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York: City of Music, Ghosts and Vikings!

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Photo by Suzanne Russo
Photo by Suzanne Russo

The historic city of York in the north of England is a must-see destination at any time with its medieval cathedral, narrow cobbled streets and city walls, evening “ghost walks,”and the Yorvik Viking Center, which recreates the sights and even smells of York’s viking founders.

In June and July the city is at its very best, with an influx of festivities, including the Early Music Festival (pre-1900), the Late Music Festival, the Jazz Festival, the Festival of the Rivers, and Dance York From June 18 to July 3o, the city squares and riverside overflow with lively, colourful (and many free) performances.

For York on the cheap, the York Pass gives discounts on museums, transport and entertainment. We recommend a cruise on the River Ouse and a visit to the Castle Museum to see recreations of English Victorian and Edwardian street life. The city is within two hours London, Manchester, and Edinburgh by rail.

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Melanie lives in Budapest with her Hungarian husband and two daughters, Rose and Thea. She teaches English and Psychology in an International School in the city and is studying for a Masters Degree in Children's Literature.

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