A walled city in the North of England which is steeped in history.
York was founded in 71 AD by the Romans it was called Eboracum,
Vikings called it Jorvik and the Saxons Eoforwick.
York is the capital city of the largest county in England, Yorkshire, and lies on the main East Coast railway line between London and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Within its walls, on which you can still walk in many places, are many museums and places of interest which denote the history of the city.
If arriving by train you will arrive in a station originally built in 1839 with the present structure opened in 1877.
Attached to the station is the National Railway Museum, with free entry, the largest railway museum in the world with just under 300 rail vehicles on display.
The main shopping area contains many individual shops as well as a lot of chain stores, where all tastes are catered for.
Visit the speciality shops in Stonegate and the Shambles to buy individual gifts in shops which specialize in stamp and coin collection, home-made chocolate and sweets, or bakers purveying traditionally prepared cakes and pies.
The Shambles was first mentioned in the Doomsday book and still contains some 14th and 15th century buildings where the upper stories overhang street level. There are daily markets beside this area.
The Minister Cathedral
The main touristic attractions are all within the walls.
They include the Minster, the Jorvik Centre, York Castle Museum and Clifford’s Tower.
The Minster is a fine Gothic cathedral, built where there was originally a wooden Christian Church in 627AD.
The word “Minster” denotes that it was formerly a centre for Christian learning, and the Bishop of York is considered to be the second most important position in the English Church.
Visit their website with tips on guided tours and what to see and do YorkMinister.org.
The Jorvik Centre is an underground experience in the centre of the city.
It is situated on a site where digging first began in 1976 and has found, so far, over 15,000 objects dating back to the time that the Vikings ruled the area.
You are transported in carriages through a reconstruction of what life was like in Viking Jorvik over 1,000 years ago with animated models and smells.
The Castle museum shows what life was like in Georgian and Victorian York.
Particularly interesting is Kirkgate which shows a Victorian street of shops and a school.
There is also the Debter’s Prison.