If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a weekend and haven’t yet visited the historic city of York, now is the time to go before winter sets in. Start your visit at York Minster (www.yorkminster.org) one of the world's great cathedrals. The jewel in its crown is the Chapter House, which dates back to 1286 and has been described as one of the most beautiful rooms ever created, reports the Daily Mail.
You can also take a tour of the glaziers' studio and see medieval stained-glass being restored, and climb all 275 steps to the top of the tower for stunning panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside.
Go back in time and learn about York’s Roman and medieval past at the recently refurbished Yorkshire Museum (www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk). It also holds the Vale of York Viking treasure, found in 2007, which includes 600 coins, ornaments and silverware. The Jorvik Viking Centre (www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk) is well worth a visit containing 1,000-year-old relics and audio-visual displays show where the Vikings originated and how they lived and worked.
Come back to the present and wander the famous Shambles, soaking up the atmosphere and calling in to one of the numerous eateries and tea rooms.
Travel to York with East Coast (08457 225225, www.eastcoast.co.uk) from London and Edinburgh from £13 one way. There’s a saving of a third on the price if you travel in a group of three or more.