Enjoy 2000 Years of History at ASFF

York is one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. With UNESCO Media Arts status on significant world heritage sites, while you are here, there is so much more to see and do. Enhance your visit to ASFF 2017 by soaking up the culture of a city with over 2000 years of history.

York Minster

Imposing bell towers and intricate facades await you at Northern Europe’s second oldest and largest Gothic cathedral. The current stature was built between 1220 and 1472 on an existing site. Marvel at the architecture and catch a glimpse of the stonemason’s that continuously work to preserve this wonderful structure.

York Art Gallery

Currently on show is Paul Nash curated by John S Stezaker. Nash was a British surrealist painter and war artist, as well as a photographer, writer and designer. Nash was among the most important landscape artists of the first early 20th century.

Take a Walk Around the City Walls

York’s beautiful walls are not to be missed. Circle the city and see its splendour. The walk will take approximately two hours and is 3.5 kilometres long. See each gated entrance, known locally as “bar walls” and take in some of the city’s most spectacular views.

Museum Gardens

With the backdrop of the ruined St Mary’s Abby from the time of Henry VIII, this wonderful gardens is a way to relax and unwind after so many screenings. The gardens have a number of beautiful flora and fona, as well as an observatory for stargazing (by appointment only).


See some of York’s most interesting boutiques and shops in the most preserved medieval street in the world. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086. Many of the buildings on the street today date back to the late 14th and 15th century (around 1350-1475). This is real living history.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Situated in the Coppergate area of York, this Viking Centre celebrates York’s past as one of the crown jewels in Daneland. See artefacts that were discovered in York with some of the best examples of jewellery, weaponry and personal items in the world. Experience York’s past through a fantastic visitor attraction.

Clifford’s Tower

Looked after by English Heritage, this structure is what remains of York Castle, which was once the heart of the government for northern England. Climb the steps and see some of the most stunning panoramic views of York. Built nine centuries ago, the tower has history for nearly every age and in particular the Jewish siege in 1190.

Stroll Along the River

If there is one way to unwind, it’s to talk a walk along the River Ouse. This wonderful walk from the town centre to Millennium Bridge offers a tranquil way to see different areas of the city and along the way pop into Joseph Rowntree Park. Better yet, hire a bicycle from York Train station and cycle both sides. National Route 65.

Visit Fossgate

An area of York that is complete with bars, restaurants, cafes and independent shops. This district of the city is one of the most thriving and distinct areas of the city. It’s on route to National Centre for Early Music; so give yourself plenty of time to reach your screenings so you can sample what this delightful area of the city has to offer.

York Castle Museum

This is one of the best museums in Yorkshire. With living history, displays from across the ages – Victorian toys to 1980s memorabilia. You will fall in love with this fantastic museum. Walk down Kirkgate – a life-size replica of a Victorian street and see a glimpse of how life used to be.

To find out more about what to do while in York: www.asff.co.uk/while-in-york

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