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Full steam ahead at the National Railway Museum

All aboard for a journey through 200 years of the railways. This brilliant free museum in York isn't just for trainspotters. It's very family friendly, with interactive exhibitions and miniature railway rides. Don't miss Mallard, the fastest steam train in the world. It broke the record in the 1930s, and has never been beaten. Another must-see is the Replica Rocket, a working copy of George Stephenson's iconic steam locomotive, which changed the face of travel forever.

Walk York City Walls

York is encircled by the longest medieval defensive walls in England. There are five main gateways, known as bars, into the city. It takes you about two hours to walk the entire circuit, but if you're short of time you can do a partial stretch, taking in some well-preserved ramparts as you go. The walk behind the Minster is particularly impressive as you'll get some fantastic views of the city, church and gardens.

Take afternoon tea at Bettys

Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms is a North Yorkshire institution. You deserve a little treat now and again, so don't feel bad about scoffing a delicious pastry filled with fruit and cream, or a Fat Rascal scone served warm with lashings of butter, washed down with the house blend tea or coffee. Such is its popularity though that you might have to be prepared to queue for a table. Looking for a cheap hotel Near the National Railway Museum? Travelodge York Central Micklegate Hotel is a 10-minute walk away, and handy for the main station. Travelodge York Central Hotel is also close by.