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The city of York has a history that goes back nearly 2,000 years. Located in North Yorkshire, York has been a major player throughout the history of Great Britain. This ancient cathedral city has plenty to be discovered so start with a walk through the medieval city walls, alleyways and narrows streets that make up the city centre. Sports fans can watch the York City FC play Football at Bootham Crescent or York City Knights play in the English rugby league. If you'd prefer something a little tamer, check out the Grand Opera House which offers a variety of art, music, comedy and musicals.
Visitors travelling in at the end of September with children should go to the York Festival of Food and Drink to experience demonstrations, tasting, markets, dinners and hands-on cooking for the children. York is known for the unique shops and boutiques that can be found in Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, the shortest street in York. There are smaller shops and galleries along the nearby streets, Gillygate and Low Petergate. Designer brands are available for discounted prices at the York Designer Outlet, an indoor shopping centre featuring over 120 clothing stores such as Hugo Boss and Ted Baker.
During your visit, take the short drive out to York Castle, also known as Clifford's Tower. Initially constructed in 1068, the castle has been restored and rebuilt multiple times throughout its 1,000-year history.Take a walk through the remaining stone frame, which is still impressive even without its roof and original grandeur. The castle was built upon a grassy hill overlooking the surrounding area. It offers a unique, picturesque view of the city, gently stretched out below.
For a great day trip during your time in York, head out to the North York Moors. Take the B1363 Highway up to this captivating National Park. The Moors are over 1,400 square kilometres in size, so there is plenty of lands for you to explore. Like something out of dreams or fairy tales, the vibrant green of the steep hills echoes back against light blue skies, thinly veiled in clouds, to create a place like no other. There is quite a bit to do during your time in the park. There are a number of small towns for you to peruse through the park and you'll also find opportunities for walking, cycling, hiking, and even a theme park and zoo.
Leeds is about half an hour south-west of York and famous for its shopping and thriving nightlife. There are many museums, restaurants, cafes and theatres worth visiting here so be sure to include Leeds in your itinerary. Visit the infamous Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, approximately two hours from York. Head to Chinatown for some dumplings, prawn crackers and karaoke. There is plenty of history and culture to be seen here too, such as the Manchester Cathedral or the award-winning architecture of the Imperial War Museum North at the Quays. Liverpool has plenty to offer visitors as well and is commonly known as the home of the Beatles, the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool FC. Take the time to visit the Albert Dock, a trendy area in Liverpool consisting of shops, apartments, restaurants, pubs, galleries and museums that have been converted from old warehouses.
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Auto Europe's car hire suppliers in York include Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Europcar.
Depots are located for your convenience at the York Railway Station and throughout the city. Enter your details in the search form to find the depot that is most convenient for you.
Like many major cities around the world York's CBD can become congested during peak hours. Due to this, Park and Ride systems are available in which you park your hire car at a Park and Ride station and then catch some form of public transport into the heart of the city. If you would prefer to drive to the city centre the cost of parking ranges from £1 to £2.30 per hour and uses a pay and display system.