Few cities can rival York for history, personality and, believe it or not, ghost hunters. The city’s crumbling medieval walls encircle a pretty riverside spot with over a thousand years of heritage, but there’s always something new to discover down one of the city’s cobbled side streets.
The towering medieval cathedral is the largest of its kind in Europe. Spend a quiet few moments exploring the ancient stones of the crypt, then splash an extra £5 to pant your way up the central tower’s 275 steps for unrivalled views of the whole city.
York Viking Centre
The Jorvik Centre was established to vividly recreate life in the 10th century using (almost) all five senses. It’s a must-visit for anyone with even the faintest interest in Vikings – and its gruesome details and ride attraction make it a fun-packed day out for younger archaeologists, too.
With a mention in the Domesday Book and – rumour has it – the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley, the Shambles wouldn’t be out of place in a fairy tale. The shopping haven is also photographer’s dream with its Tudor-style beamed houses jutting out over a zig-zag of stony streets.
The Ghost Bus
York is well known as being the most haunted city in Europe. Jump aboard the Ghost Bus and your creepy conductor will show you the sights while onboard a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. Be guided along dark streets to investigate tales of scandal and death - of phantoms, ghosts, apparitions and supernatural stories of the strange.