Traditionally a historic city – variously famous for Romans, Vikings, railways and chocolate – York today has transformed into a 'Science City'. With the university at its heart, York is internationally recognised as a centre for scientific research and innovation. Over 240 biotech, IT and heritage technology companies, many of them university spin-offs, now employ more people than tourism in and around the city.
While its remarkable buildings remain marvellously preserved, exciting contemporary developments are bringing a futuristic dimension to the ancient northern capital. Residents and visitors also appreciate the best of old and new in this stylish, compact city. You can wander among fascinating shops and picturesque streets in the shadow of the magnificent Gothic Minster; watch the world go by from numerous cafes, pubs, restaurants and riverside bars; pick from a huge menu of film, drama, art and music at York's cinema complexes, theatres, galleries, clubs or varied music venues. And for peace and quiet, you can stroll along the best preserved, longest city walls in England, and simply absorb wonderful views of the medieval city.
It's easy to get around on foot or by using the city's excellent cycle routes. Situated halfway between Edinburgh and London, each some two hours away by train, York also has great links to national transport networks.
With boundless open countryside on the doorstep, outdoor pursuits and sports of all kinds beckon. Walking, climbing, riding, mountain biking, caving and canoeing – or simply adding to your personal collection of inviting pubs – are just a few of York's attractions.