Within only 5 minutes’ walk of Minster View, you can:
• visit York Minster, Europe’s largest medieval cathedral
• have tea at the famous Betty’s teashop
• enjoy a performance at York Theatre Royal
• take in 1000 years of history at York Museum
• stroll by the river Ouse
• visit the King’s Manor and the York Gallery
• take a walk in the park in the beautiful Museum Gardens
• check out the craft and other interesting shops on Gillygate
• reach the start point for :
a city tour in a horse-drawn carriage
a city tour in an open-top bus
a river trip with York Boats
the City Walls walk
the city train to the National Railway Museum
a Visitor’s Guided Walk
plucking up your courage to join a Ghost Walk
the Snickelways Walk
• visit the York Tourist Information office (if you’re still stuck for ideas).
If that doesn’t keep you busy, within 15-20 minutes there are plenty of other popular attractions such as the Shambles, Barley Hall, Jorvik Viking Museum, York Dungeon, York Racecourse, Clifford’s Tower, the Treasurer’s House, the Merchant Adventurers Hall, the Castle Museum, the City Screen Arts cinema and many, many excellent shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs.
From York to Scarborough (a lively seaside town with attractive double bay and castle) is 40 miles (and takes about an hour by car). It is also accessible by bus and train. There are plenty of other appealing seaside destinations within reach, for a day trip including Flamborough Head, Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby.
York is ideally placed as a base to explore the beauty and tranquillity of Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales (about a 2 hour drive) and the North York Moors National Park (approx 1.5 hours drive).
The nearest airports are:
• East Midlands airport (96 miles or 2hrs by car)
• Leeds/Bradford airport (31 miles or 1hr by car)
• Manchester airport (82 miles or 1hr 45m by car)
The airports are also accessible by bus and train. A car is not necessary for exploring York. Everything is nearby and accessible on foot. A car is useful, although not vital, for further afield sights mentioned above such as the Yorkshire Dales or the coast.