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Central York is almost small enough to be considered a single neighbourhood and most of what visitors want to visit is situated within the majectic city walls, which encompass the city and date back to Roman times. The centre of York is one of the largest pedestrianised zones in Europe , being closed to traffic from 10.30am until 5pm daily. The fastest and easiest way to reach York is by train on the main East Coast London to Edinburgh line. York Railway Station is a short walk away from city centre and the main tourist attractions and there is a taxi rank and bus station directly outside for those who need to get to their accomodation.

The main meeting place in York is the fountain in Parliament Street.  During the daytime there is always something going on here from chess tournaments to dance festivals to continental markets.

North of Parliament Street is the busy daily market and the famous 14th century street called the Shambles, bustling in the daytime, quiet and atmospheric at night - recently voted UK's most attractive street. East of the Shambles is Fossgate, part-cobbled and lined with over 20 restaurants and pubs, with access to the Merchant Adventurers' Hall.

West of Parliament Street is St. Helen's Square and Stonegate, with many interesting shops for gifts, and leading to the Minster area.

Tucked away near to Stonegate is the Latin Quarteraround Swinegate, Little Stonegate, Back Swinegate, and Grape Lane. Late opening bars and bistro or tapas dining and quite a rich variety of music is found here.

North of Stonegate is the magnificent 800 year old York Minster and St. Williams College, which are the core of an area called the Minster Quarter, which still remains a focal point of any visit for most tourists.  

South of Parliament Street is Coney Street, a main shopping thoroughfare which houses many recognisable national retailers. Next to St Martin's Church and it's famous big clock which overhangs Coney Street is the popular City Screen cinema which has 3 screens showing all the latest releases. It also has a busy cafe bar serving meals and snacks, with an outside veranda encompassing riverside seating which is popular in summer.

Another riverside area is Kings Staith featuring the Kings Arms pub, with its record of flood levels over the ages on the wall inside. Nowadays the pub keeps dry inside with steel shutters and an upstairs 'cellar' store for the beer. Downstream you will find the departure point for regular river cruises or even hire your own four seater boat to explore downstream to the Millennium Bridge or even the Archbishops Palace at Bishopthorpe.

 Across the river is Micklegate, famed for its many boisterous clubs and bars and being the hen and stag night capital!

Outside the city walls is a spread of mostly residential neighborhoods.  The Bishopthorpe Road area is a nice area to stay (being recently named in The Sunday Times as one of the coolest places to live in the UK) with lots of B&Bs, cafes, restaurants and real ale pubs, close to the best park in York and the very popular Millennium bridge riverside walk. Areas to steer clear of are Tang Hall, Chapelfields, Bellhouse Way, Foxwood.  Although these are some of the rougher neighbourhoods there is very little danger by the standards of most cities.