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The popular travel website Lonely Planet recently named York, England a Top Destination of 2014. This British town is full of rich history and hidden gems. Read on to find out what all the fuss is about.
Little Bettys Tearoom
When it comes to tea time in the North of England, there is no place better to be than Little Bettys Tea Room. The place has been serving up scrumptious cakes, pastries and comforting cups of hot tea since 1919. This quaint little tea room is a Yorkshire institution and a must-visit whenever you are in town. They also have a specialty shop and a great online store so you can enjoy a little piece of Little Bettys from anywhere your travels take you.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Looking for a one-of-a-kind interactive activity in a fun historical setting? Look no further than Jorvik Viking Centre. This rousing museum was established by the York Archaeological Trust in 1984. The Archeaological Trust founded the museum using 1,000- year-old Viking Age artifacts collected between 1976-1981. There, you can walk on an old Viking Street and converse with colorful Norse speakers. Jorvik lets you step back 1,000 years in history without ever leaving Yorkshire. It offers a unique learning experience that you will not find anywhere else. This spot has attracted over 16 million visitors over the last 29 years and with good reason. This world-famous spot is one of the most popular attractions in the UK and is a must-see whenever you visit.
Speaking of history, York has another can’t-miss attraction for serious history buffs. The Shambles, York’s oldest preserved medieval street offers a step back in time like no other. This street’s wonderful shops and cafes are housed inside of overhanging timber-framed buildings that date as far back as the 14th century. This gives a charming old-world look and is part of the reason why The Shambles was voted Britain’s Most Picturesque Street in 2010.
As one of Britain’s most famous streets, The Shambles hosted part of the Olympic Torch carry during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. One of The Shambles coolest attractions, the penny press, lets you take home a fantastic souvenir for only one cent! Simply put a penny into the machine, and it will press the coin into a special, oval-shaped York coin with spiffy design.
Do you want some eye-popping landmarks to add to your photo album? Then you must stop by York Minster, one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. This fine medieval building is also known as St. Peter’s Cathedral, and its full name is ‘Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter in York.’ It has its own, walled-off precinct called Liberty of St Peter and closes for sightseeing a few times per year.
If you really appreciate medieval architecture, it may be worth planning your trip around. This magnificent church has many exciting events during the year including choral and orchestral performances and lectures from authors and theologians. Built in the Gothic-style over a 250-year period, this majestic building has a palpable sense of beauty and history that will take your breath away.
The above locations are just a few of the reasons why York was named one of the top destinations for 2014. Described as a gentlemanly city, this charming and historic town is finally getting the credit it deserves for being a place worth visiting. When you do visit, you will be delighted to find that accommodation in Yorkshire is just as rave worthy as the attractions. Some top picks include the chic Leopold Hotel in Sheffield, the historic Hotel du Vin York, and the sprawling Hornington Manor. From the picturesque locals, to the great dining and unique attractions, York is definitely a destination worth considering on your next holiday. This is one place you will surely want to visit again and again.