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York Guide For Students

The North's spiritual capital for 2000 years, York is central to Britain's colourful history. Visit the stunning York Minster, enjoy Stonegate and Shambles shopping and live the history at the JORVIK Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum.

York is more than an historic city. With a population of 180,000, York is big enough to feel cosmopolitan but small enough not to be overwhelming. It's a friendly city you can get to know quickly which can still hold surprises after many years. Cars have restricted access to large parts of the city, so street life, traders and performers flourish in places like King's Square and Stonegate.

A compact walled riverside city and home to countless world-class attractions, museums and galleries, York is a year round destination offering a lively café bar and restaurant culture and vibrant entertainment and festivals. York has so many pubs, bars and wine bars that you could choose a different one for every night of the year – if you had the stamina! The beautiful city centre is compact and largely pedestrianised making it a great place to cruise from one place to another during the evening. Ghost walks, moonlit river cruises and pub trails all add to the endless possibilities for a fun-packed evening.

The University of York has over 10,000 students, over 30 academic departments and research centres, and is consistently one of the top 10 universities in the UK. The quality of York's teaching has received many accolades.

Everyone can find something to do in York. The Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House offer drama, dance, music and opera. A variety of city venues offer live music performances – from classical to rock. Five nightclubs have student nights – two with a free bus from campus. York's cinemas range from the art-house programme at the City Screen to the more mainstream offerings of a 12-screen multiplex. An all-night rail service puts nightlife in Leeds and even Manchester within easy reach.

Beyond York lies some of Britain's most impressive and attractive countryside with a great many places of natural beauty and historic interest. The Pennines, the Dales and the North York Moors, the seaside towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay, and the cities of Bradford and Leeds, are all within an hour's drive and can be reached by public transport.

One of Britain’s best bike-friendly cities, York has its own Cycling Officer at the city council, which also produces an excellent map of cycling facilities in York. Several long distance cycle routes pass right through the city centre, even alongside the Minster itself, including the White Rose Cycle Route from Hull to Middlesbrough. And if it’s ghosts you’re after…..York is the most haunted city in Europe – and that’s official! President of the Ghost Research Foundation International, Jason Karl, declared York the most haunted city in Europe in September 2002. The Treasurer’s House in York was in the Guinness Book of Records for having the ‘Ghosts of Greatest Longevity’. One of the city’s most famous ghost stories happened here when in 1953 a young plumber was terrified to see a troop of Roman soldiers appear through a wall. It is now known that the house was built over a Roman road.

 

The biggest festival of food and drink in Great Britain is held every September in York. This ten-day festival incorporates many different events, from demonstrations and specialist markets to food samplings and ale trails.

The North's spiritual capital for 2000 years, York is central to Britain's colourful history. Visit the stunning York Minster, enjoy Stonegate and Shambles shopping and live the history at the JORVIK Viking Centre, National Railway Museum and York Castle Museum.

York is more than an historic city. With a population of 180,000, York is big enough to feel cosmopolitan but small enough not to be overwhelming. It's a friendly city you can get to know quickly which can still hold surprises after many years. Cars have restricted access to large parts of the city, so street life, traders and performers flourish in places like King's Square and Stonegate.

A compact walled riverside city and home to countless world-class attractions, museums and galleries, York is a year round destination offering a lively café bar and restaurant culture and vibrant entertainment and festivals. York has so many pubs, bars and wine bars that you could choose a different one for every night of the year – if you had the stamina! The beautiful city centre is compact and largely pedestrianised making it a great place to cruise from one place to another during the evening. Ghost walks, moonlit river cruises and pub trails all add to the endless possibilities for a fun-packed evening.

The University of York has over 10,000 students, over 30 academic departments and research centres, and is consistently one of the top 10 universities in the UK. The quality of York's teaching has received many accolades.

Everyone can find something to do in York. The Theatre Royal and the Grand Opera House offer drama, dance, music and opera. A variety of city venues offer live music performances – from classical to rock. Five nightclubs have student nights – two with a free bus from campus. York's cinemas range from the art-house programme at the City Screen to the more mainstream offerings of a 12-screen multiplex. An all-night rail service puts nightlife in Leeds and even Manchester within easy reach.

Beyond York lies some of Britain's most impressive and attractive countryside with a great many places of natural beauty and historic interest. The Pennines, the Dales and the North York Moors, the seaside towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hood's Bay, and the cities of Bradford and Leeds, are all within an hour's drive and can be reached by public transport.

 

One of Britain’s best bike-friendly cities, York has its own Cycling Officer at the city council, which also produces an excellent map of cycling facilities in York. Several long distance cycle routes pass right through the city centre, even alongside the Minster itself, including the White Rose Cycle Route from Hull to Middlesbrough. And if it’s ghosts you’re after…..York is the most haunted city in Europe – and that’s official! President of the Ghost Research Foundation International, Jason Karl, declared York the most haunted city in Europe in September 2002. The Treasurer’s House in York was in the Guinness Book of Records for having the ‘Ghosts of Greatest Longevity’. One of the city’s most famous ghost stories happened here when in 1953 a young plumber was terrified to see a troop of Roman soldiers appear through a wall. It is now known that the house was built over a Roman road.

The biggest festival of food and drink in Great Britain is held every September in York. This ten-day festival incorporates many different events, from demonstrations and specialist markets to food samplings and ale trails.

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