Theatres, cinema and tours
Although you can tour the city by open-top bus or on a river boat cruise, York is a city to walk in - compact and made up of narrow steps and walkways surrounded by an ancient stone wall, broken in four places by medieval gates or 'bars' as they are called. A first visit to York should always include a walk along the walls that encircle this historic city, from the top of which there are superb views of the ancient buildings clustered around the largest medieval cathedral in England. The walls date from the time of Edward III (1327-77), and run for a total of two and a half miles.
York is a walker's paradise where you can meander through the "Snickleways" that join the old medieval streets and take time to wonder at the amazing variety of architecture: crooked timber frame blends with its elegant Georgian neighbours. Relax with a glass of traditional ale in a cosy, historic inn, or tuck into a delicious afternoon tea. Wherever you go, you will be entertained by buskers and street theatre - actors, musicians, acrobats and jugglers.
For a nightcap with a difference join one of the infamous Ghost Walks www.ghosthunt.co.uk around this most haunted of European Cities. The association of Voluntary Guides offer free guided tours every morning and afternoon during the summer, starting in Exhibition square. Further details on the times of walks are available from the Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively a private firm called Yorkwalk guarantees departures, irrespective of numbers, come rain or shine:- www.barstep.demon.co.uk/homepage.htm
When you just want to sit back and take in the scenery why take a "York City Sightseeing" bus www.city-sightseeing.com
Weather permitting, why not take a leisurely boat trip on the River Ouse? www.yorkboat.co.uk
At the end of the day, as both the city and you unwind, there is a vast choice of olde worlde pubs, night clubs www.galleryclub.co.uk , wine bars, theatres, and restaurants, including the Theatre Royal www.theatre-royal-york.co.uk and the Grand Opera House www.york-operahouse.co.uk. Catch the latest film releases at the City Screen or Odeon cinema in York City Centre or at the larger 12 screen Warner Cinema - located within 2 miles of the city www.warnervillage.co.uk