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Thyme CottageConverted farm building in semi-rural setting four miles from historic centre of York. Two bedrooms (one double one small twin with 2’6” beds), living space and gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar. Full bathroom with shower over bath. Pets welcome.
The Piglets Holiday HomeWe're delighted to present this beautifully designed, newly purpose built holiday home named The Piglets located on Stockton Lane in York. 2.7 miles to York Minster and 1.9 miles away from Heworth Golf Club. Monks Cross shopping park is on the adjacent road with easy road access to the A64. Set in country surroundings, yet close to York City centre.
The Applebarn is a cosy little Holtby HomeThis idyllic and cosy hideaway for two in the centre of the peaceful village of Holtby, offers spacious and comfortable accommodation, yet is only five miles from the city of York. The Apple Barn overlooks a secluded terrace, a gravelled courtyard area and a large garden, all of which are shared with the owners and there is off road parking available for one vehicle.
Both ancient and modern, York is a small gem of a city that manages to showcase two millennia of British history in the grandest of style. The fortress walls that encircle the city, set along the banks of the River Ouse, are just the beginning of its attractions. Beyond them rise the great towers of its famed Gothic cathedral, York Minster, and an incomparably pretty run of perfectly preserved medieval streets. Roman soldiers founded the city in 71 AD — their towers, baths, and roads survive — and the Vikings also made it their home; the story of their 9th-century invasion is superbly told at the famous Jorvik Center. From the timber frames of 14th-century guildhalls to the stone facades of Georgian buildings like the Mansion House, not to mention a beloved National Railway Museum, no city has created a living history quite like York.
York’s nearest airport is Leeds Bradford (LBA), a 50-minute drive away, which serves a limited number of European destinations. Larger international airports are easy to reach by train; Manchester Airport (MAN) is a two-hour journey on the TransPennine Express railway, while the major flight hubs of London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) take roughly three hours by train. York is well connected to the rest of the UK by rail. It’s a beautiful city for walking, thanks to its compact dimensions, and there are more than 60 miles of cycle routes stretching from the city center to the countryside; bike rental is available at the train station. You can rent a car to get to the nearby North Yorkshire Moors, although there are good bus and coach services to most nearby attractions.
Spring is the driest season, and a lovely season to visit York: temperatures in April and May tend to hover between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures don’t spike that much in summer, regularly reaching highs of around 70 degrees in early August; winters are cold and wet, dropping to an average of 40 degrees in January. There’s always a decent chance of rain, so bring a waterproof jacket whatever time of year you come (and an umbrella), but York isn’t as windy as some more exposed parts of Yorkshire. It’s always a good idea to pack layers and a selection of warm clothing when you’re visiting the northern regions of the UK.
Although construction began in the 13th century, the Gothic splendor of York’s imposing cathedral took two and a half centuries to complete. Its gigantic and intricately decorated stained-glass windows are as impressive as its spires; there’s also an ancient crypt to explore, and breathtaking views from the top of the tower if you’re willing to climb the steep and narrow 275 steps.
Walking down York’s most historic street is like stepping back in time. The timber-framed medieval buildings, with their overhanging upper storeys, loom over the cobbles of this narrow lane, much like Diagon Alley. Once, every shop here was a butcher’s; now they’re an assortment of independent retailers and quirky gift shops.
The fortified walls of the city were originally protected by four multistory gateways (or bars), complete with barbican defenses, shooting galleries, and murder holes that allowed soldiers to rain arrows or boiling water upon their enemies. Monk Bar, which dates back to the 14th century, is the most impressive, and the only one that still has a functioning portcullis.