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THE PLANNER

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GETTING THERE AND AROUND

There are direct trains to York from London’s Kings Cross station (around 2hr). The city’s compact centre can easily be explored on foot. As the sun goes down ghost walks are a popular activity (after all, York is said to be Europe’s most haunted city). Your Victorian guide, dressed in a top hat and frock coat, will tell hair-raising tales and take you to the city’s most ghoulish spots. www.lner.co.uk; www.ghosthunt.co.uk

WHERE TO STAY

The Principal is York’s grande dame, just steps from the train station and an easy stroll into town. Its impressive Victorian architectu­re (sweeping staircases and soaring ceilings) has been softened with warmly furnished rooms in soothing neutral tones. Or experience a bit of the city’s history first-hand with a stay at the Guy Fawkes Inn, in the shadow of the Minster, where the Gunpowder Plotter was born in 1570. The hotel’s restaurant is atmospheri­cally lit by candles and gaslights. theprincip­alyork.ihg.com; www.guyfawkesi­nnyork.com

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Based in the Old Engine House by York’s Museum Gardens, the Star Inn the City offers fine Yorkshire dishes – peppered Thirkleby duck breast with hash browns and braised garden peas, for example – in a scenic riverside location. For a fine-dining treat, book the blind eight-course tasting menu at Le Cochon Aveugle, served in dinner-party style. The culinary flights of fancy of chef Josh Overington make each course a surprise. Josh’s more casual wine bar, Cave du Cochon, is on the same street and has a huge selection of wines by the glass, plus gourmet pizzas and simple plates of cheese and charcuteri­e. For the sweet-toothed, York’s Chocolate Story is a must. A chocolate-themed tour unwraps York’s long history of the nation’s favourite confection­ery, with delicious treats to nibble along the way, and concludes with a chocolate-making session. www.starinnthe­city.co.uk; www.lecochonav­eugle.uk; www.yorkschoco­latestory.com

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