The walled city of York is in Yorkshire, North East England and was founded by the Romans in 71AD. In the 19th century the city was central to the railway network and famous for its manufacture of confectionery but in recent years the economy has been dominated by tourism and the University of York. It is the growth of the University that has also contributed towards the rise in population to over 200,000. The city has many reasons to visit including the famous sights of York Minster, York Castle and the Castle Museum. It is worth visiting the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Viking Centre or taking a walk along the medieval walls. For shopping and tearooms visit the Shambles or take a walk along some of the Snickelways that lead into the city's market squares.
There are many options within the city from major hotel chains to smaller independent B&Bs. Most of the major hotel chains are in the city centre although generally accommodation should be within the city walls to be in the centre. The area of Bootham, convenient for the train station and for the best of the city centre shops and restaurants, is home to small hotels and guesthouses. Staying around Tadcaster Road and Dringhouses means taking a bus or a taxi to the city centre but their proximity to the racecourse means that they are home to some of York's finest hotels.
The city is convenient for the major routes of the A1(M) and the M1, although within the walls of the city itself many routes do not allow cars. There are five park and ride sites on the outskirts of the city which transport people into the city by bus. Manchester Airport is approximately an hour away by train while the main form of public transport within the city is bus including some open topped and sightseeing buses.