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6 Reasons to Extend Your Racing Break in York

A racing break in York is bound to be a highlight in any social calendar and the start of the season is just around the corner. The Dante Festival offers three days of high-quality action from May 17-19th.  After the excitement of a day’s racing, you can take the chance to explore one of the UK’s most picturesque and oldest cities.

Here’s 6 reasons to extend your racing break in York

1. It’s a step back in time

Stroll through the city and at every turn there’s a glimpse of history. From the ancient Roman city walls to the gothic York Minster to cobbled medieval streets like the famous Shambles, York has a fascinating story to tell. Travel through the centuries and experience one of York’s spine-chilling ghost walks for yourself.

2. Historic pubs and eating out

After all that walking, take the time to stop for a drink and bite to eat. York is noted for its old drinking establishments. The 15th century Snickleway Inn located in one of the oldest parts of the city claims to be one of York’s most haunted pubs. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. There are gastro pubs, characterful bistros, riverside terrace restaurants, fine-dining and more.

3. Beautiful location

Situated on the River Ouse, York is a fabulous place just to unwind and relax. Take a riverside cruise and see the sites from the water. YorkBoat runs trips roughly every 30 minutes. There are lots of scenic walks along the riverside too so it’s easy to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

4. Shopping delights

It’s a real treat to wander around and explore. The winding, cobbled shopping streets in York are home to fabulous independent, boutique and antique shops selling vintage jewellery and clothing. The medieval Shambles is a ‘must see’ and has been voted the most picturesque street in Britain. All the familiar high-street brands can also be found or take the park and ride to the York Designer Outlet for high end fashion labels at great prices. And any shopper will enjoy browsing the open-air market in the heart of the city.

5. Looking for something to do

York is buzzing with local attractions. Take a ride along the tracks and experience life as it was in the 10th century at the recently re-opened Jorvik Viking Centre. Or discover the history of chocolate! The York Chocolate Factory tells the stories of York’s famous chocolate-making families and is a very entertaining visit. Walk around the old city walls, visit York Minster, explore The Shambles, learn about the trains on display at the airy and spacious National Railway Museum: the list is endless. Or you can venture just out of the city to one of Britain’s finest country homes. Castle Howard has a stunning setting and there are lovely walks to be found throughout the parkland and gardens.

6. Yorkshire Moors

York is a great base to explore the Yorkshire Moors and Dales, market towns and coast. Climb aboard and experience travel from a bygone era on the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway. You’ll see 24-miles of stunning Yorkshire scenery on the journey from Pickering to the coastal town of Whitby.

If you’re planning a trip to the races, extend your stay at The Lawrance and enjoy some of the great attractions York and the surrounding area have to offer.


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