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York tours and excursions

York tours

Bus tours

York City Sightseeing is a hop-on, hop-off bus service that travels around the city centre.

Tel: (01904) 655 585.
Website: http://www.yorktourbuses.co.uk

Walking tours

There are dozens of tours in York. free daily guided walking tours of a more conventional nature from the Association of Voluntary Guides.

Tel: (01904) 640 780.

Ghost tours

The International Ghost Research Foundation announced that York was ‘officially' the most haunted city in Europe in 2002 and there are plenty of ghost tours around the city to impart insights into York's resident ghosts. Some of these tours rely on trickery and theatrics, whilst others opt for a more straightforward historical approach. The best is The Original Ghost Walk of York which departs from outside the King's Arms pub, 3 King's Straith, on a nightly basis.

Tel: (01759) 373 090.
Website: http://www.theoriginalghostwalkofyork.co.uk

Boat tours

There are also various sightseeing boat tours, offering daytime and evening cruises.

Tel: (01904) 628 324.
Website: http://www.yorkboat.co.uk

York excursions

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The railway traverses stunning windswept scenery along 29km (18 miles) of preserved steam railway.

Tel: (01751) 472 508.
Website: http://www.northyorkshiremoorsrailway.com

Castle Howard

This is one of England's grandest remaining baroque mansions. There are many such stately homes in North Yorkshire.

Tel: (01653) 648 444.
Website: http://www.castlehoward.co.uk

Whitby

The northeast coast is not far from York and veers from traditional fun at Scarborough in the form of funfair rides and fish and chips, to the charming, cobblestone Whitby, with its somewhat gothic reputation – the town inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Website: http://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com

Haworth

Haworth was the hometown of the Brontë sisters and typifies the gorgeous villages that pepper the verdant, rolling Yorkshire Dales.

Website: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

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Middlethorpe Hall

This country house, built in 1699, offers the optimum in lavishness: set in 20 acres of gardens and parkland, it is decorated with antiques consistent with the period of the house, yet also manages to be modern with its own health and fitness spa.

Romley House

This family-run guest house provides a friendly and efficient service at bargain prices. Rooms are homely, decorated in white and floral patterns. Romley House is also renowned for its pictorial and ceramic clown collection - a typical touch of such child-friendly accommodation. Staying here is a way of receiving some classic Yorkshire hospitality.

York International Youth Hostel

This youth hostel's good service and clean and comfortable rooms guarantee good value for money. Although located just outside the city centre, the 10- to 15-minute walk is a delightfully scenic one along the river. The hostel's bedrooms range from single rooms to dorms accommodating up to eight people.

The Bar Convent

Situated in the oldest existing convent in England (established in 1686), The Bar Convent offers accommodation with a difference, in elegant surroundings and with a unique and informal ambience. This Grade I listed Georgian building was renovated in the summer of 2006.

The Churchill Hotel

All of the rooms in this hotel are individually decorated and its historic charm is guaranteed to beguile. Housed in a Georgian mansion built around 1827, the Churchill offers a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is very good, sourcing its ingredients locally and in accordance with the seasons.

The Grange Hotel

A Grade-II-listed Regency townhouse, The Grange exudes good taste - the attached Ivy Brasserie (which received two AA rosettes in 2006) is worth a mention too. Elegant and luxurious, the hotel also offers modern comfort and convenience, including Wi-Fi access.