The historic city of York is the ideal place to explore this autumn. Rich in ancient history with a friendly ambience, it provides a wide variety of activities for visitors of all ages. During your time at the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016, be sure to delve into the city’s vibrant café culture, enjoy some of the country’s most talented street performers or take a walk along the tree-lined banks of the River Ouse.
Just two hours’ journey by train from London, and easily reached from major cities such as Newcastle, Leeds and Edinburgh, the flourishing city invites visitors to explore its exquisite architecture, distinctive cobbled streets and iconic York Minister. A range of attractions, museums, buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars are also on offer – all within the boundaries of the historic City Walls. York has also been recently named as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Media Arts.
Recommended sites include the York Minster, Castle Museum, York Art Gallery, Yorkshire Museum and Museum Gardens, Betty’s Tea Rooms, York Theatre Royal, the National Railway Museum, the Shambles and more. Many of these locations are also part of ASFF 2016, meaning that you can experience wonderful venues whilst watching films, attending masterclass sessions and networking at our social events.
There’s also plenty to discover beyond the City Walls: surrounding towns including Knaresborough and Harrogate make for great day-trips; the glorious North York Moors are home to some of the region’s most striking scenery, and there’s a chance to stretch your legs through activities such as cycling, climbing, and surfing at the coast.
In-depth information on events, tickets, places to stay and more is available from the official Visitor Information Centre, which is also home to the ASFF Festival Hub from 3-6 November. Details on offers and sightseeing cards such as the York Pass can be found at the centre. Come and speak to one of the friendly staff members within.
1. York: The Original City Adventure. Courtesy of YouTube.