Today York is a unique city in England, beautiful itself and beautiful with its surroundings - neat villages in each of which there is a church. In the city there are many pubs, restaurants with all kinds of cuisine. At the river that flows through the city, go sightseeing vessels with opened restaurants onboard.
In the heart of York, behind the Museum of Yorkshire, there is a splendid green park which occupies 10 acres. Here you can relax and have a rest not losing the connection with ther historical past of York: the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey - the most influential Benedictine monastery in the XI century - are preserved here. Local residents say that in their city there is no such point, where at least one pub and a church cannot be seen from.
York Castle Museum is located near Clifford's Tower in the building of the former debtor's prison. The museum is very impressive, presents the history of Victorian era.
The University of York takes the second place in the rating of institutes of higher education in 2001, according to the Daily Telegraph agency. In Autumn an annual 10 - days festival of food and beverages is held in York. This is a real show of gourmet which presents all kinds of thematic dinners, the speeches of famous chefs, food fairs, wine and beer tasting, including a Medieval banquet. The special glory of York belongs to chocolate factories. Interesting fact: York - is a "father" of the world known sweet - "Kit-Kat".
As time goes by, York has become an important administrative center of the Yorkshire county, the residence of the Archbishop, and between 13th and 14th century - an alternative residence of the royal government. In the medieval era York gained a lot, and this is reflected in buildings of that time. York cathedral (Yorkminster) - is the largest medieval cathedral in England and one of the largest Gothic churches of Europe. The medieval city wall has survived to our time.