small, independent, local shops.As well as all this there is exquisite architecture in the form of the beautiful York Minster and the beautiful river with its many riverside cafes and bars to relax in.

Great historical museums are par for the course in a city whose heritage is Roman, Viking and medieval all at once, so visit the Jorvik Viking Centre of the York Dungeon. But there's always the National Railway Museum for a more modern day out.

Further from the hotel, York isn't far from some beautiful countryside in the form of the dales.The green fingered visitor should really think about visiting nearby Harewood house whose superb gardens were recently nominated for an award by a BBC magazine. The local countryside is also perfect for rambling if you're feeling active. You will be able to find out a suggested route form the tourist information office. The best thing about the local countryside's potential for walking, hiking and rambling is that there are many guided walks available. It's always a better idea to go on a guided walk where possible because newcomers often find themselves lost. The guide will also be able to give some valuable insight into the area.

Whatever time of year you visit York there is sure to be something going on in the city.The town plays host to an abundance of festivals, fairs and exhibitions. Regular markets selling local produce can be found mingling with the races, the railway show and the Viking festival.The tourist office can give you plenty of information about what is happening and when so that you can plan your visit.

When it comes to finding a hotel, York has great choice.Probably the most luxurious hotel York has is the Alwark Manor Hotel which is set in a beautiful Victorian house. For the visitor who is tired after sight-seeing the spa and golf course there offer the perfect solution for relaxation.

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